• Alayne Kay Christian is the content and developmental editor for Blue Whale Press. She is an award-winning children’s book author. Her picture book Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa (illustrator Joini Stringfield) received the Mom’s Choice Awards gold medal and an IPPY Awards silver medal. The first book in Alayne’s Sienna, the Cowgirl Fairy chapter book series, Sienna, the Cowgirl Fairy: Trying to Make it Rain (illustrator Brian Martin), won the Reader Views Reviewers Choice award. Both books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and bookstores and libraries near you. The next book in the series, Cowboy Trouble, is scheduled for 2019 release. Alayne is the creator and teacher of a picture book writing course, Art of Arc: How to Write and Analyze Picture Book Manuscripts. She is a member of SCBWI and a critique ninja for Julie Hedlund’s 12×12.

    Other Completed Courses: 
      • Intensive
        Picture Book Course with Anastasia Suen
      • Making
        Picture Book Magic with Susanna Leonard Hill
      • Mira
        Reisberg’s and Marsha Diane Arnold’s Writing Wonderful Character-Driven
        Picture Books course through The Children’s Book Academy
      • Emma
        Walton Hamilton’s Just Write for Middle Grade and Chapter Books
      • Mira
        Reisberg’s and Hillary Homzie’s The Chapter Book Alchemist course through
        The Children’s Book Academy
      • Renee
        M. LaTulippe’s The Lyrical Language Lab: Puncing Up Prose with Poetry 
      • SCBWI
        Workshop Tammi’s Top Picture Book Writing Secrets with Tammi Sauer and
        Janee Trasler
      • Sudipta
        Bardhan-Quallen and Kami Kinard’s Kid Lit Summer School: Building
      • Sudipta
        Bardhan-Quallen and Kami Kinard’s Kid Lit Summer School: The Plot Thickens
      • Children’s
        Book Academy Workshop, Rules to Break and Make Your Picture Book with
        Ariel Richardson, Miranda Paul, and Mira Reisburg
      • Various
        webinars and SCBWI conference workshops on writing children’s books
    Alayne is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is the founder and administrator of Sub Six, a Facebook group intended for supporting and motivating picture book writers with their submission goals. 

    After twelve years of helping women move toward their desired lives, Alayne hung up her life coaching hat to focus 100% on her writing career. Alayne often combines her coaching skills with her writing knowledge when giving critiques, writing blog posts, and teaching.

    Alayne has been happily married for 40 years and has one adult child and one granddaughter. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas.

    Her book, Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa, is available in bookstores, libraries, and Amazon.com. It is also available Follett Library Resources. For more information on Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa, art projects, and Alayne’s story Making Peace with Being a Long-Distance Grandparent, visit butterflykissesgrandparents.com. For information on the Art of Arc picture book writing course visit Alayne’s website. For more information on Blue Whale Press visit BlueWhalePress.com