Glenda Armand was born in New Orleans and grew up in Los Angeles where she attended public schools. She received degrees from Pomona College, California State University, and Azusa Pacific University. She has been a school librarian and taught grades pre-kindergarten through eight in private and public schools. As a child, Glenda loved to read and write. She wrote poems and stories about talking butterflies and elephants that hated the circus. She wrote plays on scraps of paper and recruited her younger siblings to act in them.