A lifelong Kansan, Fran Borin grew up hearing about the turbulent, sometimes violent history of the eastern part of the state. Bleeding Kansas, the Border War, stops on the Underground Railroad—all were within a few miles of her childhood home, and didn’t seem that long ago to her. Despite a deep and abiding interest in history and early aspirations to writing, her education and experience led in different directions—teaching, motherhood, and federal law enforcement. The writing bug, however, was dormant but not dead. One day she read a newspaper article that reported ghost sightings near the Shawnee Indian Mission. She mulled it over for the next twenty-five years, and the result was the story of Samuel Grayhawk.