About the author

Born in Easton, Pennsylvania on October 24, 1922 -- Emilie Betts (nee Woehrle) is the child of Scotch, English and German parents. She came from a musical family and her early years were filled with participating in concerts, musicals, popular music shows, radio programs, choirs and choral singing.

In 1929, on her seventh birthday the stock market crashed and changed the course of her life. The Great Depression left her family homeless. They were forced into a nomadic life living in rented rooms and even a tent city. During the course of her life, Emilie has lived in twenty-nine different dwellings in seven states.

During World War II, she worked in a defense factory and was a volunteer in many war-related fundraising activities. When the war ended she married Robert Betts and moved to a suburb of New York City.

While raising her three children, she and her husband welcomed into their home a niece and four nephews who had lost their parents. Along with being the wife of a successful advertising executive, participating in the PTA and other school events, Emilie was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader and chaired the publicity committee of the New York area Girl Scout Council. Emilie also did volunteer work for the Mt. Kisco Boy's Club and Northern Westchester Hospital. She stayed active in the music world and was principal soloist at the Mt. Kisco Presbyterian Church.

milie went back to school and earned a degree from the New York School of Design. In 1964, she opened a fabric shop in the town of Chappaqua and enjoyed watching it grow into a successful business. In 1978 she sold her share of the shop and she and her husband moved to New York City where she worked as a volunteer in the Bureau of Housing. Emilie was a member of an artists' studio, participating in shows and eventually selling her art in New York and Wyoming.

The desire to record her life's journey of discovery led Emilie to purchase a computer which opened up another new world - writing. After 9/11 she moved to Norwalk, Connecticut where she still resides in a 1920's English cottage, her "house of sunshine". Shadows in My House of Sunshine, her memoirs, was published in May, 2007. Emilie is currently working on her second book, a novel.