Betty Kleinschmidt was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she lived until adulthood. She lived for many years in Puerto Rico, Florida, Maryland, and Arizona. She and her husband now enjoy retirement in Tucson, Arizona.
A large family of Betty's children and their mates, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren spread across the United States.
Betty has been writing since she was a child. Her short romance stories have been published in TRUE ROMANCE and TRUE LOVE. She publishes articles in periodicals and currently heads a creative writing group. She published a magazine for doll makers and collectors, THE ELVES' MAILBOX, for several years under the name of Betty James. Her rag doll patterns and doll costumes patterns became well known in the United States and other countries.
Betty is an experienced quilter. Many of her quilts are displayed in her home. She prefers the hand quilting process.