Franny Billingsley, most recently the author of Chime, will be one of three keynote speakers at SCBWI Western Washington's 23rd Annual Writing and Illustrating for Children conference, which will be held April 12-13, 2014, at the Marriott Redmond Town Center. (Get registration info.)
Chime, a National Book Award Finalist, received six starred reviews, and Franny's also the author of three other books. Her website's full of fun tidbits such as the year she spent in Denmark; check it out to start getting to know her before the conference.
You can also read interviews with Franny here and here.