Alane Ferguson was born in Cumberland, Maryland. She attended the University of Utah and Westminster College where she studied journalism. Later, Alane became interested in writing for children, mostly, she says, to follow the example of her mother, successful author Gloria Skurzynski. Alane has written over thirty books and is currently completing her most intense and autobiographical book yet, DRAGONFLY EYES, the first in her latest paranormal trilogy.
Alane and her mother co-authored a series for National Geographic. Their novel, WOLF STALKER, was the first work of fiction National Geographic had published in its as of then 109 year history. WOLF STALKER was nominated for the 1998 Mystery Writer's of America's Edgar Allan Poe Award. The newest and 13th book in the series, NIGHT OF THE BLACK BEAR, was launched in spring of 2007.
A recipient of the 1990 Edgar Allan Poe Award as well as the Belgium's Children's Choice Award for her young adult novel SHOW ME THE EVIDENCE, Alane was also a nominee for her third young-adult mystery, POISON. She received a 2007 Edgar nomination for her young adult novel, THE CHRISTOPHER KILLER, which is the first in the Sleuth Forensic Mystery series. Alane won the Children's Crown Classic Award for CRICKET AND THE CRACKERBOX KID, the American Bookseller's Association's "Pick of the List" for her picture book entitled THAT NEW PET, and has been on numerous ALA Recommended Books for Reluctant Young Readers and Young Adult's Choice list.