Jeannette Angell (Seven Times to Leave) is an award-winning author and playwright whose work has been translated into twelve languages and has appeared in fifteen countries. She is also a survivor of intimate-partner abuse and volunteers with an agency providing services to victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse on the Cape.
John J. Asher (My Big Brother's Birthday) began illustrating for children at Weekly Reader, and in his lengthy career has provided illustrations to almost every major publishing house. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he also writes novels and short stories for adults, including A Dignified Exit, The Dogs of Mexico, and Stories from Separation, Texas.
Darlene Franklin-Campbell (Uncommon Clay) holds a M.A. in Education and resides in Southern Kentucky where she teaches first grade. Her poetry has appeared in various publications aimed at raising awareness against Mountain Top Removal. She is also a novelist who has donated proceeds from her novel, I Listened, Momma, to aid in the battle against cancer.
Emily and Elizabeth Chauffe (Kids Show Kids How to Make Balloon Animals) are two sisters who first attended Magic Camp in 2009. They learned how to make balloon animals, but quickly realized that books on the subject were meant for adults and professional balloon artists, not kids. So they teamed up to make a book for kids, by kids that anyone could do! Emily has since become a counselor at the camp, and the girls work local events both teaching and making balloon animals.
Deanna Roy (Baby Dust and Stella and Dane) is a passionate advocate for women who have miscarried. She has run the website PregnancyLoss.Info for 14 years, including many large spin-off support groups. Her articles and short stories have been published in many magazines including The Writer, The First Line, and publications by SCBWI and The Writers' League of Texas. She frequently speaks at conferences on the business of publishing.