Holly Butterfield Rawlings grew up on the rock-bound coast of Maine and converted to the gospel when she was 10 years old. She served a mission in the desert of Arizona where she gained a love of tacos and of teaching English to second-language learners. She graduated from BYU with a degree in English, and then earned an MA in Linguistics at the University of Utah. She is the prison warden of girl-girl-boy triplets, a part-time dog trainer to the family pet Monty, and is married to a gentle giant of a man, Juston. She teaches English at UVU and BYU–I.