Author and Illustrator

Jules Howe in her favorite black poncho. Tyson and Kobe are wearing their own fur.

Books have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I love stories of all kinds but I especially love kid’s books. To be even more specific, I love kid’s books told in rhyming verse so it’s obvious why Shel Silverstein is my hero and all things Dr. Seuss are shining stars in my universe. These two amazing authors and artists inspired me to bring Catty Wompus to life and A Tale of Friendship is the beginning of her journey. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I had a blast bringing it from brain to paper with the help of Chason Matthams and his funky, groovy illustrations. There will be more Catty stories to follow each building from the lessons Catty learns about life and friendship and her desire to pass those lessons on to others.

Writing is chapter two of my life yet I can’t remember a time when I didn’t create stories. They were all just in my head until they reached some kind of cranial critical mass and had to come out or my noggin would have exploded. I’ve been pouring them out onto blank white spaces for the last few years. Some became children’s books yet to be published, others screenplays, others blog posts. I can’t image my life without a head full of characters regardless of how crowded it gets.

Chason Matthams


Illustrator Chason Matthams is a graduate of the Fine Arts Department of New York University. His pursuits include illustration, animation, painting, and portraiture. Chason lives in New York City.

(Jules would like to add that Chason is not only a brilliant artist but he’s also nice to his mommy.)

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