Margie Blumberg is the author/publisher of Bunny Romero's White House Adventure: The Whole Megillah!, Avram's Gift, Breezy Bunnies, Sunny Bunnies, Paris Hop!, Rome Romp!, No Naptime for Janie: A Hanukkah Tale, and The Scoop on Good Grammar. She is also the co-author of Shakespeare for Kids: His Life and Times.
Margie is the publisher of the following: Celtic Run: A Jake McGreevy Novel, Chicago Bound: A Jake McGreevy Novel, The Secret at Haney Field: A Baseball Mystery, Escape in Time, A Gefilte Fishy Tale, and Tutti's Promise.
Future MB Publishing titles include the picture books Busy Bunnies and Snowy Bunnies (illustrated by June Goulding) and the third Jake McGreevy Novel, Paris Plunder (by Sean Vogel).
A native Washingtonian, Ms. Blumberg resides in Bethesda, Maryland, where she enjoys reading, collecting novels and plays, baking, biking, playing backgammon, going to the theater (she loves musicals!) and watching movies.
K. Heidi Fishman won the 2015 Joseph Zola Memorial Holocaust Educator Award from the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford for the book proposal that led to her debut novel, Tutti's Promise.
K. Heidi Fishman grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut. After graduating from Williams College, she received her MA and EdD in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. A mother of four, Heidi lives in Vermont with her husband and a feisty border terrier and occasionally sees her busy teenagers.
Sean Vogel is the author of two middle-grade novels: Celtic Run: A Jake McGreevy Novel and Chicago Bound: A Jake McGreevy Novel.
Growing up in a small town in Michigan during the 1980s, Sean was provided with an excellent garden for cultivating his writing career. With only a few simplistic video games and three television channels, he became an accomplished daydreamer and a creative outside adventurer. A son of a garbage truck driver, Sean often received gently used items from his father’s route. With a bit of imagination and a little tinkering, these items were reborn as tools for battles against backyard bandits. These childhood experiences would later serve as the foundation and inspiration for Jake McGreevy’s gadgetry expertise. Seeking his own adventures, Sean joined the Army via an ROTC scholarship at Colorado State University. Living in Germany for several years gave him the opportunity to travel extensively in Europe. During his time in the Army, he served in the Field Artillery and Signal Corp, rising to the rank of Captain and receiving the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Iraq.
Sean started drafting novels during downtime while stationed in Iraq; a pen is easier to carry than a guitar. But he soon fell in love with the frustrating yet satisfying science called writing and has been hard at work ever since. When he’s not helping Jake get out of tangles, Sean is a department manager for a large aerospace company. He lives in Denver with his wife and two daughters and their two dachshunds.
Visit Sean's site to learn more about his novels, Celtic Run and Chicago Bound.
Robert (R. M.) Clark is the author of our middle-grade novel The Secret at Haney Field: A Baseball Mystery.
Robert Clark spent nineteen years as a baseball coach—from T-ball to American Legion and most levels in between. It was from his typical place in the third-base coach's box that he imagined a baseball mystery told from the viewpoint of a bat girl, which developed into his middle-grade novel, The Secret at Haney Field: A Baseball Mystery.
After graduating from the University of Idaho with a Computer Science degree, Robert moved from the Gem State to northeastern Alberta to Southern California before settling into a cozy town in Southeastern Massachusetts, where he lives today with his wife and two sons.
Robert is also the author of the adult thriller Center Point and another middle-grade mystery, Dizzy Miss Lizzie.
Read more about his novels at rmclarkauthor.com.
Allison and Wayne Marks, authors of A Gefilte Fishy Tale, met in a Canterbury Tales class at the University of Cincinnati while finishing their degrees in English literature. Today, they spend many an afternoon spinning stories of their own as a husband-and-wife writing duo. Allison received her MLS from the University of Kentucky and worked over two decades as the librarian at Temple Israel synagogue in Akron, Ohio. She also spent six years reviewing Jewish children’s books for the Association of Jewish Libraries newsletter. Wayne has worked as a proofreader and copywriter at a North Canton, Ohio, marketing company for 25 years. Allison enjoys reading, journal writing, and filling her urban garden with morning glories, Shasta daisies, and heirloom tomatoes. Wayne plays fiddle in several local bands, sings bass in Akron’s Gaelic choir, and pens novelty tunes, such as the YouTube hit “The Wiener Dog Song.” They are the authors of Og’s Ark (Kar-Ben) and A Gefilte Fishy Tale (MB Publishing). They live in a 100-year-old home in Akron, where they raised twins, Elliott and Claire.
