An Insider’s Guide to the Austin Children’s Book Community by Leila Sales from Publishers Weekly. Peek: “Austin has a number of institutional structures that make it welcoming to children’s book writers. One of the most significant is BookPeople, Texas’s largest independent bookstore and the winner of this year’s WNBA Pannell Award,…given to the nation’s best children’s booksellers….The Texas Book Festival and Texas Teen Book Festival are [also] annual events….”
Salima Alikham: the author of SORAYA AND THE MERMAID, EMMI IN THE CITY: A GREAT CHICAGO FIRE SURVIVAL STORY, and the JAKE MADDOX series. She is also illustrator of ROCKY MOUNTAIN NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS and PIECES OF ANOTHER WORLD and the author/illustrator of THE PIED PIPER OF AUSTIN. Salima makes her home in Austin. SEE ALSO An Interview with Salima Alikhan.
Crystal Allen: the author of THE MAGNIFICENT MYA TIBBS series, THE LAURA LINE and HOW LAMAR’S BAD PRANK WON A BUBBA-SIZED TROPHY. Crystal lives in the Houston area. SEE ALSO An Interview with Crystal Allen.
E. “Emily” Kristin Anderson: the co-anthologist of DEAR TEEN ME: AUTHORS WRITE LETTERS TO THEIR TEEN SELVES and the author of THE SUMMER OF UNRAVELING. Emily lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Interview with E. Kristin Anderson.
Kathi Appelt: the author of THE UNDERNEATH, KEEPER, MAYBE A FOX, ANGEL THIEVES and numerous picture books, including the BUBBA AND BEAU series and MISS LADY BIRD’S WILDFLOWERS: HOW A FIRST LADY CHANGED AMERICA. Kathi lives in College Station. SEE ALSO An Interview with Kathi Appelt.
Dianna Hutts Aston: the author of numerous picture books including, A BUTTERFLY IS PATIENT, AN EGG IS QUIET, DREAM SOMETHING BIG, THE MOON OVER STAR and WHEN YOU WERE BORN. Dianna lives in Texas. See also An Interview with Dianna Hutts Aston.
Varsha Bajaj: the author of THIS IS OUR BABY, BORN TODAY, HOW MANY KISSES DO YOU WANT TONIGHT? and T IS FOR TAJ MAHAL, and the novels COUNT ME IN and ABBY SPENCER GOES TO BOLLYWOOD. Varsha lives in the Houston area. SEE ALSO An Interview with Varsha Bajaj.
Roberta Baird: The illustrator of THE YELLOW BOAT, THE RUNAWAY PUMPKIN PIE MAN, THE SWAMP WHERE GATOR HIDES, THE LEGEND OF RANGER, THE REINDEER THAT COULDN’T FLY, I SEE THE ANIMALS SLEEPING and many other educational readers. Roberta lives in Houston, Texas.
Chris Barton: the author of numerous books for young readers including WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A VOICE LIKE THAT?, THE AMAZING AGE OF JOHN ROY LYNCH, WHOOSH! LONNIE JOHNSON’S SUPER-SOAKING STREAM OF INVENTIONS, THE DAY-GLO BROTHERS, SHARK VS. TRAIN and CAN I SEE YOUR ID?. Chris lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Interview with Chris Barton.
Patrice Barton: the illustrator of many books for young readers, including THE INVISIBLE BOY, I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE and THE YEAR OF THE BABY. Patrice lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Austin SCBWI Member Interview with Patrice Barton.
Holly Bea: the author of several books, including GOD BELIEVES IN YOU, BLESS YOUR HEART, WHERE GOD LIVES, BIG ADVENTURES WITH DINO DAVE and LUCY GOOSE GOES TO TEXAS. Holly has lived in Lubbock and Dallas and now makes her home in Colorado.
