General details

  • Shevi

  • New Jersey

  • Shevi Arnold

  • Hebrew University, Jerusalem

  • English

In short

  • I'm a writer, illustrator, and self-proclaimed "Geek Goddess." Writing and illustrating are all I've ever done for a living, and all I know how to do. There have been writers in my family for five generations, so you could say I'm a writing thoroughbred. I've been specializing in humor since I was a political cartoonist in the 80s and 90s.

    I've worked at newspapers and magazines, but nowadays I mostly write and illustrate books for children and teens. I'm very excited about my latest YA manuscript, and I just love its super-geek hero to death--literally! This is my seventh novel manuscript, and I'm trying to get an agent for it. (Here's hoping the seventh time's a charm.) If that doesn't work out, I plan to self-publish it. I've already self-published a funny novel of my mine for children in middle grade, Dan Quixote: Boy of Nuevo Jersey.

    Aside from writing and illustrating, my favorite thing is making someone laugh. If I can do all three at the same time, so much the better. You can find out more about me and my writing on my website:

  • Since 1987, I’ve worked as an editorial cartoonist, comics magazine editor, arts-and-entertainment writer, and more. My last full-time job was as the consumer columnist for The Jerusalem Post ( In 2006 I won 3rd place in SmartWriter’s W.I.N. (Write It Now) contest for a romantic ghost story--Ride of Your Life--in the YA category, which was judged by Alex Flinn, the author of Beastly. I've published an article and illustrations in the SCBWI Bulletin, and I've built a reputation at the SCBWI for helping other writers and illustrators.

My Favorites: Reading and Writing

  • Fiction: Children's, Fairytales, Folklore & Mythology, Graphic Novel, Humor/Satire, Sci Fi/Fantasy, Teen, Young Adult/Juvenile

    Non-Fiction: Business/Money, Computing & Internet, Humor, Inspiration, Popular Science, Reference

    Screenplay: Comedy

    Poetry: Song Lyrics

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Last Unicorn, You Suck: A Love Story,  The Big Over Easy, Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, Dave Barry's Guide to Guys, The Diary of Adrian Mole, Sandman: Dream Country, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Writing the Breakout Novel, The Comic Toolbox
  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir, Time to Write, Adrian Mole: The Prostate Years, A Dirty Job
  • Anywhere except in a car, bus or train. (It makes me carsick.) The only thing I love more than reading is writing.
  • Too numerous to mention here. Check out my website to learn more:
  • Fiction: Children's, Humor/Satire, Sci Fi/Fantasy, Teen, Young Adult/Juvenile

    Non-Fiction: Humor, Memoir/Narrative Non-fiction

  • Toren (a magical storyteller I created)
  • Douglas Adams, Christopher Moore, Peter S. Beagle, Ray Bradbury, Jasper Fforde, Louise Rennison, Dave Barry, Sue Townsend, Neil Gaiman, Mark Twain, Saki, Steven Moffat,  Georgia Byng, James Thurber, Jerry Spinelli, Bill Bryson