Adele Colvin is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She attended Vanderbilt University where she graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Philosophy. She has served her church twice as a member of the vestry, as co-founder of the Children’s Chapel program, as a member of the morning choir and currently as a member of the group Crossties which provides music for the 5 O’Clock service. On the Diocesan level, she has been Lay Rector for a Cursillo weekend and served for two years on the ECW Board as Devotional Chair.

Her writing career began in the music field. She has composed a number of songs used in churches of various denominations, and just recently, three of them were included in Alleluia III, a songbook published by The Diocese of Alabama. She is a member of SCBWI (the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and Southern Breeze, the local affiliate of SCBWI and the Alabama Writer’s Forum.

It is through the church that she and Peyton Carmichael began to think of doing something for children. The result of their collaboration has been a trilogy: The Donkeys’ Tales, The Donkey’s Easter Tale  and The Donkey of Tarsus, telling the story of Jesus and the spread of the early Christian church. All three books and the CD containing the first two were published by Pelican Publishing Company, They are also available as Google ebooks.

Adele and Peyton are working on some other children’s stories which have no relationship to the “donkeys.”


Peyton Hamilton Carmichael is an artist and poet whose artwork has been exhibited in galleries throughout the Southeast and New York. Carmichael graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Alabama and was the recipient of the Silver Bowl Award for Literature at the 1985 Birmingham Festival of Arts. The Donkey’s Easter Tale and The Donkey of Tarsus are her second and third collaborations with Colvin, having previously illustrated Pelican’s The Donkeys’ Tales, the inspired story of Jesus’ life from birth to Palm Sunday as told by a family of donkeys. Carmichael lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband. You may visit her individual website to see some of her other artwork.