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2020 Mentors’ Biographies

SCBWI-Wisconsin’s Esteemed 2020 Mentors

(For information on how to apply for mentorships, click HERE.)



Lisl H. Detlefsen is the author of a growing number of picture books. Her first, Time for Cranberries (Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, illustrated by Jed Henry) was a Junior Library Guild selection, a 2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (K–2), and the 2017 Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Book of the Year.

If You Had a Jetpack (Penguin Random House/Knopf, illustrated by Linzie Hunter) was a Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next pick, an ALA LITA 2019 Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Picture Book, and listed on the 2019 Edition of the Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year.

She has two new titles out for 2019: Right This Very Minute, the launch title for Feeding Minds Press (illustrated by Renée Kurilla), which has been named the 2019 American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s Book of the Year, and 1, 2, 3, Jump!, a humorous book about swimming lessons (Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, illustrated by Madeline Valentine). Fall of 2020 will bring two new titles, including On the Go Awesome, a picture book for the vehicle-obsessed (Penguin Random House/Knopf, to be illustrated by Robert Neubecker).

Lisl lives on a family-owned cranberry marsh near Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, with her husband and two sons. When not in her office or on the marsh, you can find Lisl on the web at, on Twitter @lislhd, or on Facebook @lislhdbooks.



Karla Manternach is the author of two middle grade novels published by Simon & Schuster: Meena Meets Her Match (2019) and Never Fear, Meena’s Here! (2020). She also works as a freelance writer for Catholic publications and organizations. Karla lives with her family in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, and frequently visits schools to talk about her work. She is represented by Emily Mitchell of Wernick & Pratt Literary Agency.



Sarah J. Carlson writes contemporary YA that delves into complex, real-world problems. Professionally, she is a school psychologist with a professional focus around supporting the success of children with behavioral and mental health needs and helping to promote resilience in children who have been exposed to trauma and adverse childhood experiences. Sarah lives outside Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband, two young children, and an energetic terrier. Her works include All the Walls of Belfast and Everything’s Not Fine.



Sheri Roloff is an author/illustrator based in Milwaukee, WI. Her debut picture book, Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus, won a gold 2019 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award. With a penchant for stories that “speak to you” and a love of comics, Sheri strives to make books that feel like an immersive experience. Beyond working digitally, Sheri also enjoys using ink, acrylic and spray paint.

Sheri became a member of SCBWI in 2014 and found “her people,” including a fantastic critique group to help her polish her projects. By day she works as a corporate creative, developing concepts for marketing pieces and leading a team of copywriters. When she’s not drawing or writing, she likes to try new restaurants with her husband, take long walks in the woods, and play guitar. See her latest work at