Authors Betty Jane Allen and Martha Sue Smith grew up calling Louisiana home, and both graduated from Louisiana High School. Betty Jane went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She has worked for Maytag, Pet Milk, and the Stephens College news bureau, in addition to working as a freelance reporter for the St. Louis Globe Democrat. Martha Sue attended Monticello College and the University of Missouri, majoring in radio and television. She is a local radio personality who broadcasts daily and is the coauthor of the recently published book Reflections of Missouri.