Kelly Bennett: the author of numerous books, including NOT NORMAN: A GOLDFISH STORY, DAD AND POP, YOUR DADDY WAS JUST LIKE YOU, YOUR MOMMY WAS JUST LIKE YOU, ONE DAY I WENT RAMBLING and SPIDER SPINS A STORY: FOURTEEN LEGENDS FROM NATIVE AMERICA. SEE ALSO An Interview with Kelly Bennett.
Marcia Bennett: the author several books, including UMBRELLA TOWN, MYSTERY AT JACOB’S WELL and SOMEBODY LEFT THE DOOR OPEN. Marcia lives in Wimberly.
Mike Benny: the illustrator of AMERICAS WHITE TABLE, THE LISTENERS, JUST AS GOOD: HOW LARRY DOBY CHANGED AMERICA’S GAME, OH, BROTHER! and more. Mike makes his home in Austin. SEE ALSO An Interview with Mike Benny.
Cate Berry: the author of CHICKEN BREAK: A COUNTING BOOK and PENGUIN AND TINY SHRIMP DON’T DO BEDTIME. She grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Austin.
Diane Gonzales Bertrand: the author of several novels, including ALICIA’S TREASURE, TRINO’S CHOICE, and TRINO’S TIME as well as bilingual picture books, SIP,SLURP, SOUP, SOUP/CALDO, CALDO, CALDO, FAMILY, FAMILIA, THE LAST DOLL, and UNCLE CHENTE’S PICNIC. Her books are published by Arte Publico Press in Houston. She is Writer-In-Residence at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. SEE ALSO An Interview with Diane Gonzales Bertrand.
Charles Beyl: the author-illustrator of LITTLE LUNCH TRUCK and the illustrator of many books for young readers. He lives in Sugar Land, Texas.
Molly Blaisdell: the author of several children’s picture books, including CHICKENS DO NOT TAKE OVER HALLOWEEN, REMBRANDT AND THE BOY WHO DREW DOGS plus IF YOU WERE A QUADRILATERAL and many others. Molly is a native Texan and currently lives in College Station.
Misha Blaise: the author-illustrator of MY WONDROUS CLOUD ODYSSEY, THIS IS TEXAS, Y’ALL and MY PHENOMENAL LIFE. She lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Austin SCBWI Member Interview with Misha Blaise.
Deborah Blumenthal: the author of numerous books, including THE LIFEGUARD, FAT CAMP, THE BLUE HOUSE DOG, CHARLIE HITS IT BIG, ICE PALACE, AUNT CLAIRE’S YELLOW BEEHIVE HAIR, THE CHOCOLATE-COVERED-COOKIE TANTRUM and DON’T LET THE PEAS TOUCH AND OTHER STORIES. Deborah Blumenthal used to live in Houston, but now makes her home in New York City.
Karen Blumenthal: the author of several nonfiction books, including HILARY RODHAM CLINTON: A WOMAN LIVING HISTORY, TOMMY: THE GUN THAT CHANGED AMERICA and BONNIE AND CLYDE: THE MAKING OF A LEGEND. Karen lives in Dallas.
Beth Bowland: the author of POLARIS. Beth lives in Arlington, Texas.
David Bowles: the author of THEY CALL ME GÜERO, the 13TH STREET series, and FEATHERED SERPENT, DARK HEART OF SKY: MYTHS OF MEXICO. David is from south Texas, where he teaches at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley.
Donna Janell Bowman: the author of STEP RIGHT UP: HOW DOC AND JIM TAUGHT THE WORLD ABOUT KINDNESS, ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S DUELING WORDS and several other nonfiction picture books. Donna lives in Round Rock. SEE ALSO An Interview with Donna Janell Bowman.
J. E. Bright: the author of WONDER WOMAN: THE WAY OF THE AMAZONS and GRIMM & GROSS: HANS IN LUCK, in addition to more than 120 books published for young readers. J. E. was born in New York City but now lives in the Clear Lake area south of Houston.
Meghan P. Brown: the author of INDELIBLE ANN: THE LARGER-THAN-LIFE STORY OF GOVERNOR ANN RICHARDS. Meghan lives in Austin.
