Carrie Jones is a volunteer firefighter, New York Times bestselling writer, and occasional human.
She graduated from Vermont College's MFA program for writing. She has edited newspapers and poetry journals and has recently won awards from the Maine Press Association and also been awarded the Martin Dibner Fellowship as well as a Maine Literary Award.
She is also part of Rotary International, the motto of which is service above self.
Her very first book was in fourth grade. It was a Star Trek fan fiction where a girl named Cassie (sort of close to Carrie) saved the universe by dying heroically. Kirk, Spock, Sulu, Checkov, Bones, and pretty much every character was madly in love with her and mourned her death. Luckily, that 434 paged missive in multiple notebooks is hidden away now.
Her first published book, TIPS ON HAVING A GAY (EX) BOYFRIEND appeared May 2007. Her second novel tentatively titled,LOVE (AND OTHER USES FOR DUCT TAPE) came out March 2008. Another book, GIRL, HERO was released after August 2008. TIPS won the Maine Literary Award and the Independent Booksellers Award.
The New York Times and internationally best selling, NEED, an urban fantasy/romance appeared December 2008 and has been named a VOYA Best Books of 2008 and was a finalist for a bunch of other awards. It's about human sized pixies, the apocalypse, and being awesome. The follow-up books in the series include CAPTIVATE, ENTICE and ENDURE. She cowrote AFTER OBSESSION, which is creepy with Steven Wedel and I also wrote a nonfiction picture book called SARAH EMMA EDMONDS, about a cross dressing Civil War spy and hero.
She co-edited DEAR BULLY, where all this young adult authors volunteered to tell their own true stories about bullying and was a contributor to DEAR TEEN ME, which is an awesome anthology.
In 2015, she released the first book of her middle grade series, TIME STOPPERS, which she began writing while sleeping in a car, scribbling on pieces of paper, notepads, and her laptop. She wrote it for her daughter, Emily. It is the first of a trilogy. It's been compared to Harry Potter and Percy Jackson books.
Also in 2015, she release FLYING, the first in a science fiction series about a cheerleader who learns her mom is an alien bounty hunter. It's a bit like Men in Black crossed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer crossed with Doctor Who.
Another nonfiction picture book about Moe Berg, a baseball-player turned spy, and a book with Steven Wedel are forthcoming and under contract
That's boring though, isn't it? Here, let's try it this way.
Carrie Jones likes Skinny Cow fudgsicles and potatoes. She does not know how to spell fudgsicles. This has not prevented her from writing books. She lives with her cute family in Maine, but she grew up in Bedford, NH where she once had a seance with cool uber-comedian Sarah Silverman.
The Meyers brothers are from Bedford, too, so you'd think it would make Carrie funnier, coming from Bedford N.H. Obviously, something didn't work.
Carrie has two large, skinny white dogs, and a chubby lab mix and a cat. All like fudgicles. Only the lab likes potatoes. This may be a reason for his weight problem (Shh??? don't tell). Carrie has always liked cowboy boots but has never owned any. This is a very wrong thing. She graduated from Vermont College's MFA program for writing. She has edited newspapers and poetry journals and has recently won awards from the Maine Press Association and also been awarded the Martin Dibner Fellowship as well as a Maine Literary Award. Vermont College also named her a distinguished alum.
Still boring? Still with me? How about this....
1. Carrie is a volunteer firefighter and does things for anti-human trafficking agencies.
2. Carrie can not drink coffee. It makes her frightening. Do not give her caffeine.
3. Carrie is very responsive to loving strokes on the hair, kind of like a puppy. However, do not do this without asking first unless you are a ridiculously handsome man or an editor who is about to offer her a trillion dollars for the first draft of her novel.
4. Carrie is secretly really, really shy even though she's pathetically outgoing in person. She has a very hard time calling people. So, if you want to talk to her, make the first move.
5. Carrie sometimes wears mismatched socks, if you do not think this is cool, do not tell her. You will hurt her feelings.
6. Carrie really, really wants you to like her books. Please like her books. PLEEEAASSSEEEE. She'll be your best friend forever. That is, if you want a friend who is shy about calling and emailing and who wears mismatched socks and can't drink caffeine and likes being pet on the head. Hhmmm???.
7. Carrie is not above begging.
8. Carrie, like Belle in TIPS drinks Postum. It's for the same reason, too.
9. Carrie loves Great Pyrenees dogs. They are huge and white, and furry and it looks like they have white eyeliner and mascara on, which is way too cute. Do you have one? Send a picture!
10. Carrie lives in Maine. She has a hard time with this in the winter. It is bleak in Maine in the winter. Imagine everything shades of gray and brown and no green anywhere except for in people's noses. This is Maine in Winter. Maine in summer is the best place in the world, so it's a trade-off. Feel free to invite Carrie to your house in the winter, but not if it's in Greenland, Canada, or anywhere north of Florida.
11. Forget that. She'd still probably come.