Michele's Author Friends & Their Children's Books

Cason Smithson

Cason fostered a love for writing and drawing at a very early age. Between Mickey Mouse Golden Books, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, he gained a sense for the rhythm of a story and the impact of illustrations. It wasn’t until he began attending high school that he truly developed a motivation to write and illustrate professionally. He went on to be published multiple times in his school magazines, with both his short stories and his artwork. His story Secrets of the Grand Canyon was selected as a winner in the local Centennial Voices 2012 magazine. Pursuing degrees in creative writing and graphic design, he began experimenting with digital and charcoal art in addition to his initial pen and pencil sketches. This led him to obtain a job working as a graphic designer for an online company that developed website banners, logos, and podcast covers for various online businesses. Cason is currently attending ASU, continuing his major in creative writing and graphic design.

Raul Jimenez

Raul Jimenez, co-creator of Chicano Jr., is a writer from Tampico Tamaulipas, Mexico. He is in his early 30's and writes often about Mexico. For the parents interested in Mexican culture, you can find his book on Mexican Slang "Mexislang" (=18) on Amazon or Audible, as well as "The Gringo Guide to Moving to Mexico," a guide with all the necessary information for living in Mexico.

Heidi Bartle

Heidi is grateful to devote most of her life to mothering five energetic children. After marrying her wonderful husband, Garry, she graduated from Brigham Young University, where she studied and worked in the health science field. Heidi accompanies a women's singing group and plays volleyball for fun. She recently summited Pikes Peak, the 14-er closest to her home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Heidi and Garry also run a non-profit organization called For the Love that supports foster children in their city.

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