Lee Merrill Byrd: the author of THE TREASURE ON GOLD STREET, LOVER BOY, and BIRDIE’S BEAUTY PARLOR. Lee is the publisher of Cinco Puntos and lives in El Paso. SEE ALSO An Interview with Lee Merrill Byrd.
Pam Calvert: the author of several books, including PRINCESS PEEPERS, MULTIPLYING MENACE; THE MAT MAKER and FLYING SAUCER. She lives in Del Rio, Texas.
Peggy Caravantes: the author of biographies, including SELF RELIANCE: THE STORY OF RALPH WALDO EMERSON, A GREAT AND SUBLIME FOOL: THE STORY OF MARK TWAIN, WRITING IS MY BUSINESS: THE STORY OF O. HENRY, WAGING PEACE: THE STORY OF JANE ADDAMS, AN AMERICAN HERO: THE AUDIE MURPHY STORY, and PETTICOAT SPIES.
Randy Cecil: the author-illustrator of LUCY, DUCK, GATOR, HORSEFLY AND HONEYBEE, and the illustrator of BRONTORINA, LOVEABY DRAGON and HOW DO YOU WOKKA-WOKKA? Randy lives in the Houston area.
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo: the author of WHEN WE WAS FIERCE, FEELS LIKE HOME, PRIZEFIGHTER EN MI CASA and FAT ANGIE. e.E. grew up in south Texas.
J. B. Cheaney: the author of SOMEBODY ON THIS BUS, MY FRIEND THE ENEMY and THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE. J. B. is originally from Dallas and now makes her home in Missouri. SEE ALSO An Interview with J. B. Cheaney.
Tera Lynn Childs: the author of SWEET SHADOWS, SWEET VENOM, FORGIVE MY FINS, FINS ARE FOREVER, GODDESS BOOT CAMP, OH. MY. GODS and many more. Tera used to live in Texas.
Melanie Chrismer: the author of MG nonfiction: LONE STAR LEGACY: THE TEXAS RANGERS THEN AND NOW, picture books CHACHALACA CHIQUITA, and the PHOEBE CLAPPSADDLE series, as well as several space science and math books for kids. Melanie is a fifth-generation Texan and lives in Pearland, Texas. SEE ALSO An Interview with Melanie Chrismer.
Nancy Churnin: the author of THE WILLIAM HOY STORY: HOW A DEAF BASEBALL PLAYER CHANGED THE GAME, MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN, CHARLIE TAKES HIS SHOT, IRVING BERLIN: THE IMMIGRANT BOY WHO MADE AMERICA SING, THE QUEEN AND THE FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE and many more. Nancy lives in Plano.
Samantha M. Clark: the author of THE BOY, THE BOAT AND THE BEAST. She lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Austin SCBWI Member Interview with Samantha Clark.
Peggy Clement: the author of QUEEN OF THE CASTLE and SHIFTING SAND. She lives in Lumberton, Texas.
Rosemary Clement-Moore: the author of the MAGGIE QUINN series, TEXAS GOTHIC and THE SPLENDOR FALLS.
Laura Creedle: the author of THE LOVE LETTERS OF ABELARD AND LILY. Laura lives in Austin.
Jeff Crosby: the author-illustrator of WIENER WOLF, ROCKABILLY GOATS GRUFF and other picture books. He is formerly of Austin and now lives in England. SEE ALSO An Austin SCBWI Member Interview with Jeff Crosby.
James Crowley: the author of STARFISH. James lives in Austin.
Adrianna Cuevas: the author of the THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF NESTOR LOPEZ. Adrianna lives near Austin.
Tara Dairman: the author of the ALL FOUR STARS series and THE GREAT HIBERNATION. She lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Austin SCBWI Member Interview with Tara Dairman.
