Author and Illustrator Bios

Sarah and Michael Dowling

Sarah Buell Dowling is an award-winning artist and illustrator. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, she continued her post-graduate studies in oil painting at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, and in watercolor painting with Rebecca Kahrs Willis, Karen Leffel-Massengill, Janet Rogers, Elaine Hahn, and other nationally recognized artists.

Sarah's fine art has won awards from the Georgia Watercolor Society, the Jekyll Island Art Association, the Glynn Art Association, and the Mount Dora (FL) Art Festival. She sells her original paintings, prints, and note cards in galleries, at art festivals, and on her website (

Sarah also has illustrated three books and several children's toys, some of which can be seen on One of these toys received the 2001 Toys of the Year award from Parenting Magazine; another was chosen as a 2001 Main Selection by the Children's Book of the Month Club.

Michael J. Dowling is a professional writer and editor. He earned his MBA from Columbia Graduate School of Business in New York City, where he was a Harriman Scholar, and his B.S. with honors in engineering from the University of Florida.

Mike is the author of three published books, including Boosting Your Pet's Self-Esteem, a satire of the self-esteem craze published by Macmillan, and Flip Along Fun, an interactive, educational book for children that's sold over 20,000 copies (

Mike is a writer, editor, and ghostwriter of books, articles, and other communications that help individuals and organizations increase their visibility, credibility, and profitability. His professional services are described on

Mike and Sarah live on St. Simons Island, Georgia.