CRP New Marketing Series

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a children's author? Or maybe you are interested in hearing how award-winning authors got their start? 

CEO of the publishing company, Cardinal Rule Press, Maria Dismondy, is hosting an interview series with children's authors! Find out the inside scoop on how their journey began and hear about a day in the life of an author! We hope aspiring writers, classrooms and other fans nationwide will tune in weekly to this exciting series on Facebook Live!

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Lana Button-Interview Replay

Children’s author Lana Button grew up in the tiny border town of St. Stephen, New Brunswick. She has a background in theatre performance training at Concordia University and has performed in television, film, and on stage. She also studied early childhood education and has enjoyed working with young children for more than twenty years. As a writer, Lana has contributed to many magazines including Today’s Parent, Parent’s Canada, CHIRP Magazine for Children, and LadyBug Magazine for Children. Lana’s WILLOW picture book series, published by Kids Can Press, highlights how the shyest kid in class gets her through her day. They have been shortlisted for awards including The Blue Spruce, The Shining Willow, and the Rainforest of Reading. Her books have also been recognized as Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Bets and the IBBY Outstanding Book for Young Children. Lana’s latest picture book, MY TEACHER’S NOT HERE! is about surviving school when your teacher is away. Lana loves presenting her stories with energy, enthusiasm and passion. She has had the pleasure of presenting at festivals and community centers from Saskatchewan’s Festival of Words to New Brunswick’s Chocolate Festival. She was honoured to present at the 2018 Rainforest of Reading Festival in St Lucia and went to Northern Alberta as a proud touring author for 2018 TD Canadian Children’s Book Week. In addition to writing and presenting, Lana volunteers for literary organizations such as IBBY Canada, First Book Canada and Rainforest of Reading. Lana lives in Burlington, ON with three grown daughters, one cat, one dog and one travelling husband.

Hannah Carmona Dias-Interview Replay

Hannah Carmona Dias is a Writer who currently resides in Tennessee. Dazzling Travis is her second book and was inspired by her work in children’s Theatre. In addition to being a Writer, Hannah is also a wife, mother of two wonderful girls, co-founder of Collective Art School of Tennessee, YouTuber, and Actress. When she is not working on her books Hannah enjoys binge-watching shows on Netflix, avoiding housework, and spending time with her two cats, dog, and iguana.

Rob Broder-Interview Replay

Rob is the Publisher and Creative Director at Ripple Grove Press, an independent, family-owned picture book publishing company that he started with his wife. Since he began building my skills and experience in publishing, he has read hundreds of picture books and thousands of submissions. Rob has a passion for well-told and beautifully illustrated picture books. In his spare time he writes, hikes, plays ukulele, and publishes books.

Shelley Johannes-Interview Replay

Shelley Johannes is the author-illustrator of the Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker series (Disney-Hyperion). Her first career was architecture— where she fell in love with felt-tip pens, tracing paper, and the greatness of black turtlenecks. Shelley lives in the Metro Detroit area with her husband and two sons. You can find her online at and as @shelleyjohannes on Twitter and Instagram.

Laura Gehl-Interview Replay

Laura Gehl is the award-winning author of picture books with humor and heart, including ONE BIG PAIR OF UNDERWEAR, the PEEP AND EGG series, MY PILLOW KEEPS MOVING, and I GOT A CHICKEN FOR MY BIRTHDAY. Her newest book, DELIVERY BEAR, features a bear named Zogby whose dream is to deliver cookies for the Fluffy Tail Cookies Company. Future releases include DIBS! (Lerner), EXCEPT WHEN THEY DON’T (Little Bee), JUNIPER KAI: SUPER SPY (Two Lions), and the BABY SCIENTIST series (HarperCollins). Laura lives in Chevy Chase, MD with her husband, four kids, and large stash of dark chocolate. So far, she hasn’t had a bear turn up on her doorstep with a box of delicious cookies…but she hasn’t give up hope yet, either.

Tami Charles-Interview Replay

Former teacher. Wannabe chef. Debut author. Tami Charles writes picture books, middle grade, young adult, and nonfiction. Her middle grade novel, LIKE VANESSA, has earned Top 10 spots on the Indies Introduce and Spring Kids' Next lists, along with three starred reviews. Her picture book, FREEDOM SOUP, debuts with Candlewick Press in fall, 2019. She also has more books forthcoming with Capstone and Albert Whitman. Tami is represented by Lara Perkins, of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.  

