Stephanie Parsley Ledyard: the author of PIE IS FOR SHARING and HOME IS A WINDOW. Stephanie was born in Archer City, grew up in Wichita Falls and lived in Austin. She now makes her home in Dallas.
Debbie Leland: the author children’s picture books such as AGGIE GOOSE RHYMES, THE LITTLE PRAIRIE HEN, DADDY’S LOVE, THE FIREGATOR, THE FOOTBALL MAN and THE JALAPENO MAN, all illustrated by Ann Hollis Rife. Debbie lives in College Station. SEE ALSO An Interview with Debbie Leland.
Lindsay Leslie: the author of THIS BOOK IS SPINELESS, NOVA THE STAR EATER, and WANTED: DUSK RAIDERS. Lindsay lives in Austin.
Cynthia Y. Levinson: the author of WE’VE GOT A JOB: THE 1963 BIRMINGHAM CHILDREN’S MARCH, WATCH OUT FOR FLYING KIDS, HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: DO ALL THE GOOD YOU CAN and children’s picture book THE YOUNGEST MARCHER. Cynthia lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Interview with Cynthia Y. Levinson.
Deborah J. Lightfoot: the author the WATERSPELL trilogy and TRAIL FEVER: THE LIFE OF A TEXAS COWBOY and other books. Deborah is from West Texas.
Mary Lindsey: the author of the HAVEN SERIES, SHATTERED SOULS, FRAGILE SPIRITS and ASHES ON THE WAVES. Mary lives in Houston.
Laura Logan: the author/illustrator of LITTLE BUTTERFLY, and illustrator of several picture books, including TWO TO CUDDLE, THE EASTER BUNNY’S WORKSHOP, ON THOSE RUNAWAY DAYS, I CAN PLAY IT SAFE, NONNA TELL ME A STORY and THAT’S MY MOMMY. She lives in Austin.
Michelle Lord: the debut author of LITTLE SAP AND MONSIEUR RODIN, A SONG FOR CAMBODIA, TIDE POOL TROUBLE and NATURE RECYCLES. Michelle lives in New Braunfels.
D. (Dorothy) Anne Love: the author of numerous books for young readers, including THE PUPPETEER’S APPRENTICE, OF NUMBERS AND STARS: THE STORY OF HYPATIA, PICTURE PERFECT, SEMIPRECIOUS and DEFYING THE DIVA. She lives in San Antonio. SEE ALSO An Interview with D. Anne Love.
Kari Luna: the author of THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. Formerly of Garland, Kari now makes her home in Portland.
April Lurie: the author of THE LESS-DEAD, THE LATENT POWERS OF DYLAN FONTAINE, DANCING IN THE STREETS OF BROOKLYN and BOYFRIENDS, BROTHERS & OTHER CRIMINAL MINDS and other books for tween/YA readers. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and now lives in Round Rock. SEE ALSO An Interview with April Lurie.
Mari Mancusi: the author of SCORCHED, the BLOOD COVEN series, GAMER GIRL, THE CAMELOT CODE and more. Mari lives in Dripping Springs. SEE ALSO Mari Mancusi on Kids Don’t Read Like They Used To (and That’s a Good Thing) .
Sherri Maret: the author of THE CLOUD ARTIST. She was born in Greenville, Texas (outside Dallas) and has lived in various cities across the state. Sherri now makes her home in Pennsylvania.
Claudia Guadalupe Martinez: the author of PIG PARK, THE SMELL OF OLD LADY PERFUME and NOT A BEAN. Claudia grew up in El Paso and now makes her home in Chicago.
Guadalupe Garcia McCall: the author of SHAME THE STARS, SUMMER OF THE MARIPOSAS and UNDER THE MESQUITE. Guadalupe now lives in Oregon. SEE ALSO Guadalupe Garcia McCall on Writing & Teaching Poetry.
Erin McGuire: the illustrator of ALABAMA SPITFIRE: THE STORY OF HARPER LEE AND TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, SHELTER PET SQUAD, and BREADCRUMS. Erin lives in Dallas.
