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Isaiah Campbell

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Isaiah Campbell was born and bred in Texas, and spent his childhood reading a blend of Dickens, Dumas, and Stan Lee. He dreamed his whole life of becoming a writer. And also of being bitten by a radioactive spider. Unfortunately, only one dream has panned out. For fifteen years he taught and coached students in writing and the arts before he finally took his own advice and wrote The Troubles of Johnny Cannon. He lives in New Mexico with his wife, three children, and his sanity, although that may be moving out soon. He occasionally searches the classifieds for the bulk sale of spiders and uranium but hasn’t had any luck yet. Find him online at IsaiahCampbell.com.

Photograph by Eunhae Shin

Isaiah Campbell

Become a Fan

Isaiah Campbell was born and bred in Texas, and spent his childhood reading a blend of Dickens, Dumas, and Stan Lee. He dreamed his whole life of becoming a writer. And also of being bitten by a radioactive spider. Unfortunately, only one dream has panned out. For fifteen years he taught and coached students in writing and the arts before he finally took his own advice and wrote The Troubles of Johnny Cannon. He lives in New Mexico with his wife, three children, and his sanity, although that may be moving out soon. He occasionally searches the classifieds for the bulk sale of spiders and uranium but hasn’t had any luck yet. Find him online at IsaiahCampbell.com.

Photograph by Eunhae Shin

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The Troubles of Johnny Cannon

Johnny Cannon’s got problems. Money is scarce. Martha Macker, the girl he likes, barely knows he’s alive. How’s a kid like Johnny supposed to get himself and his family out of a mess that’s stickier than molasses and twice as tangled as a spiderweb?

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Isaiah Campbell
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. You don't know what's in a bug til you squash it.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Lionel Luthor from Smallville. I salivate over his evilness.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Superman, the classic version who treated Lex Luthor and Mister Mxyzptlk with the same level of fortitude.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Drawing. I try, really I do, but I fail.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Superhero. Or Supervillain, whichever one is hiring.

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June 09, 2014

On May 31, I had the honor and privilege to participate in the Kids Author Carnival at the Jefferson Market branch of the New York Public Library. 37 authors (myself included) got the chance to hang out with around 200 awesome kids and their parental units. We played charades, pictionary, writing round robin, and a whole mess of other awesome activities that connected all of us with the super cool kids who love books enough to guess "James and the Giant Peach" when I'd only drawn a circle. (Seriously, these kids were SUPER smart)

The coolest part of this for me was that this was my very first author event, and it was as good a first-time... see more

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