Debbie Gonzales-Interview Replay

Debbie Gonzales is a career educator, curriculum consultant, former school administrator and adjunct professor, and once served as a SCBWI RA for the Austin Chapter. Deb currently devotes her time to writing middle grade novels, crafting teacher guides and various other freelance projects. She's the author of six “transitional” readers for New Zealand publisher, Giltedge, and the forthcoming non-fiction picture book Girls with Guts: The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records (Charlesbridge, 2019). A transplanted Texan, Debbie now calls beautiful Ann Arbor, Michigan home where she lives with her husband John and spunky pup, Missy. Deb earned her MFA in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Learn more about Deb and her work by accessing or

Laura Lee is an author, illustrator, and designer. She grew up in the sleepy mountains of West Virginia where she spent many formative days in the great outdoors collecting rocks, climbing trees, and observing the miniature life of ants. As a child, she loved miniatures and models- their intricate details revealing stories through color, symbol, and texture. Her curiosity for the world eventually led to a career in design, where she crafted many things from buildings to gallery exhibitions to digital products and services. As a designer, she has a passion for storytelling and enjoy creating unique experiences through beautiful products and illustrated books. She lives in Northern California with her husband David and son, Oliver

Shutta Crum-Interview Replay

Shutta Crum, an award-winning writer of books for children and poetry for adults, is a storyteller and a retired youth librarian who was awarded the Mich. Library Assoc. Award of Merit as youth librarian of the year (2002). She is also an educator who taught writing at the high school and college levels, and under the auspices of the Mich. Council for the Arts. Her presentations include author talks, lectures, and workshops for writers, teachers, and librarians. The author of thirteen picture books and three novels, she was invited to read at the 2005 White House Easter Egg Roll. And in 2010 Shutta was chosen to tour and present to children at the Department of Defense schools throughout Japan. Many of her books have garnered starred reviews and have been short-listed for state awards.

Barbara DiLorenzo-November 15th 1-1:30PM EST 

BARBARA DILORENZO graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration, and studied painting at the Arts Students League of New York. She is the author-illustrator of RENATO THE LION (Viking/Penguin Random House), which was chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection, and QUINCY (Little Bee Books). When she isn’t working on books, Barbara teaches at the Arts Council of Princeton. In addition to being a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society, she is an illustrator member of the Society of Illustrators, a member of SCBWI, and the co-president of the Children’s Book Illustrators Group of New York (CBIG). Currently, Barbara lives in Hopewell, New Jersey with her wonderful family–who constantly inspire new stories.

Lindsey Lane-November 29th 1PM EST

Lindsey Lane is an award-winning author, playwright and journalist. She is the author of young adult novel Evidence of Things Not Seen, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), picture book and iTune app Snuggle Mountain, and her short stories have been published in the literary journal, Hunger Mountain. She earned her BA in Theater Arts from Hampshire College and her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She teaches regularly at Writers League of Texas, the Writing Barn and is an adjunct professor at Austin Community College.

Patrick Flores-Scott-December 5th 1-1:30 PM EST  

Patrick Flores-Scott is a former public school teacher and current stay-at-home dad and early morning writer in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Patrick’s goal for his first novel, Jumped In, was to write a story that would engage struggling readers. Jumped In has been named to the 2014 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list, a Walden Award finalist, a Washington Book Award winner, an NCSS/CBC Notable Book for the Social Studies, and a Bank Street College Best Books of 2014.

Michele McAvoy-December 3rd 1:30-2 PM EST

Michele McAvoy is an award-winning children’s book author and inspirational speaker from New Jersey. As a child, she read Judy Blume and drew Garfield comics. For her 10th birthday, she asked for a pink typewriter. Michele always loved the smell of new books. Now all grown-up (typewriters near obsolete) she loves bringing joy to children through her own stories. Michele’s books are uplifting and colorful and are meant to help children navigate through the natural bumps and curves of life. Michele's third picture book COOKIE & MILK, a story about diversity, friendship & girl power, is coming your way Fall 2019 with Cardinal Rule Press. Her debut children's picture book MY SUPERHERO GRANDPA is a 2016 Children's Moonbeam Award winner. Her second picture book THE GORILLA PICKED ME!, a story of self esteem and familial love, released in 2018 with Native Ink Press.

Jodi McKay-December 13th 1-1:30 PM EST  

Jodi lives in Grosse Pointe, Michigan with her husband, son, and a couple of furry friends. She discovered that she loved to write when she was 8 years old, but decided to finish school before pursuing it full time. Now she is an active member of the incredible kid lit community and is proud to be represented by Linda Epstein at Emerald City Literary Agency. Jodi is the author of the picture book, WHERE ARE THE WORDS? and the forthcoming picture book, PENCIL’S PERFECT PICTURE both published by Albert Whitman & Co.

Jami Gigot-December 20th 1-1:30 PM EST  

Jami Gigot is the author/illustrator of the picture books Mae and the Moon, Seb and the Sun, and the forthcoming Imagination Vacation (2019). She also works as a digital texture painter for film, having worked on such productions as Antman & The Wasp, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Chronicles of Narnia. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she now makes beautiful Vancouver, BC her home. When not creating stories, she enjoys combing the beach for treasures and walking through the rain forest with her husband and two kids.