John Corey Whaley
John Corey Whaley (who likes to go by Corey) grew up in Louisiana and now lives in Southern California. His first novel, Where Things Come Back, was the winner of the 2012 Printz Award and the 2012 Morris Award. Corey's second novel, Noggin, was a 2014 National Book Award finalist. His third novel, Highly Illogical Behavior, garnered rave reviews and was an NPR Best Book of 2016 and a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick for 2017.
Learn more about John Corey Whaley on his website.
We caught up with Corey for a few minutes and here are the things we learned about him during our Q&A.
Q1: What three things would we always find in your creative space/studio?
Corey: Coffee, notepads/journals, and art.
Q2: When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
Corey: Around the time I was eleven, I started writing stories. I loved moves and TV, and later fell in love with books - I think being a storyteller was just inevitable.
Q3: What authors have most inspired you?
Corey: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., J. D. Salinger, Harper Lee, Flannery O'Connor, and Edgar Allan Poe.
Q4: Our festival theme this year is Twists & Turns. Which would you rather play, Twister or dominoes?
Corey: Dominoes, for sure. I don’t twist or turn well.