The other day Mary asked what the real Tom thought of the books. Unfortunately I have no direct answer from Tom. He gave no interviews so no clues were left. We do, though, have some family responses.
The first family response comes from Isabelle, the oldest, she was very pleased with the books. She had helped John with Papa Married a Mormon. Later, John dedicated Mamma's Boarding House to "Belle F. Empey for help in research."
In subsequent interviews various relatives have stated, "the brothers were all very proud of John." They tend to stand divided on who was the real Great Brain. That is one of those mysteries that will be debated for a long time.
I know it's short answer, but I hope it helps. Keep the questions coming.