Sheryl Jones - Author
I began writing when I was just eight years old. I have always been optimistic! My Mother kept everything, poems, stories, and even all the term papers; I still have some of that early writing Mother gave me over the years.
I was born and raised in the Flint Hills of eastern Kansas. I loved tramping through the woods with my father and writing about it afterwards. Even more, I loved to read! My mother belonged to the Book of the Month Club and purchased the Book of Knowledge from a traveling salesman. I would read the fairy tales and other interesting tidbits to my little sister, Judy, usually after listening to our favorite after school radio shows: “Batman,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Superman,” “Buster Brown,” and the “Green Hornet.”
All those stories my father told me about growing up on a ranch in Oklahoma encouraged me write the Rowdy Stories and to apply for membership in the Cherokee Nation.
I wrote my first story when I was eight and have never stopped. I taught writing for twenty-three years and hope some of my love of the written word rubbed off on one or two of those students.
My husband, Don, is my best editor and fan. My sister, Judy, wonders why I’m not rich and famous. My sister, Debbie, illustrates the children’s books I write for Sea Turtle, Inc. in South Padre, Texas.
I’m very proud of my grandson Pfc. Erik K. Jones, 82nd Airborne, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
Rachel Brody - Illustrator
I was born in China 17 years ago and was adopted by a family living in Colorado when I was 11 months old.
I currently attend high school at Denver School of the Arts where I major in visual arts. I have been fortunate enough to win two Scholastic Gold Key awards for my art and have my work displayed at the Denver Art Museumand the History Colorado Center.
Drawing is a passion of mine and I especially enjoyed the opportunity to bring to life the charming characters of the Piney Woods that are reminiscent of the beautiful Colorado outdoors that I love to hike in. Illustrating this innocent setting helped me reconnect with my sense of childlike wonder.
Hopefully working on this book will be my first step towards a career in illustration and animation. Working on this project was a lot of fun and I hope to be able to work with Sheryl and the wonderful worlds she creates again!