More About the Author
Suzanna Stinnett was born in Oklahoma and lives in the San Francisco Bay area as well as Duluth, Minnesota. Among her early influences were the Carnegie Library, the vast Oklahoma skies, the meditative bison of the Wichita Mountains, and a family of readers who loved language. Formative years included tolerance-building exercises such as sitting in scratchy petticoats for long hours in Baptist church pews, where she was frequently told to "be still." During these trying hours, her mind was likely to be filled with rhymes and images from Dr. Seuss books.
She began drawing at an early age. One early drawing remains, which is a tiny illustration of "Little Red Riding Hood." Her favorite Crayon was (and still is) bluegreen. Storytelling began early as well, before the first year of school. Stinnett wrote three novels during her 20s and 30s, while producing workshops on brain health and the non-fiction book on the imagination, later published by Sourcebooks as "Little Shifts."
Suzanna's life as an artist includes mixed media, painting, wire sculpting, cartooning and collage. Her coloring books reflect her love of cartoons as well as Maxfield Parrish, Wassily Kandinsky, Dr. Seuss and Vincent Van Gogh.
Since the 1980s, Suzanna has enjoyed the Bay area, mainly living in the decadently fertile counties directly north of the Golden Gate. She draws inspiration from the fog-wrapped Pacific coast, and once lived in a cabin built by Miwoks, among the elk and bobcats at the shore of Tomales Bay.
Today she can be found drawing, coloring, and writing in the coffee-shop churches of Marin and green counties northward, wearing soft clothing with the neck tags carefully removed. She is currently at work on several projects including sci-fi books for early readers (the "Starship in the Attic" series), and coloring books for grown-up kids which include "Color Puzzles," "Hidden Realms," "Fog-Fed Gardens of Marin," and her new Christmas series. "
In the mid 1990s she began pursuing her vision to make writing and publishing tools available to everyone. This vision emerged as Bay Area Bloggers Society, a user group in the San Francisco Bay area with a 700+ membership and local sponsors including O'Reilly Media.
She currently blogs under the title of "Coloring Camelot."