“The story of how Joyce Chen, a girl born in Communist China, immigrated to the United States and popularized Chinese cooking.”–
Born in Michigan, Carrie Clickard has spent every free moment since with a book in her hand or one in her head waiting to be written. A band, drum corps and drama geek throughout high school, she graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in advertising and bad roommates. Having worn dozens of career hats including copywriter, pressroom manager, marketing VP and colorguard instructor, she decided to become an author and wear every hat she could imagine.
Now an award winning author and poet, Carrie credits her writing success to a firm belief that dragons exist and that competitive baton twirling should be an Olympic sport. In addition to FBA silver medalist Dumpling Dreams, her work has been published in 12 countries and numerous magazines and anthologies. When she’s not safely tucked behind her computer monitor writing stories, Carrie tours the world in the company of family, friends and a four pound poodle named Pandora.
Katy Wu received a BFA in Illustration and Entertainment Arts from Pasadena Art Center College of Design. She has worked as a Google “Doodler” and as a concept artist for Laika, Pixar, and Blue Sky Animation Studios. She is the illustrator of two previous picture books, <i>Dumpling Dreams</i> and <i>Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code</i>.