Co-creator (Author): knows a thing or two about hockey – her husband is former professional hockey player, now turned coach, Brad Shaw. Mary and her family have lived in Waterloo, Italy, Hartford, Ottawa, Detroit, Cincinnati, Tampa and St. Louis. They call Kanata, Ontario “home.”
Mary is the mother of three children – Taylore, Brady, and Caroline. She credits them for getting her into writing children’s books. “They help get my imagination rolling,” she says. Her son, an avid hockey player himself, was the inspiration for Brady Brady. Her oldest daughter is the inspiration for Icehogs defenseman, Tes – the ‘Twirlin’ Torpedo’. Brady Brady and the Great Rink was Mary’s first book and more have followed in the Brady Brady series. In addition to her writing career, Mary is a sports fan and an active volunteer, spending time at her children’s school, where the kids call her “Mrs. Brady Brady.”
Co-creator (Illustrator): began his career at the age of 18 when his first comic strip, “Bernie on the Beat” went into syndication. At the time he was one of the youngest syndicated cartoonists in the world. Chuck also teamed up with Rick Broadhead, a best-selling author and internet consultant, to develop the comic feature, E-trivia, which was accepted for syndication by United Media in New York. Along with David Chilton, Chuck created The Wealthy Barber calendar, which sold over 2.5 million copies. Chuck has a degree in fine art from The University of Guelph and has studied at the Ontario College of Art. His favourite cartoonist and creative inspiration comes from Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes.
In a unique combination of pen and mouse, his work embraces the latest technology and software to bring Brady Brady and other creations to life. All cartoons are produced digitally in Photoshop/Illustrator/Streamline on a Mac platform. Chuck continues to develop the Brady Brady series. He also enjoys coaching and playing hockey.