As a child, Petit often helped out in her family's garden, but she did not know too much about the process of growing plants. Decades later, after having her own children, she learned a lot about how to garden from her father, Raymond Johnson. In the 1990's, he started talking about wanting to grow a garden again, so Petit asked him for his help in starting a garden in her own back yard. He came over on most Sundays for church and dinner, as well as to help out with the garden. Together, they enjoyed the family time together, in addition to the creation of a garden every year. Even though Petit's father has passed on, she still loves gardening. She finds it peaceful because she often thinks about her family while creating new plant life. She also loves the exercise and the tasty vegetables.
Petit loves not only to see new plants grow, but also to watch the growth of an idea through the process of writing. Her two novels, Banking on Dreams and Mayflower Dreams, both show connections between a protagonist’s dreams and her reality.
Because Petit loves both writing and gardening, she's really excited about being a featured ARIA (Association of Rhode Island) author at the North Scituate Farmers' Market, 46 Institute Lane, North Scituate, RI 02857, on Saturday, June 6th, from 9 a.m. - 12 noon. Signed copies of both novels will be available in electronic and print versions at Petit's Scituate Farmers' Market event. More information is available on her author event page.