Shevi Arnold

New Jersey Writer-Illustrator
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Shevi Arnold--who sometimes writes under the name Shevi--now writes smart funny stories, fantasy and science fiction for children and young adults, but it wasn’t always that way.    For over 12 years, she worked in newspapers and magazines in Israel as a political cartoonist, a comic-strip magazine editor, a consumer columnist, and an arts-and-entertainment writer specializing in comedy and children’s entertainment. At that time she was interviewed on numerous occasions: in newspapers and magazines, on the radio, and on TV. But then her son was diagnosed with autism, and her family had to make a choice: they could either stay in Israel or they could leave their jobs and move to New Jersey in search of a better education for her son. It was a sacrifice, but an easy decision to make.   Once they were settled in, her husband asked her what she wanted to do. The only things she knew how to do were writing and illustrating. Ever since she was a little girl, she had been making up stories in her head. “I think I want to write a novel,” she said.   That novel was a YA fantasy epic about a magical storyteller and her struggle to accept the magic within herself. After completing Toren the Teller’s Tale, she wrote another novel, and then another, and another. Over nine years, she wrote seven novels and 40 picture books. She joined the SCBWI, started a critique group, and studied the craft. At first she tried to find an agent, but now she’s decided to indie publish her own work, and she’s excited by the opportunities ebooks have to offer writers.   Shevi is a daydreamer, a humorist, and a geek goddess who loves to laugh and entertain readers with her many  magical worlds.

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