Monthly Archives: October 2016

It’s  true!  We are officially a creative team!  Yes, we have been functioning as a team ever since we began working on our first Just Plump Penelope book, and it has truly been an awesome adventure.  In fact, it has been so awesome that we’ve decided we need a brand, a logo to let all of our followers and those who have not yet discovered us know who we are and what we do.

And so . . . TRUMPET FANFARE HERE! . . . we are from this time forward Three Storytelling Ladies!  Of course we are still Sue, the illustrator; Jen, the graphic designer; and Mary Ann, the author.  We should add that we don’t see our roles changing in the future . . . we know for certain that I will never be set loose to do the illustrations — that would be a disaster!

Our new lovely caricatures as 3 Storytelling Ladies! (Artwork by Jacob Greenawalt)

Our new lovely caricatures as 3 Storytelling Ladies! (Artwork by Jacob Greenawalt)

You might be saying, “So what’s different?  The three of you are still doing what you’ve been doing — creating children’s books.”  But what you may not know is that we do so much more!  You see we are so excited about what we’re doing that we want to share our love of writing, illustrating, and graphic design and of working as a team with people of all ages.  To that end, we have put together a presentation called “Story of a Story Assembly Flyer” in which in approximately 45 minutes we take our audience through the entire process of creating a book from its inception as an idea in the mind of the author to the finished book that our readers hold  in their hands.

But that’s not all!  We also believe very strongly in the anti-bullying message contained in our Penelope books, and so we are currently putting together a second presentation based on our newest release, Just Plump Penelope Goes to Kindergarten.  Through this program we hope to bring greater awareness to the seriousness of bullying at any age and to set in motion a dialogue among groups of all types — schools, churches, and civic organizations — that will lead to fewer and fewer individuals experiencing the harmful consequences of bullying.

So that’s who we are — yes, we are still Sue, Jen and Mary Ann, but we are now also 3 STORYTELLING LADIES with the mission of bringing to our readers and viewers messages we hope you will want to read and to hear.  If you would like to learn more about our books and our presentations, please go to or write to us at

We look forward to hearing from you!

Mary Ann