Melissa Bourbon Ramirez

Melissa Bourbon Ramirez, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name Misa Ramirez, is the marketing director with Entangled Publishing. She is the author of the Lola Cruz Mystery series with St. Martin’s Minotaur and Entangled Publishing, and A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series with NAL. She also has written two romantic suspense novels, a light paranormal romance, and is the co-author of The Tricked-out Toolbox, a practical marketing guide for authors.

Francisco Cunha

Francisco Cunha (Chico) is the author and illustrator of several books. He graduated from the École Superieur des Arts de Saint-Luc, in Liège (Belgium), with a “Grande Distinction” award (2000). He works mainly in children's literature and illustration, but he also works in the illustration of educational books in Portugal.

Roy Marsaw

Roy Marsaw is a retired military veteran who has spent several tours of duty in the Arctic. He is now living in Ottawa, Canada, with his wife Cynthia and is still employed in the federal public service. He spends his free time with his children and grandchildren, coaching football and traveling.

Ashby North

Raised in West Africa and widely travelled throughout Europe and America, Author / illustrator Ashby North naturally developed a love for diverse peoples, cultures, and artistic expression. For most of his life, he has applied his imagination to children’s illustration. Now Ashby strives to create stories that uplift children everywhere and leave the planet just a little bit better than he found it.

Ashby earned both a Bachelor of Arts and an Associate's Degree in Graphic Design from The Corcoran School of Art and Design in Washington, DC., and he studied creative writing at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD. In 2003, he won the International Silver Inkwell Award for best illustration.

His recent work as a freelance illustrator has been commissioned by clients such as the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Arts Theater for Children and the Generation of Hope, a Buddhist project that teaches compassion to children.

Nadine Takvorian

Nadine Takvorian is an illustrator who draws and paints pictures from her studio in Berkeley, CA. She grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from the California College of the Arts where she received her BFA in Illustration with Distinction. She creates art for books, products, designers, ad agencies, musicians, publishers, film, games, and animation. In addition to illustrating she has also been an art director in children’s book publishing, and an art assistant in the art department of Industrial Light & Magic. Awards + Recognition – Society of Illustrators LA 52, 49; Society of Illustrators NY “The Original Art” Exhibition, Special Jury Award for Animation – South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW).

Tony Waters

Charleston, SC, native Tony Waters has been drawing ever since he could hold a pencil in his hand. He remembers sitting--with pad and pencil in hand--near the cashier in the grocery store while his mother shopped. Some of his teachers remember his notebooks containing more drawings than notes! He has illustrated many stories and poems for children, including three books that he also wrote himself. In many of his illustrations, you will find some of his own beloved items as props--his grandmother's clock, his great-grandmother's brass lamp, an old rocking chair. He raised mice as a child, so not surprisingly they are often featured characters as well. To create his illustrations, he uses watercolors, markers, and colored pencils. The pictures are very detailed, so that children will often find something new each time they read the book again.

Stephen Zmina

Stephen Zmina grew up in Wheaton, Illinois. As a child, he and his friends would collect and torture the various bugs that would wander through their back yards. He went on to study illustration at San Jose State University and became the recipient of the Society of Illustrator’s Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge award in 2001. He hopes by writing this story that the bugs he squished as a child will finally stop haunting him.

Stephen came up with the idea for Don’t Let the Dead Bugs Bite in 2004. He was playing around with the idea of a group of ‘superhero’ bugs and needed an adversary for them.  The idea was originally for the superhero bugs to face off against a bad group of bugs that had died and come back from the dead.  This quickly morphed into an origin story of how the bugs died and wanted revenge on the children that had squashed them. This ultimately led him to creating ‘Don’t Let the Dead Bugs Bite!’

Bradley K. Harris

Bradley K. Harris’ greatest passion is writing and performing for young children. My Brother and I was inspired by real-life events and is first-time collaboration between Bradley and his wife, Phyllis Harris.

Phyllis Harris

Phyllis Harris is the award-winning illustrator of over 30 picture books including Swim, Swam, Swum and On Christmas Day (written by Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon’). Working with her husband Bradley on this book was a long-awaited dream come true. Phyllis and Bradley live in Raymore, MO. You can see more of her work at