Betty Craker Henderson lives in the SW Missouri Ozarks, surrounded by husband Ben (who has cheerfully subsidized twenty-five years of her writing efforts), a busy buzzing poet of a mother, three kids, two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren (who must forcibly remove a book from her hands before they can get her attention), as well as countless supportive friends, forty acres of junk cars, and a cat who believes he is God. A former children's librarian and newspaper editor, Betty plays upright bass and sings in a country band and is an active member of the Missouri Folklore Society. She is passionate about the Ozarks and her heritage and enjoys writing about the history of the area, both for adults and children. She's published poetry, magazine articles, newspaper columns, written short stories, and is presently marketing a children's picture book and working on a period novel, her second. On the sinful side of the coin, she despises exercise of any sort, and enjoys sliding quarters into slot machines (when she can talk Ben into it). She is a member of SCBWI, WWA, the Missouri Writers' Guild, the Springfield Writers' Guild, and is a charter member of the Ozark Writers League, as well as attending a small local writer's support group.