Emily McKay: the author of THE FARM SERIES, HOW WILLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK and the co-author of THE INTERNATIONAL KISSING CLUB.
Michael Merschel: the author of REVENGE OF THE STAR SURVIVORS. Michael lives in the Dallas area.
Mary Beth Miller: the author of ON THE HEAD OF A PIN and AIMEE. Mary Beth lives in the Forth Worth area.
Susan K. Mitchell: the author of KERSPLATYPUS, STONE PIZZA and THE RAIN FOREST GREW ALL AROUND, and several non-fiction titles. Susan is based in north Houston.
Pat Mora: the author (and poet) of numerous books, including the MY FAMILY/MI FAMILIA series, TOMAS AND THE LIBRARY LADY and DONA FLOR: A TALL TALE ABOUT A GIANT WOMAN WITH A GREAT BIG HEART. Pat is from El Paso and now makes her home in Santa Fe. SEE ALSO An Interview with Pat Mora.
Roxie Munro: the author and illustrator of MARKET MAZE, SLITHERY SNAKES, HATCH! and many other books for young readers. Roxie was born in Mineral Wells and currently lives in New York.
Julie Murphy: the author of Ramona Blue, Dumplin’ and Side Effects May Vary. Julie lives in Fort Worth.
Anna Myers: the author of numerous books, including THE GRAVE ROBBER’S SECRET, TIME OF THE WITCHES, TULSA BURNING, STOLEN BY THE SEA, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, FIRE IN THE HILLS, and the children’s picture book TUMBLEWEED BABY. Anna lives in Oklahoma but was born in Texas. SEE ALSO An Interview with Anna Myers.
Carmen Oliver: the author of the picture book BEARS MAKE THE BEST READING BUDDIES. She is also the founder of THE BOOKING BIZ, an agency devoted to bringing award-winning authors and illustrators into schools, libraries, and special events. Carmen lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Interview with Carmen Oliver.
Kayla Olson: the author of THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE. Kayla lives in Austin.
Lisa Papademetriou: the author of A TALE OF HIGHLY UNUSUAL MAGIC, CONFECTIONATELY YOURS, SIXTH-GRADE GLOMMERS, NORKS, AND ME (among other titles) as well as the co-author of M OR F? Lisa was born in Houston and now makes her home in Massachusetts. SEE ALSO An Interview with Lisa Papademetriou.
Phyllis Hornung Peacock: the illustrator of such books as THE NEW HOUSE, the PRINCESS MADISON books, A PLACE FOR ZERO, SIMON CAN’T SAY HIPPOPOTAMUS and WHAT’S YOUR ANGLE, PYTHAGORAS? Phyllis lives in Austin.
Jan Peck: the author of numerous books, including THE GREEN MOTHER GOOSE: SAVING THE WORLD ONE RHYME AT A TIME, WAY OUT WEST ON MY LITTLE PONY, PIRATE TREASURE HUNT, WAY DOWN DEEP IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA, THE GIANT CARROT, THE BALLERINA PRINCESS, THE FIRST CHRISTMAS and THE TIME TRAVELERS. SEE ALSO An Interview with Jan Peck.
Ruth Pennebaker: the author of DON’T THINK TWICE, CONDITIONS OF LOVE and BOTH SIDES NOW. Ruth lives in Austin.
Rene S. Perez II: the author of SEEING OFF THE JOHNS. Rene was born in Kingsville, Texas, and raised in Corpus Christi. He received a BA from the University of Texas and an MFA from Texas State University. He teaches high school in Austin.
Rickey E. Pittman: the author of IRISH ALPHABET, JIM LIMBER DAVIS: A BLACK ORPHAN IN THE CONFEDERATE WHITE HOUSE and STORIES OF THE CONFEDERATE SOUTH. Jim is originally from Dallas and now makes his home in Louisiana.
