FORT MYERS, Fla.- Brian and Lauren are the perfect partners, not just in marriage and parenting but also as creators of the Zoo Avenue series and founders of Sweet Grin Books.
Lauren has over 10 years in education as a K-8 Art Teacher. She is a highly skilled artist and illustrator. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Florida Gulf Coast University and a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from American College of Education.
Their love story began on a dark and gloomy pirate ship. Well, actually, it was a pirate-themed restaurant designed to look and feel like a ship. That’s where we met and fell in love, after starting as servers just one day apart from one another. It was truly meant to be!
Brian even wrote a song for Lauren in those early days, which he shyly sang to her when they first began dating and then later performed at their wedding. In fact, the name Sweet Grin Books is inspired by lyrics from that very love song.
We feel so lucky and thankful for our life together. Our dream has always been to join our talents and our love for children to create picture books together.
With many future titles planned, our #1 focus right now is on the fabulous Zoo Avenue series.