Author Profiles

Under each profile you’ll find information about the author’s books, as well as fees, availability, time zone, and contact details. Please get in touch with the author directly to book an online visit or to request additional information.


Clare Hodgson Meeker is an award-winning children’s author. Her books for young readers include the Smithsonian Notable Book Lootas, Little Wave Eater: An Orphaned Sea Otter’s Story; Hansa: The True Story of an Asian Elephant Baby; and Soccer Dreams: Playing the Seattle Sounders FC Way. Her latest chapter book for National Geographic’s Amazing Animal Rescue series is titled Rhino Rescue! Other books include Partner in Revolution: Abigail Adams and a 1997 Bank Street Book of the Year, Who Wakes Rooster?

Her latest magazine story, “Hawaii’s Special Seals,” was published in the October 2013 issue of Ranger Rick, and “The Adventures of Olive and Max,” her 24-story series for Your Big Backyard magazine, was a finalist for the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award.

Clare teaches writing in elementary and middle schools for the Seattle Arts and Lectures Writers in the Schools program as well as to adults at Hugo House in Seattle. She is a frequent speaker at writing conferences, most recently at the 2014 Write on the Sound conference in Edmonds, Washington. Born in New York, Clare lives in Seattle with her husband and their cocker spaniel, Jack. You can read more about her books and teaching at http://www.claremeeker.com.

Time zone: Pacific 
Audiences: K–12 classrooms and other groups 
Availability: Year-round (email clarehmeeker@gmail.com to set up a time) 
Online visit fees: $100 per half hour 
Website: www.claremeeker.com


9c125-lisalowens_photoLisa L. Owens has written nearly 100 works for children and has published in a variety of formats, including picture book, early reader, graphic novel, and YA biography. Sample nonfiction works include the Space Neighbors picture book series exploring the solar system; American Justice: Seven Famous Trials of the 20th Century (nominated for ALA’s Quick Picks for Reluctant YA Readers); and Frenemies: Dealing with Friend Drama, a self-help book for teen girls. Lisa’s fiction includes a graphic novelization of Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty; the middle grade chapter book Bigfoot: The Legend Lives On; and the early chapter books The Code of the Drum and The Spirit of the Wild West. Forthcoming in 2017 are biographies on Robert de La Salle and Hernán Cortés for ages 7–10. Lisa considers connecting with young readers a special treat. Presentations and Q&A sessions can be tailored to fit the audience’s interests. Sample topics: how an idea becomes a book, biography writing, the editing process, writing as a career, and the story behind the given book being discussed. Originally from the Midwest, Lisa now lives near Seattle with her husband and retired racing greyhound. In addition to her writing work, she also offers a full array of editorial services to publishers and author clients. 

Time zone: Pacific 
Audiences: K–8 classrooms/student groups; adult groups (teachers, librarians, writing groups, book clubs) 
Availability: Year-round — email lisa@llowens.com to set up a time. 
Online visit fees: $100 per half hour 
Websites: LLOwens.com; The Lisa L. Owens Blog; OwensEditorialInk.com 
Social media: Twitter; Facebook; Google+; LinkedIn; Instagram


DaveDavid Patneaude began writing seriously (more or less) in the 1980s. His first novel, Someone Was Watching, was published in 1993. His books have been named to dozens of state young readers’ lists and have won several state awards. They’ve been honored by the New York Public Library, the Society of School Librarians International, the Winnetka (Illinois) Public Library’s “One Book, Two Villages” program, the Seattle and King County Public Libraries’ “Global Reading Challenge” programs, and the Washington State Public Library. The latest of his ten books is Epigraph Road, which was a nominee for the 2013–2014 Nebraska Golden Sower Book Award. When he’s not in a coffee shop writing, or at a school or library conference discussing writing, or out on the trail thinking about writing, he’s home in Woodinville, WA, with his wife Judy, a junior high librarian.

