Rick Walton first thought of writing for children when his high school English teacher, Joyce Nelson, told him that a story he had written for the class would make a good children's book. But it wasn't until after he had dabbled in business, law, teaching, software design, and almost every other career in the book, that he finally realized that writing for kids was one of the few things that he both enjoyed and was good at. Since then, Rick has had over 100 books published. His works include picture books, riddle books, activity books, mini-mysteries, a collection of poetry, and educational and game software. His books have been featured on the IRA Children's Choice list, Reading Rainbow, and on CBS This Morning. Rick teaches university courses on picture book writing and on the children's book publishing industry. He lives in Provo, Utah.
Jess Smart Smiley is a writer, illustrator, and designer living in Orem, Utah. His books include Upside Down: A Vampire Tale (Top Shelf Productions, 2012), The Adventures of William Worm (Piggy Press, 2013), and Rumpus on the Run: A Monster Look-n-Find Book (Mascot Books, 2013), and the 10 Little Monsters series (Familius, 2014).