Meet the NF Chicks

Pat Miller has been a school teacher, elementary librarian, contributing editor to a national magazine, and author of nine books for kids, including The Hole Story of the Doughnut. She and her husband have 3 kids (twins), 10 grandkids (2 sets of twins), and an illiterate dog. Pat's passion for writing true books led her to organize the NF 4 NF writing conferences, and with the Nonfiction Chicks,  the month-long February writer's challenge, NF Fest.
Susan Kralovansky started writing for the children’s magazine market and published stories and poems in places such as Cat Fancy, Our Magic Window, The Mailbox, and Humpty Dumpty. Her first book, There Was a Tall Texan Who Swallowed a Flea, was released in 2013 from Pelican Publishing along with her first nonfiction series, Library Resources, with Abdo Publishing. Susan has written twelve nonfiction books and illustrated her fourth picture book, How Fire Ants Got Their Fire, which will be released in 2020. A former librarian, Susan has led writing workshops and served as the Austin SCBWI Picture Book Mentor. 
Peggy Thomas has been cultivating curiosity for more than 20 years writing award-winning nonfiction for children, including her most recent title Full of Beans, How Henry Ford Grew a Car.  She is also co-author of Anatomy of Nonfiction, the only writer’s guide for crafting true stories for children. 
Lisa Amstutz is the author of more than 100 children's books, including Applesauce Day, Finding a Dove for Gramps, Amazing Amphibians, and Plants Fight Back. Lisa specializes in topics related to science and agriculture. Her work has also appeared in a wide variety of magazines and newspapers. Lisa's background includes a B.A. in Biology and an M.S. in Environmental Science/Ecology. For more information, see

Nancy Churnin is the award-winning author of eight picture book biographies including Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing, a Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable and National Council for the Social Studies Notable; Manjhi Moves a Mountain, winner of the South Asia Book Award and the Anne Izard Storytellers Choice Award and a Junior Library Guild selection, and The William Hoy Story, on multiple state reading lists. A former theater critic for The Dallas Morning News and the Los Angeles Times, Nancy is a full-time children’s book writer living in North Texas with her husband, Dallas Morning News arts writer Michael Granberry, a dog named Dog, and two cantankerous cats.

Stephanie Bearce is a history detective and a science nerd who loves turning her discoveries into books for kids. As the award-winning author of 24 children’s books, Stephanie is a frequent presenter at education conferences, children’s literature festivals, nerd camps, schools, and libraries. She is the winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award and the SCBWI Work In Progress Grant, and her books have been selected for the NSTA Recommended Reading List.

Linda Skeers lives in Iowa, where she wrote Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels. She wrote Toy Makers, about the creators of well-known toys including Legos, Lionel trains, and Barbie. She has also written two picture books, The Impossible Patriotism Project and Tutus Aren’t My Style. Her newest book, Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist debuts in July and there are more books to come! Visit her at