J.L. Powers: the author of AMINA, THE CONFESSIONAL and THIS THING CALLED THE FUTURE. J.L. now lives in California, but grew up in El Paso and still considers it home. SEE ALSO An Interview with J.L. Powers.
Lisa Railsback: the author of NOONIE’S MASTERPIECE and BETTI ON THE HIGH WIRE. Lisa lives in Austin.
H.J. Ralles: the author of several books for young readers, including THE GHOSTS OF MALHADO. H.J. makes her home in Houston.
Lynn Rowe Reed: the illustrator of numerous books for young people, including BENNY SHARK GOES TO FRIEND SCHOOL, BEAR’S BIG BREAKFAST and ME FIRST! PREFIXES LEAD THE WAY. Lynn went to college in Abilene and lives in Austin.
Dian Curtis Regan: the author of numerous books for young people, including PRINCESS NEVERMORE, CAM’S QUEST, the MONSTER OF THE MONTH CLUB books, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO KALEY, THE SNOW BLEW IN, MONSTER BABY and BARNYARD SLAM. Dian now lives in Colorado. SEE ALSO An Interview with Dian Curtis Regan.
Lupe Ruiz-Flores: the author LUPITA’S PAPALOTE/EL PAPALOTE DE LUPITA, ALICIA’S FRUITY DRINKS/LAS AGUAS FRESCAS DE ALICIA, THE BATTLE OF THE SNOW CONES/LA GUERRA DE LAS RASPAS, LUPITA’S FIRST DANCE, EL PRIMER BAILE DE LUPITA and LET’S SALSA/BAILEMOS SALSA. Lupe lives in San Antonio. SEE ALSO An Interview with Lupe Ruiz-Flores.
Jennifer Rustgi: the author of A MOON OF MY OWN. Jennifer lives in Austin.
Louis Sachar: the author of HOLES, THE CARDTURNER, the WAYSIDE SCHOOL SERIES, the MARVIN REDPOST series and other titles. Louis lives in Austin.
René Saldaña, Jr.: the author of the MICKEY RANGEL MYSTERY series and YA books A GOOD LONG WAY, THE WHOLE SKY FULL OF STARS and others. He lives in Lubbock.
Alex Sanchez: the YA author of THE GOD BOX, BAIT, BOYFRIENDS WITH GIRLFRIENDS, RAINBOW BOYS, RAINBOW HIGH, RAINBOW ROAD and SO HARD TO SAY. Alex lived in Austin as a child. SEE ALSO An Interview with Alex Sanchez.
Tony Sansevero: the illustrator of I WAS A SIXTH GRADE ALIEN, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ROCK, FOCUS ON MINERALS, POPPERS TO THE RESCUE, A HAT FOR A PROMISE, MY ANGEL HERMAN, THE SECRET ADMIRER and more. He lives in Austin.
Liz Garton Scanlon: the author of several books, including THE GOOD-PIE PARTY, IN THE CANYON, THE GREAT GOOD SUMMER, THINK BIG, A SOCK IS A POCKET FOR YOUR TOES, ALL THE WORLD, NOODLE AND LOU and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BUNNY. She lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Interview with Liz Garton Scanlon.
Lindsey Schiebe is the author of RIPTIDE. She lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Interview with Lindsey Schiebe.
Louise Schroeder: the author of THE BLUES GO BIRDING and illustrator of GONE CUCKOO. Louise lives near Austin.
Elaine Scott: the author of numerous books, including DOLLARS AND SENSE, OUR MOON, BURIED ALIVE!, MARS AND THE SEARCH FOR LIFE, ALL ABOUT SLEEP FROM A TO ZZZS, SECRETS OF THE CIRQUE MEDRANO, POLES APART: WHY PENGUINS AND POLAR BEARS WILL NEVER BE NEIGHBORS, TWINS! and ADVENTURE IN SPACE: THE FLIGHT TO FIX THE HUBBLE. Elaine lives in Houston. SEE ALSO An Interview with Elaine Scott.
