I’m a restless writer, always following inspiration wherever and however I find it, which is probably how I came to write for all ages in all forms, from novels to poems to picture books to memoir. At first I wrote only novels, and only novels for adults, but on a dare from one of my sisters long ago, I sat down to write a children’s picture book, thinking, How hard can one of these things be? I mean, like, they’re only 500 words or so. (Ha. Three years later, I finally had something I wasn’t embarrassed to show anyone else. Picture books are fiendish little things, and they still bedevil me.)
My picture book “Someday” was a #1 New York Times bestseller and my Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel Shadow Baby was a Today Show Book Club pick. My work has been translated into more than 20 languages and has won many fellowships and awards, including four Minnesota Book Awards, the Geisel medal, a Christopher Award, state and Loft artist fellowships, a MacDowell residency, and several American Library Association awards. I’m a professor of creative writing at Metropolitan State University, where I founded and coordinate the creative writing program, and I’ve also taught in Vermont College and Hamline University’s MFA programs.
2017 will see the publication of three new books, “Percy: Dog of Destiny,” a picture book that comes out in March, “Pablo and Birdy,” a children’s novel that comes out in August, and “Never Coming Back,” a novel for adults (the first in a long time!) that comes out in October, and which stars my alter ego Clara Winter, who was the main character in my previous novel Shadow Baby.
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