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John Corey Whaley

John Corey Whaley grew up in Louisiana. His debut novel, Where Things Come Back, was the 2012 winner of the Michael L. Printz and the William C. Morris Awards. You can learn more about him at JohnCoreyWhaley.com and follow him on Twitter: @Corey_Whaley.
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Travis Coates has a good head…on someone else’s shoulders. A touching, hilarious, and wholly original coming-of-age story from John Corey Whaley, author of the Printz and Morris Award–winning Where Things Come Back.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Good writing is never forced.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Aside from getting my first novel published, I'd say my greatest achievement has been teaching public school for five years without freaking out.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Kindness, open-mindedness, and a good sense of humor.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I tend to say "cool" a lot. And also "awesome." I guess it could be worse.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Open-mindedness.

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