Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Self-Publishing DIY Faculty

Darcy Pattison

Children’s book author and indie publisher Darcy Pattison writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction books for children. At last summer’s SCBWI Big Five-Oh! conference, Darcy’s talk “How to earn six figures self-publishing” was a big hit.

Her works have received starred PW, Kirkus, and BCCB reviews. Awards include the Irma Black Honor award, five NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books, two Eureka! Nonfiction Honor book, two Junior Library Guild selections, two NCTE Notable Children’s Book in Language Arts, a Notable Social Studies Trade Books, and an Arkansiana Award. She’s the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist for her work in children’s literature.


Tanisia Moore 

Known affectionately as “your family’s favorite author,” Tanisia “Tee” Moore writes uplifting work
for all ages. For young adult readers, her debut book with co-author Lyn Miller-Lachmann in
the Women of Power series profiling women filmmakers was announced in November 2020. For
adults, she is the author of After the Storm, an inspiring contemporary romance novel of redemption and restoration. Tee has been published in the Alabama News, Medium, and Readers Digest, as well as a TEDx talk on motherhood and entrepreneurship.
She is a proud alumna of Clark Atlanta University—where she majored in Mass Media Arts with a
concentration in radio— and Florida A&M University College of Law. When Tee isn’t writing, she’s
saving the world as a loving, compassionate (and sometimes crazy) wife and mother. Originally from
Southern California, she now lives in the southern belle state of Alabama.


TeMika Grooms

TeMika Grooms is a writer and children’s book illustrator with a passion for sharing stories. Her most recent illustrated non-fiction book, “Save the Crash-test Dummies” by Jennifer Swanson, was released by Peachtree Publishing in 2019. She volunteers with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and most recently was selected as 2021 We Need Diverse Books Mentee. Learn more about her work at



Daniel Vandever

Daniel Vandever (Diné) is a product of Small Wonders Day Care where his experiences as a Ninja Turtle helped shape the creativity behind his debut picture book, Fall in Line, Holden, a 2017 American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book. Vandever is the owner of South of Sunrise Creative, a strategic communications firm that helps advance education initiatives through community-based strategies. Herizon (2021) is Vandever’s second book, and first book published by South of Sunrise Creative.

Vandever is from Haystack, NM and is the grandson of the late Joe Vandever Sr., Navajo Code Talker, USMC, and Bessie D. Vandever.