The seventh of nine children, Wanda Rosseland was born in Glendive, Montana, and lived in Circle until the fourth grade when her family moved to her grandfather's ranch west of Jordan. The daughter of a cowboy and a cowgirl, there she first rode and helped take care of the cattle on the ranch. The family later moved to Wolf Point where she rode and helped the neighbors with their cows. After graduating from high school at Wolf Point, she attended the Pacific Coast Equestrian Research Farm in order to learn English jumping. After returning to Montana, she married and with her husband has farmed, run sheep, raised cattle, and owned a dirt moving business building dams and dikes for farmers and ranchers, while raising three children. . Her writing career began in 1984 with an 800 word, bi-weekly column on farm life for The Montana Farmer-Stockman. She has also been published in Bow & Arrow Hunting, Montana Magazine, the Furrow, and Guideposts, and has worked as a rural correspondent for the Billings Gazette, the largest daily newspaper in Montana.