Robin McKown, née Clason, was born in Denver, Colorado. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and married Dallas McKown. She worked for several years for a publicist in New York. She also wrote newspaper columns on contemporary authors and their work and scripts for CBS radio. In World War II, she volunteered to raise funds to help support survivors of those killed in the French Resistance. She was a prolific writer who published more than 40 works for children and young adults from the late 1950s through the 1970s. Many of these were biographies of famous citizens such as Benjamin Franklin, Marie Curie, Thomas Paine, Eleanor Roosevelt and others.