Sharon Darrow: the author of OLD THUNDER AND MISS RANEY, THE PAINTERS OF LEXIEVILLE, THROUGH THE TEMPESTS DARK AND WILD: A STORY OF MARY SHELLEY, CREATOR OF FRANKENSTEIN and others. She has lived in many Texas towns, most recently Weatherford, and currently calls Vermont home. SEE ALSO An Interview with Sharon Darrow.
David R. Davis: the author of several picture books, including JAZZ CATS, THE GREEN MOTHER GOOSE, FANDANGO SKEW and LIBRARIANS’ NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. He grew up in San Antonio and lives in Fort Worth.
Meredith Davis: the co-author of HER OWN TWO FEET: A RWANDAN GIRL’S BRAVE FIGHT TO WALK. Meredith lives in Austin, where she was the founding regional advisor of Austin SCBWI.
Carolee Dean: the author of the young adult novels COMFORT, FORGET ME NOT and TAKE ME THERE. Carolee has lived in both Lubbock and Happy, Texas. She currently makes her home in Albuquerque. SEE ALSO Famous Poets Who Overcame Reading Disabilities from Carolee Dean.
Tracy Deebs: the author of the PANDORA series and TEMPEST RISING series as well as the co-author of THE INTERNATIONAL KISSING CLUB. Tracy lives in Austin.
Tracy Dockray: the author-illustrator of THE LOST AND FOUND PONY and illustrator of numerous books for children, including MY BUNNY DIARY, THE JAMMY DANCE and several titles by Beverly Cleary. Originally from Lubbock, Tracy now makes her home in New York City.
Shirley Smith Duke: the author of NO BOWS, UNTHINKABLE and several science nonfiction titles like STEP BY STEP EXPERIMENTS WITH PLANTS. She lives in Dallas. SEE ALSO An Interview with Shirley Smith Duke.
Clare B. Dunkle: the author of THE HOUSE OF DEAD MAIDS, THE WALLS HAVE EYES, THE SKY INSIDE and numerous other books for YA readers. Clare previously lived in San Antonio and is now living in Germany. SEE ALSO Clare B. Dunkle on Of Humans and Other Monsters.
Debbie Loren Dunn: the author of INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED: HOW A TEAM OF WOMEN CODED THE FUTURE and PERKIN’S PERFECT PURPLE (both co-authored with Tami Lewis Brown). Debbie lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Interview with Debbie Loren Dunn.
Kathy Duval: the author of A BEAR’S YEAR, TAKE ME TO YOUR BBQ, THE THREE BEARS’ CHRISTMAS and THE THREE BEARS’ HALLOWEEN. Kathy was born in Oklahoma. She grew up in Texas, is formerly of Houston area, and now lives in Santa Fe. SEE ALSO An Interview with Kathy Duval.
Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer: the authors of THE SEASON. The Dyers are both native Texans who now make their home in Idaho. SEE ALSO An Interview with Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer.
Marianne J. Dyson: a former NASA flight controller and the author of SPACE STATION SCIENCE, HOME ON THE MOON, SPACE AND ASTRONOMY: DECADE BY DECADE and STARS AND GALAXIES. Marianne lives in the Houston area. SEE ALSO An Interview with Marianne J. Dyson.
Sean Easley: author of THE HOTEL BETWEEN series. Sean currently lives in Dallas.
Laura Edge: author of FROM JAZZ BABIES TO GENERATION NEXT: A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER, ANDREW CARNEGIE: INDUSTRIAL PHILANTHROPIST, LOCKED UP: A HISTORY OF THE U.S. PRISON SYSTEM and other non-fiction titles. She lives in Kingwood.
Dotti Enderle (or Dax Varley): the author of THE FORTUNE TELLERS CLUB series as well as THE COTTON CANDY CATASTROPHE AT THE TEXAS STATE FAIR, THE LIBRARY GINGERBREAD MAN, THE FAT STOCK STAMPEDE AT THE HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO, CROSSWIRE, MAN IN THE MOON and more. Dotti is a native Texan and lives in Houston. SEE ALSO An Interview with Dotti Enderle.
