Peggy Archer was born in Gary, Indiana on Abraham Lincoln's birthday, back when television shows were only in black and white. She grew up with two brothers and one sister. "We played baseball in the street, explored the woods, and played Hide and Seek after dark. I loved to read. I remember the many times my mother would tell me to 'get my nose out of a book and go outside and play.' "I sometimes wrote stories or an occasional poem when I was a little girl, but I didn't think of writing to be published until I was married and had children. My children liked my stories, and I finally got the courage to send them out to children's magazines. I had a little bit of luck early on, which encouraged me. It was very appropriate that my first book, One of the Family, was a Little Golden Book, because my mother read Golden books to me as a child."
Besides writing for children, Peggy works as a registered nurse at St. Anthony's Hospital and as a school nurse, in Crown Point, Indiana. She enjoys reading, doing word puzzles, walking, country dancing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband have six children and four grandchildren. She lives with her husband, Chuck, and their dog, Snickers, in Valparaiso, Indiana.