Sharon Chriscoe writes her books from the passenger seat of a bread truck where she and her husband, Ricky make deliveries of fresh bread and sweet cakes. Whether she is writing picture books or middle grade novels, she is passionate about creating lively worlds to entertain, educate, and inspire children everywhere.
She is the author of Race Car Dreams, Bulldozer Dreams, Fire Truck Dreams (Running Press Kids), Rainy Day Picnic, Best Snow Day (Read Your Story), and The Sparrow and the Trees (Arbordale Publishing). She is also published in a wide variety of magazines including Highlights, High Five, and The Old Farmers Almanac for Kids.
She and her husband live in North Carolina. They have three adult children and one adorable granddaughter.
Alina attended Florida Southwestern University in Naples, FL and is continuing her education in Political Science. Alina’s career kicked off when she became the assistant to the most successful Marketing Director in a Corporation made of 35 restaurants. At the age of 26, Alina became the youngest Director of Sales in Naples, FL. Within her role as Director of Sales, Alina joined the Next Gen Committee for The Shelter for Abused Women and Children. Within that committee she received a behind the scenes look at the high demand for advocates of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking.
In 2020 Alina was promoted to Human Trafficking Specialist. Alina feels honored to be a part of such an amazing organization. Part of Alina’s new role is assisting the Chief Operating Officer in creating and implementing an 18-month Rehabilitation Program for survivors of sex trafficking.
Alina is a graduate of the Associate Leadership Collier class. She has served as a committee member on the Domestic Violence Taskforce and Fatality Review Taskforce for Naples, FL. Alina currently sits on the committee for the Drug Exposed Newborn Taskforce and is a proud member for the Victim Advocate Team on behalf of the Attorney General’s Office, 20th Judicial Circuit.
Melissa Guida-Richards is an author, adoptee, and mom based in Pennsylvania. She is an advocate for adoptees and has had work in HuffPost, Zora by Medium, ElcetricLit, and more.
Her viral essay, “My Adoptive Parents Hid My Racial Identity From Me for 19 Years,” was published in HuffPost in April 2019, and is what she is most known for. She has also been on podcasts such as NPR’s Code Switch, BBC Radio 4, The Adoption and Fostering Podcast, and more.
Guida-Richards graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a BA in Psychology and Criminal Justice in 2015. Shortly after graduating, she settled down and got married, but learned that she had a passion for writing.
She then delved in and wrote her first book, BEDTIME, THE ULTIMATE BATTLE, which was then published by Skyhorse in January 2020. She is currently working on her second book, and you can follow her journey on twitter.com/guidarichards.
Melissa is represented by Tina Wainscott for her adult projects, and by me for her picture books.
Bethanie worked in marketing and market research in the publishing and insurance industries and at a casket company before committing her time to writing picture books. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and has worked with youth ages K-12 in her community church and school district. She has a B.A. in Psychology and a concentration in English from Columbia University, as well as an MBA from the University of Michigan.
She enjoys learning about new underwater discoveries, space exploration and everything in between. Bethanie lives with her husband, two remarkable daughters and their cat in eastern PA.
An Oregon native, Stephanie completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Education at Oregon State University and her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Lewis and Clark College. Her professional life includes teaching children with severe behavioral challenges, school counseling and school administration. But now her love is working with illustrators and editors to create stories that range from quiet to quirky, poetry to prose. When she isn’t assisting door-to-door vacuum cleaner vampire salesmen, taking cows on shopping trips for muumuus, or helping garden slugs with their calligraphy, she can be found at home with her husband Brad and her labradoodle Milo.
Stephanie is a member of SCBWI and has served on the faculty of Oregon SCBWI at annual conferences and as a mentor to aspiring writers at Oregon Great Critiques many times. She is a three-time award winner for her contributions to Highlights for Kids and High Five Magazine.
Jason Thompson is a thought leader in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, having spent the past twenty-five years building DE&I programs in sports, health care, technology, and education. Jason is currently the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) at Western Governors University (WGU).
Thompson is regularly sought out for advice and leadership on how to create, grow, measure, and sustain a DE&I program by DE&I officers.Thompson developed the initial diversity and inclusion program for the United States Olympic Committee and created the D&I scored cards to measure diversity within the US Olympic movement.
The diversity and inclusion programs developed by Jason have won several awards. Most recently the D&I Scorecard received the top honor in the 2016 International Innovations in Diversity Awards program from the Profiles in Diversity Journal. Jason was also recognized as a 2017 and 2018 Diversity Leader by the Profiles in Diversity Journal. In 2015, the USOC D&I department received the Diversity Champion Award for Excellence from the Colorado SHRM.
Jason has served on local, regional and national committees for multiple organizations, including the founding member of the Diversity and Inclusion Sports Consortium (DISC) one of the largest sports organizations in the US with participation by the NBA, NFL, MLB, PGA of America and the NCAA. He also works with Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, Oklahoma Diversity Officers and Practitioners Consortium, and the Advisory Board and the Center for African-American Health.
Andrea Tripke is a German born children’s book writer and illustrator. In 2003, she moved to the United States and has lived in Michigan, California, Ohio, Alabama and Florida. Her adventurous lifestyle paved the path for a somewhat different career and opened her up to follow the lifelong dream of becoming a professional artist. Andrea got a degree in fine arts, majoring in illustration, from the Columbus College of Art and Design.
She made her debut as a picture book illustrator published by Ripple Grove Press. Excited by working in the children’s book industry and the thought of leaving a footprint behind through her books, she got hooked. She wanted to do more, and while working on a project, Andrea became inspired with the idea to write and illustrate her own stories.
Growing up ecologically aware, Andrea often but not always includes environmental problems in her otherwise fictional and mostly humorous picture book stories.
She lives with her husband, daughter and very stubborn Lhasa Apso Frankie in Melbourne, Florida. Andrea loves the sun and beaches, and might stay there forever… But then, you never know.
Andrea is represented by both Joyce Sweeney and me.