Bachelor in Education, University Mississippi, 1978. Master of Education, University Mississippi, 1981.
Teacher, Small World Kindergarten, Oxford, Mississippi, 1979-1980; teacher, Clarksdale (Mississippi) Baptist School, 1980-1983; teacher, Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal, Memphis, 1983-1985; private practice as tutor, Memphis, since 1986; freelance writer, Memphis, since 1992. Speaker in field.
Active Memphis Zoological Society, since 1986, Junior League Memphis, Inc., since 1989, member membership council, 1994-1995, member communications council, board directors, 1995-1996. Active Children's Museum Memphis, 1991-1993. Volunteer Memphis Literacy Council, 1990-1991, board directors, since 1995.
Volunteer Memphis 2000 Education Task Force, 1991-1992. Member Society Children's Bookwriters and Illustrators.
Married James Austin Walne, Junior, August 2, 1980. Children: James Austin III, Charles Hunt.