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 and follow him on Twitter: @Corey_Whaley.

Books by this Author

Where Things Come Back



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. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Pizza. It would definitely be pizza.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

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

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Atticus Finch.

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.