Time zone: Pacific
Audiences: Grades 4–9, depending on books under discussion. Also happy to talk to adult groups (writers, readers, teachers).
Availability: Year-round for the most part, but email to set up a mutually agreeable date: david@patneaude.com.
Online visit fee: $125 per 45-minute Q&A session. Other formats and session lengths negotiable.
Website: www.patneaude.com


DanaSullivanDana Sullivan is the writer and illustrator of Ozzie and the Art Contest and Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari, and is the illustrator for the six-book Digger and Daisy early reader series and two sets of Bob Books. He teaches Picture Book and Graphic Novel Illustration in the Seattle area. Dana is also the Co-Regional Advisor for the Western Washington Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Review from a recent school visit: “I would highly recommend having Dana come to your school and work with your kids. I loved how he ended each session asking the kids to promise to read, write, and draw over the summer. Just the right message we wanted to get out to our kiddos. I would give him a 5 out of 5 stars!”

Time zone: Pacific
Audiences: K-5, also picture book or graphic novel workshops
Availability: Year-round. Please email danajsullivan@comcast.net.
Online visit fees: $100 per half hour. Includes drawing demo, discussion of where to get ideas and how to make your own books. If students buy books, he will autograph book plates and mail. If books are purchased from local bookstore, he will sign and mail the books to the school.
Website: www.danajsullivan.com


83959-05_lauriethompson_photobymarybalmaceda-500x750Laurie Ann Thompson grew up in rural northern Wisconsin. A former software engineer, she now writes for children and young adults to help her readers — and herself — make better sense of the world we live in so they can contribute to making it a better place for all of us. She strives to write nonfiction that gives wings to active imaginations and fiction that taps into our universal human truths. Her books include Be a Changemaker, a teen how-to guide filled with practical advice and plenty of inspiration for beginning social entrepreneurs; Emmanuel’s Dream, a picture book biography about Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, who changed Ghana’s perception of people with disabilities; My Dog Is the Best, an adorable picture book about the unconditional love that exists between a child and a family pet; and the upcoming Two Truths and Lie: It’s Alive! a middle grade collection of too-weird-to-be-believed but mostly true stories about the living world (can you find the fakes?). Laurie is happy to discuss being a changemaker, information literacy, and/or the writing process. For more information about her programs, please visit http://lauriethompson.com/speaking/.

Time zone: Pacific
Audiences: K–12 students, scout troops, clubs, teachers, librarians, writers
Availability: Year-round. To set up a virtual visit, book directly at https://laurieannthompson.youcanbook.me/ or send email laurie@lauriethompson.com.
Online Visit Fee: FREE 15-minute Q&A sessions or $150 per hour of presentation
Website: lauriethompson.com
Twitter: @lauriethompson
Facebook: facebook.com/lauriethompsonauthor


Good News from the Online Author Visits Team!Trudi Trueit found her passion in the second grade, writing plays and rehearsing them with friends at recess. A former TV news reporter and weather forecaster, she’s published more than 100 fiction and nonfiction titles for children and tweens. Her novels include My Top Secret Dares & Don’ts, Stealing Popular, and The Sister Solution (all from Aladdin MIX). She is the author of two middle-grade series, Secrets of a Lab Rat (Aladdin) and Julep O’Toole (Penguin). Among Trudi’s numerous nonfiction books include the Detecting Disasters series (Focus Readers),  What Is Poetry? (Lerner) and the Backyard Safari series (Cavendish Square). Trudi loves doing virtual visits. She’s chatted online with thousands of students from California to Maine to Florida! She enjoys sharing writing prompts (fun), plot secrets (even more fun), and the inside scoop on what it’s like to write both fiction and nonfiction (dizzying!). Trudi Skypes from the murky depths of her author’s lair near Seattle, WA (okay, it’s a home office with a couple of cats, who love stealing the spotlight).

Time zone: Pacific
Audiences: Grades 2–12 classes, book clubs, library groups, scout troops, writers, anyone who loves books!
Availability: Year-round. To set up a virtual visit, email Trudi at: author@truditrueit.com.
See Trudi’s Website for more details.
Online Visit Fee: $75 per half hour or $125 per 50-minute session. Skype session usually includes a brief author presentation, Q&A, and reading. Other formats and session lengths negotiable. Signed bookplates can be provided for those who purchase books. Get a FREE book with every Skype visit!
Websites: www.truditrueit.comSimon and Schuster Author PageSimon and Schuster Aladdin M!X
Facebook: www.facebook.com/truditrueit
Twitter: @truditrueit

