Sara Gavryck-Ji is a recipient of the 2018 SCBWI Illustrator Mentorship Award and the 2018 SCBWI San Francisco North & East Bay Diverse Creator Award Scholarship. Previously she worked in US-China Relations, and wrote and photographed for environmental organizations in China. Sara lived and worked in China for over 5 years, is fluent in Mandarin, and took many classes in Chinese calligraphy and painting. Things got interesting when she got her Chinese drivers license -- from camping on the 'wild' sections of the Great Wall to following Tibetan pilgrimage routes around some of the world's highest peaks. She currently lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband, two young boys, and black lab, Frida.