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 recently sold DRAGON ROAR, a picture book 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, to MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing, and LITTLE LENA AND THE BIG TABLE, illustrations by  Leila Nabih ,  a picture book about a little girl who discovers that sitting at the big table isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, to Big Belly Book Co.

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, 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.

PJ also writes under the pen name of  Charlotte Barbaret , literary love child. Her first novel under her alter ego is a rich, diverse, upper Middle Grade alternate history adventure set in Victorian London. Death by corset, an evil Queen Victoria, a doomed romance, solar eclipses, unreliable narrators, and spiritualism.