Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

About Us


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Regional AdvisorJackie Kruzie is a library director and picture book author. She studied the art of creating educational programs and put that knowledge to good use by creating Books that B.A.R.F., a young author’s workshop for elementary age children. Jackie lives on a 25 acre farm with her husband where they raise 5 children, Longhorns, a cacophony of chickens, a purrr-snickety cat, and a loyal German Shepherd. Follow Jackie on Facebook Jaclyn Kruzie Twitter @JaclynKruzie and her How I Got My Agent blog series at

Assistant Regional AdvisorBeth Mills is an author and illustrator represented by Painted Words. Her primary interest is picture books, but she does quite a bit of illustration for the educational market as well. Beth studied illustration at the Academy of Art University, where she learned how much she loves creating characters and giving them interesting stories. Beth is currently working on her debut picture book, which will be released Fall 2019. Beth lives near Dallas, TX with her husband, children, and too many cats and dogs. Follow Beth on Instagram beth.mills.illustrations , on Facebook Beth Mills Illustrator , and on her website

Illustrator CoordinatorJaimie Whitbred is a writer and illustrator living in Texas. She is represented by Jamie Weiss Chilton of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.  She is also the winner of our Illustration Portfolio Contest at the 2017 North Texas SCBWI Conference and creator of our website banner. Visit her website or check out her Instagram account to enjoy more of her amazing illustrations! She enjoys painting animals, dragon,  unicorns and beautiful views in the great outdoors.



Published and Listed (PAL) Coordinator – Korey Scott in an illustrator whose style captures the  attention of both children and adults. Specializing in children’s picture books and the education  market  his book Energy Bus teaches children the benefits of staying positive. Korey says, “I love  what I do  and try to put something unique into every project while learning something new  too.” When not  drawing Korey can be found telling jokes, making sound effects, speaking spanish, and wrestling with his two boys. Visit Korey at


Critique Group CoordinatorLenora Biemans is a dedicated picture book writer, reader and  an enthusiastic member of the SCBWI community. She lives in Dallas, TX with her husband, son and muppety Bordoodle. When she’s not writing, she is immersed in writing courses, personal development courses and dorky video games. Follow Lenora’s antics on Twitter @BiemansLenora, on Instagram @HowToEmpowerKids, and on her website


Website & Social Media CoordinatorDebbie Meyer is a writer and illustrator and a longtime member of SCBWI. She loves humorous stories, and colorful illustrations that make you smile. Debbie has had illustrations published in the children’s educational market, coloring books and Sunday School workbooks with Christian Publishers as well as articles in children’s magazines. She is currently working on a picture book dummy and working hard at reaching her goal of having her own published picture book. You may visit Debbie’s website at


If you would like to host a SCBWI meet-up in your area, please email details to Debbie at to have the meet-up added to the Events page.


Blog Coordinator  – Jennifer Cole Judd is a children’s poet and picture book author whose poems and stories have been featured in several children’s magazines including HIGHLIGHTS, CRICKET, and SPIDER. Her debut picture book, Circus Train, was published in March 2015. She coedited and contributed to An Eyeball in my  Garden, a spooky middle-grade poetry anthology featuring fourteen children’s poets.  She lives in Coppell with her husband, five children, a chubby terrier and a couple of sassy chickens. Follow Jen on Twitter @jennifercjudd ,  on Facebook @jennifercolejuddbooks, and on her website

Newsletter Editor – Liz Edelbrock is a public relations consultant, stay-at-home super mom, and Middle Grade and Young Adult writer. She likes hats, sarcasm, and cute animal vidoes. Follow Liz on Twitter @ledelbrock



If you would like to host a SCBWI meet-up in your area, please email details to Liz at to have the meet-up added to the Newsletter.


Newsletter Designer – Chris Schechner is an art director, designer, illustrator, and writer of Middle Grade    and adult fiction. He was art director of POCKETS magazine for 25 years has art  directed over 25 picture books. He enjoys drawing, music, British television, and being with  friends. Visit Chris on website




SCBWI North Texas serves 120 counties (indicated in yellow below) and approximately 350 members. We are part of the international SCBWI nonprofit organization. Our job is to serve local members by providing education and encouragement to enhace our craft and connect with national and international writers and illustrators of children’s and teen literature. 



Our longest-term members joined SCBWI in 1980, and the chapter was formally founded in 1981 by Mary Brite, the first regional advisor. The chapter was known as North Central/Northeast Texas until May 2013 when the name changed to North Texas.


Carrie Charley Brown (2016)
Carol Barreyre (2013-2015)
Alan Stacy (2012)
George Hellstern (2009-2011)
Linda Powley (2006-2008)
Kathy Lay (2003-2005)
Karen Ferrell (2000-2002)
Jane Shuffer (1997-1999)
Crosby Holden (1995-1996)
Jan Peck (1992-1994)


Kristine Tague (2016-2018)

Cindy Rodella-Purdy (2013-2015)
Alan Stacy (2001-2011)