Whaley speaking at Books of Wonder, Manhattan, 2011

Whaley speaking at Books of Wonder, Manhattan, 2011

Whaley reading at the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 Party, Brooklyn, 2011.

Whaley reading at the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 Party, Brooklyn, 2011.

Whaley with friend, musician Ben Jenkins, at event in Monroe, Louisiana.

Whaley with friend, musician Ben Jenkins, at event in Monroe, Louisiana.

JOHN ‘COREY’ WHALEY grew up in the small town of Springhill, Louisiana, where he learned to be sarcastic and to tell stories.  He has a B.A. in English from Louisiana Tech University, as well as an M.A in Secondary English Education. He started writing stories about aliens and underwater civilizations when he was around ten or eleven, but now writes realistic YA fiction (which sometimes includes zombies…). He taught public school for five years and spent much of that time daydreaming about being a full-time writer…and dodging his students’ crafty projectiles. He is terrible at most sports, but is an occasional kayaker and bongo player.  He is obsessed with movies, music, and traveling to new places. He is an incredibly picky eater and has never been punched in the face, though he has come quite close.  One time, when he was a kid, he had a curse put on him by a strange woman in the arcade section of a Wal-Mart.  His favorite word is defenestration.  His favorite color is green.  His favorite smell is books.  He currently lives in Southern California.  

 

 

 

Whaley with authors Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) and Maggie Stiefvater

Whaley with authors Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) and Maggie Stiefvater

Whaley with editor Namrata Tripathi at National Book Awards, 2011.

Whaley with editor Namrata Tripathi at National Book Awards, 2011.