Audrey Wood's first memories of storytelling were in Sarasota, Florida, where her father was employed by Ringling Brothers Circus, commissioned to repaint the big top and sideshow murals. As Audrey became friends with the characters of the circus, she heard stories about them from the family of "little people" who lived next door to her family.Audrey was the first of three girls. As the oldest, she began her gift of storytelling with her younger sisters. She would use her parents' art books and make up stories about the paintings. By the time she was in fourth grade, her ambition was to become an author/illustrator.
Audrey uses the medium of children's literature to practice the disciplines of art, music, drama, dance, and writing. Her unique work creates a sense of imagination and excitement. Audrey loves step-and-repeat stories for the “music of language”. An example of this would be her famous book, The Napping House.
Audrey's husband, Don Wood, is the illustrator of many of her books. They began collaborating on children’s literature seven years after their marriage, their first book together entitled Moonflute. Since the publication of Moonflute, Don has illustrated nearly 20 of Audrey’s books. Her son, Bruce, is also an author, which makes art a fifth-generation tradition in Audrey's family. More can be learned about the lives of Audrey, Don and Bruce on Audrey's homepage,  audreywood.comhttp://www.audreywood.com/mac_site/auds_jumpstation/aud_jumpstation.htm
In an interview conducted by Harcott Books, Audrey was congratulated on her success in publishing children's literature. Her book "Napping House" was being celebrated for its twentieth year in publication. Being asked how writing evolved her relationship with her husband she responded, "I read him a children's book during our honeymoon." She also said that even though always interested in children's books is wasn't until her son Bruce was born that she was pushed into action. Her husband did not care for the illustrations in her first book when it was published in England, and he did the illustrations in her book "Moonflute" when it was published in the United States. He has been hooked on illustrating children's books ever since.