Jill grew up in Greendale, Wisconsin in a family where turning to God for help was natural and spiritual healing was the norm. From a very early age, she and her four sisters were encouraged to build their own awareness of God’s all-powerful presence. They relied on prayer for daily health and healing. And, in their very active household, with five competitive swimmers, two working parents, and one very large dog, Jill remembers lots of opportunities to heal every day… as there was just no good time for anyone to be sick or selfish.
Her love for story telling was nurtured by her dad who used to tell original tales of the adventures of Heckle and Jeckle… along with Meckle, Deckle, and Freckle (a character for each one of the girls) who got into a lot mischief, but learned valuable lessons as they found a way out through the creative use of resources. After story time, she and her younger sister stayed up for hours telling each other stories. Jill’s mom nurtured her love of books through endless readings of Mother Goose nursery rhymes. As a long-time music teacher, they sang stories and rhymes as often as they read them. Jill carried on these traditions with her own four children and now, with her grandchildren.
Jill started writing children’s books because she wanted to nurture the engaging wonder and unwritten bond that occurs between the characters and readers of a good story. She writes about young characters who encounter every day problems but use prayer to find solutions because she wants to help readers of all ages become aware of the ever-present power of God, Spirit to heal. She writes more about prayer and spiritual healing in her blog at ferrietales.com.
When Jill isn’t writing or pattering around social media, she’s hanging with her loyal companions, husband Dave and their two rescue dogs, Gus and Nell, at their family campground in Northeast Iowa. They give her lots of ideas for new stories about problems her characters can solve in her next book. She loves to meet new people and share ideas, but she loves to be shared with even more.
Emily has loved writing since she was in 6th grade and living in Puerto Rico, where she was born and raised. She kept a journal close by and wrote letters and stories and poems whenever she could. She loved to share her writing with teachers and family and friends. Now, Emily lives in St. Louis and writes children’s books with her mom, Jill Ferrie, and translates them into Spanish. She shares her love of story-telling by reading to her young children every chance she gets because she knows it helps expand their minds and imaginations.
When Emily isn’t working she’s reading, writing, or playing soccer. She also loves to travel because it teaches her the importance of appreciating the meaningful influence culture and diversity have in the human experience. Plus, she gets lots of first hand opportunities to be part of prayerful solutions everywhere she goes.
Muhammad Khaidir Syafei
Khaidir, known in social media as mbekurius, is a freelance children’s book illustrator. Studying Visual Communication Design at Semarang State University, Khaidir hails from Indonesia, but his work can be seen world-wide. When he’s not loving up the characters of specific projects, he spends his free time drawing and illustrating creative ideas inspired by nature, film, Pink Floyd, and his precious life.
Khaidir’s imagination comes to life in lots of different venues, such as canvas, digital prints, and social media. He’s super active on the Internet and loves to share his talent. In fact, he and Jill met on Twitter with her first tweet about looking for an illustrator for her children’s book, Just Like that! They connected over their kindred desire to help readers see that life is meant to be happy, and problem-solving can be fun and colorful and easy with the right tools.