President & CEO

Meredith Scott Lynn

One early September morning, I was in San Francisco visiting my sister Marcy and her family for a long weekend of "Auntie M" time with my ten-month-old niece Lila, a.k.a. "LilaBean". Marcy asked if I would read to Lila so that she could take a long shower, something new moms don't get enough of. I leaned over to reach for a book from my niece's well-stocked bookshelf, and she wailed. I sat up straight and was grateful to see a small children's book resting on the radiator next to the chair we were rocking in. Relieved, I opened the book to read the first page, but there weren't any words-- nothing but illustrations of a mouse running past various animals for the next nine pages. In order to keep us both entertained, I quickly shifted into imagination mode, and created a colorful and compelling story, inspired by the images on the nine wordless pages.

I muttered a curious “Hmmmmmmm. Richly illustrated, wordless books with lines on the pages for anyone to write their unique version of the story they see unfolding in the images!” I got to work turning my small idea into a big reality. Unlike kids today, I did not grow up in a world overwhelmed by a staggering amount of digital devices and “techtivities”. (My Atari was only minimally distracting compared to my remote-controlled cars and Barbie dolls.) Instead, I invented scenarios and played them out, occasionally casting my sister when I was feeling generous. We ran a grocery store in our shared bedroom. We were each student and teacher in our pretend schoolhouse, and we even managed an ice cream parlor in our bathtub. I may have waited until she licked the first soapy cone I made before telling her it wasn't edible.

I was a very "active child", though most would say hyper. If I were a child today, I'd likely be diagnosed with a disorder and given medication to calm my constantly creating mind. I read every Judy Blume book, but found reading for long periods difficult. However, writing for long periods was easy, and I like doing it. I liked putting MY OWN thoughts on paper, then reading them over and over. I competed in school-, district- and borough-wide storytelling contests in New York State.  I was an excellent student, got great grades, but did not have a talent for passing standardized tests. I recall I had a 98% average in my high school math class, yet failed the state test on the topic. By that time, I had discovered my voice, and knew my worth beyond my test scores. In later years, I pursued what became a relatively successful acting career. Acting is, after all, the craft of bringing a character’s story and world to life, and I feel empowered every time I have the chance to do it.

Encouraged as a child to have and share my ideas and opinions, I developed some self-esteem...despite having a "froggy voice", "brillo hair" and feeling responsible for my parents problems. Beyond acting, I have written, produced, and directed stories. I understand their power. The freedom to imagine and manifest gives any young person more than just a creative outlet; they gain confidence, a strong sense of self, and valuable communication skills.

I see a world in which young people (especially tweens & teens) are making fewer connections; not just to other people but also to big picture and holistic concepts, dreams for their future and to their own ideas. Kids today are constantly overloaded and over stimulated. Their experiences are shared instantly and forgotten quickly while their responses are automatic and auto-corrected. They text, type, scroll, and swipe while handwriting becomes a thing of our past. Your kids' brains are being forced to develop fast-processing skills at the expense of vitally important, slow-processing skills such as critical thinking, and the abilities to empathize and make connections. Studies say that most kids spend an average of 74 hours per week on a digital device of some kind. This level of exposure crowds their minds and provides immediate, though often substance less gratification. They are auto corrected at every turn, think less and less for themselves, and soon won't know how to sign their own name.

Honestly, I couldn't do what I do every day without my laptop and cell phone and most of our books are illustrated by artists working digitally. Students in schools across the country are building robots and taking interest in science. I think that’s wonderful and I'm not anti-tech by any means.  But we need a more balanced approach to technology, both in education and in the relational realms of young people's personal lives.

I created WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS to give young people of any age opportunities to slow down and shine-- especially at school where they are graded and assessed at every turn.  Whether in the classroom, at home, in a restaurant or on an airplane, writing an original story to artwork interpreted by YOU is an exciting experience! SHARPEN YOUR PENCIL AND GO!


Every child has a story to tell. I believe it is in our listening that they will discover who they are.

WRiTE ON!

Our Illustrators

Your WRITE BRAiN BOOKS are illustrated by phenomenally talented emerging and seasoned artists from around the globe. They are passionate about creating rich, visual worlds that ignite the imaginations of blossoming storytellers.

In each book, we include the illustrator’s photo, along with their bio. As an author, your photo will go right next to theirs. You and your illustrator are co-creators of an actual book!

Your WBB illustrators want to hear from you! After you’ve authored one of their illustrated stories, make sure to send them a note. You can post it on our Buzz page. These are just a few of your Write Brain artists.

