I was born in Detroit, Michigan to Verl and Aimee Sparling.  Throughout my youth, I lived in Detroit, Ferndale, and Owosso.  As a child, summer vacations were always spent in the "Thumb" and to this day I feel emotionally drawn to the area.  I still have family in Michigan and it will always be home to me.
For as long as I can remember, my relatives told stories about the "Dying Sparlings."  This unsolved mystery has puzzled me since childhood and I've always wanted answers.  I never even considered writing a book, but the opportunity to combine my love of family history and historical research appealed to me.
This is my first book.  I also enjoy reading, volunteer work, playing the piano, and especially being a proud wife, mother and grandmother.  I currently reside in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my husband, Bob.
 Jacki Howard