Colleen Muske is a children’s book writer and illustrator. She has been writing poems and drawing horses as long as she can remember. But it wasn’t until she took a picture book illustration class 15 years ago, she knew she had finally found her calling. Her love of nature and animals is an endless source of inspiration for her art and writing. Colleen likes to use dynamic colors, with lots of print and texture in her illustrations, and paints using gouache, watercolor, and Photoshop. She loves to write picture books and middle grade. She has a horse named Gus Gus, 3 Shiba Inu’s, and 2 cats. They have all inspired a few stories! When she’s not writing or illustrating Colleen likes cooking, baking, interior design, watching documentaries, and spending time with her horse. Colleen and her husband just moved into a 139-year-old cottage in Stillwater, Minnesota and are DIY enthusiasts, which explains their daily trips to the hardware store. Colleen-She/Her is repped by Kelly Dyksterhouse.
Fun Fact: While living in Israel for 6 months, she became a camel driver, helping take tourists on trips into the desert. She learned to make Shakshuka over an open fire to feed the camel weary travelers. It’s still one of her favorite things to cook, but now she uses a stove.
Favorite Quote: “We are reminded that, in what fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame, but rather how well we have loved and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better.” – Barack Obama