Karen Bell-Brege is an author, comic, voice-over artist and public speaker. She is the author of the bestselling children’s series, Mick Morris Myth Solver, (#'s 1-6), as well as the Ghost Board Posse series, (#'s 1-3), Sketch the Myths Sketchbook, the ChillArt Sketchbook (both co-written with her husband Darrin) and three picture books, Bigfoot and the Mitten, Monsters First Day at School, Biggie and Birdie are Different (so what) 2022 , and the gift book Your True North Michigan. She has also written for the MEAPS and ELAP tests, and did copywriting and communications writing for numerous companies.
As a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (PAL) and the National Speakers Association Bell-Brege visits hundreds of schools every year inspiring children and staff alike to read, write and follow their dreams. She also presents at book festivals, conferences and workshops. She is also the founder and director of the highly acclaimed improvisational comedy troupe, Totally Unrehearsed Theatre, where they performed weekly at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle for 15 years. She also gives keynote speeches and humor training workshops for businesses, corporations, associations and health care facilities.
A former on-air radio talent, she continues to do commercials and voice-overs, and has several character voices on Hasbro Interactive Games (Tonka Series) and Universal (Fractured Fairy Tales). As a former Communications Specialist she won a Telly Award for writing and co-directing. Bell-Brege toured nationally as a commentator for Working Woman Magazine shows. She is a graduate of Brown Institute and Second City-Chicago. Her husband, Darrin is the illustrator of their books. As a husband/wife team they collaborate on numerous projects, and they love to make people laugh. They have a very creative son they adore, and they happily live, love, and laugh in the mitten.
Darrin Brege is an illustrator, creative director, voice over artist, comic and public speaker. He is currently employed as a full-time VP and Creative Director for Merkle Inc's (a Dentsu Company) promotion and loyalty division, where he creates interactive digital experiences for numerous Fortune 500 companies, and manages a team of artists and animators. Brege is the artist the Mick Morris Myth Solver and Ghost Board Posse book series, the picture books - Bigfoot and the Mitten, Monsters First Day at School, Biggie and Birdie are Different (so what) 2022. He co-wrote and illustrated the Sketch the Myths Sketchbook and The ChillArt Sketchbook, and designed the Your True North Michigan gift book. He has also created original characters and animations for Warner Brothers (Space Jam), Hasbro, HBO, Coke, and Disney to name a few. Darrin has designed numerous Lucasfilm LTD approved artwork and jersey designs for multiple sports teams including Team USA Hockey's Star Wars Night, artwork for the 501st, and R2-KT charity venues. Brege had a long career as a comedic voice impressionist for radio with over 30 voice impersonations and could be heard on many interactive storybooks. Darrin attended animation school in Southern California and has a Bachelor of Arts from Albion College. Happily married to Karen, he is also a member of her improvisational comedy troupe. They love to laugh, and he is proud to be the father of a very talented son named Mick, the namesake of their book series.