The Bully Box Brigade is a team of authors, parents and professionals who care about kids and want to help make everyone’s tomorrow a brighter place to be. Each member of the Brigade brings special talents, passions and experiences to the Bully Box. Each post or page is written to impart wisdom, provide helpful information or share messages of hope. Our goal is to create a community where everyone takes responsibility for their own actions and pledges to Build Relationships Against Violence Everywhere.
Linda Brewer: Linda Brewer teaches second grade and is halfway towards her black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She lives with her two sons in a suburb of Cleveland, and writes books in her spare time. More of her writing can be found at www.layinda.wordpress.com.
Steven Carman: Steven Carman is a writer of middle grade and young adult fiction, with a focus on sports stories that deal with difficult issues many children face, such as abuse and bullying. A former counselor at a group home for mentally ill adults, Steven now works as a marketing manager for one of the world’s largest membership organizations. He has been a baseball enthusiast since his T-ball playing days, and while his dream of playing in the Majors is long gone, he’s now chasing a dream to entertain sports fans through his writing. His first novel, BATTERY BROTHERS, released March 2014 through Elephant’s Bookshelf Press. Steven lives in New York with his wife, two kids, and two cats.
Eden Grey: Eden Jean Grey has always been a little different. Eden is a Teen Librarian, an anime fan, a YA Lit reviewer, Michigan-native, and proud pet of a 3 year-old dachshund. She lives in Northern Kentucky, where she reads, writes, sews, and blogs. You can find her on Twitter: @edynjean Her blog address is www.edynjean.wordpress.com.
Precy Larkins: Precy Larkins grew up in the Philippines eating pork rinds with her friends. She now lives in Utah with her husband and three children (they like pork rinds, too). She’s a Young Adult writer represented by Julia A. Weber of J.A. Weber Literaturagentur GmbH, and has had adult short stories published on Hogglepot.com and in the Winter’s Regret anthology by Elephant’s Bookshelf Press. She blogs at www.precylarkins.wordpress.com and tweets as @precylarkins. If she could be a superhero, she’d like powers that could stop meanies from making fun of people. No capes, though.
Lauren Neil: Lauren Neil decided that she wanted to become a lawyer at eight years old because she was good at reading, writing, and arguing. She became a lawyer, but decided that reading and writing are a lot more fun when kids are involved, and arguing is generally no fun at all. She was inspired to write this story by thinking about how she would one day explain her experiences with bullying to her son. When she isn’t writing she can be found spending time with her husband Pat, her son Jack, and their spoiled English Cocker Spaniel, Shelby, in Austin, Texas. You can follow Lauren on Twitter @BStBibliophile.
Judy Rannow: Interpersonal communications trainer.
Nancy Siebenahler: Teacher with 30 years experience.
Matt Sinclair: Publisher, father, writer and non-profit word smith.
Teri Smith: Name: Teri Smith is a library director. She has been a First grade teacher, a Kindergarten teacher, Coordinator of Early Childhood programs and preschools, Coordinator of a community Early Childhood Coalition, and now working at her dream job as Library Director. She is committed to helping children and families and feels being a part of this will do just that. For any bookish questions or suggestions, you can email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexandra Wacker: In 2012 Alexandra founded the anti-bullying program, BRAVE, because of her journey as a bullied teen. The lessons she learned along the way inspired this anthology as a way to help all kids see that their actions make a difference. Alexandra is currently attending the University of Minnesota Duluth where she’s working on a communications/psychology double major. Unlike Miss America who’s dream is world peace, Alexandra would settle for acceptance.
Cat Woods: has a passion for pirates, chai tea and underdogs. She gathers novel fodder from captaining her crew of four kids, two dogs and one Dear Hubby. Her middle grade novel, Abigail Bindle and the Slam Book Scam, is slated for release in 2015. When she’s not tutoring math or helping big people figure out parenting problems, Cat watches her favorite birds in her garden and dreams of the ocean from her home in land-locked Minnesota. She keeps track of her writing projects at www.catwoodsbooks.com, shares her whimsical journey as a writer mom at www.catwoodsblog.com and blogs about bugs, bullies and other cool stuff at Cat 4 Kids: www.catwoodskids.com.
Honorary members of the brigade who authored amazing stories for the anthology, but will not be posting on a regular basis.
K. R. Smith is an Information Technology Specialist and writer living in the Washington, D.C. area. While mainly interested in writing short stories, he occasionally delves into poetry, songwriting, and the visual arts. Samples of his other works and additional links to more are available at www.theworldofkrsmith.com.
Sarah Tregay: Raised without television, Sarah Tregay started writing her own middle grade novels after she had read all of the ones in the library. She later discovered YA books, but never did make it to the adult section. Sarah is the author of two young adult novels. Both Love and Leftovers and Fan Art are published by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. Sarah lives in Eagle, Idaho with her husband, two Boston Terriers, and an appaloosa named Mr. Pots.