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. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I'd like to be a travel writer.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. The Misfit from Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find".

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

A. I would really like to play the mandolin or the violin. I'd also like to be a good singer.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I regret waiting until my mid-twenties to really start seeing the world. I think I should have taken more risks when I was younger and worried less about being ready to grow up.

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