Laura Sidsworth, Author
Laura is a first-generation American born in Chicago, Illinois to a Canadian father and a German-born mother. Her family, including two brothers, lived in Chicago, Toronto, and later McAllen, Texas, where she attended University of Texas, Pan American. As an adult, Laura married and moved to one of her favorite cities, Austin, Texas. There, one of her favorite jobs was working at a Montessori school. Upon moving to the California Bay Area, where her two daughters were born, she began work as a kindergarten teacher. Among the many different jobs she's held, her favorites have always revolved around children. After moving to Fresno, Ca., Laura became a Realtor and happily married the love of her life, Cliff Lloyd. She enjoyed welcoming his two children into the family and will always cherish the fun times they all shared. She resides in Fresno with Cliff, dogs Dude & Teddi, & cats Sunshine, Mama, and Kitty G. Willikers--the latter famous as the neighborhood greeter on the block.
Joni Anttila, Artist
Joni, a native Californian, was born to parents of Finnish descent, and has two siblings, Donna & Bill. Her interest in art began as a child, and she enjoys all mediums. She studied art at University of California, Davis, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from California State University, Sacramento. Mixing art and her love of nature, she worked in floral and garden design, while living in Boulder, Co. for a 14 year stint, before returning back to her roots in central California, near Yosemite Natonal Park. An avid skier, she taught down-hill skiing for 9 years in Bear Valley, California. She gathers inspiration for her art from the people, wildlife, and surroundings at home, as well as from her travels abroad. She has showcased her work in an art gallery in Murphy's California for 9 years.