The Creatives behind The Adventures of the Poodle Posse:
Chrysa Smith, Author
So who is Chrysa Smith? Let’s see– I’ve been writing freelance magazine features for over 20 years–on everything from celebrity chefs and resorts to homing pigeons and pot-bellied pigs. In return, I not only received bylines in magazines such as Pool & Spa Living, Bucks County Magazine, Philly Style, Design NJ, The Cooperator and others, I gained invaluable experiences—both in writing and learning about people, places and things.
It’s the same starting point with the students I visit. I tell them that ideas exist all around them. And all they need do is observe what’s happening long enough, and voila! Boom. An idea. It’s all it takes. And it’s exactly where my dogged existence began. Wanting a dog. Acquiring a motley crew of them. Watching them.
When the magazine features were finished and papers filed away, my dogs became my entertainment. I watched them do so much more than play—but trick, steal and manipulate each other. Dastardly? I should say so. So I took fingers to keyboard and began to capture their antics. Fiction was unfamiliar, so I practiced, went for a few classes and decided to take my latest idea and embark on one of the greatest journeys of my life—The Adventures of the Poodle Posse.
With a Mom’s Choice Silver Medal for excellence in Juvenile Fiction, an endorsement from The Dove Foundation and book five complete, it’s safe to assume that the adventures will continue for just awhile longer. And I couldn’t be happier. Right about now, you can find me in my usual position—keyboard on my lap, tea in one hand, poodles on either side, thinking about what other tricks I might have up my sleeve to share this coming school year.
Education: BS, St. John’s University, New York; Continuing education: Temple University, Gwynedd Mercy, PA; University of the South, TN
Organizations: SCBWI (Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators), NJASL (New Jersey Association of School Librarians), CLA (Catholic Library Association)
Published in the following magazines: American Salon, BUCKS, Bucks County, The Cooperator, Drug & Cosmetic Industry, Design NJ, Low Carb Living, Philly Style, Pool & Spa Living
Published in the following books: As If By Magic
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Pat Achilles, Illustrator
Pat Achilles is a talented Bucks County, Pennsylvania illustrator with several book designs and her own line of custom greeting cards, cartoons and other doodles. She runs the regional illustrators group, has illustrated numerous children’s and adult books, and her work has been on display at the Philadelphia Sketch Society. It can be seen on posters in regional theater, newspapers and magazines and has graced the desks and walls of many a delighted recipient of her cards and cartoons at www.achillesportfolio.com. Got a need for a creative sketch, cartoon or card? Pat’s got a quick wit and wicked sense of humor. Contact her directly through her website.
Education: BFA in Illustration, Moore School of Art, PA