the author: ( Me!)
Clara Bowman-Jahn worked as a registered nurse for thirty two years finally trading that job for her true love, writing. Clara’s short stories have appeared in three anthologies including “The ‘I’ Word,” which can be found on kindle. When Clara is not writing, she does volunteer ESOL tutoring for her local library branch. She also likes taking long walks with her husband, blogging, and reading and reading and reading. She is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Penn Writers, and Round Hill Writer’s Group. She lives in rural Loudoun County, Virginia with her brilliant husband and two senior cats. And she is the proud mother of two wonderful grown sons and one delightful grandson.
Claudia Wolf, Annie’s Special Day, Illustrator:
A gifted, life-long artist, Claudia Wolf has illustrated more than forty children’s books and covers for various publishers including Harper Collins, McGraw Hill, and Picture Window Books. In addition to Claudia’s publishing work, her career has encompassed fine arts, as well as the advertising field. She is also a court-room sketch artist, well-known for her drawings from nationally publicized trials.
Claudia greatly enjoys her work, and it shows. Experienced in traditional and digital media, she is multi-dimensional in style and method. A graduate of Paier College of Art, she lives and works in Connecticut with her husband, children, and dog named Elvis.
Susan April Elwood, co-author of Edmund Pickle Chin
Susan April Elwood has worked with children for over twenty years in northern Virginia as a preschool teacher, kindergarten assistant, and a library assistant. With her passion for animals it made perfect sense to combine the two and write an animal story for children, teaming up with author Clara Bowman-Jahn.
Susan and her husband Tom moved from northern Virginia in 2007 to central Georgia where they founded Evermay Farm, a non-profit rescue for farm animals. This is the setting for Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story. The story is based on Edmund, a donkey, the first of many animals, to call Evermay Farm, home. Susan and Tom have two treasured sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and a precious grandson. In her free time, Susan enjoys photographing animals and antiquing.
Lynne Bendoly, Illustrator of Edmund Pickle Chin:
Following graduation from Cooper School of Art and Lakeland College, Lynne enjoyed a long career as an illustrator and graphic designer working at local fashion houses, advertising agencies and newspapers in Cleveland, Ohio.
When her son graduated from college and obtained a job at Emory in Atlanta, Georgia, she picked up her pencils and paints and moved to Savannah where she currently enjoys her retirement. She writes and illustrates children’s books such as her Tabetha’s Crow and Arnie Armadillo’s Pillow, Rudy Finds a Home, The Princess and the Unicorn, plus freelancing for other authors on books such as Roseanna a Savannah Squirrel and What Do You Do on a Rainy Day. She can be reached by email.