About Samantha (SJ)

Samantha J. Winkler is a writer, illustrator, and mixed-media artist in love with nature, fantasy, and the unexplained.
She particularly enjoys the process of adding layers and depth to fictional worlds through world-building. Finding creative solutions for content development and helping authors translate their work for multi-platforms like film and animation are her specialty.

She tailored her Bachelor Degrees in English Literature and Art Studio with an added Minor in Creative Writing to embrace her devotion to all aspects of publishing: exploring creative writing processes, editing, collaborative illustration and art direction, storyboarding, graphic & web design, book design, and book binding techniques.
       She joined the Southern Illinois chapter of the SCBWI in 2010, volunteering as a Network Representative from 2015-2017, and rejoining the SoCal SCBWI chapter in 2020. 

       When she isn't reading, writing, or publishing, she is drawing, painting, studying film, or finding any excuse for a nice hike outdoors or a visit to a zoo. 

 INFJ ~ Taurus ~ Year of the Ox 

Cryptids: Sasquatch ~ Mothman ~ Nessie

Gems: Emerald ~ Tiger's Eye ~ Opal ~ 

Potter House: Ravenclaw

Patronus: Hyena 

Heroes: The Batman ~ Samwise Gamgee  

Cartoons: Ren & Stimpy ~ Adventure Time 

Video Games:

     Zelda: Ocarina of Time

     Spyro the Dragon

     Donkey Kong Country