Vincent X. Kirsch is an author, illustrator and designer living in Los Angeles. His illustrations are created in a two-dimensional adaptation of the paper cut toy theaters that he has been building for most of his life. His work is very influenced by theater, puppetry, poster art, classical painting techniques and Hollywood films. His whimsical character designs and storylines range from the fantastically out-of-this-world to inspiringly down-to-earth.
An editor at Bloomsbury USA discovered one of Mr. Kirsch’s illustration style in The New York Times Book Review and thought it a perfect match for children’s books. A small doodle she noticed in his sketchbook of two zany sisters inspired him to create “the greatest department store in the world” for his first book, Natalie & Naughtily (Bloomsbury USA, Fall 2008).
Lin Oliver is the author of the Who Shrunk Daniel Funk series, and the co-author, with Henry Winkler, of the bestselling Hank Zipzer series. She is a writer and producer of movies, books, and television series for children and families. Her newest series, The Fantastic Frame, includes Danger! Tiger Crossing and Splat! Another Messy Sunday (Grosset & Dunlap, April 2016).
James Iver Mattson, with writing partner Barbara Brauner, is a middle-grade writer and screenwriter.
Barbara and James are the authors of the Oh My Godmother middle-grade series from Disney-Hyperion. About an ordinary girl who accidentally becomes a fairy godmother, the three books include OMG: The Glitter Trap (October, 2013), OMG: The Magic Mistake (February, 2014), andOMG: The Spell Bind(October 2014). They’re currently working on a top-secret, upcoming series from Alloy Entertainment Books. F
Barbara Brauner, with writing partner James Iver Mattson, is a middle-grade writer and screenwriter. Barbara and James are the authors of the Oh My Godmother middle-grade series from Disney-Hyperion. About an ordinary girl who accidentally becomes a fairy godmother, the three books include OMG: The Glitter Trap (October, 2013), OMG: The Magic Mistake (February, 2014), andOMG: The Spell Bind(October 2014). They’re currently working on a top-secret, upcoming series from Alloy Entertainment Books.
Carson Kügler is an author and illustrator. He and his wife Tina Kügler wrote and illustrated In Mary’s Garden, a biographical picture book about Wisconsin artist Mary Nohl. He works as a storyboard supervisor on the Nickelodeon show Bad Seeds.
Andrew S. Chilton drew inspiration for his first novel, The Goblin’s Puzzle, from a wide variety of sources, ranging from The Hobbit to Monty Python to Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. As a kid, he gobbled up fantasy novels and logic puzzles, and as an adult, he spent over ten years as a practicing lawyer before launching his career as a writer.
Pseudonymous Bosch is the anonymous pseudonymous author of the Secret Series. There have been many bizarre theories, tall stories, and baseless accusations over the years about the true identity of Pseudonymous Bosch.
Michelle Levy was born and raised in Littleton, Colorado, where she memorized books before she was able to read, tricking her parents into thinking she was a genius. At eighteen she moved to Los Angeles, to pursue a career in casting for film and television. In her many years of casting she has been privileged to work on projects such as Six Feet Under, Deadwood, Bruce Almighty, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Vampire Academy, and many more.
Her latest release isNot After Everything(Dial Books, August 2015). This tough, realistic page-turner reveals a boy’s point of view on loss and love perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell, Tim Tharp, Julia Hoban, Carrie Mesrobian, and Mindi Scott.
Carter Higgins is a picture book author, K-6 librarian, former-ish graphic designer, and a huge fan of words and pictures. Her work includes Everything You Need for a Treehouse (Chronicle Books, 2017), a celebration of the creativity and timeless adventure of building a treehouse andA Rambler Steals Home (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016), in which Derby Christmas Clark, a “rambler on the road” with her father and little brother, discovers that the small Virginia town they return to each year harbors secrets and hopes within its battered baseball stadium.