PaulPaul Baribault – The author’s first children’s story was a Christmas musical, The Little Red Cap, produced by L.L. Bean in 1997 when he was a writer for that company’s iconic catalog. Following this stage adventure another theater piece, a dramatic-comedy – God Touches – was produced at a Performing Arts Center in Maine, in 2009. Two years later the inspiration for Sleepyheads – Telling Dreams arrived with the birth of a second grandson. Before and since a number of plays, poems and screenplays were composed, labors of love, as all writing has been since an early age. It is the author’s intent that Sleepyheadbooks may ignite this same affinity in a new generation, supporting the hope: That inspiring a child to love writing is as easy as telling dreams.

rikRichard “Rik” Belanger - Artist, Teacher and Illustrator for Sleepyheads – Telling Dreams. Rik holds a BA in Applied Technology Education from USM, and has numerous art and writing classes under his wings. He’s a child at heart with an insatiable appetite for art, imagination and creativity. Rik was born in Florida and raised in Maine, but his freelance career has taken him Coast-to-Coast. He can tell you of his space travels at the age of 4, leading troops and spies by the age of 10, exploring caves at 12, and building high rises at the age of 13 – all while honing his skills as a daredevil and future superhero. He draws his inspiration from the love of his children, his wife Debbie, family, and never forgetting the magic and wonder of childhood.

chrisChristopher Cart  –  Painter & Illustrator, web designer | Chris has been an artist since he can remember.  Fine art led him to some illustration work in the 80′s and 90′s, which in turn led to design work.  He currently owns g-Blu Design, a small design firm focusing on artistic websites, theater playbills and art gallery posters, as well as selected more creative logo designs.  He sells his fine art at several New England galleries.  His hobbies don’t stray far from the arts.  He dabbles at the local theater with set design and character roles in musical and plays.  And he and his wife Jen have been seen here and there with a  few good dance moves as well.

Ashanti Fortson – Cover Illustrator for ‘The Nightingale’s Song’ and a student of Rik Belanger, currently applying to Fine Arts Colleges to deepen her artistic education and advance her career in the arts.