A native of Shirley, Massachusetts, Ms. Houska moved to Fordville, ND with her husband, La Vere Potulny in 1967. They had two sons, Clint and Todd, and after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Dakota, she taught first and second grade in Fordville for five years. Mr. Potulny was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in 1983.
She is now living in Grafton, ND with her second husband, Ron Houska and their son Matthew who was born with Down syndrome. She has become an advocate for children with Down syndrome and speaks on their behalf and corresponds with parents, caregivers and educators on the subject. She is currently a substitute teacher and is working on a sequel to For the Love of Matthew which will be published in 2011.
Ms. Houska has written four published children's books under the name Janice Credit Potulny.