Cathy Rothschild is a working professional in Austin, Texas. She divides her time between her career, her passion for spending time with her family, and community involvement. She also enjoys traveling with family or friends, running and pilates. She is a first time mother to her son, Charlie, 19 months. Cathy is involved in numerous activities for children, and is always exploring new adventures with Charlie.
Coert Voorhees is the author of the novel The Brothers Torres (2009 ALA Top Ten best Books for Young Adults, 2010 IRA Young Readers’ Choice) and the forthcoming Storm Wrangler (Fall 2011) Lucky Fools (Summer 2012), and Annie Fleet and the Golden Jaguar (Summer 2013). Coert was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in the translation of Chilean theatre and has received fellowships from Rice University and the Houston Arts Alliance. He is also the creator of the animated educational concept Grammaropolis, which is based on successful lessons from his 7th grade Writing classes.
Joshua Alan Parry was raised in Keller, Texas. His first novel, a fictional account of a company that alters the human genome with disastrous consequences, will be published in 2012 by Tor Books. He attended The University of Texas at Austin where he studied molecular/cellular biology and was also the captain of the ice hockey team. Currently he is working on receiving his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Recently his research done at the Shriners Hospital for Children was published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. He has had many eclectic experiences over the years, which include guiding at-risk youth in the wilderness of Utah, metal work in Montreal, and salmon canning in Alaska. He has also worked as a comic writer, a molecular genetics intern, a personal trainer, and an ice hockey coach. He hopes to continue to accumulate rich and unique experiences as he follows his passions in life, especially when it comes to writing, health, and the outdoors.
Luis Muñoz was born and raised in Guatemala, Central America. Never looking to be in the spotlight, the spotlight found him in the form of the television world. Having been in the restaurant management business throughout high school, Luis would use his leadership skills to quickly rise through the ranks of “the biz.” From working as an unpaid intern at TC Network in 1995 to becoming the Senior Producer of the # 1 Tejano music program in the U.S. within 2 years, Luis quickly gained a reputation for his aggressive and fresh approach to programming. But his search for the thrills of the business didn’t stop there. While working for TC Network, Luis was an integral part of the team that created several national programs for the Galavision and Univision networks. It was there, through extensive travels and networking, that Luis’ skills were nourished and his appetite for “outside-of-the-box” programming grew even more.
Sandy is a 29 year old mother, wife, coach, singer and author. Did we mention she is also the Director of Corporate Communications for Mercury Retail Services and Executive Assistant to the President and CEO? She is one busy lady for sure but she manages to wear several hats, successfully. Sandy was born in Glendale, CA but has lived most of her life in San Antonio, Texas. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from University of the Incarnate Word in 2004. Prior to joining Mercury, Sandy worked for Bauhaus Media Group, and worked on many television projects and even appeared on a couple of commercials. Sandy says her coolest experience was having Eva Longoria drive her around in a golf cart during a Celebrity Golf Tournament Charity event she worked on. Read Sandy’s “Real People” blog to find out how she balances her busy lifestyle and learn about her adventure in co-authoring Kyla and Carlos, a bilingual book series that promotes the fun of learning together.
Scott Rhodes here, hailing from Austin, Texas. where the goal is to ‘Keep Austin Weird’ (trust me, I’m trying!). My wife, Leigh, and our sidekick, Boudro, are all born and bred Texans, but I’ve lived in Keystone, Co., Redondo Beach, Ca., and Costa Rica (if you want to count a 7-week surf hunt!)
Shelley Fraser Mickle is an award-winning novelist and NPR humor commentator. Her first novel, THE QUEEN OF OCTOBER was a New York Times Notable Book and is still taught in high schools, available on Kindle. Her second novel REPLACING DAD became a CBS movie in l999 and was listed by the New York Public Library as a novel suitable for the TEEN AGE. Her third novel THE TURNING HOUR, the story of a high school senior recovering from a suicide attempt, became THE TURNING HOUR PROJECT used in high schools as a suicide prevention tool. Most recently, Shelley was the author of the bestselling children’s book, BARBARO, America’s Horse. She began her own publishing company in 2009 with her husband, a pediatric neurosurgeon, to fill a need in American culture by publishing stories that feature children with physical differences in heroic roles. WILD ONION PRESS’s first picture book won a national award in 2011. She highly recommends HERE COMES JULIE JACK! a mystery chapter book ( 2.5 reading level) that includes over 200 high-frequency vocabulary words, and JASON AND ELIHU, A Fisherman’s Story (4th grade reading level), a novel that appeals especially to boys who might have lost interest in reading.