Author Profiles

These local authors are looking forward to meeting you at The Santa Cruz Book Fair for Kids of All Ages!


Diane Landy

Diane Landy is an author, mosaic artist, and writing workshop coach in primary grade classrooms. In January, her book ADVENTURES WITH ZAP was featured in “Best Books of 2018” by The Children’s Trust. As the first character-driven activity book to inspire early writing practice through play, Diane was invited to the international Miami Book Fair in November 2018 to share her book with classrooms of kids, give interviews, and launch their debut primary-grade workshop. She lives in Santa Cruz with her husband, two empty nests for daughters away in college, and an invisible elf named Webby.

Learn more about Diane at her website.


Anastasia Suen

A lifelong reader, Anastasia Suen wrote her first book at age eleven and she hasn’t stopped reading or writing since. Her fascination with books led to a career in education where she taught kindergarten to college and worked as children’s literature consultant writing and editing books and curriculum. The author (and ghostwriter) of 300+ books for children, teens, and adults, she writes about new books for Booklist and mentors children’s book writers.

Visit Anastasia’s website for more about her, her books, writing classes, and more.


Linda Covella

Linda Covella is an award-winning author of books for kids and teens. Her varied background and education have led her down many paths, but one thing she never strayed from is her love of writing. With her books, she hopes to bring to her readers the feelings books gave her when she was a child: the worlds they opened, the things they taught, the feelings they expressed. Linda lives in Scotts Valley with her husband, Charlie, and their (very spoiled) dog, Ginger.

For more about Linda and her writing, visit her website


Claudia Makeyev

Claudia Makeyev is an author and illustrator writing marine biology themed books for kids and teens. She works as a marine scientist in California. She wrote and illustrated a Rockfish Marine Biology Book for Kids that was funded by the National Marine Fisheries Service in Seattle. Soon to be released in 2019.

Learn more about Claudia by visiting her website.


Sylvia Patience

Sylvia Patience lives in Santa Cruz with various children and grandchildren and Toto, her little dog, too. She writes poetry and has written several novels for children ages 8-12.

Learn more about Sylvia at her website.


Christine Z. Mason

Christine Z. Mason is a California novelist writing fiction for young people and adults. She worked on the Pacific island of Pohnpei in Micronesia as a Peace Corps Volunteer, teaching Art and Photography at the Community College of Micronesia. The Mystery of the Ancient Stone City is based on her experiences on the island and her study of the ancient ruins of Nan Madol and the mythology surrounding it.

For more about Christine and her writing visit her website.


C. Lee McKenzie

C. Lee McKenzie writes in two fiction categories. She wrote Double Negative, Sudden Secrets, Princess of Las Pulgas, and Sliding on the Edge for the realistic young adult-crossover market. Her other category is middle grade fantasy/adventure. Alligators Overhead, The Great Time Lock Disaster, and Some Very Messy Medieval Magic is a series, and Sign of the Green Dragon is a stand-alone.

Learn more about C. Lee and her books at her website.


Misa Sugiura

Misa Sugiura’s critically acclaimed debut novel, It’s Not Like It’s A Secret, won the 2018 Asian Pacific American Librarians’ Association Award for young adult literature and made the Best Books of 2017 lists of Kirkus Reviews, Seventeen Magazine, and YALSA. Her second novel, This Time Will Be Different, will be released in June.

Visit Misa’s website to learn more about her and her writing.