Author/Illustrator J. C. Phillipps grew up in Perrysburg, Ohio where she spent most Saturdays taking classes at the Toledo Museum of Art.
After graduating as Valedictorian of Mason Senior High School, she went to study art and theater at Hope College in Holland, MI. It was during her time at Hope that Ms. Phillipps first studied playwriting, which taught her about characters and plot development, and is why she writes dialog better than narrative.
Ms. Phillipps lived in New York and Chicago for brief amounts of time before settling down in Boston, where she earned her MA at Emerson College and got married.
For two and a half years, she taught the Kindergarten – 1st Grade group at an after-school program which exposed her to a great amount of children’s books. That’s when she first started getting serious about a career in writing and illustrating.
Ms. Phillipps moved to Connecticut, had a son, acquired a cat, and joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI.) She attended a SCBWI Illustration Day in New York, where she met her agent, Scott Treimel. Soon after, she sold her first book, Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed.