Constance Cappel was born in Dayton, Ohio, but spent her summers in northern Michigan where she was friends with the Odawa in Harbor Springs, Michigan. She wrote her first book about Hemingway in Michigan as an outgrowth of her Master's essay at Columbia University. It was published in 1966.
After a career in journalism (editor at Newsweek and Vogue),
she co-founded Vermont Crossroads Press with her husband, R.A. Montgomery. The press had three best sellers and rose to become one of the top 250 publishers in 1980. She and Montgomery were divorced in 1980. Two years later she closed the press, moved to California to become president of Cappel Consultants, and receive a PhD in 1991. In 2002 after a career as an ex-pat and in the Peace Corps as a Business Advisor, she moved to northern Michigan and wrote and published five books in five years.