Frances (Fanny) Sanger Mossiker wrote her first book at age 55 while recovering from a radical mastectomy -- The Queen’s Necklace, which won the Carr P. Collins nonfiction award at the Texas Institute of Letters in 1961 and became a bestseller. She was a non-graduating member of Smith College, where she earned Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year. She married Dallas businessman Jacob Mossiker in 1926 and settled with him in Texas. Mossiker had a life-long interest in 17th and 18th century France and wrote several biographies and works of historical fiction with that as the backdrop. She won the Carr Collins Award again in 1964 for Napoleon and Josephine. She also published several translations.