About Dixi Books

As a specialized publisher, our focus is on the hidden gems of the literature world.

About

The calendar marks the change of a year or a century; however, it does not reflect the spirit of the new age. We are heading into the 21st century, and although humanity has long been present on this planet, remnants of past centuries continue to obstruct our politics, philosophy, ecology, and so forth.

Dixi Books aims to be the voice of the New Age. Humanity has ever new problems to address, and it has already been proved that these problems cannot be dealt with using out-dated practices. We cannot meet the new needs and tastes in art and literature using old methods of understanding. We need brand new novels, creative political discourses, schools of thought that fit the age, intellectuals who can articulate new knowledge, and publishing houses that will represent them.

“This new century has tied cultures tightly through new technological possibilities and accelerated travel opportunities, thus creating areas in which diverse cultures influence one other to a great extent.”

Within this context, these advancements and consequent needs present various challenges to the publishers of all sorts to produce supranational, unique, and authentic works.

With an ever-growing list of publications in literature, ecology, history, education, sociology, and philosophy, Dixi Books is inviting writers from all around the world to join us in providing fresh ways of understanding for those who seek it.

Our books are original, creative, innovative, participative, surprising, and exciting. In order to perform a shift from out-dated paradigms, we are calling writers and readers to join us in going beyond the ordinary.

We are with Greta Fridays For Future

Our Mission

Publishing for a sustainable planet, restorative communities, and  creative people and societies living together cheerfully and without hostility.

Our Vision

To create a safer and more festive world by publishing books that go beyond the age of literature and thought, that are innovative, creative, restorative and experiential, and that restructure our relationships with each other as well as with nature by supporting rather than hindering.

Meet Our Team

We are awesome.

Ayse Ozden

Rights Director & Editor

A social, kind, and humorous person, Ayse is responsible for the sale and purchase rights of our books. She is also a well-known figure at many international book fairs. Feel free to write to her if you have any questions.

E-mail: ayse@dixibooks.com

Aytac Tolga Timur

Editor – Ecology and Literature

As our ecology and literature editor, Aytac brings fifteen years of publishing experience to the position. He is a hard-core activist and has written numerous essays on editorship. Aytac is a fun person to work with.

E-mail: aytac@dixibooks.com

Andrea Bailey

Editor

Writing has been her passion ever since. Unlike other kids expecting toys as gifts, she was always given books by those who knew her passion. In time, she has acquired a huge library and a love for books that never wore off.

Andrea has now turned her passion to a job, she is working happily as an editor.

E-mail: andrea@dixibooks.com

 

Gina Edwards

Intern / Mentee

Gina has a passion for all things creative. With over 18 years experience as a jeweller, she holds a BA with Honours – majoring in Gold and Silversmithing.

Based in Australia, she hails from an extended family of journalists. It was only natural that she should pursue her love of writing alongside all her many other creative outlets – classical piano, photography, botanical illustration and drawing.

Writing stories since she was 14, Gina decided to embark on a course in Professional Writing and Editing at the beginning of the year 2020.

Gina has a soft spot for coffee, dogs and elderly people.     

 

S.C. Farrow

Author

S.C. Farrow has been a writer and editor for over twenty years. Based in Melbourne, Australia, she has a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing, and teaches creative writing at various Melbourne colleges.

Lena Pokaleva

Illustrator / Artist

Lena is a Professional illustrator and book designer, currently based between Paris and Prague.
She spent
all of her childhood with dreaming and drawing.
She loves art, exhibitions, strong coffee, summer, and her
old bicycle.

Joyeeta Neogi

Illustrator / Artist

Joyeeta worked in the garment industry for four years before returning to school to study graphic arts and illustration. Soon after, she began her career as a children’s book illustrator.

Her love for nature inspires her bright and colourful illustrations. Her style is a blend of illustration and realism. 

Julian Rose

Author

Julian Rose; early pioneer of ecological farming, integrated rural economies and decentralised community regeneration. Farmer, writer, holistic thinker, broadcaster and activist: Julian campaigns against all attempts to sterilise our living earth and create aspirations and expresses belief in the power of the human spirit to awake new life and hope.

AJ Collins

Accredited Editor – Literature

AJ is a fully qualified, accredited freelance editor and professional writer. She is approachable, understanding of writers’ sensitivities and always passionate about words on the page.

AJ specialises in long-form works: novels, memoir, biography, some self-help books.

Oksana Bula

Illustrator / Artist

Oksana always wanted to be a pickman. She also wanted to be a police officer. At home she has a place on the wall to draw stories. She has another place under the carpet.After some time drawings moved from the  wall to the Academy of Arts. At the academy, she learned the art of glass making.

