Meet the Author and Illustrator
Lee Stockstill (DVM), Author
No, I never envisioned myself as writer. Though my English background was very solid and my high school English teachers both excellent and challenging, my mother and brother are the English scholars, and my father was a wordsmith of the first order. I was going to vet school, and outside of James Herriot and Robert Miller, writing something other than an article in a veterinary journal doesn’t usually equate with veterinarian. So, no, I never thought I’d write a book.
I’ve always loved to read and I especially loved reading my books when I was a child, or having them read to me. (I’d ask my mother to read the same books over and over.) But, I never had planned on writing a book.
I figured I’d work as a veterinarian (Mississippi State CVM class of 1995) and use my off time for things like swimming, biking, running and golf, so this writing deal kind of came out of nowhere. As a man of faith, I have often said that it was Divinely placed in my life, maybe because I was raised in Jackson, MS. I mean, don’t we always equate great writing with the Magnolia State? Grin. Anyway, that’s a bit of my story, a bit of who I am. If you want to know more about Mayfield, you’ll just have to read his books, or look at his bio on this very website.
Stacie Schneeflock, Illustrator
My love for art began with finger paint and the peanut butter mural that I painted on my bedroom door as a young child. What a mess!
Now I’ve cleaned up my act. I’ve graduated to more sophisticated art media. Before I illustrated each Mayfield page, I brushed the bright white surfaces with tea from a mug to reduce the glare. I try my best to use what I have learned from my art minor from the University of Southern Mississippi and additional illustration and graphic design studies in Atlanta, Georgia. But my childhood spirit hasn’t changed.