“Truly, it was heartwarming to see how much the children embraced this session. There was not one who was not listening intently, participating by wanting to share ideas with you, asking questions, and ultimately, crafting their own entries ‘on the spot’ in their writers’ notebooks. How awesome a sight! This certainly was an experience we would all want to repeat.”
—Jean Bradshaw, The Community School of Naples, Naples, FL

“It was so much fun and we had kids ranging from K-5 that were all engaged the entire time. You were so good with the kids!”
—Ashley Allen, Frisco Public Library, Frisco, TX


Suzanne WilliamsSuzanne Williams has written around 70 books for children, from picture books and easy readers to chapter books and middle-grade fiction series, including the popular Goddess Girls series with Joan Holub and their two other co-written series, Heroes in Training, and Grimmtastic Girls. In a previous life she was an elementary school librarian, so she is very comfortable with children and teachers and schools. She lives near Seattle, WA.

Time zone: Pacific
Audiences: K–6, also teacher and librarian groups
Availability: Year-round. Email to set up date/time and service to connect through: sw@suzanne-williams.com.
Online visit fees: $125 per half-hour session. If students buy books beforehand, she will autograph transparent bookplates to mail out if you send her the names.
Websites:
www.suzanne-williams.comwww.suzanne-williams.blogspot.comhttp://authors.simonandschuster.biz/Suzanne-Williams/20361542

“Thank you so much for talking to our students, they LOVED it!!!!!! And the teachers were very impressed as well. We handed out the autographed books at the end of the day and everyone was thrilled. I think both sessions went extremely well. I am very pleased.”
—Theresa Kemp, All Saints Regional Catholic School, Glen Cove, New York, January 2013

“Suzanne was delightful and engaging. Students had prepared questions to ask, and she was interesting and enlightening. We will be doing Skype visits in the future without a doubt.”
—New Rochelle/Trinity Elementary, April 2011


Dori Jones Yang, Author, Dori Jones Yang loves speaking to students, both in person and via Skype, and sharing the exciting research she did for her books. All her books have a China connection. Her newest book, The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, for ages 10 to 14, tells about two fictional brothers who are struggling to adapt to American life after being sent by the Emperor of China to live with a family in Connecticut in 1875.  With romance, battle scenes, and adventure, Daughter of Xanadu fits well into curricula about China, Asian history, explorers, and the Silk Road and has been enjoyed by students as young as sixth grade, although aimed at older readers. A central message is the importance of making friends from other cultures and countries. The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang is written for students Grades 4–6. It is about a girl from China who arrives in Seattle speaking no English; when she gets to her fifth-grade classroom, she finds she cannot speak at all. Based on research about selective mutism, it encourages kids to reach out to quiet, shy classmates as well as students who don’t yet speak English well. It also contains a lively scene about bullies and a disabled child, so it is also good for lessons about bullying.

Time zone: Pacific
Audiences: Grades 4–12 classrooms, book clubs, teachers and librarians
Availability: Year-round. Email to set up a time: dorijonesyang@comcast.net
Online visit fees: $150 for 50-60 minutes for a talk with Q&A via Skype. Other formats and session lengths negotiable.
Website: www.booksbydori.com
Facebook: Dori Jones Yang, Author

“Not only did Dori Jones Yang bring the events of the Mongol Empire to life, she impressed our students with the quality and quantity of research that is required of a well-written historical fiction novel. Her willingness to Skype and personally share her knowledge substantially enriched our history unit. At the end of her author talk she showed several unusual artifacts that she collected while researching in Mongolia and encouraged our students to continue researching this fascinating period of history.”
—Beth Abramovitz, Middle School Librarian, Columbus School for Girls, Columbus, Ohio

“I have worked with Dori at two different schools and she can customize any author visit to the school’s unique needs. Her timing, content, and rapport with students of any age and background is outstanding. I highly recommend her for any age, school, or situation.”
—Kathleen Dunbar Eastlake High School Librarian, Sammamish, WA


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Martha Brockenbrough has a picture book and young adult book fromArthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic. Martha has worked as a reporter, the editor of MSN.com, and a high school teacher. She founded National Grammar Day and SPOGG, the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. She’s written two books for adults, and regularly contributes to magazines like Parenting and Women’s Health. She lives in Seattle, WA. 

