Meet the Weirdos


Margaux Meganck lives in Portland, Oregon and illustrates picture books. The first book that she illustrated is titled Who Counts? and was released in May 2017. Her next illustrated book is titled The Mustard Seed (2018). Margaux most enjoys painting animals and creating lovable characters. She has received two portfolio awards from the Oregon Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Western Washington Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. View Margaux’s online portfolio at


Alison Farrell is an illustrator-author from Portland, Oregon.  She is the recipient of a Don Freeman Work in Progress Grant, as well as a Portfolio Award and Mentorship Award at the Los Angeles Society of Children's Book Authors and Illustrators Conference.  Alison’s debut picture book, Cycle City (Chronicle Books), will release in Spring 2018.


Tracy Subisak is an illustrator, writer, and designer. She has illustrated Shawn Loves Sharks (Roaring Brook 2017) and Cy Makes A Friend (Boyds Mills 2017), and her third illustrated picture book Grizzly Boy (Little Bigfoot) will release in Fall 2018. She has won the Portfolio Show at Society of Children's Book For Writers and Illustrators Western Washington Conference in 2017. Tracy currently lives in Portland, finds magic in nature, and has some pretty goofy dance moves.


Deborah Hocking illustrates picture books from a little cottage in Portland, Oregon. She has illustrated Build, Beaver Build (Millbrook Press, 2016) and The Great Henry Hopendower (Putnam, 2017). Her third book, Max Explains Everything (Putnam) will publish in 2018, with two more Max books to follow in 2019 and 2020. When she’s not drawing for kids, Deborah loves exploring the Northwest, listening to audiobooks while gardening, and playing tug-of-war with her poodle puppy.


Meredith Crandall Brown has a Middlebury College joint degree in Anthropology and Psychology, a Masters in Education from Goddard College, and a Montessori degree from the Maria Montessori Institute in London.   She spent the first ten years of her career as an educator both in the states and overseas. However, Meredith’s inability to keep a straight face in classrooms full of funny kids (as well as her love of art and writing) eventually led her to picture books, which she now works on full-time.   You can see more of her work at and follow her on Instagram @crandallbrown.


Nicole Roberts was intending to be a responsible adult with a predictable career so she, wisely, decided to study art and take every opportunity to travel the world.  Somehow these actions actually did lead to a real corporate job as a textile and product designer. After about ten years of that nonsense, she opted to wander back into the realm of the unknown in order to “find her artistic voice”.  While still freelancing as an illustrator and designer, Nicole draws from her overactive imagination, inspired by the beautiful, unpredictable chaos in the world around us. She is currently writing and illustrating a middle-grade novel intertwining history, magic and family.


Zoey Abbott  is the illustrator of Finn’s Feather (Enchanted Lion Books) and Twindergarten (Harper Collins). She will illustrate When by James Proimos (Chronicle Books, 2020).  She is also a contributor to Oregon Reads Aloud, an anniversary publication the SMART Program and A Velocity of Being, Letters to a Young Reader (Enchanted Lion Books), a fundraiser for the New York Public LIbrary. You can visit Zoey online at