Karen "Kaz" Windness
Illustrator - Author - RMCAD Illustration Instructor
RMC-SCBWI Mentor & Illustrator Coordinator
Karen "Kaz" Windness is an illustrator and PAL (Published and Listed) writer creating sweet, subversive stories with unique characters for kids of all ages.
She studied children’s book illustration at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD) where she was a valedictorian graduate in 2002.
A proud SCBWI member for over fifteen years, Kaz gives back as the Rocky Mountain Chapter Illustrator Coordinator (2009-present). She is passionate about helping others succeed, and believes education is key. She teaches illustration at her alma mater and is a RMC-SCBWI illustrator mentor.
Kaz is obsessed with dogs (especially Boston terriers and pugs), and all things ghost, alien, psychic & witchy-woo-woo. She's a terrific cook and a terrible ceramicist and never met a taco she didn't love.
Published Books: Dorothy’s Derby Chronicles: Rise of the Undead Redhead (MG novel, Sourcebooks, June 2014) and The Woe of Jade Doe (August 2015), Hooray for Boys and Girls (Westwood Press 2006), There's a Hippopotamus in My Bed (Windowbox Press 2013)