Deborah C. Lodato received her certification in children’s book publishing from The Institute of Children’s Literature. She has also studied creative writing at Northern Virginia Community College. She is currently employed with the Fairfax County Park Authority, where she publishes a newsletter with human interest stories, local programs, special events, and manages 50 volunteers. Deborah enjoys writing a variety of genres, but is currently focusing on children’s picture books. Her current work includes retelling great old Appalachian folktales for a new generation of readers. Deborah is an active member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and a member of two local critique groups. Mrs. Lodato resides in South Riding, VA. She is married and has three children and one grandson.