About the Author
Diagnosed with Dyslexia at an early age Billy has had to overcome the challenges he faces with reading and writing to transform them into a creative advantage. His quick ability to envision characters, situations and unusual storylines are used to support triumph over adversity and to celebrate the underdog.
In addition to his creative endeavors Billy is involved with numerous Not For Profit organizations and activities. Billy co-founded the Web International Center for Dyslexia along with Dr. Gertrude Web.
Combining his passion for water sports with his love of the environment Billy founded the Great Peconic Race which is a paddle board race around Shelter Island that helps to fund the Cornell University environmental preservation program.
Born and raised by artists in South Africa, Liesl moved to New York after obtaining a university degree in set and costume design. She worked in fashion and advertising in the Big Apple and eventually started her illustration career by creating corporate illustrations for IBM and Xerox’s Human Resources Intranet websites.
After 13 years she went back to the warmth of the South African sun and started a line of hand crafted greeting cards and illustrated numerous educational and private children's books, one of which was awarded the This Book Rocks Award for illustration.
She now lives and illustrates full-time in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, with her young son and their menagerie of pets, overlooking the world famous Supertubes surf spot.
The Cookie that Saved Christmas is the second book she has created with her creativity partner Billy.