Barbara Horton Jones was inspired to write this story after studying the biblical account of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The insights she gained through the lens of her Christian faith, her training as a psychologist, and her experience as an elementary school teacher led her to imagine how young Mary becomes the person who grows up to be the Mother of Jesus. Dr. Jones believes that girls need to get the message early that God loves them, has a plan for their lives, and blesses their talents. She grew up in Missouri with a Presbyterian background, and has been blessed by belonging to several denominational and nondenominational churches in her adult years. An internationally collected artist, Shelbee Mares has represented Taos, New Mexico, in various festival competitions in addition to being published with the New York Graphic Society and Dina Fine Art. She has lovingly applied her talents to bring Mary's story to life with joyful color and whimsy, inviting children into Mary's world.
Barbara Jones currently resides in Cornith Highland Village.