Sarah Frank is a teen author and poet from Tampa, Florida. At age 14 she received a publication contract from BeaLu Books for her first novel, One Chance. It was published in 2018, winning a silver medal in Juvenile Fiction, age 7-12 category by the Florida Authors & Publishers Association, Inc. Since 2018, Sarah has visited and spoken to over 4,000 students, teachers, media specialists and parents on her local book tours. What started out as a visit to speak to 4th and 5th grade students at her local school, Westchase Elementary, quickly took on momentum as word spread among principals, teachers, and media specialists about Sarah's unique connection to students. Her message and story about making dreams come true through hard work and dedication resonated with kids beyond improving their desire to read One Chance and write stories of their own. Getting Two Secrets, the second book in the One Chance Series, out has been a labor of love and massive juggling. Besides visiting elementary and middle schools, Sarah attends Howard W. Blake High School of the Arts, where she majors in creative writing and has been president of her class during her freshman, sophomore, and junior years. On top of being a member of 13 clubs, she founded Blake's first debate club, class council, and co-founded the Best Buddies chapter. Sarah works hard at schoolwork taking many advanced placement classes. She is also an active member and officer in her religious youth group. Sarah attends the W.I.N.D. (Writers In Need of Direction) program for teens at the University of South Florida. Both this group and the ICE Writers camp she attended for six summers are sponsored by the Tampa Bay Area Writing Project (TBAWP), a chapter of the National Writing Project. Sarah credits these camps for helping her learn about writing. Through these camps, she began to think of herself as a writer. Sarah's always busy but she makes time for her writing. It's her outlet, her escape, and her whole world.
Tara Raymo is a graphic designer and artist in Port St. Lucie, Florida. She loves working on children's books and making them fun and interesting for a kid to pick up. Tara also enjoys all she gets to learn while designing the books. Some of her favorite things to do are reading children's books, such as Harry Potter (She is a BIG Harry Potter Geek) and watching Disney movies. While Tara likes all the fun stuff, she can switch it up to a more professional level, with marketing materials and social media marketing. Tara has been working in children's book publishing for 13 years. Completing tasks such as Book Design and Layout, Photo Research, Art Direction, Board Book Design, Catalogs, Marketing Materials, and Social Media Marketing. Prior to the publishing world, Tara spent 12 years in the print industry, with the job function of prepress and design. This has helped Tara with her designs as she has the knowledge of what printers expect in the final files and pdfs being delivered. Tara can be reached at CreativelyTara@gmail.com
Luana has her MA in reading and has been in education and publishing for over 25 years. She's been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, PD presenter, author, and editor. Currently, she is busy editing and publishing books through her tiny publishing house, BeaLu Books (named after her puppies, Mr. Beans and Lucy). Luana lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband, son, and puppies. Her go-to response, when faced with a challenge in teaching, parenting, or life is "There's got to be a book about...." You can contact Luana at Luana@BeaLuBooks.com.