Susan Wise Bauer was educated at home by pioneering parents back when home education was still unheard of. She is the author of The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, and co-author, with her mother Jessie Wise, of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home. She is currently at work on a four-volume history of the world. Susan holds a Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary, where she now teaches writing. Susan and her husband live in rural Virginia, where Peter serves as the minister of a nondenominational church. They have three sons and a daughter; five dogs; three horses; three cats; and a variable number of chickens.