Mary E. Pearson’s favorite activities as a child were climbing trees and pretending she was Tarzan, or running along fence tops—and roofs—pretending she was a spy with a bagful of incredible gadgets. She was rarely herself. Amazingly, she never broke a bone until she caught a basketball in gym class.Read More →

One of the best things Lisa ever did was write a book called It’s Raining Cupcakes because it got her a gig as a cupcake judge at a big baking competition. At the event, she sat next to a chef who was a winner on the show “The Cupcake Wars,” thoughRead More →

Kimberly Derting once wanted to be a “foxy lady trucker” but changed her mind when she took seventh grade journalism, and hasn’t looked back since. These days, she watches WAY too much TV, orders 20# boxes of Nerds gumballs off the internet, and loves to complain about the rain evenRead More →

Congratulations to the 2011 Short Story winners:   1st Place – Yuna Kwak from Chief Joseph Middle School 2nd Place – Alaina Wangsgaard from Chief Joseph Middle School, “One Wish“ 3rd Place – Anita Whyatt from Enterprise Middle School, “Vigilante’s Tale“ Honorable Mention – Yean Ly from Park Middle School,Read More →

Since he was quite young, Rick Yancey knew he wanted to be a writer. After earning a degree in English from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Rick returned to his native Florida to pursue a career in the arts. While teaching part time and dabbling in the theater, he decided toRead More →

Stephen Wallenfels served as a contributing editor to Club Business International magazine, a leading fitness trade journal, since 1989. During that time he has written over 50 feature articles, columns and interviews with leaders in the health and fitness industry. While Stephen enjoys journalistic writing, his first love is fiction. HeRead More →

Terry Trueman was born on December 15, 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama, but grew up in Seattle. He attended the University of Washington, where he received his B.A. in creative writing. He also has an M.S. in applied psychology and an M.F.A. in creative writing, both from Eastern Washington University. TheRead More →

David Patneaude finally heeded the advice, “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood,” and began writing seriously (more or less) in the mid 1980’s. His first novel, Someone Was Watching, was published in 1993. His books have been placed on more than thirty state young readers’ lists andRead More →

Alane Ferguson was born in Cumberland, Maryland, in 1957. She attended the University of Utah and Westminster College where she studied journalism. Later, Alane became interested in writing for children, mostly, she says, to follow the example of her mother, successful author Gloria Skurzynski. Their novel, Wolf Stalker, was theRead More →

Melissa de la Cruz grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and hasRead More →

Justina Chen has lived in Seattle, Shanghai, and Sydney, which makes her worried about where she will live next: Syria, No. Sorrento, yes. She is infected with a serious case of wanderlust, and is now-not-so-secretly obsessed with French Fries, Orphan Black, Frye boots, coconut black tea, and hello, kitty. (Yes.Read More →

Mary Jane Beaufrand is the author of Primavera and The River, and several short stories. She has an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. She lives with her husband, two kids, drooling Saint Bernard, and wussy Basset hound in Seattle, Washington. 2011 Cavalcade workshop: Write Your Heart Out ThisRead More →