Rosaria Battiloro

is an Italian illustrator and comic book artist living in Naples. She has always loved to draw; she started writing and illustrating her first tales when she was a small child and hasn’t stopped since! Since graduating from L’Accademia di Belle Arti in Naples, she has taken part in several exhibitions all around the world. She is currently working on a variety of projects including illustrated children’s books, e-book covers, and independent comics.
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  • Illustrator: Rosaria Battiloro
  • Subject Matter: adventure, mice, country side, city life, culture
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Rosaria Battiloro

Alice Brereton

Alice Brereton grew up in Minneapolis, MN and is absurdly proud of that fact. Her artwork is colorful, textured, and shape-oriented and always strives to be quirky or “smile-inducing.” Alice has won a slough of awards from her school, the Academy of Art University, and from Adobe, and she keeps them in a nice humble pile next to her collection of dinosaur and donkey figurines. Her favorite food is “pickled anything,” and if she were not an illustrator, Alice would be at the bottom of a sea in a submarine discovering new kinds of sea life and naming them ridiculous names… one day the “Tooty-McFlippery-Banana Butt” will be found!

Alice Brereton

Adrien Cadoux

At an early age, Adrien Cadoux was bitten by a radioactive puffin. This granted him all the powers and abilities of the puffin, which proved to be useless, as he was being raised by radioactive badgers at the time. When he finally decided to join humanity, Adrien wanted to become an artist, but this proved difficult, and he chose instead to become a super villain. After many futile attempts at world domination, he returned to Berkeley, California to become an artist yet again.
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  • Illustrator: Adrien Cadoux
  • Subject Matter: adventure, battle, aliens, cat, hero, spaceship
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Adrien Cadoux

Thomas Chang

An artist by the name of Thomas Chang lovingly illustrated the AWESOME book you have in your hands. Thomas studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and has been illustrating for video games and other creative projects for years. He’s proud to be an official Write Brain illustrator!

Thomas Chang

John Colton

Jon J. Colton was born in trailer park on a hot day in Yuma, AZ. The son of a career Air Force man, Jon was raised in cities around the world and is happy to call Earth his home planet. He began drawing as a child, inspired by comic books, and since then has created artwork for everything from technical books to toy companies; he has even drawn sketch composite drawings for police investigations. Jon studied illustration in Milan, Italy; at BYU – Idaho; and at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Jon currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Kathryn; their three children, Josie, Jackson, and Charlotte; and their curious cat Cassie.

John Colton

Valerio Fabbretti

Born in Rome, Italy, Valerio Fabbretti studied illustration in San Francisco, where he currently lives and works. He has a great passion for drawing, comic books, cereal, and spaghetti westerns. Valerio has published children’s books and comic books in the USA and in Italy.

Valerio Fabbretti

Samuel Farinato

Samuel Farinato’s childhood was full of mythology, fairy tales, and the freedom to let his imagination wander. Now he’s creating his own worlds and tales with a view to sharing that same love of storytelling with which he was raised and inspiring hope and creativity in audiences of all ages. Samuel graduated from the Academy of Art University with a BFA in illustration. He lives in California

Samuel Farinato

Jordy Farrell

Jordy Farrell grew up in Pennsylvania, where he gained inspiration from watching Chuck Jones cartoons and reading classic monster books from the local library. He spends his free time doodling, reading, and drawing animals, especially birds. Jordy earned his BFA in Fine Arts/Printmaking from Thiel College and graduated from the Academy of Art with an MFA in Illustration.

Jordy Farrell

Erika Flak

Erika Flak was born in St. Louis, Missouri in August 1990 and grew up in the Bay Area, California. In December 2012, Erika received her BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco and three months later accepted an internship at an educational gaming company called MindSnacks. She is currently working on commission and contract work. On the side, Erika works on her own t-shirt designs and illustrations.
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  • Illustrator: Erika Flak
  • Subject Matter: adventure, courage, dragon, girl, martial arts
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Erika Flak

Tracey Cruz

Tracey Cruz is an artist and nursing student residing in Southern California. She graduated from the Academy of Art University with a BFA in 2D Animation & Visual Effects. Her favorite superhero is Batman, and in her spare time she enjoys making little top hats and going on adventures with her awesome husband.

Tracey Cruz

Kati Gyulassy

Kati Gyulassy studied children’s book illustration at the Academy of Art University and is the author and illustrator of “Winnie & Waldorf.” In her free time she enjoys gardening, windsurfing, and taking her dog on long hikes. She lives in Oakland, California.

