Zach Franzen is the illustrator for The Green Ember series. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with his wife and children.
"I’m Zach Franzen.
In seventh grade a kid behind me in music class reached into a ziplock bag of pencil bits and threw some pieces at my head. I whipped around and threw my pen at him. It turned once in the air and stuck in his forehead. True story. An onlooker, desiring to confirm what he witnessed, repeated twice, “It stuck in his head.” These days I seek to use the pen, pencil, or brush to create images. Hopefully, these images might have force enough to stick in the heads of those who see them.
I live in Greenville, SC with my wife in a house with a lawn that I try to cut regularly so as not to embarrass the neighbors. I love my wife, my job, and I really really love that story about the pen."