Oksana always wanted to be lost in the forest.

Kelsie Blanthorn

Editor – Non-Fiction

Kelsie recently graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Master of Science in Global Environment, Politics / Society. Her expertise is sustainability and climate change policy and she has professional experience working in these sectors for municipalities in the United States. This interest was driven by an appreciation for the outdoors and the need for rapid change in environmental policy.

Meteoros Garage

Illustrator / Artist

Meteoros from Guatemala has a passion for illustration and character design. From an early age, his art has been influenced by animated series, comics, books, manga, and video games. Since childhood, he’s dreamed of immersing himself in graphic expressions, of showing his work to the world, and communicating the ideas that are in his head.

Virginia Elena Patrone

Author / Illustrator

Virginia Elena Patrone was born in Italy in 1985. An artist, author and illustrator, her
works have been presented in various museums and galleries throughout Italy.

Her
interests include the political food approach, and sustainable and traditional
architecture techniques.

Amelina Jones

Illustrator / Artist

Amelina Jones is an illustrator and writer with a passion for nature, tea and stories. She works in traditional watercolour and ink and likes to incorporate lots of story-telling elements and emotions into her work. The gentle form of watercolour mixed with her unique whimsical style create illustrations that aim to enhance a story and bring it to life. 

You can find more of AJ’s work on her website www.amelinajones.com

Kathleen R. Smythe

Author

Kathleen R. Smythe is a history professor and chair of the History Department at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Smythe enjoys the challenge of addressing questions of contemporary relevance through historical investigation in the classroom and through writing and research. An African historian, she has years of fieldwork experience in Tanzania, East Africa. Her second book, Africa’s Past, Our Future (2015) highlighted ideas and institutions in African history and culture that broaden our imagination about what is possible—socially, politically, and economically. She lives in Cincinnati and delights in developing an ever-stronger sense of place and community. 

Gulus G. Turkmen

Author

Gulus Turkmen grew up in Brussels, Belgium, studying Antique Languages ​​and Literature. She had her bachelors degree in Communication Design in International Design School CAD. She worked as a marketing communication expert in several NGOs as well as the private sector. She is still working as an International Communication Expert at Hacettepe University Teknokent.

Gulus, a mother to a boy and a girl, realized that every mother spends a lot of effort for raising their children, but not all of these efforts produced a positive result. She finally developed the Map of Motherhood© application, in which she could evaluate the approach and practices of a mother to her child, and devised the concept of “Sustainable Good Parenthood”.

Rob Austin

Writer

Robert Austin lives by the mantra – yes is the answer, now what’s the question? Always making and doing several things at the same time, and has been referred to as the real life Caractacus Potts. He spends his time flitting between projects in Scotland, Oxford and France, making weird and wonderful things; never finishing any of them. He’s been telling stories for longer than he can remember encouraging young people to have a go at things they thought they couldn’t possibly do. Never stuck for words, he sees the extraordinary in all aspects of life, and has written only technical books thus far. Teaming up with an aspiring illustrator he thought he’d share some of his imagination through books for children. His first book in this genre introduces us to Li & Miss Bee who embark on unlimited adventures; much like the author.

Fabiana Farcas

Illustrator / Artist

Fabiana Farcas was born in Romania in a very small town called Arad. Her enthusiasm for drawing emerged when she was very young, about five years old. After graduating, she turned her hand to digital art. Occasionally, she will revisit traditional methods such as watercolour on paper.
The art Fabiana most loves to create is illustration, especially if it has a focus on bright colours, the whimsical, fairies and fairy worlds, children, or nature. She also loves dogs, cats, ballet, and travelling.

Eric Zhu

Translator

Eric was born in Qingdao, a beautiful place of China, and was graduated from Nankai University He has great passion for architecture, history and literature.
He devotes a lot of his time to research the cultures of different nations.
He is the father of a lovely boy and loves to travel in different countries.

Orhan Tuncay

Author

Contemporary fantasy fiction contains worlds where the dullness of reality, and the laws of physics and scientific progress, yield their significance to a new horizon where dimensions are multiplied, and people can think without restriction. All over the world, readers are connected by their love for this wondrous genre.
Orhan Tuncay is a master writer of contemporary fantasy fiction. His ability to penetrate the world of fantasy, and to fuse imagination with literary prowess, has resulted in a profusion of creativity. Easy to read yet deceptively deep, many of his novels and short stories have been published.

