In the 1930s, only white figure skaters were allowed in public ice rinks and to compete for gold medals, but Mabel Fairbanks wouldn’t let that stop her. With skates two sizes too big and a heart full of dreams, Mabel beat the odds and broke down color barriers through sheer determination and athletic skill. After skating in ice shows across the nation and helping coach and develop the talents of several Olympic champions, Mabel became the first African-American woman to be inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
Rose Viña is a Cuban-American writer originally from California. She is an MFA graduate from Lesley University with a focus in Writing for Young People. Rose was a competitive figure skater for more than 20 years and skated with Disney On Ice and Holiday On Ice. Currently, Rose is the head figure skating coach in Sweden.
I’m a Character Designer and Illustrator based in Atlanta, GA. From making fun, whimsical characters to exploring the richness of culture through illustration; creating art and telling stories is what I thrive on. Character design clients include Cartoon Network, HBO, Univision, and Comedy Central as well as advertising illustration.
For publishing work I am represented by Astound US Agency. I’ve had the privilege to illustrate children’s books for Macmillan, Oxford University Press, Quarto, Capstone and Albert Whitman. For inquiries on illustration for books please contact: [email protected]