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 JohnCoreyWhaley.com and follow him on Twitter: @Corey_Whaley.

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Where Things Come Back

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Good writing is never forced.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. I'd like to be walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I tend to say "cool" a lot. And also "awesome." I guess it could be worse.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness?  If it exists, I think it's less of a situation and more of a mental state.  I don't think anyone, no matter what, can find perfect happiness until they understand exactly who they are and how every little thing they do can effect the world around them.  I think perfect happiness would be a world where everyone is constantly striving to understand everyone else.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. The use of double negatives or the misuse of the words "lay" and lie".

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