Helene Glidden was born in 1900 at the New Dungeness Lighthouse on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. She originally wrote "The Light on the Island" as a memoir for her children. Her father was a noted lighthouse keeper in the Pacific Northwest until his death, while on duty, at the Semiahmoo Lighthouse in Blaine, Washington in 1919.
Mrs. Glidden also published a cookbook, "Pacific Coast Seafood Chef" in 1953 along with many articles and stories for several magazines. Her writings contain a wonderfully innocent sense of humor and a unique wit.