Our Authors

JoAnn Early Macken has written more than 130 books for young readers. JoAnn earned her M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. JoAnn has taught writing at four Wisconsin colleges, and she speaks about poetry and writing to children and adults at schools, libraries, and conferences. You can visit her web site at www.joannmacken.com.

Jennifer Marino Walters is a writer and editor specializing in family and parenting topics. She has written for major media such as Los Angeles Times, Reader’s Digest, Parenting, Scholastic News, and Care.com.  Jennifer lives with her husband, twin boys and daughter in the Washington, D.C. area where they love to explore museums and more. She writes a blog about their adventures at doubledutytwins.com.

Joanne Mattern is the author of nearly 350 books for children and teens. She began writing when she was a little girl and just never stopped! Joanne loves nonfiction because she enjoys bringing history and science topics to life and showing young readers that nonfiction is full of compelling stories! Joanne lives in the Hudson Valley of New York State with her husband, four children, and several pets. You can learn more about her on her web site, www.joannemattern.com


Charla McMillian is a former Marine Corps Officer and the creator and head instructor of FitBoot™ Basic Training for Professionals, New England's original boot camp fitness training program. She is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist®.

As an accomplished writer who specializes in children’s stories and teacher materials, Anna Prokos is the author of notable books for kids of all ages. Her work has delighted children in the classroom and at home. When she’s not working on new books, you’ll find her in elementary schools conducting writing workshops or at the library with her three sons.  Meet the Author

When Caryn Rivadeneira was a kid, she dreamed of two things: being a writer and having lots of dogs. Both came true! Well, almost true. Caryn is a writer. She’s written lots of books for both kids and grown ups. And Caryn has had lots of dogs. However, right now, she only has one: a rescued pit bull who prefers the company of people to dogs. Caryn and her pup live in the near-west suburbs of Chicago with Caryn’s husband, three kids, three rescued guinea pigs, two parakeets, and too many fish. Visit Caryn at carynrivadeneira.com

Dana Sullivan grew up in Southern California drawing on every piece of paper he could find. He kept at it and now teaches picture book and graphic novel classes near Seattle where he lives with his wife and two dogs, Bennie and Max who lives mostly in his urn. You can follow Dana and Max at his website  Dead Max Comix coming January 2020!

A former educator, Carl Watson has taught Language Art classes in both elementary and junior high schools. As a published author, his work has appeared in both adult and children’s magazines. He is a graduate of North Texas State University and Texas Wesleyan University (ME). His work has appeared in several children’s magazines and in stories for the Methodist Publishing House, Child Life, and in True West Magazine. Look for Carl's upcoming novel, Silent Journey, from our middle grade imprint One Elm Books in mid-2020.

Jonathan Weinress is a certified trainer and therapist who enjoys working out for a lifetime of fitness. He lives and works in Great Barrington, MA.  Look for his book for young children soon.