John Corey Whaley

John Corey Whaley grew up in Louisiana. His debut novel, Where Things Come Back, was the 2012 winner of the Michael L. Printz and the William C. Morris Awards. You can learn more about him at and follow him on Twitter: @Corey_Whaley.

Books by this Author

Where Things Come Back



Travis Coates has a good head…on someone else’s shoulders. A touching, hilarious, and wholly original coming-of-age story from John Corey Whaley, author of the Printz and Morris Award–winning Where Things Come Back.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Good writing is never forced.

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

A. I'd like to see what it's like to be any kind of bird, but just for a few hours or so.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Aside from getting my first novel published, I'd say my greatest achievement has been teaching public school for five years without freaking out.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. If I could meet any historical character, I think it would have to be William Shakespeare.  I'd like to ask him a lot, but mostly questions about Macbeth.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Well, I'm a teacher, so I should say "teaching". Okay, we'll go with that...