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Georgia Vinup


Georgia Vinup is a retired school psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. She received a B. S. degree in Linguistics from Georgetown University and a M. A. degree in Psychology from George Mason University. In addition to writing she enjoys travelling and attending the opera. She lives in Virginia and spends her winters in southwest Florida. Georgia has published one historical novel called The Bronze Dolphin and is working on its sequel. Tales from the Marsh is her first children's chapter book.

Nikki Bennett


Nikki Bennett is an author, artist, and world traveler. Her books reflect the people, cultures and mythologies of the places she's visited. Nikki has published several books with Firedrake, both middle grade and young adult. She has also published an adult book under her pen name Sandi Penniman.

Nikki lives in the Pacific Northwest. She is an editor and is also president of Firedrake Books, LLC.

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Richard Levine

Richard Levine grew up on Long Island and now lives in northern New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

Katie Sparks

At a very young age, Katie Sparks discovered the magic of books. She counted on weekly library visits and treasured receiving her first library card at the age of five. At six, she wrote her first story called Baby Carrie (still in her collection today!)  Katie knew then that writing would be in her future.


By day, she is an editor for the parent consumer line at a non-profit medical association and enjoys working closely with authors and industry professionals. Immersed in the publishing industry in both her professional and personal life is a dream come true. On weekends you will often find her writing and sipping coffee at one of the many unique coffee shops in Chicago, spending time with family and friends, or curled up with a new book.


Katie has been an active member of SCBWI for the past several years. She lives in Chicago with her devoted and extremely vocal cat Moe.

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