Mary (Brewster) Brodsky was born in 1956 in Burbank, California. She has 3 sisters and 1 brother. Although her mom did not home school the 5 children, she taught them more than any classroom ever could. With 5 children and a small budget, creative minds flourish!
Mary met, and married the love of her life in college and she and her husband Paul are still best friends as well as soulmates after 35 years of marriage. Their daughter Jessie is married to the love of her life, Jake, and the two of them are growing their marriage, careers and future as we speak. Their son Jacob is married to Alexa, his childhood sweetheart from the age of 16. They have been married for 10 years and have 2 children of their own.
Mary’s grandchildren, Wyatt Asher, and Thatcher Jude are the true inspiration for her books. When Alexa was pregnant with Wyatt she was told he was a girl… so the fairy stories began to be written… 1 month later an update ultrasound proved that once again God is in charge and their girl was in fact a boy.
But, the fairy stories were all mapped out (10 books in the works) so… Wyatt and Thatcher’s stories will have to wait a short while. They are in the making though, with cameo appearances in the Forever Forest Series. Hint: There will be Gnomes!
Mary Brodsky is the creative genius behind everything we do here at Always and Forever Books. She has written each story and envisioned each page down to the very last detail. She has poured her heart and soul into these books and is devoted to creating something children will love and cherish for generations to come.
Audrey Jung grew up in Chatsworth, California, and is the oldest of three girls. She has been illustrating for A&F Books since 2011. After acquiring her Associates degree in Visual Communications, she took various classes to further her education in the arts. She currently attends LCAD, Laguna College of Art and Design, and will be graduating in 2014 with a Bachelors degree in Entertainment Illustration. Her website can be found at www.audreyjungart.com.
Jessie Ball is A&F Books' Layout Editor. She studied design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California and has worked as an art director on several television shows and movies. She is currently putting all her creative skills to use, running her own event planning business. Look out for one of her "pop up parties" in your neighborhood. Go see her website at www.everynightsaball.com
Jake Brodsky is the Text Editor and Web Designer at Always and Forever Books. He studied at California State Los Angeles and graduated from the College of Arts and Letters with a Bachelor's Degree and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Jake has taught English at both the elementary and middle school levels. His "claim to fame" is the Luther Burbank Middle School 6th Grade magazine (which was never published, but was incredibly awesome.)
Alexa Brodsky is the A&F Social Media Coordinator. She is responsible for all the tweets, posts, PMs, pictures, videos, links, LOLs and emoticons you see out there! She is an expert on "what's trending" and frankly, she should have written this bio, but she usually just stops after 120 characters.