Chris Espinoza: the author of ROCKET MEGABYTE’S TEXAS ADVENTURE.
Brian Floca: the author and illustrator of LOCOMOTIVE, and several other books for young readers and the illustrator of numerous titles. Brian was born and raised in Temple, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Carolyn Dee Flores: the author-illustrator of A SURPRISE FOR TERESITA/UNA SORPRESA PARA TERESITA, DAUGHTERS OF TWO NATIONS and CANTA, RANA, CANTA / SING, FROGGIE, SING. Carolyn lives in central Texas. SEE ALSO Carolyn Dee Flores on Illustration Technique.
Bruce Foster: a paper engineer who has designed more than 60 pop-up books, including BUZZ ALDRIN: TO THE MOON AND BACK, LOVE YOU FOREVER and THE GINGERBREAD WHITE HOUSE. Bruce lives in Houston.
Janet S. Fox: the author of THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE, GET ORGANIZED WITHOUT LOSING IT, FAITHFUL, FORGIVEN and SIRENS. Janet previously lived in College Station and now makes her home in Montana. SEE ALSO An Interview with Janet Fox.
Saadia Faruqi: the author of the YASMIN series, A PLACE AT THE TABLE (co-written with Laura Shovan) and A THOUSAND QUESTIONS. Saadia lives in Houston.
Adriana M. Garcia: the illustrator of ALL AROUND US. She was born and raised in San Antonio.
Sherry Garland: a fifth generation Texan, most of her books are set in Texas. Sherry’s titles include VOICES OF PEARL HARBOR, THE LOTUS SEED, SONG OF THE BUFFALO BOY, SHADOW OF THE DRAGON and MY FATHER’S BOAT. She lives in Bryan. SEE ALSO Sherry Garland on Requiem for a Book.
Cynthia Leonor Garza: the author-illustrator of LUCIA THE LUCHADORA. Cynthia is from South Texas and lives in Nairobi, Kenya.
Xavier Garza: the author of CREEPY CREATURES AND OTHER CUCUYS and LUCHA LIBRE: THE mAN IN THE SILVER MASK. Xavier was born in Rio Grande City and lives in San Antonio.
Gail Giles: the acclaimed author of DARK SONG, SHATTERING GLASS, DEAD GIRLS DON’T WRITE LETTERS, PLAYING IN TRAFFIC, WHAT HAPPENED TO CASS MCBRIDE? and RIGHT BEHIND YOU. Gail lives in The Woodlands. SEE ALSO An Interview with Gail Giles.
Linda Gondosch: the author of JUNIPERO SERRA: FOUNDER OF THE CALIFORNIA MISSIONS and HOW DID TEA AND TAXES SPARK A REVOLUTION?. Linda lives in Richmond, Texas.
Xelena González: the author of ALL AROUND US. Xelena has roots in San Antonio and studied library science at Texas Woman’s University. She lives in Guangzhou, China, where she works as a librarian in an international school.
John Gosselink: the author of THE DEFENSE OF THADDEUS A. LEDBETTER. John lives in Austin.
Keith Graves: the author/illustrator of several books, including CHICKEN BIG, THE UNEXPECTEDLY BAD HAIR OF BARCELONA SMITH, THREE NASTY GNARLIES, PET BOY, THE ORPHAN OF AWKWARD FALLS and FRANK WAS A MONSTER WHO WANTED TO DANCE. Keith lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Interview with Keith Graves.
Evan Griffith: the author of SECRETS OF THE SEA: THE STORY OF JEANNE POWER, REVOLUTIONARY MARINE SCIENTIST. Evan lives in Austin.
Peni R. Griffin: a fantasy, historical and contemporary fiction author for children and young adults. Peni’s books include SULLIVAN THAT SUMMER, MARGO’S HOUSE, VIKKI VANISHES, THE MAZE, THE BRICKHOUSE BURGLARS, THE SWITCHING WELL and THE TREASURE BIRD. She lives in San Antonio. SEE ALSO An Interview with Peni R. Griffin.
