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Elizabeth Lorayne is an author, artist and mother, inspired by nature, history and the daily rhythms of her surroundings. As the granddaughter of Admiral Walter T. Griffith and having spent her own childhood sailing and exploring the shorelines of the Pacific Northwest, she has developed a deep respect, curiosity and love for water, exploration and creativity. Now, while raising her young daughter on the Northern Atlantic coast, Elizabeth feels a desire to remind all of us of our forever shared companion – Mother Nature; and with that reminder, to press upon us to cherish and protect her.
Elizabeth is a graduate of The New School in New York City and a current member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. You can learn more about her books on her website www.piratesstilly.com
Maria Kamoulakou-Marangoudakis was born and raised in Athens, Greece, surrounded by ancient art and architecture. From her early childhood she felt a strong calling to become an archaeologist. She studied archaeology in England in the late 1980’s and holds two degrees. Maria’s experience as a field archaeologist and a researcher with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture spanned over sixteen years. Following her marriage to Carl, Maria moved to the USA in 2008 and decided to test her abilities in the sphere of children’s literature. She draws inspiration from ancient Greek literature and Greek folklore, creating alternative stories to traditional “prince charming” fairy tales. Sky Cloud City, the first book in The Adventures of Hope and Trusty sequel, is a free adaptation of the classical Greek play The Birds by Aristophanes. To be followed by at least two more adventures based on Aristophanes’ most popular plays. Her upcoming book Arthur the Fly-Slayer and the Forty Dragons is inspired by a folklore tale her father used to tell her as a child.
More information on Maria’s books at skycloudcity.com, or mariakamoulakou.com.
Mariana Llanos was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She writes poetry and short stories since she was a young girl. Hoping to give a voice to the many characters that lived in her head, she studied Drama with the prestigious company Cuatrotablas, based in Lima. After moving to Oklahoma, Mariana worked as a preschool teacher, standing out for her creativity and passion for arts education. In 2013 she published her first book, Tristan Wolf. Now she has seven titles under her name, four of those in Spanish, and one in a bilingual version. Her books have won several awards and distinctions within the indie publishing industry. Just recently, two of her poems were published in the anthology Blackbirds Third Flight. Last July, Mariana signed a contract with Rubicon Publishing Inc. to produce seven educational books, which will be published early next year. Mariana visits schools around the world through virtual technology. In the past two year Mariana has visited over 100 schools via Skype all around the world. Visit her website at marianallanos.com.