Time zone: Pacific

Audiences: K–12, also teacher and librarian groups
Availability: Year-round. Email to set up a time: martha@marthabee.com.
Online visit fees: $75 per half-hour session. If students buy books beforehand, she will autograph transparent bookplates (send her the names), and mail them out.
Website: marthabrockenbrough.com


EB_2014Erik Brooks is the author/illustrator of many books for children, including Later, Gator!, the Washington State Book Award winning, Polar Opposites, Eric Ode’s, Sea Star Wishes, and the recently illustrated Runaway Tortilla, by Eric Kimmel—thusly completing a Pacific Northwest “Eric(k) trifecta”—uniting for all time the age-old border battle between Washington and Oregon! Ahem… from his home in Winthrop, Erik also writes and draws Harts Pass, a weekly comic strip for the Methow Valley News, visits schools and libraries around the country, and plays in the woods like a wolverine!  

Time zone: Pacific
Audiences: K-8, also happy to speak with teachers, librarians and other educators.  
Availability: Year-round. Please email erik.s.brooks@gmail.com
Online visit fees: $75 per half hour. Signed bookplates available those who purchase books prior to the virtual visit and Erik will create a custom bookmark (PDF) for the school that can be printed and distributed to all. Trail’s End Bookstore in Winthrop, WA in also an excellent place to order signed and personalized copies of Erik’s books!
Website: www.erikbrooks.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErikBrooksIllustration
Twitter: @ErikBrooksBooks


f0276-dori-220x250-72dpi-colorDori Hillestad Butler is an award-winning chapter book series and mystery author who is eager to share her love of story with readers of all ages. She is the author of more than 40 books for children, including the Buddy Files series, which is about a school therapy dog who solves mysteries; the Haunted Library series, which is about a ghost boy and a “solid” girl who work together to solve mysteries and search for the ghost boy’s missing family; and The Truth About Truman School, which deals with middle school cyberbullying. Her books have been on children’s choice and teen award lists in 19 states. The Buddy Files #1: Case of the Lost Boy won the 2011 Edgar Award for best juvenile mystery. Dori has also been a ghostwriter for the Sweet Valley Twins, Unicorn Club, and Boxcar Children series, and she has also published numerous magazine stories, educational materials, classroom plays, and book reviews.  She has been an active library volunteer, therapy dog partner, and mentor to many young writers. She grew up in southern Minnesota, spent the last 19 years in Iowa, and now lives in the Seattle area.  

Time Zone: Pacific
Audiences: K-12 classrooms, student clubs, book clubs, teachers, librarians, anyone with an interest in books and/or writing
Availability: Year-round, visit http://www.kidswriter.com and fill out contact form
Online Author Visit Fee: $100 per 30 minutes. If books are purchased beforehand, signed bookmarks or bookplates can be provided.
Website: www.kidswriter.com
Facebook: facebook.com/dorihillestadbutler
Twitter: @Dorihbutler


Dia 300 dpiDia Calhoun, winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature, is the author of eight novels for kids and young adults. Her middle-grade verse novel, Eva of the Farm, was praised by Karen Hesse, Newbery-winning author of Out of the Dust. Calhoun’s most recent novel is After the River the Sun. Three of her fantasy novels — Firegold, Aria of the Sea, and White Midnight— are ALA Best Books for Young Adults. Calhoun has taught writing at Seattle University and spoken at many conferences for teachers, librarians, and authors.

Time zone: Pacific
Audiences: K–8, also teacher and librarian groups
Availability: Year-round. Email to set up a time: diacalhoun@msn.com.
Online visit fees: $100 per half-hour of Q&A session. If students buy books beforehand, she will autograph bookplates (send the names) and mail them out.
Website: www.diacalhoun.com


87556-author2bjanet2blee2bcarey2b2bpond2bweb2bcroppedJanet Lee Carey is the award-winning author of nine Young Adult novels including In the Time of Dragon Moon and Dragonswood, (Kirkus and School Library Journal starred reviews). Her Wilde Islandfantasy books are ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults. School Library Journal calls her work “fantasy at its best — original, beautiful, amazing, and deeply moving.” Janet’s books highlight the courage of children and teens and explore the challenges of staying true to your values while following your dreams. Statistics have shown that children who read are more compassionate. Janet links each new book with a charitable organization empowering readers to reach out and make a difference. She tours the U.S. and abroad presenting popular school assemblies, and speaking at book festivals and conferences for writers, teachers, and librarians. Every student deserves the chance to see “the person behind the book” and ask him or her questions, yet many schools cannot bring an author to present in person. OAV provides the link.