Michael Trott

Author

Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Michael has always loved the written word. He has a Bachelor degree in Writing and Publishing, and is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing. He recently completed his first novella and is already working on his next project. His interests include Martial Arts, painting, and animals. His favourite animal is his beloved tortoiseshell cat, Tiger Lilly.

Arianna Milesi

Illustrator / Artist

Born in Bergamo, Italy in 1982, Arianna graduated in Byzantine Art and Visual Arts in Milan. She often uses paper, wood, fabric, threads, and living organisms in her drawings and interactive installations. She loves light and suspended atmospheres where well established
concepts can be explored freely, even through unconscious associations. Her predilection for the art of drawing did not prevent her
from expanding her interests and developing her skills to include music and literature into her works.

Kristina Stoyanova

Illustrator / Artist

Kristina was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she graduated from the National Art Academy After several years working as a graphic designer in advertising agencies, she is now working exclusively as an illustrator.

Her art is inspired by fairy tales and the stories she creates. She also likes to add a pinch of humour to them.

Sarah Mahfoudh

Author / Editor

Sarah is an author and editor from Oxfordshire, England, with a BA in English Literature and Theatre Studies and lifelong love affair with books. Having lived in fairyland for most of her life, Sarah thinks it’s only right she should share her adventures with the rest of the world. She is the author of Middle Grade fantasy novel, Faces in the Water, and the popular illustrated children’s book, Lilly Mae.

Ruya Aygunes

Author / Illustrator

The Adventures of Nina and the Radio is Ruya Aygunes’s first book. At nine years old, she not only wrote the text but illustrated it too!
Ruya is passionate about radio.
Radio doesn’t rely on visual images to a paint picture for us. Rather, it relies on sound – voices, music, sound effects, and even silence, to tell a story. It is this interweaving of sound, narrative, and imagination that prompts us to construct our own images in our mind. It is this magical confluence which sets the listener free.
This is why radio is Ruya’s passion. For her, radio is hope, joy, and ultimately, the story’s noble saviour.

Virginia Aronson

Author

Virginia Aronson is the Director of Food and Nutrition Resources Foundation. She is the author/coauthor of more than 40 published books. She helped an executive chef at the White House write his bestselling cookbook. She wrote 5 books for the founder of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard University School of Public Health. She’s penned memoirs for executives and drug addicts, athletes and diet doctors, cancer survivors and everyday folks with stories to tell. Publishers include Random House, Doubleday, Penguin, Macmillan, and the small presses. Genres include adult nonfiction, educational books for kids, eco-fiction, poetry and short fiction. 

Chaaya Prabhat

Illustrator

Chaaya Prabhat is an independent graphic designer and illustrator based in Chennai, India. After getting her M.A. in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Chaaya lived and worked in Hong Kong for two years as a graphic designer and illustrator. She has won awards for her portfolio previously from Adobe and Behance. Her work usually involves a combination of illustration, design and hand-lettering which she is passionate about.

Giulia Orsetti

Illustrator

Giulia Orsetti was born in Rome, Italy in 1994. Ever since she was a child, she’s had a passion for drawing that, growing up, has become increasingly important. She attended Istituto Statale d’Arte Roma where she graduated with a specialization in architecture. Afterwards, she enrolled in the Scuola Romana dei Fumetti where she studied the techniques of comics, illustration, painting, and digital colouring She is a freelance illustrator, colourist, and comic artist. Moreover, she loves Japan, tiramisu, writing stories inspired by her dreams, and reading books.

Solen Kipoz

Author

Şölen Kipöz is an associate professor at the Department of Fashion and Textile Design at Izmir University of Economics. She produces publications on fashion studies and conceptual design works on ethical, social and sustainable fashion. Her book entitled Sustainable Fashion (2015) published in Turkish, has been influential in the path of creating an awareness on slow and ethical fashion in Turkey. Her personal exhibition Ahimsa: The other life of clothes (2012),her installations and performances for PortIzmir International Contemporary Art Triennial (2014) and Asteya (2017) exhibition are some of her notable works.

Melissa Salvarani

Illustrator

Melissa is an Italian illustrator who lives in Madrid.
She was 5 years old when they gave her the first package of crayons and from that moment she always designed. She loves the colours, all the possible shades, the collage, the material and irregular surfaces.
She studied art and graphics and graduated in editorial illustration at the IED in Milan. She has always prospered at the intersection of creativity, fashion, and technology.
In 2010 she created the BonbonsLab brand, whose purpose is to recover old furnishing accessories that are made unique with tailor care, giving it new life; recycling is as important as respect for the environment.

