To close out this crazy and unprecedented year, I wanted to take some time to highlight my fellow kidlit creators who are working their tails off to birth their beautiful book babies into the world. These interviews will cast a light on the wonderful work of these pre-published, unagented authors and author-illustrators who are destined to be stars!
Erika Lynne Jones is an author and illustrator living in Dallas, Texas with her husband and three daughters. Experiencing different cultures and relating to people with a variety of life experiences was one of the key values instilled in her growing up. Getting to pass this on to her children as a homeschool teacher and to many others through her art and storytelling truly lights her up. She's a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Storyteller Academy and has taken MANY Make Art That Sells Courses.
Erika won the “Beans Around The World” illustration contest sponsored by They Draw and Cook and The USDA Dry Bean Council (2020). She also won an illustration scholarship to the Kweli Journal Color of Children’s Literature 2020 Conference. She's also published in They Draw and Travel’s map anthology, 100 Illustrated Maps of Very Special Places. And most recently she won the Make Art That Sells Illustrating Children’s Books Video Competition.
Hi! I'm Amanda!
Amanda Davis is a teacher, artist, writer, and innovator who uses her words and pictures to light up the world with kindness. When she’s not busy creating, you can find her sipping tea, petting dogs, and exploring the natural wonders of The Bay State with her partner and rescue pup, Cora.
Amanda is represented by Jennifer Unter of The Unter Agency.
Her debut picture book, 30,000 STITCHES hits stores May 4, 2021 with WorthyKids/Hachette Book Group. See below to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of the book!
Amanda Davis is a teacher, artist, writer, and innovator who uses her words and pictures to light up the world with kindness. Amanda is the author of the award-winning picture book, 30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag, Moonlight Memories (summer, 2023) and a yet to be announced forthcoming title. She also has poetry and illustrations featured in The Writers’ Loft Anthology: Friends & Anemones: Ocean Poems for Children. Amanda has over ten years of experience as a classroom teacher and was selected as Massachusetts Secondary Art Educator of the Year. When she’s not busy creating, you can find her sipping tea, petting dogs, and exploring the natural wonders of The Bay State with her family and her rescue pup, Cora. You can learn more about Amanda at www.amandadavisart.com and on Twitter @amandadavisart and Instagram @amandadavis_art.