Jerry Apps is the author of more than thirty-five books on Wisconsin and U.S. history. He is especially known for his histories of rural and country life. He has won numerous awards for his writing from such organizations as the Wisconsin Library Association, the Wisconsin Council for Writers, the Robert F. Gard Foundation, the Upper Midwest Booksellers Association, and the Wisconsin Historical Society. In 2001 Jerry received the Barnes and Noble Pride of Wisconsin Award for Excellence in the Field of Regional Literature. He splits his time between his home in Madison and his farm, Roshara, in Wild Rose, Wisconsin.