Bringing the Tales to Life

The Author, the Artist, and the Sculptor

The Author

Wanda Kay Knight was born and raised in Kansas. After wandering from state to state, she finally settled in the Pacific Northwest where she raised her family.

In addition to the middle-grade allegorical fantasy trilogy, The Peacock Door, The Emerald Key, and The Lantern Tree, Knight has also written The Courageous Kids Series and eight full-length holiday plays.

She continues to live in the Pacific Northwest, loves spending time with her very adventurous and competitive family, creates things out of yarn (like unique hats and such), collects rocks and gemstones, and writes a lot.

The Artist

Ahmed Shaltout is a self employed artist that loves helping people’s imagination come to reality, The idea of what is in the subconscious mind showing to the world is something that he feels can help and inspire thousands of people around the world.

His goal is to keep getting better at ways to express imagination into reality until he perfects his medium in ways that reach more people with time. Ahmed could be found on Fiverr , Facebook  and as well as amorias on Deviant Art.

The Sculptor

Julie Dutro was born in Seattle, WA, and raised on acreage in the Woodinville area where she always had horses and lots of other animals and has always enjoyed being outdoors. Julie has lived in Snohomish, WA for the past 26 years with her two cats and one dog.

She was mentored by the internationally known artist Dennis Brown at his studio in Bothell, WA. All of Julie’s sculptures are made from polymer clay. They are hand sculpted (including the eyes) and hand-painted. She does not use molds of any kind so each piece is a unique original and one of a kind. Julie’s favorite pieces to make are animals, fairy homes, fairy’s, gnomes, wizards, dragons, mice, and other animals. And now, Julie has used her talent to bring characters from The Peacock Door Tales to life!