What We Do...
Lawley Publishing is dedicated to producing clean, uplifting, inspiring children’s literature that enhances natural curiosity, empowers imagination, and ignites the magic of childhood. We strive to connect with children on a fun and fundamental level through producing books they love to read, relate with, and can grow from.
We diligently seek out artists—both authors and illustrators—who create magic through word and art and are also committed to enriching children through top-notch literature. We work to stretch the boundaries of traditional publishing by allowing more author involvement throughout the publishing process. And, instead of only accepting polished gems, we see the potential diamonds and go above and beyond to support and work hand-in-hand with our authors to create masterpieces.
We at Lawley promise an author and artist experience unlike most in the industry and to provide books parents can trust and children will love.
Carrie and Lara first bonded over a shared love of fairies and all things magical. They began planning a mural which grew into the creation of Poppenohna Land, their very own world.
Since that very first moment, inspiration has guided their efforts like a foot in their backs pushing them to go further. They hit the ground running every day, they celebrate with dance parties, and most importantly, they walk by faith.
Their passion to complete the phrase, "What if...?" has started them on this grand adventure. Let's see where it leads.
Stephanie Morris graduated in advertising from Brigham Young University, where she developed a love for graphic design and a knack for writing anything from slogans to website content to full-length novels. She has worked in marketing in a variety of capacities ever since then and even aided multiple small businesses in their advertising efforts just for fun. Stephanie has also served on the board of directors for the American Night Writers Association, an international writing organization, for the past three years, most recently as the Conference Chair for their annual conference. She lives in Gilbert, Arizona (crazy, I know), where she beats the heat by writing—passionately, practicing yoga—devotedly, making (and, of course, eating) chocolate chip cookies—meticulously, laughing with her humorous husband—repeatedly, and hanging at the pool with her kids—non-embarrassingly. She is ecstatic to be part of the Lawley Publishing family and promoting one of her passions: books!
Shawna Della Cerra
Shawna lives in Gilbert, Arizona with her six-year-old son, and believes that one can never be overdressed for any occasion. Though Shawna has various cell phone cases, she can’t pass up the opportunity to add to her collection of vintage telephones. Shawna’s favorite things include spending time with her son, vacationing at her family cabin, and decorating her home for the holidays. After fifteen years of teaching second and third grade, along with seven years as a reading coach, Shawna currently supports K-6 teachers at two schools within the Gilbert Public School District as an instructional coach. Shawna has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and a master’s in Curriculum Development from Northern Arizona University. She also holds various certificates and endorsements, including K-12 Reading Specialist, School Library Media Specialist, Structured English Immersion, and Early Childhood. Shawna is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and is looking forward to graduating with her EdD from Northern Arizona University in May of 2021. From a struggling reader as a child to soon-to-be Dr. Della Cerra, Shawna is hopeful her life-long learning will continue supporting children, as well as parents and educators in their literacy development and instruction.