Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and was educated at the University of Kentucky. She lives with her husband in North Carolina where she gardens and writes. She has recently moved to a "Cottage for Two," where a blank canvas allows her to design a new garden; a little less ambitious this time, but nonetheless, a garden! Stepheny leads women's retreats and volunteers in community organizations. Facing East is her second novel. A personal story: When she was growing up her father asked her how she would become an author if she didn't learn to spell better. It was reported that she replied, "I'll hire a secretary." Many years later her oldest granddaughter was part of a school program called, 'Best Guess Spelling, ' which encouraged small children to write without fear while learning to spell. These precious pieces of communication were pure delight. Stepheny highly approves of this method. "In the mystery of things, I hope my Dad knows I did become a writer with a larger vocabulary than I can sometimes spell, but am saved by spellcheck." You can follow Stepheny on her blog, Stephenyhoughtlin.com where she writes about gardening, her favorite authors and books, short personal essays. She takes people on blog tours to places like the Cotswolds, Charleston, and Chicago. Her Pinterest boards support her many interests and passions for English Gardening and beyond, and images related to both her novels.