Long before Emily and I began working on the story first known as “Girls of the Plank Road,” our mother, Marjorie Demuth, encouraged us to write. Mostly we wrote accounts of county fair projects for our 4-H record books, but we also wrote essays and speeches for local contests by groups such as the American Legion. Back then I did not always appreciate my mother’s prodding or her forthright criticism of my writing and public speaking skills.
Now that Mom is our financial manager and number one promoter–she sells more books than Emily and I do, and she even gives presentations, using those public speaking skills she worked so hard to teach us–I am grateful for her long years of effort on our behalf.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! The Plank Road books wouldn’t be here without you.