Annette Bruce grew up in a large family where daily stories were the norm. A native of Eustis, Florida, she founded the Cracker Storytelling Festival and cofounded the Florida Storytelling Guild and the Florida Storytelling Camp. She has been honored by the Florida Storytelling Association with the first Annette J. Bruce Lifetime Achievement Award for lifetime work in and for storytelling. Annette is the author of Tellable Cracker Tales and More Tellable Cracker Tales. She also compiled with J. Stephen Brooks a collection of Florida tales called Sandspun.