Laurie Smollett Kutscera
Laurie Smollett Kutscera was born in Greenwich Village and grew up in Queens, NY. Raised in an eclectic household, (her mother, originally a vocalist in a big band, became an artist and photographer,) Laurie turned to art, studying fine art and children’s book illustration at Queens College, CUNY with Caldecott medalist Marvin Bileck.
She became an award-winning graphic designer and illustrator in the field of publishing and the performing arts, and took great pleasure in designing an unusual array of critters for the toy industry.
Prior to writing and illustrating MISADVENTURES OF A MAGICIAN’S SON, Laurie illustrated RAVITA AND THE LAND OF UNKNOWN SHADOWS, for Rizzoli Books in NY.
An adventurer at heart, Laurie has cruised the eastern seaboard from Nantucket to the Virgin Islands in an 85ft. classic wooden boat. It was then that her passion for writing began as a way to chronicle the ever-changing landscape. She continues to write and illustrate and is currently working on several contemporary picture books and middle grade novels.
Laurie lives on the north shore of Long Island with her husband Nick and rescue doggie, Cody.