I have been a member of the SCBWI since 2004. I have attended a number of conferences and have had the opportunity to meet many very talented writers and illustrators. Some of the most memorable have been: Tomie dePaola, Marc Brown, Ann Brashares, Jerry Spinelli, Leeza Hernandez, and Marie-Louise Gay.
I have also had the unique opportunity to work with Canadian writer, Richard Scrimger. He mentored me through the revision of my novel, Footprints of Terra. I will never forgot when he said to me, "You are playing in the big leagues." Thanks, Richard.