Kati Gyulassy

Michael Lee Harris

Michael Lee Harris is a Georgia-based artist who works in comics and illustration. He recently finished his M.F.A. in comics (yes, you can get an M.F.A. in comics!) and is currently working as a freelance artist and inventing bread that slices itself.

Michael Lee Harris

Allison Howle

Allison Howle is a native Michigander who has been involved in art since a very early age. She began sketching and doodling around the age of two and has not put her sketchbook down since. In 2012, Allison graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Animation. While there, she refined her skills as an animator and grew as an artist. In addition to her art life, she has been involved in competitive Equestrian Sports for over a decade. She owns two horses and competes actively in the disciplines of Dressage and Hunter/Jumper.

Allison Howle

Martin Hvattum

Martin M. Hvattum is a native Norwegian illustrator, instructor and painter currently living in Oslo, Norway. In his early childhood, Martin grabbed a crayon and created illustrated worlds of vikings, knights and monsters – and has been hooked ever since! As a recent graduate from The Academy of Art University’s Illustration program in San Francisco, graduating with the Cum Laude distinction, Having recently graduated cum laude from the San Francisco Academy of Art University’s Illustration program, he is currently working as a freelance illustrator and painter while teaching at his alma mater in Oslo. He is also the co-founder of the creative space Blank Space.

Martin Hvattum

Neiko Ng

Neiko Ng is an award-winning artist whose work includes digital painting, gouache, watercolor, and paper cut illustration, with a particular emphasis on environmental design and children’s illustration. She enjoys designing characters and bringing them to life in order to entertain children while reminding them of their heritage. Neiko earned a BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Neiko Ng

Francesca Parise

Francesca Parise was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Her hobbies include drawing, reading, writing, playing video games, knitting, avoiding sunlight, and being an insufferable know-it-all. She doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up, which is all right because she intends to remain a child until she’s at least forty.

Francesca Parise

Vi Pham

Vi Pham is an illustrator from San Diego. She works primarily in children’s books, but she is also interested in comics. Vi loves working with color and is grateful to be pursuing her artistic interests. She is excited to see what work and inspirations the future
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  • Illustrator: Vi Pham
  • Subject Matter: bravery, bully, friendship, dog, school
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Vi Pham

Stephen Silver

London-born artist Stephen Silver got his professional start drawing caricatures at amusement parks. He has worked as character designer and supervisor for Disney Television Animation, Sony Feature Animation, and Nickelodeon Animation, designing characters for shows including Kim Possible, Danny Phantom, and Kevin Smith’s Clerks: The Animated Series. Silver names three keys to success in life that give him what it takes to keep drawing: passion, desire, and determination.
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  • Illustrator: Stephen Silver
  • Subject Matter: adventure, pirate, ship, skeleton, quest, dragon, gold
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Stephen Silver

Sinead Toolis

Sinéad is a Gaelic name that is pronounced “Shinade.” When not teaching people how to pronounce Gaelic words, Sinéad can usually be found following artistic pursuits such as drawing illustrations, sewing dolls, and building ladders to the moon. If production continues at the present speed, she should reach the moon by the year 2150. That is supposing she lives that long and the ladder doesn’t fall over. Sinéad recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Studio Art.
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  • Illustrator: Sinead Toolis
  • Subject Matter: friendship, Halloween, monsters, party, surgery, haunted, house
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Sinead Toolis

Dinno Turull

Dino Turull is a character artist and illustrator from the sunny state of Florida. Dino grew up with an interest in creativity and art. He is fascinated by people, creatures, and social activities, and he puts his own spin on these subjects in his illustrations. His inspirations include Hieronymus Bosch, Michelangelo and Martin Handford. He is currently working on various art projects that allow him to use his wild imagination.

Dinno Turull

Karla Rodriguez

Karla Rodríguez is a Mexican illustrator currently living in Baja California. Interested in games, animation, comics, and drawing characters from an early age, she grew up wanting to draw stories for everyone to see. Currently, she is taking freelance projects and working on her own comics and designs.
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  • Illustrator: Karla Rodriguez
  • Subject Matter: outside, dig, seed, fairy, grow, season, life
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Karla Rodriguez

Gina Shellie

Gina is an illustrator, storyteller and comic artist. Her love for drawing and creating fantasy started from a very young age and has been the reason for her return to her childhood dream. Gina currently works freelance as an illustrator for e-books & indie games.

Gina Shellie

Alexis Vivalo

Born in December 1987, Alexis Vivallo is a Chilean illustrator. His interest in children’s book illustration was sparked by his study of graphic design; composition and form are the greatest influences on his illustrative style. He has worked on a variety of projects, from comic books to character designs for video games and, of course, children’s books.