Cecilia Pedroza

Author

La Fada Despistada (the fair-minded fairy) is the character created by Cecilia Giménez, a singer and songwriter who was born in Argentina but has resided in Spain since 2001. A Fairy since 2007, La Fada composes and plays songs to help children fall asleep and enjoy pleasant dreams. La Fada and her musicians have performed in Catalonia, Argentina, and the Balearic Islands. La màgia d’en Cotonet is the story of how La Fada Despistada befriends a scared little cloud named Cotonet.

Angelika Claussen

Author

Dr. Angelika Claussen is head of the European IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War). She is among the writers of two IPPNW rapports:
– 30 years living with Chernobyl – 5 years living with Fukushima: Health effects of the nuclear disasters in Chernobyl and Fukushima
– The health effects of uranium weapon
Within the framework of her anti-nuclear studies, she visited Chernobyl and Fukushima. She also visited Turkey and Iran several times within the scope of her peace studies.

Alex Rosen

Author

Dr. Alex Rosen
Vice-President of the German affiliate of IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War). An outspoken critic of nuclear energy, he has published reports on the health effects of the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear catastrophes, including comprehensive replies to the WHO reports on Fukushima in 2012 and 2013, ‘Critical Analysis of the UNSCEAR Fukushima Report’ in 2014 and the book ’30 years living with Chernobyl – 5 years living with Fukushima’, which was published in Germany, France, the US and Turkey.In 2012, he created an exhibition called ‘Hibakusha Worldwide’, which deals with the environmental and health effects of the nuclear chain – from uranium mining to civil and military aspects of the nuclear industry and ultimately nuclear waste and radioactive fallout.

Nadia L. King

Author

Australian author, Nadia L King was born in Dublin, Ireland. She is a children’s author and short story writer who believes passionately in the power of stories to make the world a better place.

Her books for children include “Claire Malone Changes the World” (an empowering and inspiring picture book for young children) and “Jenna’s Truth” (a real and raw story of cyberbullying for young adults). Nadia’s short stories have been published in Australia and internationally, and she is the winner of the 2019 Stuart Hadow Short Story Prize.

Nadia is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in English and creative writing. She lives in Western Australia with her family and her ever-expanding collection of books.

Nicole Crabtree

Author

Nicole is an independent consultant and nutritional therapist specializing in nourishing body and soul. Her love for travel and belief that food speaks across cultures inspired her to start Foodmood.crabtree where she records her travel stories, recipes, and connects with people all over the world. The Bunny Chronicles started as the travel section of the blog, and when Nicole’s niece Annabeth came into the world, it became a series of children’s books. Nicole hopes to be a part of Annabeth’s childhood through reading, writing, and sharing the adventures of Bunny and Bearli, the furry avatars of Nicole and her husband Claudio.

Pablo Amor and Cristina Llorente

Authors

Pablo Amor and Cristina Llorente are both architects and directors of Arquitectives. They work in the dissemination of architecture and built environment as essential issues for the development of the cities and their citizens. Their projects and educational programmes are aimed to give children another point of view of the world, a knowledge of the environment through stimulus that foster their creativity, their observation and the development of a critical view.

Ellie McGuire

Editor – Non-Fiction

Ellie holds two Masters degrees in political science and environmental policy, and has expertise in environmental conservation, international development, education, and participatory engagement. She has experience researching and working in both North and South America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. Her commitment to pursuing meaningful and impactful strategies for environmental and social sustainability is reflected in both her professional and personal lives.

Alice Mae

Illustrator

Alice, a young lady born in Switzerland, has already since very young picked up the colored pencils to draw. Growing up to study and become a video editor, dreams of illustrating never really dwindled. At the age of 25, a dear friend asked her if she wanted to illustrate a children’s book she was writing for her niece. She agreed with pleasure and they had a terrific time creating, and Bunny Chronicles is her first (not last), published illustration came to be. 

Rosa Mascaró

Illustrator / Artist

Rosa Mascaró was born in the city, but now lives in a beloved village called Sineu where everybody knows her as Rous. Rosa loves the small details in everyday things. She’s interested in the delicacy of artisanal techniques of chalcography, screen printing, and engraving. As an illustrator and artist, she combines design projects, editorials and graphic works with the management of her home, Casa Inundate. If you suddenly hear her singing, it’s because she’s creating something!

Gerald Armengol

Illustrator

Gerard Armengol has BA in Illustration and Design, multifaceted artist and researcher who has developed personal aesthetic discourse in various artistic disciplines. His work covers a wide artistic spectrum from the plastic world (logos, posters, flyers, music albums covers, paintings, collages, installations and illustrations).

