Author & Illustrator

Nicole Kear, Author

Nicole C. Kear is the author of the memoir Now I See You (St. Martin’s Press), chosen as a Must-Read by People, Amazon, Martha Stewart LivingParadeRedbook, and Marie Claire UK among others. She is currently working on the first six books of an early reader series for children, The Fix-It Friends, to be published by Macmillan Kids’ Imprint, in 2017. Her essays appear in the New York Times, Good HousekeepingNew YorkPsychology TodayParents, as well as Salon, the Huffington Post and xoJane, and she teaches writing at the NYU School of Professional Studies.  A native of New York, she received a BA from Yale, a MA from Columbia, and a red nose from the San Francisco School of Circus Arts. She  lives in Brooklyn with her husband, three children and two aquatic frogs.


Tracy Dockray, Illustrator

Tracy Dockray migrated with her chihuahua and vintage motorcycles from West Texas to New York’s Lower East Side. She eventually expanded her canine companionship to a family and traded in her two wheels for a minivan. This mind blowing experience has given Tracy new insights into children’s books and their audience. She is ecstatic to have illustrated over 25 books including Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Series and The Mouse and the Motorcycle Series. Although Tracy studied Fine Art in school, she has come to the happy conclusion that drawing pictures for children’s books is the finest art she knows.

Photo credit: Michael Benabib