Brenda Faatz has an undeniable connection with children. Some say it’s because they instinctively know “one of their own.” A graduate of The University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Musical Theatre, Brenda is a professional singer, dancer and actor. Along with Peter Trimarco, she wrote the music, lyrics and script for the original Wee Noteables musical theatre live performance series for children. Brenda also founded and currently directs and teaches at the Noteable Kids Arts Center in Denver, Colorado where she has the honor of interacting with and learning from children and their families on a daily basis. "It's Just So" is her first children’s book because, as she likes to say... “no one ever told me I couldn’t.”
Peter Trimarco was a fine arts student who graduated from Lake Forest College with a degree in literature and went onto pursue a career as an editorial cartoonist…but drawing ‘grownups’ stopped being fun. Before being inspired by the opportunity to co-write and illustrate a children’s book with Brenda, he journeyed through life as an entertainment industry professional. From creative director to executive producer to publisher of international film magazines (Moving Pictures and Beyond Cinema) he found a good deal of success… such as awards and working with people who had entourages. But then came working with children and it became fun again. The words began to flow and with it, the paint, the pen and ink and most important the orange hair on Lizzy’s head. …and three simple words from Brenda put it all in motion” “It’s Just So…”
Debra Widerøe is Professor of Communication at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California with expertise in integrated marketing, advertising and media. She received her Master’s Degree from Harvard University, specializing in children’s television marketing. Debbie has written articles and columns for KidScreen and Sunshine Family Magazine. Previously, Debra was an executive at Warner Bros. in charge of global marketing for Looney Tunes, Baby Looney Tunes, Animaniacs and the Pinky and the Brain animated properties. She was founder and CEO of Multi-Media Promotions, Inc., where she worked with major TV and film studios. During her tenure, she spearheaded development projects, wrote, produced and developed celebrated pro-social TV specials, PSA’s, interstitials and commercials, which included the award-winning For Kids’ Sake campaign. Through her efforts, Debra was afforded the opportunity to work with environmental leaders of change; including Sylvia Earle, James Cameron, Ted Turner and Graciela Chichilnisky. The recipient of numerous industry, academic and service awards, including the recent Charles H. Sandage Excellence in Teaching Award, Debra is the creator and author of “The Adventures of Camellia N." her environmentally-focused Children's Book Series, which provides 'messaging with meaning' to young children throughout the world.