Shelly Forgey is a wife, mother, grandmother, Bible Study leader, and former home school mom who has also been a college math teacher, math education consultant, church worship leader, musician, singer, and actress in community theater productions., She also loves to sew, quilt, and garden. Her interest in sending away offenses arises from two contexts: her personal experiences in that area, and her experiences as a volunteer counselor working with women in crisis centers. She has three grown children and three grandchildren. She and her husband Steve have been married for thirty years, and they live in Cookeville, Tennessee, with their dog Molly. It is her hope that the Gracie Books will give children strong internal patterns for dealing with pain from offenses so that they can live emotionally free and happy lives.