Deborah Smith Howe was an American children’s writer and actress. She and her husband James wrote two books, Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery and Teddy Bear’s Scrapbook, but she died of cancer at age 31 before they were published in 1979 and 1980, respectively.

After Bunnicula’s publication in 1979, James Howe quit his job as a literary agent to pursue writing full-time. His many other popular books for children include the six sequels to Bunnicula; the Tales from the House of Bunnicula series; the Bunnicula and Friends Ready-to-Read series; the Pinky and Rex series; the Houndsley and Catina series; and such picture books as Horace and Morris but mostly Dolores, I Wish I Were a Butterfly, There’s a Monster Under My Bed, Brontorina, and Otter and Odder. You can visit his website to find out more about his writing.