Samantha McLelland

Illustrator / Artist

Samantha McLelland is an artist and illustrator based in Arlington, Massachusetts. She began her career as an art teacher for elementary and middle school students, but now enjoys working exclusively as a freelance artist.

She primarily creates her illustrations on an iPad, but also enjoys traditional media including watercolor, ceramics, and printmaking. 

In addition to making art, Samantha is passionate about children’s literature and enjoys reading to her own children, as well as hiking, running, and cooking.

Alisa Knatko

Illustrator / Artist

Alisa Knatko was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. From her earliest childhood she was passionate about drawing. Having worked in academic art, digital design, advertising and even web design, Alisa found her ideal field in freelance illustration.

Her style is a mixed technique that includes balanced composition, graphic appeal of lines, expressive poses and minimalistic color scheme with random patterns and textures.

Alisa gets her inspiration from the beautiful city of Saint-Petersburg, her two little kids, ballet dancing and just sitting in a local coffee shop, contemplating people passing by.  

Maria Chernobrovkina

Illustrator / Author

Maria Chernobrovkina was born in Moscow, Russia. She loves both nature and painting as far back as she can remember. When she had to choose between becoming  a geographer and a painter, Maria decided… to do both – and got two degrees. After graduation she taught art and ecology to kids aged 3-15 and then started creating books. Her favourite techniques are collage and watercolor. Maria believes good books should not only entertain but teach as well. In her work she mostly focuses on nature and ecology. Maria has taken part in several exhibitions in Russia and Europe.”

Alicia Lopez Orosco

Illustrator / Author

She loves to convey important messages through her artistic illustrations, and discover new techniques to make the process of drawing more enjoyable. She can apply different techniques depending on the project. She has a passion for animals and nature and is really interested in sociology.

Maria van Bruggen

Illustrator / Artist

She is an artist, designer and author.Her art is full with colour and reflects her view on life – “life is full with miracles, and should be taken with grain of humor. She is a very creative and a multi-talented person and is always busy with creating if not with pen, pencil, brush or any other media, then you will find her behind her computer and trusted Wacom board. She specializes in both traditional and digital techniques, and loves to mix in between them, to get to a more sharp look. In the rare cases that she is not working, she loves to travel to new places to expand her horizon and can be frequently found in China, Spain, Portugal or any other way the wind blows.

Gabriella Vagnoli

Illustrator

She is half Brazilian and half Italian and is now raising her own multicultural family in the USA. As a kid, her mom read Michael Ende’s The Neverending Story to her and she has been trying to get to Fantastica ever since. She has a Bachelor degree in English and Spanish Literature from the Universita degli Studi di Pisa, and another one in Illustration from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. She is a member of SCBWI and of the AOI. Besides children’s book, she loves Shakespeare, Radiohead and could not live without coffee.

Moyra Irving

Author

Moyra Irving is a writer, storyteller, and Creative Writing teacher who lives in Central England. Her writing career began with a collection of short stories, one of which led to the creation of The Extra Guest end-hunger charity which is partnered with Oxfam and SOS Children’s Villages. She has also published two non-fiction books: ‘Take Me to the Mountain’ and ‘Fiery Love.’ However, it wasn’t until Amelie Trott came into her life that she discovered the unparalleled joy of writing for children. Moyra also loves cats, starry nights, days by the sea and, more than anything, writing stories for the child in us all. This is her debut children’s novel. For more information about Moyra and her books, you can visit her website here: https://amelietrott.com/

Nelli Aghekyan

Illustrator

Nelly is an illustrator and a visual story-teller from Yerevan, Armenia. After completing her Masters in Architecture, she followed her dreams and focused on her drawing skills. After getting her first digital tablet, she’s been drawing non-stop. She believes that being a children’s book illustrator is really fun and challenging at the same time. She thinks that being able to put your vision into a book and be a part of someone’s childhood is really inspiring and motivating.
Nelly is an illustrator who’s always in search of an inspiration.
She finds inspiration in little things, such as long walks, road trips, biking, music, nature, tea and friends.

Emre Karacan

Author / Artist

Emre is an aspiring young artist and an author with many published works in the international arena. Rumour has it that he started painting at the age of 2! Studying Fine Arts at high school and Graphic Design & Illustration at university, he has started a full time illustration career with children’s books and animations.

