Authors

Read a brief biography of each author, see a list of current DFP publications, and find links to personal websites. Please note that title links go to the new DFP Books and Kittycat Books ad-free websites. ~ Thanks!


TERRI BRANSON earned an associate degree in math and science before turning her efforts toward the studies of creative writing and graphic arts. In addition to being a graphics artist and an editor, she is an award-winning author who has sold articles on the craft of writing and conducted many local writing workshops. Publications include adult coloring books, children’s picture books, fantasy, musical compositions, non-fiction, romance, and science fiction. — AUTHOR WEBSITEAUTHOR BLOG • AUTHOR ON FACEBOOK

Picture book publications include: A VERY DRAGON CHRISTMASBROTHER DRAGONPETE THE PEACOCK GOES TO THE ZOOPETE THE PEACOCK GOES TO TOWNSCOOTER’S WORLDTYLER ON THE MOONWATCH FOR FALLING ROCK


LORI CALABRESE has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from St. John’s University in Queens, New York, and is a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature. A member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Lori lives in Connecticut with her husband and two sons.

Publications include the children’s picture book THE BUG THAT PLAGUED THE ENTIRE THIRD GRADE, illustrated by Chet Taylor.


RANDY COVERT grew up an Army brat and then served in the military, visiting many counties around the world. He enjoys writing poetry and working on classic cars and trucks. — AUTHOR WEBSITE

Publications include the The Tales of George Giraffe children’s picture book trilogy: A BED FOR GEORGEA HAT FOR GEORGEA HOME FOR GEORGE.


PAT GAINES worked 22 years in the courthouse in Lincoln County, Oklahoma, until her retirement in 2003. She loves to teach the Bible, read, and watch movies. She and her husband Jerry have two children and three grandchildren. Her interest in early American history has inspired her to bring Amos Hannah’s journal to the world. She writes articles for local newspapers and offers a free online Bible study (see blog). — AUTHOR WEBSITEAUTHOR BLOGAUTHOR ON FACEBOOK

Publications include the non-fiction biography THE JOURNAL OF AMOS HANNAH and the children’s picture book O. O. OCTOPUS.


JUDY GOODSPEED is a graduate of East Central State College in Oklahoma, and was a Junior High School teacher and coach for thirty years. She has been a contributing writer for local  newspapers and rodeo-related magazines. Book publications include children’s picture books, non-fiction books, and western novels. — AUTHOR WEBSITEAUTHOR ON FACEBOOK

Children’s picture books include: EMMITT MOUSE PLAYS SANTAPERKY TURKEY FINDS A FRIENDPERKY TURKEY’S 4TH OF JULY ADVENTUREPERKY TURKEY’S PERFECT PLANSADDLE UP.


PAULA BLAIS GORGAS lives in Oklahoma with her husband Chet, a retired Navy Commander turned pro-golfer. Together they have four grown sons and a dozen grandchildren. Paula has worked as an NSA intelligence analyst and as a children’s librarian.  Publications include award-winning novels in juvenile fiction, fantasy, romance, and young adult. — AUTHOR WEBSITEAUTHOR ON FACEBOOK

Children’s picture books include: LITTLE LOST LEPRECHAUNTHE PERFECT PURPLE PRESENT.


ROBERTA HOFFER is a retired preschool teacher from a small town in Indiana. She married her high school sweetheart. Together they have two children and have one grandson, Christian. Roberta loves animals and is an advocate for animal rights. When not writing, Roberta enjoys boating, camping, walking, snow activities, and anything that involves her family being together. Publications include award-winning juvenile fantasy and young adult novels. —  AUTHOR BLOGAUTHOR ON FACEBOOK

Children’s picture book publications include: MINNIE TO THE RESCUENAKITA’S BIG QUESTION.


K. D. HUXMAN’s first love, after reading, was space. She wanted to be the first veterinarian astronaut. In college she studied biology and was in Air Force ROTC. After college she became an Air Force officer, but rocketing to the stars was not to be. She married a fellow Air Force officer and settled into raising a family, but never forgot her love of books or science. She earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Norwich University. After traveling around the country with the Air Force, she settled in Colorado. On a clear night she enjoys looking up at the stars, dreaming and writing. She has taught writing at the community college level and worked as an elementary school librarian.

Children’s Picture Book publications include: DRAGON TALKGRIZZELDA GORILLA.


CHET TAYLOR is a Navy veteran and a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a degree in fine arts. In addition to a career in radio, newspaper, and television sales, he has over thirty-five years experience in freelance animation for television commercials and has illustrated many children’s picture books. Chet lives in Oklahoma with his wife, Jan.

Chet Taylor has illustrated nineteen (19) children’s picture books for the Kittycat Books label, including LAST, BUT NOT LEAST which he also wrote.


C. E. WALZ is a children’s book author, as well as an educator. She teaches English and chairs a middle school English department. In her spare time, she likes to bird watch, hike, play the saxophone, and write — but not all at the same time! A native Georgian, Carolyn lives in Georgia with her husband and son.

Children’s Picture Book publications include SWAMP LULLABY.


Donna M. ZappalaDONNA M. ZAPPALA holds a BA in Elementary Education and Psychology and a master’s degree in Mathematics Education for grades kindergarten through sixth. Donna resides in New Jersey with her husband Adrian, a university administrator, and her three girls. — AUTHOR WEBSITEAUTHOR ON FACEBOOK

Children’s Picture Book publications include: GABBY AND THE TOOTH FAIRY • IZZY’S CROSSINGIZZY’S HATCHLINGSWHAT KIND OF TURTLE AM I?