Diane Calkins is a writer, mother of two, grandmother of two, and committed animal welfare advocate. She has written articles and/or commentaries for Fancy Publications (including Cat and Dog Fancy), Pets.com, the Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union Tribune, and many more. Her experiences as an animal shelter volunteer and animal advocate have profoundly affected her personally and as a writer.
Diane’s writing focuses on the power of the human-animal connection. Through her work, she explores the way animals can enrich and enhance our lives through their devotion and individual personalities.
In 2019, Diane made her first foray into children’s literature with One Happy Chicken. She is currently working on a follow-up, titled A Very Naughty Beagle Named Bonnie, as well as a memoir called An Ark of Sorts.
Diane and her husband Chris share their lives with two children, their spouses and their grandchildren as well as a dog, three cats, and four bunnies.
Sharon Davey is a children’s Illustrator who has a past in Theatre Design. She is represented by Plum Pudding Illustration Agency in all things publishing. She has worked for a variety of clients in the past including David Fickling Books, Oxford University Press, Bloomsbury and Usborne.
Her first illustrated picture book, written by Michelle and Pheonix Finch called “Pheonix Goes To School” was published by Jessica Kingley Publishing. She also illustrated several other books including “The Rabbi Slurps Spaghetti” and of course “One Happy Chicken”.
When she’s not busy illustrating, she can often be found with her face pressed against a cake shop window or rushing from meeting to meeting.