Mary Lee Montfort is a successful baker and small business owner. After beginning her culinary career in the kitchen of the Union Bay Café in Seattle, Washington, she went on to open her own successful small baking business in 2004, Mary Lee’s Desserts. Mary Lee believes in passing things forward and has covered all of the costs of designing, producing, distributing, and marketing her cookbook herself so that she can donate all of the profits from each sale to three charities – World Central Kitchen, The Trevor Project, and St. Jude Children’s Research hospital.
Cydnee Brady is the author of the new Christmas children’s book, Undercover Elf. It’s a creative and charming story for families to enjoy this Christmas season, and many more in the future. With its wonderful storytelling and hand-crafted illustrations, this festive book captures the magic and joy of Christmas.
Beth Miller is the founder of Wagtown, a charitable organization that helps communities become more dog-friendly. Her new book, Tucker Finds His Forever Home, was written to speak to children about dogs and their effect on our lives. The story is told through the eyes of a young pit bull named Tucker. It brings readers along on a journey filled with many life lessons about self-worth, breed discrimination, safety, emotions, and bullying. 100% of the book’s proceeds benefit animal welfare projects and programs that make the world a better place for dogs.
Dr. Shamina Aubuchon is the author of the best-selling children’s book, If You Touch, I’ll Tell. The book is a very important alarm system for children so they can protect themselves against predators. Dr. Aubuchon holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with a focus in Immunology from Eastern Virginia Medical School. A survivor of child sexual abuse, she is an advocate and voice for children who face those horrific and traumatizing situations.
Author Amanda McCann and illustrator Simone Föhl are tremendous talents, and they were kind enough to share some insight into the detailed processes that made this project a reality. Meet the Halloweenie team and get a behind the scenes understanding of what it takes to create a successful children's book!
Get to know our featured author for July, Gregg McBride! Gregg is a film and television writer/producer. One of his best known works is the film A Heavenly Christmas, which premiered to the highest ratings in Hallmark Channel history. In addition to film writing, Gregg is also an author of three book, Weightless, Just Stop Eating So Much, and his newest children’s book, Biron the Bee Who Couldn’t.