Nora Seton grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts. She was the youngest of five children, raised by keenly intellectual parents, in a household where Ruskin was discussed at the dinner table and education was your only hope against despair. Her mother, the novelist and National Book Award nominee Cynthia Propper Seton, feared this daughter would amount to nothing and bribed her to read: 25 cents for each John Galsworthy novel.
Seton studied the Classics and Art History at Harvard. She completed an MS in Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M. Her deep love of farming and the vast Texas sky began in College Station. After graduation, she worked for a cattle embryo transplant company in Houston and wrote widely about food and agriculture. The Road to My Farm was published in 1994.
Marriage and motherhood blind-sided Seton. She had been brought up to rocket forward with unbridled independence. Suddenly she discovered herself in the conventional architecture of a family – the husband, the two children, the two dogs. She wrote The Kitchen Congregation (2000) as a consequence of her new landscape. Eventually, the dog-walkers left for college but the dogs inexplicably hung around.
Seton wrote book reviews for the Houston Chronicle, published poetry, short stories (Darlene & Co. 2011), and non-fiction. Che & the Berenson Girls, to be published by Regal House Publishing in the spring of 2021, marks her first novel. Set in Houston, it is the story of a single mother forced to take in her dying father before the advent of a hurricane.
She lives in Houston, Texas.