Dayna Curry grew up outside Nashville, Tennessee, and attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she majored in social work. She has been active with humanitarian work for several years in different countries, including Uzbekistan and Guatemala. Heather Mercer, originally from Vienna, Virginia, also attended Baylor University. Before going to Afghanistan, she traveled on humanitarian missions in Central America, Eastern Europe, and East Asia. Stacy Mattingly is a freelance writer.
The proceeds from Prisoners of Hope are being used by the authors to start their own organization, Hope Afghanistan, which will bring relief to the poor of that country. They hope to return to Afghanistan to continue their work there.