Cynthia Mun, Regional Advisor (Las Vegas)
Cynthia Mun has two decades of experience in strategic and product marketing. As Vice President of Marketing, she worked in emerging technology sectors in Silicon Valley and in hospitality in Las Vegas. She launched the first e-Book and Pandora.com. She switched careers in 2011 to write children’s novels.
Cynthia immigrated to the US from South Korea as a child. She graduated from Westridge All Girls School in Pasadena, CA. She graduated from Yale University and was the first to receive a college degree in her family.
When she isn’t working, she is an active community advocate. She serves on the board of Communities in Schools of Nevada, a nonprofit that helps at-risk students graduate. She is the past President and Founder of the Yale Alumni Association of Nevada (Yale Club). She is also responsible for Yale undergraduate recruitment for Nevada as the ASC Director.
Julie Dilliard, Assistant Regional Advisor (Reno)
Julie Dillard facilitates our events in northern Nevada in addition to assisting in general SCBWI NV events. Julie Dillard was a high school English teacher and recently transitioned to being a librarian working on her masters in Library Science.
She is Mom to four kids, and is an aspiring YA and middle grade author. She has been an active member of SCBWI for over eight years and is dedicated to growing our community of writers and illustrators of children's and young adult books.
Illustrator Coordinator (Las Vegas)
Kenneth Kit Lamug is an author/illustrator based in Las Vegas, Nevada. His debut picture book "A Box Story" has won the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, Literary Classics, Pinnacle Awards and the National Indie Excellence Book Awards.
In 2014, Ken launched a Kickstarter campaign which funded his first all-ages graphic adventure book, "The Tall Tales of Talbot Toluca." His most recent books include the macabre children's fairytale, "The Stumps of Flattop Hill" (One Peace Books) and the parenting parody book, "HURTS LIKE A MOTHER" (Doubleday).
He has contributed to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s "Tiny Books of Tiny Stories" and many other publications. Ken has also worked in movies, comics and his photography has been showcased internationally. To see more of his work and daily musings, please visit www.rabbleboy.com
Suzanne Morgan Williams, Regional Advisor Emeritus, PAL Coordinator
Suzanne Morgan Williams is the author of the middle grade novel Bull Rider and eleven nonfiction books for children. Bull Rider is a Junior Library Guild Selection, is on several state award lists and won a Western Heritage Award from the National Western Heritage and Cowboy Museum. Her nonfiction titles include Piñatas and Smiling Skeletons, The Inuit , and China’s Daughters. Suzanne has presented and taught writing workshops at dozens of schools, professional conferences, and literary events across the US and Canada. She is a Nevada Arts Council Artist in Residence and was Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Member of the Year, 2012. Visit www.suzannemorganwilliams.com
Critique Group Leaders:
Kim Harnes – Sparks – Kim Harnes learned to read at the age of two and never looked back. Growing up as an avid lover of horror novels, campfire stories, and the obsession with ghost towns and cemeteries, it only made sense that her own writing would incorporate the paranormal, the bizarre, and the unexplained. She is an award-winning songwriter, an Active member of the SCBWI, and currently lives with her family and numerous pets in Sparks, Nevada.
Lisa Hallett – Boulder City – Thanks to the unending knowledge and inspiration infusion she constantly receives from the writing community, Lisa, a long time SCBWI member, has moved beyond writing and revising her own grocery and to-do lists. She has settled into the world of writing chapter books and middle grade novels, and recently wrote a cover story for a regional magazine. Her critique group is magical, because when they meet, sprinkles from the clouds of creativity and encouragement plink down onto the table splattering shiny puddles of insight into their writing.
Tina Kirchner – Henderson – Although writing is my passion, my first loves are my husband, two children, and furry menagerie known as the Kirchner Zoo, which includes four dogs and three cats. I wish I had more time to paint, draw and play tennis, and I'd spend all my time outdoors. Anything wolf, pirate or zombie-related will grab my attention.
My middle grade 'Pirates Off' series is non-stop action/adventure in four books. My YA/safe-for-middle-grade zombie series is The Troubled Souls of Goldie Rich. My latest published series is the YA supernatural horror Dagger & Brimstone.
Robert Lee Murphy – Las Vegas – Award-winning author Robert Lee Murphy’s Eagle Talons, the first book in The Iron Horse Chronicles trilogy, won the 2015 Bronze Will Rogers Medallion Award for younger readers. The second book, Bear Claws was published in 2015. Golden Spike is scheduled for publication in early 2017. Five Star Publishing is the issuer for the complete trilogy. Murphy traveled the route of the transcontinental railroad, walked the ground where the scenes take place, and visited the museums and historical parks along the way to ensure historical accuracy. Prior to becoming an author, Murphy worked with international organizations on all seven continents, including Antarctica, where Murphy Peak bears his name. Murphy is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Western Writers of America, the Wyoming State Historical Society, and the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society. Visit the author’s website at: http://robertleemurphy.net.
SCBWI Vegas Webmaster:
Natisha Ann Rowell – Henderson – A member of SCBWI for over a decade, Natisha, a former research scientist, became an active member of the Rochester Area Children’s Writers & Illustrators (RACWI), where she volunteered as the RACWI newsletter editor, participated in a program to encourage reading and writing in inner city schools, and assisted with the annual book festival. She has also been an editor for Double Dragon e-Publishing and a senior content editor for MuseItUP publishing. Natisha writes picture books through YA and has published test development pieces.
WriterRider Newsletter Editor:
Myrna Foster has written for newspapers and sold six poems to Highlights High Five. She writes picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult novels. She has three kids, too many cats, and a moody parakeet.