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2018 Conference Faculty: Mari Mancusi

Meet the faculty of the 2018 Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference. We’ve asked all our faculty members to answer 4 quick questions so we can get to know them better.

Mari Mancusi, Author

Mari Mancusi is a multiple Emmy Award winning television news producer and author of more than two dozen books for adults, teens and tweens. Her books have been featured selections in the Scholastic Book Fairs and Clubs and have been included in the American Library Association’s “Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers” and “Popular Paperbacks” lists. She has also been an Indie Next Pick. Her latest middle grade novel: “The Camelot Code: The Once and Future Geek” will be published by Disney-Hyperion in October. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, daughter and two dogs. You can find more about Mari on her website at

Mari Mancusi
Mari Mancusi

What attracted you to children’s books?

I love the enthusiasm of the audience. They want to live in the world that you created.

What’s the best part of your job?

Making stuff up and getting paid for it.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

The ups and downs can be extreme. One day you’re on top, the next day you can’t catch a break. You have to have a thick skin and nerves of steel to survive long term.

What’s the best piece of advice you were given that helped drive your career?

It’s a business. Don’t take it personally.

Come see Mari at the 2018 Austin SCBWI conference, April 28-29, 2018