Shannon K. Mazurick has loved writing since a young age. She graduated Avon High School in 2004 and the University of Saint Joseph (formerly Saint Joseph College) in 2008. Mazurick received her bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Psychology. In 2013, she received her master’s degree in Interactive Media through Quinnipiac University. She is the proud author of Poetry as the Year Goes By, Reflective Poetry: Petals of the Heart, Gemma: The Search for the Gem, Gemma: The Treasure Hunt With Griffin, Gemma: The First Day of School with Honoray, and Toto’s Tale (An Adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz). Mazurick writes in hopes of illustrating how everyone is an individual and everyone has a purpose in life. She also finds writing as a way to express herself and as a means of reflection. Mazurick enjoys the creative aspect that writing offers. She also likes the creativeness and ability to express oneself that artwork offers. Artwork and writing are both means of communication. Her two poetry books feature two art pieces by Mazurick on the covers. For the three Gemma children's books, she worked with the illustrator to make sure every detail, even the colors, matched her visions. For the cover of Toto’s Tale (An Adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), a silhouette of a dog is over one of Mazurick’s art pieces. Mazurick plans to publish more books in the future.