About the Authors

About Shirley Raye Redmond

An award-winning nonfiction writer and former columnist for The Santa Fe New Mexican, Shirley Raye Redmond has sold 36 books and over 450 articles to a wide variety of publications, including The Pacific Stars and Stripes and Cosmopolitan as well as Highlights for Children and Focus on the Family magazine. Two of her nonfiction children’s titles have sold more than 200,000 copies each. Her devotions have appeared in several Guideposts devotionals, and she has written mysteries for Guideposts’ fictional series, Savannah Secrets. 

Courageous World Changers: 50 True Stories of Daring Women of God (Harvest House) won a 2021 Christianity Today Book Award. Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President (Random House) was a Children’s Book of the Month Club selection. Pigeon Hero! (Simon and Schuster) won an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. Patriots in Petticoats, Heroines of the American Revolution was named one of the best children’s books of the year in 2004, when it was released by Random House. Her historical romance, Rosemary’s Glove, won the 2009 New Mexico Book Award. It was a finalist in the Phoenix Desert Rose Golden Quill Contest that year too. 


Shirley Raye has one husband, two grown children, five delightful grandchildren, and an M.A. in Literature. She has taught a variety of writing and literature courses at the University of New Mexico–Los Alamos campus, WORDHARVEST Writers Workshops, the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference, and many other venues across the country. Shirley Raye is represented by Books & Such Literary Management.

Children’s books by Shirley Raye Redmond


About Jennifer McKerley

Jennifer McKerley is a teacher and award-winning author of twelve children’s books. Her latest books are  Blue Ribbons,  No Green Things and  Lone Star the Lawman (Heinemann Publishing, 2020).


Random House published her first children’s book Man O’War: Best Racehorse Ever, as well as Amazing Armadillos, which was the 2010 winner for Young Readers Book in the New Mexico Book Awards. Also, Bank Street College of Education named Amazing Armadillos as one of the best children’s books of 2010. Amazing Armadillos has sold more than 150,000 copies and has been printed in French and Braille.


Picture Window Books published her fiction titles for ages 4-8:  There Goes Turtle’s Hat and Rules of The Net. She has written four books for the Gale-Cengage Monster Series, ages 9 and up. Her young adult title,  Football: Science Behind Sports, (Lucent), was the 2013 Winner for Young Adult Book in the AZ-NM Book Awards.

Children’s books by Jennifer McKerley