Mary L. Schmidt writes under the pen name of S. Jackson, and she is a retired registered nurse, who won the coveted Leora B. Stroup Bachelor of Science in Nursing Award for outstanding clinical performance, community involvement and academic achievement in Nursing Award, while at Fort Hays State University. 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 disabilities allow. Her husband, Michael Schmidt aka A. Raymond, rounds out this co-author duo. 

Together they have published thirty plus books and counting since retirement; the first a memoir, When Angels Fly, followed by an Art Picture book featuring her own works of art, one cookbook, and the rest for young children. Protecting children from molestation is important to her, and with that in mind she wrote Suzy Has A Secret. Seeing what bullies can do to a child inspired her to write the book, The Big Cheese Festival. Thus far, twelve books have been published in their “Shadow and Friends” series for children. Schmidt designs all of her book covers and illustrations. 

Both love spending time together and visit with their grandchildren, Austin and Emma. Schmidt is a Member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators: The international professional organization for writers and illustrators of children’s literature, and Sigma Theta Tau International: The Honor Society of Nursing, which is the second-largest nursing organization in the world with approximately 135,000 active members.

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  1. I spent the larger part of my Nursing Career caring for patients, including working as a volunteer at St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN for Children with Cancer, and at St. Francis Hospital for terminally ill patients with Cancer as an RN, and at Emory University, Winship Cancer Research and Atlanta VA hospital. Thank you for your gift of your book When Angels Fly. 🙂 Karen Dowdall, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN

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    • You are welcome. You’ve had tremendous success with your career. I applaud you for such success! I imagine you will relate in many ways from the parents at St. Jude. My book is being edited for correct capitalization’s, etc. such as medicines, and I can send you a different version when complete or you can just keep the one you have. Thank you for letting me know of your areas in nursing.


  2. Nice to meet you two! I’m a RN as well. I have a PhD in Nursing and have predominately worked PICU or teaching students. I have recently turned my focus to writing, which is a HARD but wonderful passion to pursue.

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  3. Pingback: Writing Empathy as a Power or Ability | Legends of Windemere

    • I have some empathic ability. I would fall under your heroic version and I’m used all the time. I just know things. Can’t explain it. I just simply know things. Then some people use my emotions to their benefit.


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