The Author

Hi there! I’m Gwen Tanner, author of Gift of the Moon, my first children’s book. I am from a family of educators (mom, dad, aunt #1 and aunt #2 were all elementary school teachers), so I figured I should break out of the family business and do something different! I tried pre-law, then architecture and end up graduating in computer engineering. But guess what? I still ended up in the educational field as an instructional technologist. I enjoy telling stories and the visual aspects of storytelling, that is why I love writing children’s stories.

In addition to storytelling, I enjoy travelling, photography and have big love for animals – especially my bulldog, Herman.  One of my dreams is to be a foster to home to rescued bulldogs (or probably any animal in need). If I could, I’d own a zoo.

About  Alba Escayo

Alba finished her Fine Arts Degree in Madrid at Complutensian University. She continued her art education at the Academy of Bologna and recently on Faculty of Belgrade .

Today she lives and works between Belgrade and Madrid.

She participated often in artistic residences, and international projects. Alba’s art has been featured in solo and collective exhibitions in different countries. Her work is also present in public and private collections as well as some museums.

To travel and to know new places is fundamental to her motivation and inspiration.

Alba works principally on painting but also experimental photography and illustration.

Please view more of Alba’s art on her site at


Gift of the Moon

by Gwen Tanner
Illustrated by Alba Escayo © 2013 All rights reserved.