Historian and author, Mary Margaret (M.M.) McAllen has contributed a number of significant books tracing the history of her home state of Texas including: I would Rather Sleep in Texas (winner of the San Antonio Conservation Society Publication Award), A Brave Boy and a Good Soldier, Maximilian and Carlotta, Texas Labor History and The Civil War on the Rio Grande, 1846 – 1876. In addition, M.M. has written numerous articles for magazines, journals, provided introductions, and contributed to anthologies. She lives in San Antonio, Texas. M. M. is an active member of the Western Writers of America, board member of the Texas A & M University Press, past president of the Texas State Historical Association, Director of Humanities at the Witte Museum in San Antonio and former Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio.