"For example, when we started our family, I took classes on parenting. When our budget needed boosting, I learned to garden and can fruits and vegetables. I took classes to qualify to teach the Great Books program in our children's school and attended the district in-service programs for teachers to improve my teaching skills. I took vocal lessons to bring music into our lives. I studied watercolor techniques and have decorated our home with my paintings. I became proficient in home nursing so that I could for my children and help my mother-in-law and mother through their last days.
When my teenagers began singing in their school's renaissance festival, I threw myself into the study of costume design and construction. Over the 11 years that I was the costume mistress for the festival, I designed and sewed over 50 costumes, including one patterned after a famous painting of King Henry VIII.
I'm blessed to have the support of my husband, my five children and eleven grandchildren. I'm also blessed to have two gifted writers as my mentors and co-authors: my sister, Carroll Hofeling Morris, and my long-time friend, Lael Littke. The novels of our series, The Company of Good Women, reflect what I look for in good books--family relationship stories of challenge and growth based on strong gospel principles.
Even though writing is now a main focus in my life, being a wife, mother and grandmother still is my number one job. I'll always make time to play in the garden with my grandchildren, read the stories they like the best and tuck them in at night when they stay over."