Susi Schaefer trained as a classical stained-glass artist in Austria before studying graphic design at the University of California, Irvine. There, she fell in love with writing and illustrating children's books. She received the Bronze Award from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles/Illustration West for her work on Zoo Zen. She currently resides with her ever-patient husband and somewhat-patient children in North Tustin, California. For more information, visit susischaefer.com.