Alexis Vivalo

Emily Walus

Emily Walus is an illustrator and colorist born and raised in New Jersey. Her past work includes short animations, video game projects, and children’s books. She enjoys cold weather, black tea with honey, and tending to her palm plant, Arnold.

Emily Walus

Justin Wong

Justin Wahkwai Wong is an illustrator situated in San Francisco, California. He graduated from the Academy of Art University with a BFA in Traditional Illustration. He enjoys working on illustrations for children’s books and anything else where fun and humor exist. When not busy drawing or painting, he’s probably being a “big kid,” catching up on cartoons, comics, and games.

Justin Wong

Reimena Yee

Reimena Ashel Yee is a random doodler from the middle of nowhere, though she lives in Malaysia pretending to be someone interesting. She illustrates fantastical scenes and tells stories of people interaction.
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  • Illustrator: Reimena Yee
  • Subject Matter: school, bus, classroom, shadow, imagination, cat, art
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Reimena Yee

Our Team

Meredith Scott Lynn

Meredith Scott Lynn, an award-winning storyteller in childhood, and a recognized film and television actress (also producer/writer/director), understands the value of stories and self-expression. As Founder & CEO of WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS, her mission is to help foster self-esteem in young people. Her objective is to offer inspired curricula and products that make kids of all ages excited to discover, develop and divulge ideas. Seeking to create a world of collaborative, compassionate, and connected contributors, by offering experiences that elevate academic and personal confidence in young people, it is Meredith's goal to shift the conversation around student assessment from one rooted in standardized test scores to one grounded in appreciation for "the whole student”. WRiTE BRAiN provides platforms for any one, of any age, to discover and share their voice.

Meredith Scott Lynn

President & CEO

Kyle Johnstone

In any great story there is a beginning, middle, and end. During the beginning, the set up, an inciting incident must occur. This is the moment when the main character is presented with some kind of choice, and whatever decision the character makes, will change his life forever. Kyle Johnstone was in his late 20s, still being introduced TO HIS OWN STORY, when he was given this choice in the form of an interview with the founder of WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS.

He was offered an assistant job on the spot. That wasn’t the tough, life-changing choice he had to make. In fact, taking that job was a fairly easy decision considering how creative and purposeful the company’s products are. Just a week later, after Kyle had wrapped his head around the potential of these amazing and wordless books, he decided that one day he would become COO of the extraordinary company. He determined that the rest of his life would revolve around bringing storytelling and self-confidence to the masses. These illustrated books, that inspire anyone to write, are just the launching pad of Kyle’s story. Already the Director of Operations, Kyle cannot wait to see how the rest of his story will align and grow with WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS.

Kyle Johnstone

Director of Operations

Faith Miller

A right-meets-left brain designer and strategist, Faith is an award-winning creative director who comes to WRiTE BRAiN to encourage creativity and instigate self-expression and growth in kids of all ages across the globe. After forming her own boutique agency, and then playing in much larger sandboxes for clients such as DirecTV, Sony Pictures Television, BBC America, Forbes, Lexus, Wells Fargo, and Courvoisier to name a few, Faith chose pride of place and purpose over an industry of disposable art. Faith is not only the often uncompromising creative director of WRiTE BRAiN, but also assists in strategic business and marketing development, while ensuring that all things pass her perfect Pantone orange standards.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Faith migrated from the Big Sky state of Montana, where she earned degrees in graphic design & ceramics with minors in marketing, art history and economics. She’s a font snob, a Creative Cloud connoisseur, outdoors junkie and proven problem solver. Faith will often build things rather than buy them, periodically dreams in code, finds eggplant positively revolting and doesn’t like her food to touch. After 7 years in California, she concedes that she’s been made softer by the temperate southern winters. She currently calls West Hollywood home, where you can find her if you’re up for a stimulating session of serif’s and strategy.

Faith Miller

Creative Director

Julia Gabor

As our Director of Education, Julia Gabor is passionate about changing the game in youth development. Her passion for project-based learning, combined with 21st Century skills makes her a dynamic addition to the WRiTE BRAiN Team. She spent the past several years at The Tiger Woods Foundation, where she launched an internship program for college/graduate school students focusing on professional skills to prepare them for the dynamic workforce.

She’s big on paying it forward, too. She managed a mentor and career development program for over 70 first generation college students, and from 2006 to 2011, Julia facilitated a national character education program focusing on youth development, leadership, and goal setting. Plus, while working at the LA - After School All Stars she created an award-winning video grant for State Farm, which earned them $10,000 for service learning initiatives.