Time zone: Pacific
Audiences: Elementary Grades 4 and up. Junior high/middle schools. Book groups. Teacher and librarian groups. Classroom discussion questions available for Janet’s books on her website.
Availability: Year-round. Email to set up a Skype time: jlcarey@hotmail.com.
Online visit fees: $75 per half-hour session. Enjoy book discussions. Peek into the writing process. Discuss the power of story in our lives. If students buy Janet’s books ahead of the visit, Janet can send autographed transparent bookplates to your school. (Send student names for personalized plates.)
Website: http://www.janetleecarey.com
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joan-holub-author-goddess-girls-mighty-dadsJoan Holub is the author of the New York Times bestselling picture book Mighty Dads and the bestselling Little Red Writing and Zero the Hero. She co-authors the popular Goddess Girls middle grade series (22 titles to date), the Grimmtastic Girls middle grade series, and the Heroes in Training chapter book series with the awesome Suzanne Williams. She has written and/or illustrated over 150 children’s books — a mix of board books, early readers, picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade series. Coming in 2017: Tool School, Vampoodle, Nyx the Mysterious.

Time zone: Eastern
Audiences: K–6 and groups/clubs of professionals, adults, and/or children
Availability: Year-round. Please email joanholub@aol.com.
Fees: $100 per half-hour online Q&A session. How do Suzanne and I co-write Goddess Girls and Heroes in Training when we live across the country from each other? Where did the ideas for Little Red Writing and Mighty Dads come from? What are the 3 things a story needs? Includes a peek in my “idea file cabinet of doooom.”
Website: http://www.joanholub.com
Blog: http://joanholub.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joanholub


PatrickPatrick Jennings’s books, which include picture books, chapter books, and both middle-grade and young-adult novels, have received honors from Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book, Smithsonian Magazine, the PEN Center USA, the Woman’s National Book Association, and the Chicago and New York Public Libraries. The Seattle Public Library awarded his book, Guinea Dog, the 2001 Washington State Book Award. The book has appeared on many state reading lists, including Washington’s Sasquatch list, and has spawned two sequels. His book, Faith and the Electric Dogs, is currently being adapted for the screen. His new chapter book, Hissy Fitz, which is narrated by an irascible, insomniac cat, was published in January 2015. Patrick was a teacher and a librarian before he began publishing books in 1996. He has been happily visiting schools, libraries, and young author conferences ever since. He currently writes full time in his home in Port Townsend, Washington.  

Time Zone: Pacfiic
Audiences: Pre-K – 6
Availability: Year-round. Email to set up a time: http://patrickjennings.squarespace.com/contact
Online visit fees: $75 per half-hour session. It is required that at least one of my books be shared with students before the session, and that books are made available for the students to purchase. Books can be ordered from my local independent bookstore (using a pre-order form I will provide) in Port Townsend, WA; when they arrive, I will sign and personalize them, then the bookstore will mail the books to the school.
Website: http://patrickjennings.com
Blog: http://patrickjenningsesquire.blogspot.com


Creativity Deb crop smallDeb Lund gets kids inspired to write. As a performer, past classroom and music teacher and teacher-librarian with a master’s project on teaching writing, Deb is at home in front of crowds of kids. She knows how to reach both gifted and reluctant writers and supports teachers before, during, and after presentations.

Invite Deb to visit for a single presentation, a residency, or ongoing writing support. Though Deb is most known for her bestselling picture book dinoseries (Dinosailors, All Aboard the Dinotrain, and Dinosoaring), she writes in many genres.

Fiction Magic: Card Tricks & Tips for Writers, is Deb’s 54-card and guidebook tool to help writers and writing teachers increase the conflict and suspense in their writing. She’s also a creativity coach and a continuing education instructor for writing teachers. Learn more about Deb at http://www.deblund.com. 

Time zone: Pacific 
Audiences: K–12, teachers, librarians, writers 
Availability: Any mutually agreeable time. Contact deb@deblund.com. 
Online visit fees: $125 per 30-minute session, $175 per 50-minute session. Autographed books, bookmarks, and teacher materials available. 
Website & Newsletter Subscription: www.deblund.com


 

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