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Biographies

Sandy Maroney

Sandy Maroney portrait
Photography by William Morton

One day when she was little, Sandy went to a living room window of her family’s home in upstate New York. Facing west, she pointed and said to her mother, “California is out that way. Some day I will be in California.” And so it came to be.

Two years out of Adelphi University in New York, armed with a BA in psychology, Sandy and her newlywed husband boarded a United Airlines prop-plane bound for Los Angeles with two one-way tickets and $500 between them. California has been home ever since.

Many years passed. Then, in 2002, following a flash of epiphany, she ditched her office job in San Diego and went to Arizona to study astrology. A year later, she returned to California—her perspective galvanized. The Episodes is the oeuvre conceived in that revelation of nearly ten years ago.

Presently, Maroney lives in San Francisco’s East Bay, counting the days until her return to some little beach town in southern California. She is the mother of two grown children. You can reach her at sandy@theepisodesbook.com.

Shireen Hazo

Shireen’s love of art has been a life-long passion—her particular fascination being with color spectrum and paints since the age of three when she first started to create her own lines and shapes, using color to clarify the composition.

Shireen has a BFA in Graphic Design, which she augmented with a year’s study in hands-on academic drawing. The next few years she worked in the field of graphic design. Recently, she extended her repertoire to include book illustration. She is one of the two artists commissioned to depict scenes from The Episodes. The book’s baby fairy logo is her creation.

Shireen currently lives in Los Angeles. You can reach her at fabulousart@live.com.

J.E. Larson

illustrator J.E. Larson
J.E. Larson

J. E. Larson is host to numerous unrelated titles, some of which include barbering, burying and broomstick-watching – and on occasion, chimney-sweeping, crayoning, and hiding in bell towers – but most notably, illustrating. When not confined to the shadows of an ivy embraced abbey or the attic of a house that does not exist, he attempts to compose to paper visuals of a nonsensical nature with a disposition of mystery, monstrosity, and the macabre. Other times he pretends he is a pirate. An interest in the visual arts was instigated many years ago when he was visiting a rookery while abroad in Romania. It so happened that during this time one of the birds engaged him in conversation, and he having penned a quick sketch of the Parachute Jump – for a visual representation was politely requested – was told by the fowl that the depiction had been very fine. This gracious bit of praise influenced further experimentation and has continued to the present. You can reach him at http://hauntednonsense.blogspot.com.