Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI AZ PAL Author Showcase and Q&A

Date(s) - 07/24/2021
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Join us in celebrating recent PAL book releases and hearing from the creators in our next SCBWI-AZ Author Showcase and Q&A on Saturday, July 24, 2021, from 1:00 pm-2:15 pm (Phoenix, AZ Time) on Zoom.

This event will spotlight Authors, who will introduce themselves and their books, and provide attendees the opportunity to get answers to their general publishing questions.

This free event will be moderated by PAL coordinators Laura Ellen and Dianne White.

Cost: $0.00


Laura Ellen writes YA suspense and thrillers from her home in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has a MA in Children’s Literature and has worked as an assistant editor for a literary magazine and as a teacher in both Language Arts and Special Education. Diagnosed with juvenile macular degeneration as a teen, she drew upon her own experiences with vision loss to write her YA thriller BLIND SPOT, an emotional and suspenseful page-turner. She’s been a member of SCBWI since 2000 and currently serves as the YA and MG PAL Coordinator for SCBWI-AZ. For more about Laura Ellen, please visit her website at



Dianne White is the award-winning author of BLUE ON BLUE (Beach Lane Books/ S&S), illustrated by Caldecott medalist, Beth Krommes, GOODBYE BRINGS HELLO, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and WHO EATS ORANGE?, illustrated by Robin Page (Beach Lane Books). GREEN on GREEN, illustrated by Felicita Sala and WALLS, illustrated by Barroux are forthcoming in 2020, with WINTER LULLABY, illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki, coming out in 2021. Dianne holds an elementary bilingual teaching credential, a master’s degree in Language and Literacy, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. For more, visit


Kim Tomsic is the author of the Crystal Kite award-winning novel, The 11:11 Wish, followed by The 12th Candle published by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollinsHer critically acclaimed nonfiction picture book Guitar Genius: How Les Paul Engineered the Solid Body Electric Guitar and Rocked the World was a Junior Library Guild selection. Guitar Genius has been named to various state reading lists and was also selected by the National Science Teachers Association in association with the Children’s Book Council as a best STEM book of 2019, and by the New York Public Library as a best book of 2019.

Her most recent nonfiction picture book, The Elephants Come Homeillustrated by Hadley Hooper and published by Chronicle Books released in May of this year to rave reviews:  Kirkus calls it “lovely, tender, and moving” and Horn Book Magazine says the story has “flawless, gentle pacing” and “riveting details.” Kim is a word wrangler, exclamation point enthusiast, and parallel parking champion who loves animals, especially her dog Sushi.



Roberta Gibson worked as a scientist for a number of years before catching the writing bug. A member of SCBWI since 2006, her debut picture book How to Build an Insect (Millbrook Press) came out in April 2021. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and son. In her spare time she can be spotted in the garden, often with a camera in hand. She invites you to visit her at , Twitter @RobertaGibson or Instagram @RobieGibson.





Sara Fujimura is the American half of her Japanese-American family and spends about a month each summer in Japan with her now-adult children. She started as a journalist, so it’s no surprise that Sara’s young adult books contain a lot of facts along with the fiction. Whether you want to know about Japan (TANABATA WISH), the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 (BREATHE), what it’s like to be an Olympic-caliber skater (EVERY REASON WE SHOULDN’T), or how unscripted television works (FAKING REALITY, Tor Teen, July 2021), Sara takes the reader on a swoony journey to unusual places.





Annie Watson is the proud mom of Joey and Ben, a teacher of teachers, and a writer of children’s books in Flagstaff, Arizona. She taught high school English for nine years and currently teaches in the College of Education at Northern Arizona University. She is the author of Is 2 A Lot? (Tilbury House 2019) and My Monster Moofy (Tilbury House 2021). Annie might be found exploring the outdoors, bookstores, or local pizza places with her family.






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