Publishing Inquiries

For all publishing related inqueries, contact Susan Hawk at Upstart Crow


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Booking Inquiries

For all booking, speaking, and appearance related inquiries, contact Kate Kubert Puls

Animation & Film Inquiries

For all film, television, and animation inquiries contact Alison Mann at Fourth Wall Management MANN@FOURTHWALLAMANAGEMENT.COM.

Please read FAQs below before reaching out


Thank you for your interest in my art and books!

Q: When did you start to draw?

A: Before I could write and as soon as I could hold a pencil!

Q: When did you write your first book?

A: Second grade! But my first book I wrote that was published is If Sharks Disappeared (2017) which I started working on in 2013.

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: I got a B.F.A. in Animation from California College of the Arts.

Q: What do you use to draw?

A: I draw with a lot of different tools! My If… Disappeared books are illustrated in photoshop. While Crack The Code was illustrated with blackwing pencils and colored digitally in photoshop. Go With The Flow was done both traditionally (with prismacolor erasable pencils and blackwing pencils) and then inked/colored digitally. Some of my other work is done with copic markers, prismacolor pencils, and watercolor.

Q: How did you become an author/illustrator? How did you get a book deal?

A: I sort of fell into publishing, which I am so happy about! I wrote about it in detail in a three-part blog post which you can read here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Q: Where do you get your book ideas?

A: Whether it be climate change, menstrual inequity, mental health stigma, poverty, education, or any other global issue, I am usually angered by the injustices of the world. I often say that anger fuels my work, but it really is that I care a lot about a lot of things and I want those things to feel more accessible.

Q: Do you or did you work in animation and what did you work on?

A: I started interning at Sony Pictures Animation when I was 16 years old. I interned for four summers before I was brought on (after I graduated college) as a full time  visual development artist with a specialty in character/costume design. While at Sony Pictures Animation, I worked on a variety of projects including Smurfs: The Lost Village, Surfs Up 2, and Medusa. I left Los Angeles in 2016 and continue to freelance in Animation. I have since worked on the Monster High x Lady Gaga crossover and DC Super Hero Girls, and other unnamed or “blue sky” projects.

Q: Will you come speak at our school/event?

A: I would love to hear about your school/event! Before reaching out about a school visit, please see my school visit section for details. If you are interested in booking me for an event, please contact Kate Kubert Puls

Q: Can you give me a a copy of your book?

A: No, I cannot. The ugly truth is that the only way I can continue making books is if people support my books. Authors only get a limited amount of copies. I donate most of mine and keep the small amount for myself. I know not everyone is able to buy books, so here are two blog posts with some great ways to help authors without spending money.

Q: Can you read my manuscript and give me advice?

A: I don’t feel that I am in the position to help with that right now. There are great groups like Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators who have local chapters with peer review groups and I recommend checking them out.

Q: I am an aspiring artist/writer, how do I pick the best major to get into animation/children’s books?

A: The cool thing about the arts is that you don’t have to have any particular degree (or even a degree at all) to become a professional in them. While I personally think a college degree helps you out in ways like learning how to take critique and finding your voice, the exact major does not usually matter. There are children’s book writers who majored in math and science and animation artists who majored in industrial design. Focus on what interests you and never stop growing your skills and ideas!

Q: I have a cool organization/app/website that I think your work will fit into, will you do this project pro-bono for us? I cannot pay you for your time, will you do it for exposure or a cut of the profits later?

A: I absolutely love making art for worthy causes, however, I believe all artists should be compensated for their time fairly… which so often doesn’t happen. I do indeed take pro bono projects, but at this time I am working with a select few nonprofits. I don’t do work for free or for exposure. If you are interested in working with me or if your budget changes please feel free to contact me!

Q: Can you give me a discount to your online shop?

A: My personal shop will run discounts irregularly so sign up for my mailing list to be amongst the first to find out when there is a discount in my shop. My other shop is through Society6 and I do not make the discounts that they run on their website. But! Society6 runs sales regularly so maybe just wait and check back tomorrow.