Emily Morris Matheis got her first taste of writing books as a member of the Young Author’s Club in elementary school, where she wrote and illustrated her debut story titled “The Silly Corcdiel [sic]” that, sadly, is not likely to be published. She worked as a journalist for her university newspaper interviewing anyone from mayors and nonprofit leaders to student activists. Her post-graduate opportunities moved her into technical proposal writing.  A few years later, she was inspired to write books for children, longing to see books with women and girls in positions of empowerment that surpassed the bounds of gender stereotypes. From there, she branched out into novels, adhering to the same focus and drive for women in intelligent, adaptable, and exemplifying roles.

Whether it’s mysteries and suspense for all of their captivating puzzles and intricate characters, romantic comedies that flourish with charming hope for a Happily Ever After, or the all-important genre of picture books and the profound windows and mirrors they provide for children to be seen and valued, Emily explores it all in her writing. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and is a two-time, award-winning writer through the organization. She currently lives in Georgia with her husband, twins, and cat, Pete (also known as Pete the Cat).

Jenn lives in Ontario, Canada with her three kids, two dogs, and husband. She spent more than seven years as a production editor and now works as an associate agent and a freelance editor. In her spare time, she can be found reading, writing, and still cheering for her beloved Toronto Maple Leafs.

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