Eva Rutland was born in the segregated South before World War II. She was the recipient of the 2000 Golden Pen Award for Lifetime Achievement and is the author of more than 20 novels, including No Crystal Stair, Almost a Wife, and Heart and Soul.
Ginger Rutland, a former associate editor with The Sacramento Bee in California, focused her talents on book publishing and playwriting after her retirement. She founded IWP Book Publishers in 2007 republished two Eva Rutland novels and set to work on her first playwriting project, "When We Were Colored," which was adapted from her Mother Eva's novel, "The Trouble With Being a Mama." The play sold out its first production run and has been reformatted and recast for other larger venues, with the first new production running at the Guild Theater in Sacramento, California.