My name is Mary Schmidt and I write under pen names S. Jackson & A, Raymond. I have published fourteen books since retirement; the first a memoir, When Angels Fly, followed by an Art Picture book featuring my own works of art, one cookbook, and eleven books for children of which six are a part of a full series, Shadow and Friends. I am a retired registered nurse, who won the coveted Leora B. Stroup Bachelor of Science in Nursing Award for outstanding clinical performance, community involvement and academic achievement in Nursing Award, while at Fort Hays State University. She loves spending time with her husband, Michael, and especially her first grandchild, Austin, just turning age one year. I'm a Member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators: The international professional organization for writers and illustrators of children’s literature.
A child said, "I want to go to heaven, Mom." How would you respond? "Compelling, emotionally honest, painful and inspirational saga."