Author & Illustator Bio

Michael James Dowling, Author

Michael James Dowling is the author of Boosting Your Pet’s Self-Esteem, a humorous satire of the self-esteem craze published by MacMillan, and Flip Along Fun, an interactive, educational children’s flip book that received the internationally respected Mom’s Choice Award.

Since 1999, Mike has provided professional ghostwriting and publishing services to business executives and other thought leaders (www.WoolStreetWriters.com). From 1987 to 1999 he served as administrator of Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Charlottesville, VA, and prior to that he held business leadership positions with several corporations in the Boston area.

Michael holds an MBA degree from Columbia Business School in New York and an engineering degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville.


Sarah Buell Dowling, Illustrator

Sarah Buell Dowling is an award-winning artist and illustrator (www.SarahBuellDowling.com).  After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, she continued her post-graduate studies at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, and with numerous nationally recognized artists in Savannah, Georgia.

Recognition for Sarah’s art includes First Prize in Watermedia at the Biennale National Exhibition in Hilton Head, South Carolina, as well as various awards from the Georgia Watercolor Society, the Southern Watercolor Society, the Watercolor Society of Alabama (where she is a signature member), the Jekyll Island (Georgia) Art Association, the Glynn Art Association (St. Simons Island, GA), and the Mount Dora (Florida) Art Association.

Sarah has illustrated three books and several children’s toys. Her most popular book, Flip Along Fun, received the coveted Mom’s Choice Award designating it among the best of family-friendly products. One of the toys she illustrated received the Toys of the Year Award from Parenting Magazine; another was chosen as a Children’s Book of the Month Club Main Selection.