Local Authors of Children’s Books

Marley Ungaro, a former Portsmouth, VA resident, is a very talented artist currently living and painting in Florida. She has created a colorful business selling her books, tea towels, calendars, prints, cards and more through retail shops, pop up events, licensing and Etsy.  

Daniel Ford is a resident of Virginia Beach who promotes environmental education, via reading programs for students, with the help of “real” mermaids!
His personal interests include family, the outdoors and expanding the creative process for all of us.

Anna Burger’s writing is inspired by her lifelong love of the Chesapeake Bay. She lives with her husband and young sons on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, around the corner from her childhood home. Anna grew up on Onancock Creek, where she had her first boat at age 12  and learned how to crab and fish from her father and grandfather.

Virginia Beach resident Martha Wilson does watercolor illustrations, murals, children’s books, and fire dancing.

“K” Stone is a retired English teacher who lives in Tidewater, Virginia but spends lots of time on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She enjoys reading, writing, playing tennis, and travelling. After becoming a grandmother, Kay extended her love of family traditions by writing her first book telling the story of how her oldest granddaughter attracted the very first Beach Fairy. Her fondest wish is for the reader to begin this beach vacation tradition as well.

Last but not least Ash Gilpin

“Hi everyone! My name is Ash Gilpin and I’m a lover of all things creative. I’m passionate about living life to its fullest and always strive to set personal goals for myself and pursue my dreams in the process.

I’m an entrepreneur who’s had his fair share of successes and failures. I’m an amateur videographer with a passion for storytelling. I’m a creative writer who has authored various children’s stories. I’m a lyricist who enjoys putting melody to my creative writings. And, I’m a boy who loves his toys. Most recently, flying the skies.

I also enjoy spending time with my dog, friends and family”.

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