Kathryn Smaw Amerson (1961- ) was born in New Bern, North Carolina. She is a community college Professor of History and Humanities. In 2002, she received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study the Maya, past and present, as a member of the Summer Institute, “Cultural Continuities and Change: Guatemala, Chiapas, and Yucatán”. In 2003, she was an R.J. Reynolds Excellence in Teaching Award recipient for North Carolina Community College instructors. She and her husband, Doug, have three daughters. The Caregivers is Amerson’s first novel.