Geraldine Guadagno: the author of A CHRISTMAS STORY WITH ST. JOSEPH and IRENE THE ELEPHANT. Geraldine lives in Canyon Lake.
Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz: a poet and the author of more than ninety books for children, including DON’T GO OUT IN YOUR UNDERWEAR, reference and easy reader books. Babs lives in the Houston area.
Daniel J. Hale: the co-author of the ZEKE ARMSTRONG mystery series. Daniel splits his year between Texas and southern California.
Kelly Milner Halls: the author of sever books, including GIRL MEETS BOY, SAVING THE BAGHDAD ZOO, ALIEN INVESTIGATION, IN SEARCH OF SASQUATCH, and DINOSAUR MUMMIES: BEYOND BARE-BONED FOSSILS. She was raised in Friendswood, Texas (and has an interest in returning to her home state for events). SEE ALSO An Interview with Kelly Milner Halls.
Jo Harper: the author of several books, including MIER MEN: THE ADVENTURES AND SUFFERING OF COLORFUL MEN ON THE MIER EXPEDITION, BIRTH OF THE FIFTH SUN, FINDING DADDY: A STORY OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION, JALAPENO HAL, I COULD EAT YOU ALL UP! and more. She lives in Houston.
Suzanne Harper: the author of THE SECRET LIFE OF SPARROW DELANEY and THE JULIET CLUB. Suzanne graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and now makes her home in New York. SEE ALSO An Interview with Suzanne Harper.
Karen Harrington: the author of SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY, COURAGE FOR BEGINNERS and MAYDAY. Karen lives in Plano.
Betsy Haynes: the author of several books, including the BONE CHILLER series, the BOY TALK series and the FABULOUS FIVE super edition series. Betsy lives on Lake Lewisville, north of Dallas.
Bethany Hegedus: the author of BE THE CHANGE: A GRANDFATHER GANDHI STORY, GRANDFATHER GANDHI, BETWEEN US BAXTERS, TRUTH WITH A CAPITAL T, ALABAMA SPITFIRE: THE STORY OF HARPER LEE AND TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and HUDDLE UP! CUDDLE UP! She lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Interview with Bethany Hegedus.
Joy Fisher Hein: the illustrator of MISS LADY BIRD’S WILDFLOWERS, BLOOMIN’ TALES: SEVEN FAVORITE WILDFLOWER LEGENDS, SAM HOUSTON: STANDING FIRM and more. Joy is from the Texas Hill country. SEE ALSO An Interview with Joy Fisher Hein.
Helen Hemphill: the author of LONG GONE DADDY, THE ADVENTURES DEEDS OF DEADWOOD JONES and RUNAROUND. Helen is a native Texan who lives with her family in Nashville. SEE ALSO An Interview with Helen Hemphill.
Jason Henderson: the author of the ALEX VAN HELSING series and other titles.
Kristi Holl: a writing teacher and the author of more than 20 books for young readers, including THE BOARDING SCHOOL mysteries, the FAITHGIRLZ series and MORE WRITER’S FIRST AID: GETTING THE WRITING DONE. She lives in San Antonio.
Kimberly Willis Holt: the author of numerous books, including the PIPER REED series, THE ADVENTURES OF GRANNY CLEARWATER & LITTLE CRITTER, WAITING FOR GREGORY, THE WATER SEEKER, SKINNY BROWN DOG, PARK OF ME, DANCING IN CADILLAC LIGHT, WHEN ZACHARY BEAVER CAME TO TOWN, MY LOUISIANA SKY and MISTER AND ME. She lives in the Dallas area. SEE ALSO An Interview with Kimberly Willis Holt.
Polly Holyoke: the author of THE NEPTUNE PROJECT trilogy. Polly lives in Plano.
