Novelist Minna Clark was born in Illinois in 1879. Married to a miner in 1902, she moved around the country with her husband, John George Fletcher. Mrs. Fletcher began her career as a playwright in 1920. She went on safari in Africa in 1928. Her first children's book, THE WHITE LEOPARD, was published in 1932. She became known as Inglis Fletcher and moved to North Carolina. One of her best-selling novels was RALEIGH'S EDEN, published in 1940.