Daniel Keith Austin was born in Sedalia, Missouri and spent the earlier part of his childhood at two Air Force bases, Whiteman in Missouri and Sheppard in Texas. The Chelsea that inspired this story spent three years with Daniel and his family. After she passed away when Daniel was seven, the family moved to Kansas.
Daniel graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. He takes part in local theatre productions and volunteers at animal shelters, rescue groups and sanctuaries. Daniel currently resides in Merriam, KS with his two cats, Iris and Ivy.