A.G. Howard: the author of the SPLINTERED series, THE ARCHITECT OF SONG and ROSEBLOOD. A.G. lives in Amarillo.
Sandra J. Howatt: the author of SLEEPYHEADS. Sandra lives in the Houston area.
C.C. Hunter: the author of the SHADOW FALLS series. C.C. lives in Houston.
Louise A. Jackson: the author of EXILED! and GONE TO TEXAS: FROM VIRGINIA TO ADVENTURE. Louise has Texas roots and specializes in historical fiction.
Shelley Ann Jackson: the co-author-illustrator of LITTLE LIONS, BULL BAITERS & HUNTING HOUNDS: A HISTORY OF DOG BREEDS as well as HARNESS HORSES, BUCKING BRONCOS AND PIT PONIES and other picture books. Shelley Ann is formerly of Austin and now lives in England. SEE ALSO An Interview with Shelley Ann Jackson.
A. M. Jenkins: the author of several young adult novels, including NIGHT ROAD, DAMAGE, BEATING HEART: A GHOST STORY and REPOSSESSED. She lives in Benbrook, Texas. SEE ALSO An Interview with A.M. Jenkins.
C.S. Jennings: the author-illustrator of HELLO, TEXAS! and the illustrator for JACOB WONDERBAR books. Christopher makes his home in Austin.
Layne Johnson: the illustrator of numerous books for children, including VOICES OF PEARL HARBOR, THE POPPY LADY, RACE THE WILD WIND, A YOUNG MAN’S DANCE, CHRISTMAS FOR A KITTEN, WHERE HORSES RUN FREE and GRANDPARENT POEMS. Layne is a native Houstonian. SEE ALSO An Interview with Layne Johnson.
Regan Johnson: the author/illustrator of LITTLE BUNNY KUNG FU. She lives in the Austin area.
Varian Johnson: the author of THE PARKER INHERITANCE, TO CATCH A CHEAT, THE GREAT GREENE HEIST, MY LIFE AS A RHOMBUS and SAVING MADDIE, along with the graphic novel, TWINS. Varian is based in Austin. SEE ALSO An Interview with Varian Johnson.
Sara K. Joiner: the author of AFTER THE ASHES, grew up in central Texas and most recently lived in Houston before moving to Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Jason June: the author of picture books, PORCUPINE CUPID and WHOBERT WHOVER, the chapter book MERMICORN ISLAND and YA novel, JAY’S GAY AGENDA. Jason lives in Austin.
Janet Kaderli: the author of PATCHWORK TRAIL, MOLASSES COOKIES, MANY PLACES and SO MANY PLACES TO GO.
Laekan Zea Kemp: the author of SOMEWHERE BETWEEN BITTER AND SWEET. Laekan lives in Austin.
Doug Kennedy: the illustrator of numerous books, including SIX FOOLISH FISHERMEN, THE UGLY DUCKLING DINOSAUR and the PIRATE PETE picture book series. Doug lives in Austin.
Helen Ketteman: the author of GO TO SCHOOL, LITTLE MONSTER, BUBBA THE COWBOY PRINCE, THE THREE LITTLE GATORS, GOODNIGHT LITTLE MONSTER, SWAMP SONG, THE YEAR OF NO MORE CORN, THE CHRISTMAS BLIZZARD and LUCK WITH POTATOES. Formerly of Dallas, Helen now lives in southwest Florida. SEE ALSO Helen Ketteman on Making Picture Books Sing.
Susan Holt Kralovansky: the author of THE BOOK THAT JAKE BORROWED, TWELVE COWBOYS ROPIN’ and THERE WAS A TALL TEXAN WHO SWALLOWED A FLEA. Susan lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Austin SCBWI Member Interview with Susie Kralovansky.
Christine Kohler: the author of numerous books, including NO SURRENDER SOLDIER, the GLEE CLUB series, TURKEY IN THE NEWS: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE and FOR A BETTER LIFE. Christine is based outside of Fort Worth.