Victoria Scott: the author of THE COLLECTOR trilogy and the FIRE & FLOOD trilogy. Victoria lives in Dallas.
Janice Shefelman: the author of numerous books for children, including ANNA MARIA’S GIFT, A PARADISE CALLED TEXAS, A PEDDLER’S DREAM, VICTORIA HOUSE and I, VIVALDI. Janice lives in Austin. SEE ALSO Janice Shefelman on Researching Anna Maria’s Gift.
Annette Simon: the author and illustrator of ROBOT BURP HEAD SMARTYPANTS!, ROBOT ZOMBIE FRANKENSTEIN!, MOCKING BIRDIES and THIS BOOK IF FOR ALL KIDS. Annette previously lived in Austin and now makes her home in Asheville, N.C.
Toni Simmons: the author of books and audio including THE CHEESE CHASE. Emphasis on multicultural oral traditions. Toni lives in Dallas.
Cynthia Leitich Smith: the author the FERAL series, the TANTALIZE series and books for younger children, including JINGLE DANCER, INDIAN SHOES and RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME. Cynthia lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith.
Greg Leitich Smith: the author of BORROWED TIME, CHRONAL ENGINE, LITTLE GREEN MEN AT THE MERCURY INN, TOFU AND T. REX and NINJAS, PIRANHAS AND GALILEO. Greg lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Interview with Greg Leitich Smith.
J. Jaye Smith: the author of BATTY ABOUT TEXAS. She makes her home in the Austin area.
Linda Smith (no relation): the author of WHEN MOON FELL DOWN, MRS. BIDDLEBOX: HER VERY BAD DAY…AND WHAT SHE DID ABOUT IT!, THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A BOOT and THE INSIDE TREE. Texas author Linda Smith died of breast cancer in June 2000. See An Interview with Marla Frazee, the illustrator of MRS. BIDDLEBOX.
Jordan Sonnenblick: the author of several books, including DRUMS, GIRLS & DANGEROUS PIE as well as NOTES FROM THE MIDNIGHT DRIVER, ZEN AND THE ART OF FAKING IT and the DODGER series. Jordan now lives in Pennsylvania, but he previously worked as a teacher in Texas. SEE ALSO An Interview with Jordan Sonnenblick.
Hazel Spire: the author of SECRET OF THE SEVENTH GATE, a children’s mystery based on Hazel’s life in Iran before moving to Texas.
Christy Stallop: the illustrator of THERE’S A YAK IN MY BED. Christy lives in the Austin area.
Diane Stanley: the author-illustrator of MOZART: THE WONDER CHILD, SALADIN: NOBLE PRINCE OF ISLAM and MICHELANGELO, and the author of novels: THE CHOSEN PRINCE, THE CUP AND THE CROWN, THE SILVER BOWL and SAVING SKY. She was born in Abilene.
Catherine Stier: the author of several children’s books including IF I WERE PRESIDENT, IF I RAN FOR PRESIDENT, WELCOME TO AMERICA, CHAMP!, THE TERRIBLE SECRETS OF THE TELL-ALL CLUB and others. She lives in San Antonio. SEE ALSO: An Interview with Catherine Stier.
Nanci Turner Steveson: the author of SWING SIDEWAYS. Nanci has lived in Houston, Austin and east Texas, but now calls Jackson Hole, Wyoming home.
Anastasia Suen: the author of TODDLER TWO, AIR SHOW, WINDOW MUSIC and more then 100 other books for young readers. After 23 years in Texas, Anastasia recently moved to northern California. SEE ALSO An Interview with Anastasia Suen.
Melanie Sumrow: the author of THE PROPHET CALLS. Melanie lives in Dallas.
Susan Swan: the illustrator of several books, including WHEN AUTUMN FALLS; JUNGLE DRUM; JUST US TWO. Susan lives in Ovilla, Texas.
