Alexandra Jones deHaven is the only child of an Arkansas landscape architect and a Pennsylvania Dutch housewife who met in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. Alexandra was raised in a bucolic town in southwestern Tennessee. She graduated from a small women’s college in New York, where she studied developmental psychology, then moved to Manhattan to teach at the Brearley School. For several years, she was a first-grade teacher at the Fleming School, followed by a stint as the administrative assistant to the president of a men's clothing company, and a production planner of mattress ticking for a Fortune 100 textile corporation. She has given lessons in synchronized swimming and horseback riding and was a volunteer for the American Health Foundation and Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center. She has been a writer and editor at Lear's magazine, First for Women, Women’s World, MD Magazine, Conde′ Nast Traveler, and many other publications. She lives in New York City.