About Billy O
Bill “Billy O” Oefelein, pilot of Space Shuttle Discovery’s STS-116 mission to the International Space Station, logged over 308 hours in space. Back on Earth, Billy O and his wife, Colleen, founded and administrate Totem Head’s Writing Contest for Kids, a free, nationwide contest now in its ninth year, with participation from schools and students in all 50 states.
Colleen Oefelein is a retired Air Force Officer who worked space launch at Cape Canaveral. She’s the spunky PR manager for a literary agency, a presenter at writing conferences, and an active member of SCBWI and YARWA with a following of over 10,000 across social media, her blog, and her book-lover’s newsletter. Billy O and Colleen’s biggest fan remains their energetic five-year-old son, who loves hearing Dada’s stories of lost socks in space.