Phoenix bases artist Kristine Kollasch has been creating art since kindergarten in Gary, Indiana, where her teacher told her mom she had some promising art talent. Kris overheard that conversation and took it seriously. A college education from Adams State College in Colorado and an 11 year career as a Tempe, AZ based design firm prepared her to start her own business, Fine Art and Creative Environments, LLC in 1997. For over 20 years she has been a thriving full-time artist, creating murals and themed environments, public art and fine art, however this is the first time she's illustrated a children's book. You can learn more about the illustrator at facebook.com/FineArtandCreativeEnvironments or kristinekollasch.com
Jennifer (Jen) Reich is an educator, nurse, poet and storyteller. Jen's poems and stories are inspired by people, animals, nature and all aspects of our shared human experience. She is a passionate explorer of the healing potential or the creative arts and facilitates workshops for nursing and healthcare professionals on creativity and well-being. She loves to write from the road and trail, as well as at her neighborhod coffee shop. When not traveling, she lives and writes in Phoenix, AZ. Jen's poetry can be found at firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook.com/Jenreichpoetry.