When April was nine years old she told her teacher she wanted to be a writer when she grew up, the teacher told her that was impossible. At the age of thirteen April was selling her stories to numerous magazines and later had an award-winning, best-selling book. She's had numerous books published as well as short stories and has her own newspaper column. She's also a professional artist and has illustrated several books. April is part Kiowa and her tribal name is Crying Wind Hummingbird.
In addition to writing and painting, she's ridden her horse Gypsy Wind in the barrel racing events at rodeos and has driven a horse-drawn stagecoach in a frontier town.