Photo Credit Anne Willette Photography
While growing up in upstate New York, Kim Wilson developed a love of reading and passion for writing at a young age. After graduating from SUNY Geneseo, where she studied creative writing, communication and public relations, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. It was there she had a career in marketing, married her husband Jeff, and is currently raising their two daughters, Lilly and Emma. The girls keep her days busy and her imagination active.
It was while Wilson and her daughters were playfully chatting that the furry and feathery Owllama was born. They were talking about their favorite animals and joked that it would be fun if the two were combined. A sketch-off ensued to find out what an Owllama would look like, and the initial vision of Ollie emerged. Following these playful brainstorming sessions, his character developed into the entertaining and likeable Ollie, complete with his characteristic signature, “Pah-hoo!” There are currently two books in The Owllama Series.
When Kim is not writing, she visits schools and works with literacy non-profits. Contact her for more information on how to get involved!
Ollie the Owllama Author, Kim Wilson
Award winning illustrator, Ashley Teets, specializes in children’s art, illustration, graphic design, and mural work. She earned a B.F.A focusing on visual art with a minor in creative writing from Alderson-Broaddus College in 2012. After completing two semesters of graduate work at West Virginia University, she continued her graduate study through the Simmons College satellite graduate program at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts where she studied children's literature and illustration.
She holds a Masters degree in Arts Administration through the University of Kentucky. She has illustrated multiple award winning children’s books that include 14 Mom’s Choice Awards, four Indie Book and an Indie Excellence Award, an International Book Award, a USA News Best Book Award, and four Creative Child Magazine Awards. For more information please visit https://ashleyteetsillustration.com/.