Marilyn Sebesta, author of the Scout series, has always loved dogs. Growing up in the small community of Snook, Texas, her family always had one or more dogs, but none was really “hers.” She decided several years ago that she needed her own dog, so she selected a chocolate Labrador retriever that she named “Scout.” She had no idea of the adventures that lay ahead for her! Marilyn wrote her first book—Scout, The Dog Who Saved “The Nutcracker”—based on a true experience.

Marilyn SebestaAfter graduating from Baylor University with a degree in Home Economics Education, Marilyn began working with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service (now known as Texas AgriLife Extension Service) as a County Extension Agent in Matagorda County. She then moved to a similar position in Wharton County, from which she retired in 2007. Marilyn worked with both youth and adult audiences in the areas of leadership, nutrition, health and resource management. During her tenure as a County Extension Agent, she was recognized with the “Superior Service Award,” “Vice-Chancellor’s Award in Excellence” and the Texas A&M University System “Regents’ Fellow Service Award.” She was also named as “Outstanding Citizen” by the Wharton Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.

Marilyn lives in Wharton, Texas where she is involved in many church and civic activities, including S.P.O.T. (Stray Pet Outreach Team) and the American Cancer Society.

Casey Scarborough is a native Texan. He graduated from Sweeny High School in 1994 and acquired his BFA in Art and Graphic Design from Sam Houston State University in 1998. He began his artistic career as a graphic illustrator designing logos and other artwork for professional businesses. In 2000, he became certified to teach art at the secondary level and began his teaching career at Pearland ISD. He currently teaches high school art and coaches golf. When not in the classroom, Casey is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing and camping with family. He also maintains his other hobby as a freelance artist working with various graphic designs, illustrations and paintings from all mediums and subject matters. Casey resides in Pearland with his wife, KC, and son, Brady.

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