Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SM 19 Indie Published Panel

Miles & Merissa Davis

Miles Davis fueled his fertile imagination with books, cartoons, and comics while traveling as a child of a military family. Drawing became an escape and a way to pass the time on long layovers and soon blossomed into a lifelong passion for art and storytelling. Miles earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Auburn University in 2003, where his passion for art brought him to Atlanta to start his career.

Merissa Corbet Davis grew up captivated by the creative arts. From a young age, she enjoyed crafting, music and technology. Her passion for the graphic arts drove her to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia, and she now serves as co-founder of three creative endeavors.


Miles and Merissa joined creative forces in early 2005 after graduating from college. Shortly thereafter, the pair co-founded Massive Burn Studios, a fine art studio based on Miles’s pop-surrealist works. A few years later, they developed Butterpup & friends™, a children’s character brand aimed at recapturing the magic of childhood and introducing young audiences to imagination and creative play. The first four adventures in the Butterpup & friends™ picture book series launched in 2017 as their first published book series.

They are currently working on the next two books in the Butterpup & friends™ series, as well as a new book independent of the series. They also selectively illustrate and design books for independent authors with intriguing manuscripts. Miles and Merissa continue to learn, explore, create, and play just outside of Atlanta, Georgia with their instafamous pup Pica, source of much inspiration.

Butterpup & friends™:

Massive Burn Studios


Sucheta Rawal


Sucheta Rawal is an award-winning food and travel writer contributing to Creative Loafing, Travel+Leisure and CheapOAir. She has traveled to 80+ countries with a focus on culinary, sustainable and volunteer travel.

Born and raised in India, Sucheta graduated from Georgia State University with a Masters in Finance and worked in investment banking, market research and human capital consulting, before realizing her true passion was learning and giving back. Sucheta founded the nonprofit, Go Eat Give, that promotes cultural awareness through travel. 

She has authored ‘Beato Goes To’ children’s picture books based on her own travels to educate kids about the world’s cultures. Beato is her real cat who lives in Atlanta and the main character in the books. Beato Goes To Greenland, Israel, Indonesia & Japan are her first four books in the series. Her next book, Beato Goes To Brazil will release in Fall 2019. Sucheta also has an augmented reality 3-D based on her book Beato Goes To Greenland that encourages kids to read & learn using technology.

Sucheta was named “one of top 30 travel bloggers in the world” at Travel Blogger Conference Asia in 2018, “Georgia State University’s 40 Under 40 alumna” in 2018, and nominated for “Georgia’s Author of the Year 2018.”

Beato Goes To
Sucheta Rawal


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