About

PJ McIlvaine is a prolific kid lit writer/author/screenwriter/writer/journalist. In other words, she was born with a pen in her hand.

PJ’s second picture book DRAGON ROAR about a sick, lonely dragon who has lost his fierce roar and the brave village girl who helps him find it again through acts of kindness will be out in October 2021 from MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing.  PJ’s debut picture book LITTLE LENA AND THE BIG TABLE, illustrations by  Leila Nabih ,  is about a little girl who discovers that sitting at the big table isn’t all it’s cracked up to be from Big Belly Book Co.

Coming in 2023-2024: a Creature Feature series (three picture books) for Young Dragons Press, an imprint of Oghma Creative Media.

PJ is also a co-host of #PBPitch, the premiere Twitter pitch party for picture book creators.

PJ has been published in numerous outlets including The New York Times and Newsday. PJ is also a regular contributor for the Children’s Book Insider newsletter, writing about the path to publication and featuring interviews with established and debut kid lit authors.

In addition, PJ’s critically acclaimed Showtime original family movie MY HORRIBLE YEAR with Mimi Rogers, Karen Allen and Eric Stoltz, was nominated for a Daytime Emmy.  It’s still in the ether at You Tube.

PJ is a born and bred New Yorker, and is proud to call Eastern Long Island her home.  She hates the Jets, Giants, Mets, and Yankees equally, never had a knish until she was in college, sat on Meat’s Loaf’s knee at My Father’s Place a long time ago, and only recently discovered the gustatory pleasure that is Pesto Pizza.  She’s been told that she’s distantly related to the French writer and feminist Simone de Beauvoir (she will let you decide if that is a good thing or not). Her maternal grandfather was the son of a baron and grew up in a castle.

When not writing or running after her four rambunctious grandchildren who are an endless source of inspiration, exasperation, and perspiration, along with Luna, a feisty French Bulldog who has a thing about feet and power tools. PJ loves to bake brownies and other butter rich goodies. She has been spotted consuming copious amounts of vanilla ice cream and Oreo cookies after 9PM.