Kristin Kladstrup is the author of the middle-grade novel The Book of Story Beginnings and the picture book The Gingerbread Pirates, illustrated by Matt Tavares. About Garden Princess, she says, I love gardens and books about princesses, so it doesn t surprise me that the story combines these two favorite things. What does surprise me is the magpie. I didn t expect him to show up! Kristin Kladstrup lives with her family near Boston.