Dana Claire Simpson grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington, drawing the entire time. She eventually graduated from the Evergreen State College, despite having spent all her time drawing, and not always for credit.
Attempts at doing real work along the way are hardly worth mentioning; the relevant fact is that, from 1998 to 2008, she drew the internet comic strip “Ozy and Millie.” After winning the Comic Strip Superstar contest in 2009, she developed the comic strip “Phoebe and Her Unicorn” (originally known online as “Heavenly Nostrils”), currently syndicated in over 200 newspapers worldwide.
There have been five “Phoebe and Her Unicorn” book collections, to date: Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Unicorn on a Roll, Unicorn vs. Goblins, Razzle Dazzle Unicorn and Unicorn Crossing. The books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, and won the Washington State Book Award and the Pacific Northwest Book Award.
She currently lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her tech genius husband and her fairly stupid cat.
She is emailable at dcsimpson at gmail dot com. And if you prefer the old fashioned kind of letters, it’s PO Box 158, Goleta, CA, 93116. (She tries to answer fan mail, particularly from kids.)