Mark Tedesco

Author

Mark Tedesco, author of That Undeniable Longing, I am John I am Paul, Lessons and Beliefs, The Dog on the Acropolis and Loving Hoping Believing, is an educator and author living in Los Angeles. His latest work is entitled She Seduced Me: A Love Affair with Rome. Mark lived in Rome for eight years and maintains a strong bond with, and passion for, the city. The author loves to engage his students in his love for history, literature and travel.

Danielle Grandi

Illustrator / Artist

Danielle loves to work in colored pencils on watercolor paper, in part because it adds a rough textural element, and also because it’s too frightening to actually use watercolor paint on watercolor paper. Someday she plans on taking a course in watercolors and hopefully overcoming her fear of them. Until that day, however, she will continue to produce colorful, whimsical creations much to the delight of her family and friends. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and her two sons, who steal her colored pencils.

Joy Norstrom

Author

Joy Norstrom is a Canadian writer and social worker. She enjoys sharing stories about the human experience, exploring the outdoors with her family, and reading late into the night when she should be asleep. Whether she is advocating for inclusion, attempting to parent teenagers, or popping into the local coffee shop, she can generally be found engaged in conversation. Why? She believes human connection and laughter keep her grounded in a muddled world. 

Bernie Leonard

Author

Bernie Leonard lives in West Yorkshire, England with her two amazing children and her soulmate Simon. She is a psychology graduate and a qualified teacher of Mindfulness. After teaching Psychology successfully over two decades, she re-trained as a Mindfulness teacher and now runs her own well-being business, Mindful Me Health & Well-Being Ltd. 

Conny Vischer

Author

Conny Vischer was born in Switzerland. In her childhood she loves reading till late at night and in her early teenage years she started to write short stories which ended in a bin after a few years.
After her studies for nurse she restarted writing and started to travel around the United Kingdom and fell in love with this beautiful country, especially Scotland.
She finds ideas for her stories when she’s sitting on the shore of any water or on a walk and letting her thoughts wander to the music. Even while writing, music is a constant companion. It is as if the notes become words whispered to her. Compositions that turn into novels.

Joe Gray

Author

Joe Gray is a field naturalist who lives in the catchment of the River Colne on the island known as Great Britain. He has master’s degrees in Zoology from Cambridge and Forestry from Bangor and is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. Joe is also a Co-founder of The Ecological Citizen (a peer-reviewed, nature-centred journal), Chair of GENIE (the Global Ecocentric Network for Implementing Ecodemocracy), and a Knowledge Advisor on ecological ethics for the United Nations’ Harmony with Nature programme.

Ekaterina Stanchenko

Illustrator / Artist

Ekaterina is a children’s books illustrator. She draws both digitally and using traditional media. The most important point for her in work is to reveal the inner world and emotions of a character no matter if it’s a child, a horse or a carrot.

Alina Everatt

Illustrator / Artist

Alina is a half British, half German artist with a BA in Illustration from Falmouth University. She mostly works with inks but loves to try out all types of traditional media. Having grown up in the English countryside, her work is greatly inspired by nature and animals. Her greatest passion is her children’s books and bringing her characters and colourful scenes to life for all to enjoy. As well as painting, she enjoys travelling, adventuring by the seaside and baking.

George M. Johnson

Author

George M. Johnson became an activist when he was a Grade Five student in Ontario. Since 1991, he has been the Chair of Global and Community Action at Kamloops United Church, and actually wrote and performed in the play and anti-fashion show described in How Hope Became an Activist. He is an award-winning writer, passionate about telling stories with humour to create empathy and provoke change. In 2019, he received the Y.M.C.A. Peace Medal for his social justice work and writing. He is currently a Professor and Chair of the English and Modern Languages Department at Thompson Rivers University. 

Andrew Olivier

Author

Andrew took on various roles over his lifetime – archaeologist, soldier, father, sustainability activist, and many more. He became interested in ecovillages in 2001. In his words, he was blown away by a world where human relationships were at the centre of existence. The particular way of existing in ecovillages where how you show up and contribute is more important than money and what you do for a living inspired him immensely. He also regarded it as one of the solutions to find meaningful work, water, food, energy, and social security. He has been a pioneer in two ecovillages and is currently a board trustee for the Global Ecovillage Network.

