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Samantha Chagollan is a born storyteller. And general smart aleck, if you ask her mom.

She’s also an award-winning author and editor of a variety of children’s fiction and nonfiction books. A native Southern Californian, Samantha grew up with a passion for telling and writing stories.

Through the family’s art store in Huntington Beach, California, she taught arts and crafts to both children and adults for five years. She went on to earn a degree in literature from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, where she focused her studies on multicultural literature and the Spanish language.

After working as an editor and writer in book publishing for many years, she focused her work in the financial services industry as a marketing communications manager for several years. Samantha is currently working as a freelance content creator, editor and writer and is probably crafting a new story at this very moment.