Alice Camille is a nationally known author, religious educator, and parish retreat leader. She received her Master of Divinity degree from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, where she also served as adjunct faculty in ministry formation, preaching and proclamation. Alice has worked in parishes and campus ministry, supervised a shelter program for homeless women, and been active in ecumenical settings.
Alice writes the popular monthly commentary, "Exploring the Sunday Readings," and contributes to "Living With Christ" (Twenty-Third Publications). She collaborates on the homily series, "Prepare the Word," and offers daily reflections for "Take Five For Faith" and a regular column for VISION Vocation Network (all from TrueQuest Communications). She is the regular "Testaments" columnist for US CATHOLIC magazine. Her articles have also appeared in CareNotes, Catholic Digest, Catholic Update, CHURCH, Every Day Catholic, Finding God, GIA Quarterly, God's Word Today, In Good Faith/De Buena Fe, The Liguorian, St. Anthony Messenger, This Sunday's Scripture, Today's Liturgy and Today's Parish. Alice has worked with teams at Brown-ROA, Harcourt, Hi-Time/Pflaum, and RCL Benziger developing catechetical materials for use in parochial schools.
Her writing has earned numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association, the Associated Church Press, and the interfaith Religion Communicators Council. Alice currently works as a full-time writer and speaker, and leads a Bible study at her home parish in the Southwest. She takes God seriously, and religion with a sense of humor.Sarah Evelyn Showalter
Sarah Showalter grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is the eldest of four children. She attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where she received a BS in Art Education with a minor in Art History. After graduation, she accepted a position working for the Department of Defense Education Activity teaching US military children overseas. During this time she travelled to countries all over Asia including: China, Japan, Cambodia, South Korea and Vietnam. While living and teaching in South Korea she made a trip to China with her future co-author Alice Camille. It was there that they developed the idea that would eventually become, “Animals of the Bible from A-Z.” She worked on the book in the evenings after she returned home from her teaching job.
After completing the book, Sarah pursued a Master's Degree in Information Science and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri. She was awarded the degree in May 2008. She then returned to the United States to marry her college sweetheart Toygar Ayla.
In 2009 she began working for the Department of Defense again, teaching elementary art. She is currently working on another project with Alice Camille.