Authors & Illustrator




Cynthia  Jackson is a native of Athens, Georgia and is committed to the  education and overall wellness of children. In 2016, she founded Jackson  Joy, LLC, a company geared towards publishing reading materials and fun  educational interactive technology programs for children of all ages.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University  of Georgia and a Master of Divinity from Emory University. Cynthia is  also very thankful to have such a supportive, loving husband and two  wonderful kids who give her much joy and inspiration each day.

Helen  Hope Kimbrough is from Athens, Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Science  degree in Marketing from Hampton University. She is the author of four  multicultural children's books entitled Ocean Waves and Other Tales,  Play Dates and Other Tales, My Soul/African American Spirituals:  Embracing the Journey, and her latest book, Yummy Healthy Tasties in My  Tummy, which will truly inspire children and families to eat healthy.

For  over a decade, Helen has committed herself to interactive storytelling,  writing, and literacy initiatives to support children and families.  This is apparent in her commitments with nonprofits like Reading  Partners, Promising Pages, the Literacy Council of Union County, the  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library Foundation, Jack & Jill of America,  Incorporated, and as a 2016 award honoree by the General Federation of  Women’s Clubs in North Carolina for her role in making reading fun,  engaging, and life-changing.

Currently, Helen resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and sons.



Marcia  Noisette Wood is from the low country of Charleston, South Carolina.  A  communications degree from Winthrop University prepared her for several  marketing and creative jobs in the Los Angles area working for Lorimar  Telepictures, Walt Disney, and Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG). 

For  the past 20 years, her focus has expanded from managing the creative  process to graphic design and writing. She’s currently Director of  Product Development at Shades of Color and freelance writer and graphic  designer doing business as NoisetteInk.  It is through this business  that she has done layout, writing and graphic design for book authors,  university marketing and writing about significant American historical  events.  She’s excited to partner with AK Classics on Yummy Healthy  Tasties in My Tummy as a graphic designer and illustrator - her first  foray into the Children’s book arena.