The mother in my book, Shy Ways, is based on my own mom. This is a picture taken of her in a kimono when she was a young woman. I'm not sure what the occasion was when she posed for the picture--another moment in her life I imagine on my own.
Susan Griner is an author of children's fiction. She has written short stories and poetry for both Cricket and Babybug magazine. She is currently working on a YA novel set along the Silk Road. She lives in Washington state, but her southern roots have influenced her writing.