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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.

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Good writing is never forced.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness?  If it exists, I think it's less of a situation and more of a mental state.  I don't think anyone, no matter what, can find perfect happiness until they understand exactly who they are and how every little thing they do can effect the world around them.  I think perfect happiness would be a world where everyone is constantly striving to understand everyone else.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "Casimir Pulaski Day" by Sufjan Stevens, "Hey Jude" by the Beatles, "Staring at the Sun" by TV on the Radio, "Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor" by Frederick Chopin, and "Cliquot" by Beirut.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Well, I'm a teacher, so I should say "teaching". Okay, we'll go with that...

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. If I could meet any historical character, I think it would have to be William Shakespeare.  I'd like to ask him a lot, but mostly questions about Macbeth.

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