Ronit Lowenstein-Malz is the author of Escape in Time. She was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 3, 1960. After graduating from high school, she completed two years of National Service in the Israeli “Bnei Akiva” youth movement. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Talmudic studies in 1984 and a master’s degree in Biblical studies and sociology in 1998.
Ms. Lowenstein-Malz worked as an educator and an administrator for over twenty years before turning to writing young-adult fiction. She is the author of ten books and is a recipient of the Yad Vashem prize for outstanding children’s Holocaust literature (in 2008, for A Miracle of Love) and the Israel Public Libraries Association award for outstanding children’s literature. Escape in Time (first published in Hebrew as A Miracle of Love) is her second book.
Sadly, Ronit passed away from cancer on November 30, 2015 (18 Kislev, 5776). She leaves behind a legacy of beauty: her moving words and stories, her open and caring heart, her infinite wisdom, her loving family and friends, and her warm and engaging smile. May her memory be for a blessing. —Margie Blumberg, Publisher
Laurie McGaw, illustrator of Avram's Gift (watercolor on board) and Escape in Time (oil on muslin), is well known for her vibrant portraits of such renowned figures as jazz artists Oscar Peterson and Gene Di Novi and film director Norman Jewish. She is also known for her award-winning illustrated books, such as Polar the Titanic Bear, nominated for a Governor General’s Award, and African Princess. Portraiture has been featured on many collectors' coins that she has designed for the Royal Canadian Mint, including the 2007 proof silver dollar, a $300 gold coin series celebrating the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, a number of commemorative coins celebrating milestones in the lives of the British royal family, and the coin honoring Alice Munro's 2013 Nobel Prize.
A graduate of The Ontario College of Art & Design (now OCAD University), and a former instructor there, Laurie continues to teach: she conducts portrait painting workshops biannually and teaches master classes to small groups throughout the year. The focus of her work is portraiture. Whether in commissioned works, illustrations, or historical paintings, her love is painting people. Laurie McGaw’s work has been featured in books, magazines, and private and corporate collections for over 30 years.People are drawn to her work because of her ability to reveal the sitter’s inner qualities with warmth and respect. Visit Laurie's site to see more of her captivating work.
June Goulding is the illustrator of Breezy Bunnies, Sunny Bunnies, and our upcoming Busy Bunnies and Snowy Bunnies. She graduated from the Newport College of Art in Wales with a BA in graphic design and illustration. Using ink line and watercolors, she illustrates from her imagination but is inspired by real animal life. Among her charges are bunnies, hens, birds, and hedgehogs. She lives in the city of Bristol, England.
Visit June’s site to see even more of her charming illustrations.
Renée Andriani—illustrator of MB Publishing's picture books Bunny Romero's White House Adventure: The Whole Megillah!, No Naptime for Janie! A Hanukkah Tale, Paris Hop!, Rome Romp!, and A Gefilte Fishy Tale—grew up in Connecticut and studied Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. Working in an array of media, including pen and ink, pencil, dye, watercolor, and digital, she has illustrated numerous children's books, including This School Year Will Be the Best! by Kay Winters, Don't Know Much About the Fifty States by Kenneth C. Davis, and the Baby on the Way series by William and Martha Sears and Christie Watts Kelly. Her work also appears in magazines and on Hallmark's Shoebox greeting cards. An avid hiker and cookie baker, she draws inspiration from doodling in her sketchbook, being outdoors, and hanging out with funny people. She lives in Kansas with her husband, three teenagers, two big dogs, and the nagging feeling that she forgot to pick up something important on the way home. Visit Renée's site to see more of her delightful work.
