BERNICE was born on the cusp of the depression era and thrust into a 1950s housewife mold that didn’t fit. She was a psychiatric ward nurse at the Colorado State Hospital, working with those deemed at the time to be mentally ill. She struggled with socially unacceptable divorce, and raised teenagers in the late 1960s as a single parent. She survived domestic violence that nearly cost her life, kidnapping charges, drugs, alcohol, and more, aided only by the love from her family and a tenacious spirit that guided her. When her daughter, Janet, asked her what life was like when she was growing up, about her first kiss, and about living through the women’s movement, the answers led to a surprisingly intense personal tale, which is now Bernice’s memoir and Janet’s first book.
JANET C. THOMAS started her career as a writer for a small town newspaper. She moved into marketing communications and eventually web site content for various companies in the Seattle area. A graduate of the University of Washington, she holds a master’s degree in communications.