Kerry Olitzky

Author

Kerry Olitzky, an ordained rabbi, was named one of the leading fifty rabbis of North America by Newsweek. He is the former longtime executive director of Big Tent Judaism (formerly Jewish Outreach Institute) and served on the faculty and administration of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. He is the author of over 75 books and hundreds of articles in a variety of fields, including spirituality, healing and religious practice. His most recent children’s books are Where’s the Potty on this Ark? and The Littlest Candle: A Hanukkah Story

Sacha Baldwin

Illustrator / Artist

Sacha Baldwin is a creative Illustrator & Designer from Cambridgeshire with professional studio experience in Children’s Crafts, Stationary, and the Seasonal Craft Industry.  With a Bachelors in Illustration, and an extensive portfolio of exciting projects, Sacha enjoys working in traditional mediums such as watercolour, collage and monoprint, also making engaging, playful images using digital platforms.

An avid collector of Children’s books, and an amateur photographer, Sacha is inspired by nature, passionately capturing the beautiful skies where she lives.  Sacha enjoys collaborating on projects and regularly contributes to a drawing group with fellow creatives.

Inas Younis

Author

Inas Younis was born in Mosul, Iraq and emigrated to the United States as a child in 1982. An independent journalist and commentator, Inas writes on religion and politics for various magazines and websites. She is the co-founder of the first chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom in Kansas City and served on the board of this national organization, based in New Jersey. She is an alumna of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

In the realm of civic leadership, Inas currently serves on the board of the  KCPublic theatre and an active member of People of Faith for Peace.

Leticia Saad

Illustrator / Artist

Leticia Saad graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, School of Architecture Design and Urbanism (Buenos Aires, Argentina), with the title of Industrial Designer. She had a passion for drawing and painting throughout her entire life which enabled her to work as an illustrator since 2012.
 
She is now both a freelance illustrator and a teacher.

Nadine Wiese

Illustrator / Artist

Nadine Wiese is an illustrator that graduated with her Honours degree in South Africa. She strongly believes visual storytelling can offer children the opportunity to use their imaginations, engage in critical thinking, to learn, and ask questions about the world around them. Her medium of choice is oil paint and she focuses on illustrating dreamlike, whimsical worlds inhabited by peculiar characters.

Sandra Pomar

Author

Sandra Pomar is an exceptionally busy mom of five spectacular children. Her previous work entails being an Educator in both Canada and the United Kingdom. Sandra’s undying compassion for children has led her to volunteer for The Make a Wish Foundation, POPS-Les Enfants de la Rue, Christmas in July children’s toy donations & the NSPCC. Her passion for writing has become a reality last year when she embarked on her journey as an author for Women’s Perinatal Health, and as an avid lover of children’s books, she hopes for her new stories to be a fresh change for children globally. Sandra aspires to spread the word that “a little respect and compassion go a long way,” hence her motto “Every child should go to bed at night feeling safe, loved, and well cared for.” 

Her mission and desire in life is to help children worldwide experience laughter, peace and joy.

Edna Gee

Author

Edna Gee is a South African artist and English teacher currently living and working in Milan. From an early age, she was exposed to her country’s rich fauna and flora through regular trips to the national park and her grandfather’s stories about birds and animals. Her family also had a wide variety of pets including a pig, chickens, cats, birds and a dog. She completed a degree in Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria after which she moved to Milan to pursue further studies in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti. She has been working with Isola Art Center since 2012.

Dhwani Gosalia

Illustrator / Artist

Dhwani Gosalia is an independent Graphic Designer and Illustrator from Mumbai. She does both digital and traditional illustrations. From an early age, she knew what she wanted to do for the rest
of her life. Making the world of plain boring text to interesting and engaging visuals. She has graduated from Rachana Sansad College of Mumbai in Bachelors of Fine Art and Craft (BFA) with a specialization in Illustration. She is commited to make reading exciting for kids visually and encourage them to grow while she discovers and experiments with diferent styles and techniques. Besides children’s books she loves all things colourful, nature and desserts.

Charise Jewell

Author

A voracious reader and aspiring writer since childhood, Charise Jewell was born in Germiston, South Africa and immigrated to Canada when she was seven years old. She holds an Honours B.Eng. in mechanical engineering from McGill University in Montreal, and worked as a robotics engineer for fifteen years before having children and becoming a writer. She proudly lives with bipolar disorder and educates for the fair and dignified treatment of the mentally ill.

Charise lives in Toronto with her husband and three children. Visit her at charisejewell.com

Teena Raffa-Mulligan

Author

Teena Raffa-Mulligan is a reader, writer and daydream believer who believes there is magic in every day if we choose to find it. She grew up in an English/Italian family in Western Australia, surrounded by natural story tellers whose tales about their lives captured her imagination. Books also opened a window into the world of make believe and her ambition to be a writer was born at an early age.

Altierra Ciogli

Artist / Illustrator

Altierra – alias Alessandra Ciogli – was born in Italy and graduated from the School of Arts of Verona.