Journalist • Archivist • Marketing and Sales • Voracious Reader • Marvelous Conversationalist • Uses Maps (not Apps) to Get Places
Jim is involved in all aspects of each project, including title acquisition, marketing, and manuscript review and development. With his background in journalism and business—and as an avid reader—Jim provides a treasure-trove of skills and a perspective that is always uniquely clarifying and insightful. Jim's innate talents, creative and intellectual work experiences, wisdom, and organizational know-how make every book project run smoothly to completion and beyond. With his added conversational abilities and his knack for brainstorming, active listening, and giving encouragement—and because of his all-around patience and good humor—Jim is the perfect partner for this publishing adventure.
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Emma Walton Hamilton is an author, editor, arts educator, and arts and literacy advocate. She is the editor of the following titles from MB Publishing: Breezy Bunnies, Sunny Bunnies (and the upcoming Busy Bunnies and Snowy Bunnies); Celtic Run: A Jake McGreevy Novel and Chicago Bound: A Jake McGreevy Novel; a middle-grade novel by R. M. Clark, The Secret at Haney Field: A Baseball Mystery; and Paris Hop! and Rome Romp!, our Travel Adventures With Grandma Goldie series.
She has co-authored twenty children’s books with her mother, Julie Andrews, five of which have been New York Times best-sellers, including the recent anthology Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies (illustrated by James McMullan). Emma’s own book, Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment, premiered as a #1 bestseller on Amazon.com in the literacy category and won two silver medals from the Living Now and IPPY Book Awards in the parenting category. It also received Honorable Mention from ForeWord Magazine’s Best Book of the Year awards.
Emma is Editorial Director for The Julie Andrews Collection (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Harper Collins), a publishing program dedicated to quality books for young readers that nurture the imagination and celebrate a sense of wonder. She is also a faculty member of Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Writing and Literature Program, where she serves as Director of their annual Children’s Literature Conference, Co-Director of the Playwriting Conference, and Executive Director of YAWP (the Young American Writers Project), an inter-disciplinary writing program for middle and high school students.
A former actress, Emma worked in theater, film and television for ten years before turning her attention towards directing, producing, educating and writing. She was a faculty member at the Ensemble Studio Theater Institute, then became one of the founders of Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York. She served as Bay Street’s Co-Artistic Director for thirteen years, at which point she chose to focus her energies on the Theatre’s educational and young audiences programs. Until 2008, her role there encompassed bringing theater to young people on Long Island and in New York City as Director of Education and Programming for Young Audiences.
Emma also works as a freelance children’s book editor, and teaches courses in writing for children, both for Stony Brook Southampton and online. She lives in Sag Harbor, NY, with her husband, producer/actor Stephen Hamilton and their two children.
Anne Himmelfarb, a freelance editor, specializes in scholarly books on public policy, development, and risk. Her real love, however, is fiction and poetry, and she is thrilled to have had a chance to copyedit and/or edit a few novels for MB Publishing, including Tutti's Promise, Escape in Time, and Celtic Run, as well as some of our picture books, including No Naptime for Janie! A Hanukkah Tale and Bunny Romero's White House Adventure: The Whole Megillah!
Her favorite authors from the past are Jonathan Swift, Jane Austen, and George Eliot; among contemporary writers, she especially admires Alice Munro and Philip Roth. Her favorite poets are William Blake, Robert Frost, and Philip Larkin.
She is the mother of three grown children and the owner of one dog.
Actor • Writer • Singer • Comedianne
Gwynne Phillips is a Toronto-based actor, writer, singer, and comedienne. She attended the UC Drama Program at the University of Toronto under the direction of Ken Gass and Berliner director, Johanna Schall. Gwynne is half of the acclaimed sketch comedy duo The Templeton Philharmonic, which has appeared at the New York, Chicago, and Toronto Sketch Comedy Festivals and took home the award for "Best Comedy Duo" at the L.A. Comedy Festival. Phillips was also nominated for Second City's "Tim Sim's Encouragement Award" and originated the role of Barbra in the Official George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead Live!, produced by Nictophobia Films.
Gwynne has shared her lovely vocal talents with us for our "Shabbat a Lot" song, which is featured in our picture book A Gefilte Fishy Tale. And for our picture book No Naptime for Janie: A Hanukkah Tale, Gwynne sings "Little Top, Stop Spinning: A Hanukkah Lullaby" and "Spinning Tops and Gelt Galore."