Shawn K. Stout
Shawn Stout has held many jobs, including ice-cream scooper, dog-treat baker, magazine editor, and waitress. Shawn received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her family in Maryland.
Anna Kang and her husband Christoper Weyant live in New Jersey with their two daughters. Anna, a native New Yorker, grew up believing she was small until one day she realised that everyone else was big. She attended USC's School of Cinematic Arts, USA, where the visual storyteller in her was awakened, forever changing the way she saw art, life, and everything in between.
Author Elizabeth Kann grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She is a doctor who has yet to see an actual case of Pinkititis. Her writing has appeared in a variety of newspapers and print publications. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
Victoria Kann is the author-artist of three #1 New York Times bestselling books, Emeraldalicious, Silverlicious, and Goldilicious, and is the artist and coauthor of the New York Times bestsellers Pinkalicious and Purplicious. In addition, Victoria co-wrote Pinkalicious: The Musical, which premiered in New York City to sold-out audiences and continues to be performed across the country. Her award-winning artwork has graced the covers and pages of many magazines, newspapers, and books. She lives with her husband and their two daughters close to the seashore, where she loves to walk on the beach and collect shells, hoping to find Aqualicious.
Peter Kavanagh has written numerous storybooks and picture books for young children.
American born Marilyn Kaye is an experienced teen and pre-teen novelist. She penned the best-selling series Replica in the late 1990s early 2000s as well as teen romance titles Runaway and Choose Me in the early 1990s. Her backlist titles are too numerous to mention but most recently she is best known for her paranormal romance series, Gifted. Marilyn now lives very glamorously in Paris!
Jerome and Susana are married with a son and a daughter who provide them with lots of inspiration for their Horse and Fox characters. Before creating MINE! they produced an iPad app called The Phantom Clickerist, a digital story book for children. Jerome and Susana are both designers, working mostly in magazines.
Brian was born in London. His parents were Irish and he grew up listening to his mother's tales of the life she had left behind in Ireland. That was how he learned to love stories. He was sent to a very strict school where boys were beaten if they stepped out of line. He hated the place but he enjoyed English lessons because they gave him a chance to write down the stories that filled his head. He went to Liverpool University where he studied English and fell in love with a girl called Rosie. After leaving university he married Rosie and they had two children. By day he worked as a teacher, in the evenings he read stories to his children, and in the night he carried on writing his stories. When he had enough stories to make a book he sent them off to a publisher who offered to publish them. He immediately gave up his job to concentrate on writing. That was one of the silliest things he has ever done since he was totally broke for a very long time afterwards. But it was also one of the smartest things he has ever done because somehow he succeeded in making a career for himself as a writer. His favourite pastime is reading (though his favourite book changes all the time). His favourite city is Rome and he adores Italian food. His favourite journey is any one that finishes at home and his favourite sound is his grandson's voice on the telephoneBrian has won the Havering Best of the Best Award, a Lancashire Fabulous Book Award and he has been shortlisted for a the NASEN Book Award, the South Lanarkshire Children's Book Award, the North East Book Award and the Bedfordshire Children's Book Award. His novels have been translated into twelve languages.
Mij Kelly had an extremely colourful and varied childhood house-hopping around the UK, not to mention skipping across to India as well. Mij has worked as a newspaper editor, an oral historian and now, a specialist journalist in artificial intelligence. Mij has two children. She won the Kathleen Fidler Award for her first book in 1993 and One More Sheep won the English Association 4-11 years Award for Best Illustrated Book in 2004.
Moira is highly-acclaimed artist with a growing reputation. She studied History at Oxford, but discovered that reading children's books and illustrating them was much more intersting than reading history books and writing essays! She then went on to do a Foundation Course at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. She has had 33 books published and together they have sold over 5.5 million copies. Grandma Chickenlegs was published to great acclaim in the trade and was shortlisted for the Blue Peter book awards in the UK and Best Picture Book Independent Publsiher Book Awards in the US. Her favourite illustrator is Tove Jansson and the Moomintroll books. She used to argue with her brother about whether Moomins were better than Hobbits. They were and they are, she says!
Adrienne Kennaway spent most of her formative life in Kenya, East Africa, where she developed her interest in wildlife. Interest soon turned to art and even as a child Adrienne painted animals. A spell at Ealing Tech in London and L'Academie Bella Arte in Rome polished Adrienne's skills. Adrienne has illustrated over 30 children's books and her illustrations for Crafty Chameleon won the Kate Greenaway Prize. A world-wide traveller, Adrienne now enjoys spending time in the countryside, capturing the local wildlife on canvas. She lives in the Republic of Ireland.
Kody Keplinger is the author of several books for young adult and middle grade readers, including the New York Times bestseller The DUFF, which was adapted as a major motion picture in 2015. She currently lives in New York City with her German Shepherd and two black cats. Kody teaches writing classes at the Gotham Writers' Workshop. You can find out more at her website, kodykeplinger.com, or on Twitter, @Kody_Keplinger.
Liz Kessler studied English at Loughborough University, has worked as a teacher and a journalist and has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University. After taking a year off to travel around Europe in a camper van, Liz now lives in Cornwall.Find out more at www.lizkessler.co.uk, follow her on Twitter @lizkesslerbooks and like her on Facebook at facebook.com/lizkesslerchildrensauthor.
Garry Kilworth (1941 -)
Garry Douglas Kilworth was born in York in 1941 and travelled widely as a child, his father being a serviceman. After seventeen years in the RAF and eight working for Cable and Wireless, he attended King's College, London University, where he obtained an honours degree in English. Garry Kilworth has published novels under a number of pseudonyms in the fields of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction and Children's Fiction, winning the British and World Fantasy Awards and being twice shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Award for Children's Literature.
Caro King was born in London and raised in Surrey where she now lives with her partner, Kevin. She studied art and now works at the Home Office. Seven Sorcerers came from a rainy lunchtime when she began mapping out the world of the Drift. Skerridge and his waistcoat came later.
Daren King's first adult novel BOXY AN STAR was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and his first children's book MOUSE NOSES ON TOAST won the Nestle Children's Book of the Year Award. He was born in Essex in 1972 and now lives in Dublin.
Sharon King-Chai grew up on the sunny shores of Sydney and spent happy years doodling and covering the carpets in ink. She studied Visual Communication (Hons) at University of Technology, Sydney, majoring in illustration. In 2003, armed with paintbrushes and a jar of vegemite she travelled across the world to a fresh new canvas, and has been based in North London ever since. Sharon has worked for design studios and publishing houses on album artwork, websites, ad campaigns, product packaging, logos, book covers and event identities. The app of her first picture book, Lucy Ladybird (lucyladybird.com), won the 2013 Family Choice Award and was highly commended for the Futurebook Innovation Award.
Illustrator Sara Kipin is best known for her fantasy works portraying strong, self-empowered, feminine characters. Her style is inspired by early animation and romantic paintings. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and currently lives in Burbank, California.
Marta Kissi is a London based illustrator originally from Warsaw. She studied BA Illustration & Animation at Kingston University and MA Communication Art & Design at the Royal College of Art. Her favourite part of being an illustrator is bringing stories to life by designing charming characters and the wonderful worlds they live in. She shares a studio in London with her boyfriend and their pet plant Trevor.
Jon Klassen was born in Winnipeg where the dark arrives early for much of the year. He has written and illustrated many books, including I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat. You can see more of his work at www.burstofbeaden.com