Mary L Schmidt aka S. Jackson is a retired registered nurse, winner of the coveted Leora Stroup
award in Nursing for academic excellence and community involvement, as well as graduating with
high honors and inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She has
written 20 plus books and has been included in five anthologies. Many of her books have won international
medals and awards. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
She is a member of the Catholic Church, and has taught kindergarten Catechism; she has worked in
various capacities for The American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Cub and Boy Scouts, (son, Gene,
is an Eagle Scout), and sponsored trips for high school music children. She loves all forms of
art but mostly focuses on the visual arts; amateur photography, traditional, and graphic art as
her health allows. Together with her husband, Michael, they like to fish, read, play poker, travel
adventures, and time with their grandchildren, Austin and Emma.