Arla has spent thirty years in corporate America with the same company.  That may sound like a strange lead into authoring children's books, but there is a clear link.  One of her favorite responsibilities for six years was leading diversity trainings.  Every session was a new opportunity to see just how people needed to be reintroduced to diversity in a more accepting manner.  Most adults take on diversity was formed in their childhood.

This experience, combined with her love for children, sent her on a mission to bring diversity understanding and acceptance to the place it begins - in the homes of children.

Arla is married to her wonderful husband, Ron.  She has one son, whom her first book honors and was blessed to have four beautiful, young ladies brought into her life through marriage.  She cherishes being a mom to these wonderful people as her best job in life!