Don Tate: the author and illustrator of POET: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF GEORGE MOSES HORTON, and the illustrator of: WHOOSH! LONNIE JOHNSON’S SUPER-SOAKING STREAM OF INVENTIONS, THE AMAZING AGE OF JOHN ROY LYNCH, SURE AS SUNRISE, RON’S BIG MISSION, SHE LOVED BASEBALL, HOPE’S GIFT, THE CART THAT CARRIED MARTIN and more. Don is also the author of IT JES’ HAPPENED. He lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Interview with Don Tate.
Tim Tingle: the author of HOUSE OF PURPLE CEDAR, WALKING THE CHOCTAW ROAD, CROSSING BOK CHITTO, SALTYPIE, HOW I BECAME A GHOST, WHEN A GHOST TALKS, LISTEN and more. Tim also is an oral storyteller. Tim lives in Canyon Lake.
Amy Tintera: the author of the REBOOT duology and the RUINED trilogy. She lives in Austin.
Janee Trasler: the author-illustrator of the CHICKIES board book series, CAVEMAN: A B.C. STORY, BENNY’S CHOCOLATE BUNNY, GHOST EATS IT ALL and A VISIT TO THE FARM. Janee lives in Grapevine.
Smita Turakhia: the illustrator of FINDERS KEEPERS? Smita lives in Lake Jackson, Texas.
Kristi Valiant: the illustrator of more than 20 books for young readers. She used to live in Texas and now makes her home in Indiana.
Francis Vallejo: the illustrator of JAZZ DAY: THE MAKING OF A FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPH. Francis currently lives in Detroit, but previously resided in Austin.
Ray Villareal: the author of numerous YA novels including DON’T CALL ME A HERO and ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BRIDGE. Ray lives in the Dallas area.
Mary D. Wade: the author of numerous books for children, including: SAM HOUSTON: STANDING FIRM, I AM HOUSTON, AUSTIN, THE SON BECOMES A FATHER, OPA’S STORIES and more. Mary lives in Houston.
Tille Walden: the author of SPINNING. Tillie lives in Austin.
Marit Weisenberg: the author of SELECT. Marit lives in Austin.
Scott Westerfeld: the author of numerous books for teens, including the LEVIATHAN series, PEEPS, the UGLIES series, the MIDNIGHTERS series, and the ZEROES series. Scott was born in Texas and now splits his time between New York and Sydney, Australia. SEE ALSO An Interview with Scott Westerfeld.
Jo Whittemore: the author of the CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS series, GIRLS WHO CODE, SUPERGIRL, D IS FOR DRAMA, ODD GIRL IN, FRONT PAGE FACE-OFF and the ESCAPE FROM ARYLON (THE SILVERSKIN LEGACY) trilogy. She lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Interview with Jo Whittemore.
Lori Aurelia Williams: the author of WHEN KAMBIA ELAINE FLEW IN FROM NEPTUNE, SHAYLA’S DOUBLE BROWN BABY BLUES, MAXINE BANKS IS GETTING MARRIED and BROKEN CHINA. She lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Interview with Lori Aurelia Williams.
Brian Yansky: the author of UTOPIA, IOWA, the duology ALIEN INVASION AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES and HOMICIDAL ALIENS AND OTHER DISAPPOINTMENTS, WONDERS OF THE WORLD and MY ROAD TRIP TO THE PRETTY GIRL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. Brian lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Interview with Brian Yansky.
Frances Yansky: the author of BUG CEMETERY. Frances lives in Austin.
Clint Young: the illustrator of RETURN TO THE WILLOWS. Clint lives in Austin.
Jennifer Ziegler: the author of REVENGE OF THE FLOWER GIRLS, REVENGE OF THE ANGELS, ALPHA DOG, SASS AND SERENDIPITY and HOW NOT TO BE POPULAR. Jennifer lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Interview with Jennifer Ziegler.
Don Zolidis: the author of THE SEVEN TORMENTS OF AMY AND CRAIG (A LOVE STORY). Don lives in Austin.