Colleen Paeff lives in an old pink house with a view of the Hollywood sign from her office. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a preschool teacher, bookseller, belly dancer, tour guide, nanny, janitor, and several furry Disney characters. She loves to travel and if you ask her to dance, she will always say yes.

Colleen is a proud member of The Soaring 20s, a group of debut authors and illustrators with picture books releasing in 2020. Her debut book, THE GREAT STINK: HOW JOSEPH BAZALGETTE SOLVED LONDON’S POOP POLLUTION PROBLEM tells the tale of a true (and very smelly) event that happened over 150 years ago, but still impacts people around the world today. Look for it in August 2020 from Margaret K. McElderry Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster).

Awards & Recognition

  • 2018 Runner-Up, SCBWI-Los Angeles Writer's Day Contest–Nonfiction, THE GREAT STINK: HOW JOSEPH BAZALGETTE SOLVED LONDON'S POOP POLLUTION PROBLEM (This stinky tale is coming to libraries and book stores near you in August 2020!)

  • 2017 Writing with the Stars Mentorship

  • 2016 Featured on SCBWI's Community Corner

  • 2016 First Place Winner, SCBWI-Los Angeles Writer's Day Contest–Nonfiction, ART ON WHEELS: PAKISTAN'S DECORATED TRUCKS

  • 2014 First Place Winner, SCBWI-Los Angeles Writer's Day Contest–Picture Book, KIKO HELD TIGHT