Weston, Carol

Weston, Carol

Carol Weston’s brand new novel, Speed of Life, is about Sofia, 14, who thinks her life is over when really it has just begun. Carol has been an advice columnist at Girls’ Life since 1994. Among her 16 books for kids, teens, and adults are Girltalk, which was translated into 12 languages, and seven diary novels about fifth-grade word nerd Ava Wren and fourth-grade traveler Melanie Martin. The New York Times called Ava and Pip a “love letter to language.” Carol studied literature at Yale and has an MA in Spanish from Middlebury. She lives in Manhattan. More at carolweston.com. I have written 16 books including eight novels for kids. (Ava and Pip series and Melanie Martin series. Also Girltalk, in print for 35 years…) www.carolweston.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I grew up in Armonk and my daughter was just on the Today Show because of her pancake business, Birch Benders.
2. I’m the Dear Carol advice columnist at Girls’ Life Magazine –have been since 1994!
3. I speak French and Spanish and do okay in Italian. I have zero sense of direction.

Wan, Joyce

Wan, Joyce

Award-winning author-illustrator, Joyce Wan, designed her first greeting card when she was in first grade for a city-wide greeting card design contest. The design won first place and was subsequently sold through a major department store chain. Twenty years later, that design would inspire a line of greeting cards and eventually a design studio called Wanart. Products featuring Joyce’s designs are now sold in boutiques and gift shops worldwide and she has published twenty books for children including the best-selling YOU ARE MY CUPCAKE. Joyce is originally from Massachusetts and currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter. Through all her work, she hopes to inspire people to embrace the spirit of childhood and follow their dreams. www.wanart.com

3 Fun Facts

1. Never went to art school
2. Was an architect before becoming an author/illustrator
3. Loves to sing karaoke

Walton, K.M.

Walton, K.M.

K.M. Walton is the author of Cracked, Empty, and Ultimatum. She’s editing and contributing to her Behind the Song anthology (Sourcebooks Fire 9/2017). K.M. co-authored Teaching Numeracy: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking for mathematics teachers K-8. She graduated from West Chester University with a degree in elementary education and taught middle school language arts. She’s so passionate about acceptance that she gives school presentations—middle school through university level—titled: “The Power of Human Kindness.” K.M. lives in PA with her husband, two sons, and cat. Visit the author at kmwalton.com or follow her on twitter @kmwalton1.

3 Fun Facts

1. I’ve read every issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine—cover to cover—since the very first issue.
2. I collect Christmas nutcrackers.
3. My hair is naturally curly.

Wenzel, Brendan

Wenzel, Brendan

Brendan Wenzel is a New York based illustrator, whose work has appeared in picture books, animations and magazines. An ardent conservationist, he is a proud collaborator with many organizations working to ensure the future of wild places and threatened species, especially within South East Asia. He has illustrated several books including Some Bugs by Angela Diterlizzi, One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom and his 2016 release, They All Saw a Catwww.brendanwenzel.info

3 Fun Facts

1. When I was a kid a pig lived in my house.
2. My parents are also artists
3. I am a big fan of the natural world