Author Bios

These local authors are looking forward to meeting you at the Santa Cruz Book Fair for Kids and Teens!

Linda Covella

Linda, an award-winning children’s author, hopes to bring to kids and teens the feelings books gave her when she was a child: the worlds they opened, the things they taught, the feelings they expressed. Linda has been a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) since 2002. She lives in Santa Cruz with her husband, Charlie, and dog, Ginger. Learn more about Linda and her books at her website.



Eric Hoffman

Eric is the author of two books for teachers and five books for children, including his latest, A Dark, Dark Cave. Eric worked with young children for 35 years, including over 20 years as head teacher at the Cabrillo College Children’s Center in Aptos, California.  He currently teaches early childhood education classes at the college.  Eric also designs wooden toys for all ages, and has designed over forty preschool playgrounds throughout the Bay Area. Visit Eric at his website.


Diane Landy

Visit Diane at her website.


Christine Mason

Christine is a former attorney and the author of a middle-grade novel, The Mystery of Nan Madol, an adventure story set on the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia; Boundaries: A Love Story, an East Coast-West Coast family saga; Weighing the Truth, a character-driven legal suspense novel; and short fiction. Christine has won awards for her fiction at the PNWA Conference, the CWC Asilomar Conference, and the Jack London Writers’ Conference. Contact Christine via email and visit her at her website or Facebook page.


C. Lee McKenzie

Lee writes contemporary novels: Double Negative, Sudden Secrets, Princess of Las Pulgas and Sliding on the Edge. Notable award-winning authors Francisco X. Stork, L.K. Madigan and Michelle Zink recommend her work. Her middle grade fiction include adventure-fantasies Alligators Overhead, Great Time Lock Disaster and Sign of the Green Dragon. Her other fiction and non-fiction is published in magazines. Visit her website for all of her work.



Sylvia Patience

Sylvia lives in Santa Cruz, California with her family and Toto, her little dog, too. She is a poet and author of Toto’s Tale and True Chronicle of Oz, plus four other middle grade children’s novels, including Shell, Crossing the Border, and Wandering Time. Visit Sylvia at her Goodreads page.



Marsha Strong-Smith

Having earned her degree from California College of the Arts, Marsha is an author/illustrator, storyteller, graphic designer, watercolor instructor, and member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Marsha resides in Santa Cruz, CA where she writes and illustrates children’s picture books about “Hoppity Frog” and his adventures in Hoppy Hollow. She also produces positive behavior tools that are being used in elementary schools in California. Visit Marsha at her website.


Greta Waterman

Visit Greta at her website.