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Hello, I am Zorro!

These are my pawrents:

Paola Kay and Shawn P Cooney

and my sister Laney (with the sleepy face) 😄

I live in Portland, OR with my family.

My dad Shawn and I go to work at a physical therapy clinic

where I sit on many patient's laps

I give them snuggles and hugs and make them feel better.

It's the best job ever! 

Check out my Instagram for all my adventures:

Shawn and Paola sitting at home with their 2 boston terriers, Zorro and Laney

Paola Kay


Paola Kay was born in a small town in southern Germany. Her love for writing began at an early age but it wasn’t until 2020 that she set out to fulfill her lifelong dream. Her debut picture book, based on her family’s dog, Zorro, was published in 2023. 


When Paola is not writing, she is a Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner. She has helped children and adults heal in the hospital setting for over a decade. This work has shaped her writing to contain messages of positivity, resilience, love, and inclusivity.


Paola lives in Portland, Oregon with her spouse, kids, and two Boston Terriers.


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Children's Picture Book Author Paola Kay

Shawn Cooney


Shawn P. Cooney is a storyteller who finds inspiration in the colorful tapestry of his own life. With a boundless imagination and an uncanny ability to craft vivid scenes within his mind's eye, Shawn employs his photography expertise and a unique "eye through the lens" perspective to breathe life into his creative visions. This talent finds its pinnacle in the conceptual designs of his captivating Zorro the Boston Terrier book series, where each illustration is a canvas for shared visions, brought to life by Shawn and his creative partner, Paola. 

Shawn's creative legacy extends to his other published work, The Giving Planet, where he adds a contemporary twist to the beloved The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, merging timeless wisdom with modern sensibilities.

Currently, Shawn and Paola, his artistic muse and partner, reside in Portland, Oregon. In this vibrant city, their blended family of four children and two Boston Terriers is a testament to the power of unity. Through their shared vision, they continue to craft, nurture, and enrich the lives they touch.

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Children's Picture Book Author Shawn Cooney
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