Isaiah Campbell

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Isaiah Campbell was born and bred in Texas, and spent his childhood reading a blend of Dickens, Dumas, and Stan Lee. He dreamed his whole life of becoming a writer. And also of being bitten by a radioactive spider. Unfortunately, only one dream has panned out. For fifteen years he taught and coached students in writing and the arts before he finally took his own advice and wrote The Troubles of Johnny Cannon and The Struggles of Johnny Cannon. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, three children, and his sanity, although that may be moving out soon. He occasionally searches the classifieds for the bulk sale of spiders and uranium but hasn’t had any luck yet. Find him online at

Photograph by Eunhae Shin

Books by this Author

The Struggles of Johnny Cannon
The Troubles of Johnny Cannon


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. You don't know what's in a bug til you squash it.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Hugh Jackman. My wife thinks he's hot. She also thinks I'm hot. Just not as hot as Hugh Jackman.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "Walk This Way" by Run DMC and Aerosmith, "The Circle of Life" by Elton John, "Blue Skies" by Les Paul, "It Never Entered My Mind" by Miles Davis, "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" by The Beatles

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. When people talk during movies. Yes, they're called the Talkies, but that's not what it means.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Superman, the classic version who treated Lex Luthor and Mister Mxyzptlk with the same level of fortitude.

Author Voices

June 09, 2014

On May 31, I had the honor and privilege to participate in the Kids Author Carnival at the Jefferson Market branch of the New York Public Library. 37 authors (myself included) got the chance to hang out with around 200 awesome kids and their parental units. We played charades, pictionary, writing round robin, and a whole mess of other awesome activities that connected all of us with the super cool kids who love books enough to guess "James and the Giant Peach" when I'd only drawn a circle. (Seriously, these kids were SUPER smart)

The coolest part of this for me was that this was my very first author event, and it was as good a first-time... see more

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