Shirley Russak Wachtel is a professor of English at a community college in New Jersey. She holds a Doctor of Letters Degree from Drew University and has written textbooks, poems, and several children's books, including the popular WHAT WOULD I BE (publ.Winston-Derek), an early reader. Shirley resides in central New Jersey with her husband, three sons, and Nikki, the German Shepherd.
Locally renowned, freelance illustrator Karen Kaplan Klein owns and operates "Art Magic," an art school for children. Her dioramas are sold and exhibited throughout the United States. These "dreamscapes" are three dimensional worlds of magic, whimsy, and the unseen forces of the universe. She has traveled throughout Egypt as a working scribe, writing in the ancient language of hieroglyphs. Karen currently lives in northwest New Jersey with her husband, children, dogs, and a horse nearby.