Julia H. Shannon, fondly known as Jupe and Grandma Jupe to relatives and friends, is a lifelong resident of the Saint Louis, Missouri, area. She has written numerous stories for children, including Scruffy, Scrappy Dog and The Knockout Punch, as well as two novels for adults, Hanna’s House and Gilda. She holds a master’s degree in creative writing from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.
William Curtis, illustrator, is an experienced artist whose masterful style has earned him numerous awards. He uses a variety of media, including watercolor, oil, and graphite. Having worked as an educator for a number of years, he especially enjoys doing illustrations for children’s books.