She collaborated with public elementary schools through art projects for the development of creativity in children. She worked as a photographer and graphic designer, moving on to her first love, painting.

She has traveled extensively, being interested in nature, farming, and other cultures, discovering  meditation in India, and becoming yoga teacher to adults and childrens. 

Nola Smith

Author

Nola is an Australian children’s book author, about to debut her YA novel, ‘Enough Is Enough’. She is a retired teacher who’s relishing her new found freedom to focus on writing truthful, authentic stories that her readers can escape into. She wants her novels to give hope and courage to anyone doing it tough because of the difficult circumstances they find themselves in. 

Nola is passionate about writing, her family, spending time with friends, travelling the world and championing the underdog. 

Chris Hauch

Author

Chris holds graduate degrees in anthropology and clinical social work, and has researched and worked professionally in both fields, mostly around disability issues and homelessness. The greatest part of his working life, however, has thus far been spent in executive positions in government which, of course, is a fertile environment for the study of irony and the absurd. A lifelong student of humans, Chris has concluded that serious investigations of culture, social organization and bureaucracies are best left to aliens. Chris lives with his life partner in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Northwestern Ontario, Canada. They are blessed with wonderful young people in their extended family, each of them brilliant, kind and a cause for optimism, and all of them born on earth.

Simon Leadbeater

Author

After studying in Oxford and London, Simon pursued a conventional career in local government and the third sector during which time he obtained an Open University MBA.  A defining moment came when he and his wife bought a 52 acre plantation woodland in Hertfordshire, England.  Since 2015 they have lived in temporary accommodation on the edge of their wood trying to secure planning permission for a permanent home.  Gradually Simon learned that their wood was not so much a collection of trees as a numinous presence (a Thomas Berry phrase).

Simon’s woodland restoration work has featured in Royal Forestry Society articles and  ECOS, the journal of the British Association of Nature Conservationists (BANC), of which he is a trustee.  In addition to caring for their woodland Simon divides his time making copious cups of tea for his professor wife, small business consultancy work, and caring for a flock of rescue sheep and chickens.

Federica Ambroso

Author

Federica Ambroso was born in Italy, near Verona, in 1993. She is a PhD in Modern Languages, Literature and Cultures. She has a BSc in Modern Literatures from the University of Bologna and a MSc in European Literatures and Cultures from the Universities of Bologna and Thessaloniki.

Ever since she was a child, she has had a passion for writing and reading. She has won 60 literary contests in Italy and Greece. She published a children’s book in Greek (Ο Μάγειρας των Εποχών και η μυστική συνταγή της Άνοιξης) ̶ winner of the 2019 EPOK Book of the Year Award ̶, a bilingual collection of short stories (Με τις βαλίτσες γεμάτες ήλιο /Con le valigie piene di sole), a children’s book in Italian (La grande avventura di Lily Selvaggia), a collection of poems in Veronese dialect (In serca del sol) and a romance novel in Italian (Il canto del meltemi). Other texts have been published in Greek and Italian literary and cultural magazines as well as in anthologies.

She is also a translator and a singer. She loves travelling and dancing.

Alastair McColl

Author

Alastair McColl is a writer, software developer and sailor, with degrees in English, Philosophy and Computer Science. Alastair lives with his wife, two children and dog in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, on the north eastern shore of the Pacific Ocean. He is currently developing a novel which centres on social life, in a world where most employment is performed through artificially intelligent avatars. He is also creating a graphic novel, as well as children’s books depicting life on the Canadian west coast.

Nicole Mallinson

Illustrator

Nikkie is a graphic designer from Vancouver, BC. She is 30 years old and running her own content creation company while being a mom. When she’s not creating, she loves hockey, snowboarding, travelling and all kinds of adrenaline adventures.
 
Nikkie joined the Feminine Riles team back in 2020 as the graphic artist and has continued on to help as a social media manager. She loves being part of the fight to empower women and ask the tough questions on why our society works the way it does.

Carol Edwards

Author

Highly qualified, engaging, and multiple award-winning online and face-to-face instructor.  Over 20 years of experience in adult education. Designed and taught courses in finance, financial analysis, financial planning, accounting, and Microsoft Office, with a specialization in building Excel models. Proven track-record of leading students to success. Recognized and awarded for instructional techniques for both online and in-class courses. Professional intrapreneur with high internal motivation, adept in both creative and technical skills. Currently teaching a master’s level course online through Simon Fraser University’s globally recognized Beedie School of Business.

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