Martha Everhart Braniff lives and writes from her Houston, Texas home, and has been a tireless and lifelong champion of the underprivileged. For years, she worked as a nurse at Ripley House in a community health program serving a mostly Hispanic neighborhood. After creating the first art program at the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center, in 1984 she founded Child Advocates, a non-profit organization serving abused children. Her work has given her a special empathy for "saints and sinners"that is reflected in her poems and stories which have received national and regional recognition. Articles about children caught on the dark side of the juvenile justice system have been published in several important journals and newspapers.