Katy Betz grew up in Southern California where she learned how to sit patiently in freeway traffic, ride out earthquakes, surf cold waves, and paint awesome pictures. Katy works with both traditional and digital media and is active in the fields of children's literature, gallery and editorial illustration. She also is a Professor and Interim Co-Department Head of Illustration at Ringling College of Art & Design. Her work focuses on visual narratives inspired by fantasy, philosophy, and nature. She imagines stories, worlds and characters to express ideas with the intention of making an emotional and intellectual connection with her audience. When not working in the studio or classroom, you can find Katy playing outdoors in the Florida swamps or hiking the California Sierras with a sketchbook in hand. Don Hoffman is an Emmy Award-winning children's book author. He lives in New York.