A few of her awards and recognitions include: Women Making a Difference, U.S. State Senator of California, Lou Correa, 2014; OSTI Award, BOOST Conference, 2013; Masters in Educational Leadership, Antioch University, 2012; Honored Educator Award, Cal State Fullerton, 2007

Julia Gabor

Director of Education

Jeryn Warren

Jeryn is a dynamic educator committed to developing arts and project-based learning opportunities for every type of student, in and out of school. Over the past ten years, she has seen the power of visual art to inspire young thinkers to imagine, create, and write amazing things, which is why her discovery of WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS is so exciting. She fell in love with WRiTE BRAiN's magical combination of art, story, kids, and education, and decided to pack her gunnysack and head to L.A. to join the team.

As a museum educator in Nashville and more recently in Boston, she loved serving local school groups by creating interactive tours, enrichment activities, and collaborative writing projects in connection art exhibits (Frist Center for Visual Art, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum). She has designed and implemented interdisciplinary art/writing curricula for a diverse range of students, from primary English Language Learners in Uganda to college freshmen at Tennessee State University. She led writing workshops with students in Boston’s inner city schools, and before joining the team at WRiTE BRAiN, Jeryn worked as a K-5 after-school teacher in Newton, MA. She graduated with degrees in English and Philosophy from Belmont University in Nashville, and studied Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, where she explored the art of storytelling and the many different ways we connect and communicate through literary and visual narratives. She is exploring still!

Jeryn Warren

Development & Education Alliances

Ruth Stalford

As an award-winning producer in Los Angeles, Ruth worked on many feature films and television movies. In 2002, she decided to put her development and producing skill-set to work in a direction that would be personally meaningful and allow her to make doing GOOD her dayjob. She co-founded a non-profit that has raised over 3 million for breast cancer research. Then spent years as co-director of New Schools Development for The D.C. based SEED Foundation during which time she developed an understanding of where the gaps are in the education services provided to low-income and underserved communities. That led her to launching The Book Foundation and diverse range, a program dedicated to closing the achievement gap by providing brand new books and reading programs to the most vulnerable and overlooked children and communities. She is so thrilled to be Executive Director of WRiTE BRAiN Gives. It only seems natural and right to be extending the WRiTE BRAiN magic to those that will benefit greatly and do not have the means to access it. She is blessed to share this journey with her husband and son.

Ruth Stalford

Executive Director of WRiTE BRAiN GiVES

Autumn Davis

Autumn Davis has always wanted to help children express themselves through creativity, so joining the WRiTE BRAiN Team was a natural progression. She comes from a family of avid readers and passion for education is in her DNA. Literally. Her mother is an educator in Harlem, NY, currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership.

A native New Yorker, Autumn first came to L.A. on a four-month Study Away program through Temple University, where she earned her Bachelors degree in Communications. She liked L.A. so much that right after graduation, she relocated to the West Coast, bringing her New York spirit and hustle with her.

She’s come a long way from being that little girl who would pass the time waiting in line at amusement parks, her face buried in a book, exploring other worlds of adventure. Now an integral part of our Team, Autumn gets to help WRiTE BRAiN authors write and share their own adventures, tap into their creativity and boost their self esteem; which makes the work she does for WB both gratifying and meaningful to her on myriad levels—and will probably make her cry if she thinks about it too hard, because her tear ducts flow as freely as rain clouds in Seattle.

Autumn Davis

Executive Assistant & Program Liason

Dillon James Nevarez

Dillon is a front-end developer hailing from Camarillo, California. He has a strong passion for learning, and thrives on creating interactive and intuitive digital experiences. Before joining the WRiTE BRAiN Team, he served as assistant programmer for an international company, New Spirit Naturals, which has passionately pursued the creation of natural products and educational resources to help millions across the globe find their path to wellness. This increased his desire to be a part of projects that are bigger than oneself. During his meeting with the founder of WRiTE BRAiN, he knew right away he had found the WRiTE fit! When he’s not in the zone coding, you can find him geeking out over video/board games, managa, shooting pool, grubbing on spaghetti and meatballs and most importantly, spending quality time with family and friends.

DJ Nevarez

Website Development

Susan Lynn

As the woman who gave life to our founder and CEO, Susan is literally the mother of WRiTE BRAiN Books. A former teacher, Susan has worked as a college admissions advisor, a manager of Customer Relations and Problem Resolution for a Fortune 500 company, and a script supervisor. She even did a bit of acting, but WRiTE BRAiN is the most exciting company she’s ever been with! When not WRiTE BRAiNing, Susan owns and operates TheProofLady.com, a proofreading and editing service.

Susan Lynn

Content Development