Jim, Jan, Meghan Reinert and Alycia Knabenshue are a family writing team with a teaching background. Jan is a retired first and second grade teacher, Meghan teaches kindergarten and Jim taught high school English. Alycia is a middle-school art teacher.
The family shares a love of animals and has always had pets ranging from dogs, cats, hamsters and guinea pigs to rats, turtles, and an iguana. Alycia and Meghan are active in local pet rescue efforts. Alycia has rescued greyhounds and one, a brindle male named Jackson, is the namesake of one of the main characters in Way Cool. Meghan rescued a mini dachshund named Jasper and also owns Simon, another mini dachshund, she raised from a puppy. Simon was the inspiration for the character of the same name in the book.
Jim, Jan and Meghan live in Nebraska while Alycia lives with her family in Minnesota.