Rosemary Drachman Taylor was born in Phoenix, Arizona into a pioneer family: her parents Mose and Ethel Drachman were third generation Arizonans. The family moved to Tucson in 1904. She attended the University of Arizona and then Stanford University before traveling in Europe from 1923 to 1924. While there, she met Floyd Gibbons, an American war correspondent. She followed Gibbons to Morocco in 1925 and they spent the year covering the Riff War between colonial Spain and the mountainous Berber tribes. Rosemary wrote reports that were published in the Tucson Citizen and Chicago Tribune. She returned to Tucson in the 1930s and married John Winchcombe-Taylor, also a writer, in 1934. During World War II, Rosemary alternated living in Tucson and Canada, where her husband had joined the military. At the war's end, the couple returned to Tucson and continued their literary careers. Rosemary published eight novels as well as short stories and articles in leading magazines such as Cosmopolitan, The Saturday Evening Post, and Colliers, many of them based on her childhood and family. She won national recognition in 1943 for her humorous bestselling autobiography Chicken Every Sunday: My Life with Mother’s Boarders, which was later was adapted for both stage and film.