Audrey Vernick writes fiction and nonfiction for kids and teens. A two-time recipient of the New Jersey Arts Council's fiction fellowship, Audrey lives near the ocean with her husband, son, daughter, and two dogs.
Come on over to James Preller’s blog for a long chat about George and Martha, publishing insecurities, classy dorm posters, the picture book title that nearly killed me with envy, the novel-editing event that caused one of us to weep, why we’re both crazy about Matthew Cordell. And about 54,313 other things.
Thank you, Tara!!
Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)
The first time I heard the title FIRST GRADE DROPOUT I said (yet again), “Why didn’t I think of that? Brilliant!”
(Also, the song “Beauty School Dropout” played through my head a gazillion times.)
This new book from dream-team Audrey Vernick and Matthew Cordell did not disappoint. In fact, it was very different from what I imagined and I loved it because it was so unexpected and clever.
It’s not every day I meet a debut picture book author who knocks the socks clear off my feet. I can’t even FIND my socks now. Check out Beth Ferry in this interview with Darlene Beck
I am especially excited today to bring a post by my friend and fellow children’s book author BETH FERRY. Her debut PB, STICK & STONE (hmh.com) is being released this month to starred reviews. “Stick” around, because one lucky reader will have a chance to win a
Look everyone! It’s Chris Barton! The one who wrote Shark Vs. Train! That guy! Visiting Literary Friendships to close out the year!
Ready, set, go!
Talk a bit about Attack! Boss! Cheat Code!: A Gamer’s Alphabet (available now!). What made you want to write a lightly ironic gamer book? What made me want to write the book, period, was my realization through my clueless conversations with my own kids of just how baffling contemporary gaming lingo can be to the uninitiated —
Sure, it’s December and this is my first interview of the year. Your point?
I’m returning in very high style with international flavor. I am very pleased to welcome writer Peter Millet. He’s from NEW ZEALAND. He writes fun books. Read on.
What led you to write about Johnny Danger?
My wife is a sixth-grade teacher and she asked me to write another middle-grade comedy series to read to her kids. We both share a similar sense of humor and she appreciates the jokes I hide
I have to learn THE SAME THINGS over and over. This is not a metaphor or a deep insight; it’s a sad truth. Especially with writing novels. There is no carry over from one book to the next.
Take today, for example. Go on, take it! I kept putting off my shower, using it as a reward for hard work accomplished. We Vernicks are hosting a whole mess of people for Thanksgiving and our house has gotten a little over-cluttered. Understatement. And so I’ve been trying to get little writing task
Hi. I’m back. At least for today.
I figured I could send you all a spammy email about my Promising New Technique For Getting Things Done!!!!!!!!! Or I could post this on my long-dormant blog. I’m guessing you deduced which route I took. Because you’re all super smart like that.
Have you been meaning to, say, vacuum? Exercise? Straighten up or at least eliminate the tumbleweed problem in your dining room? Post on your long-dormant blog? I have figured out a way to get all that
Wait. I have a blog?
There will be lots of exciting stuff going on in 2014:
Screaming at the Ump comes out March 4. I get extra nervous awaiting reviews of a novel. (The potential for meanness is greater. It really is.)
Water Balloon, the paperback, comes out in April.
Edgar’s Second Word, illustrated by the purely brilliant Priscilla Burris, hits shelves in June.
And I’m doing a bunch of interesting things—teaching a picture book revision workshop this