It’s April Fools Day and since this is the one day of the year that lying is expected, we thought we would repost this article from September of 2010. It’s still true. It’s still funny. And since award winning children’s author, Ellen Potter, has a new book out in three days, we thought it only fitting to share with you again.
I have a confession to make. Every time I read an author’s bio I become insanely jealous. Authors always seem to be nestled in valleys or perched on mountains, surrounded by adoring spouses and a gaggle of little ones who don’t need any help wiping. When the bio says “She has five golden retrievers” I can quite plainly see them all sitting obediently at the author’s feet in her well-appointed writing room, their coats gleaming from a meticulous brushing. I can see said-author tapping away at her computer keys, glancing up every now and then to gaze contemplatively at the mountain/valley/ocean view from her writing room. A knock on the door.
“Honey, would you like a fresh cup of coffee?”
“Yes, my love. Are the children behaving?”
“Like angels. Don’t worry your pretty head about them.”
Ahhh. When you squish an author’s life down to three or four sentences, you can’t help but make it sound enviable. Tidy, picturesque. No bad smells. It’s just not fair.
Never, NEVER does an author bio say:
She lives in a house which is perpetually being renovated by boozy, perspiring construction guys, located on a woody road plagued with black flies in the summer and black ice in the winter. She is surrounded by her loving family who do not pick up after themselves and leave the soy milk out of the refrigerator all night. Her poorly-groomed dogs have chronic ear infections. She spends her days trying to find time to shower. Oh, and also, she writes.
See, now THERE is an honest author bio. That’s all I’m saying.
Ellen Potter is the author of several middle-grade novels, including the award-winning Olivia Kidney series, Pish Posh, SLOB, and The Kneebone Boy. Her non-fiction book, Spilling Ink; a Young Writer’s Handbook, was co-authored by Anne Mazer Olivia Kidney was awarded Child magazine’s “Best Children’s Book Award” and was selected as one of the “Books of the Year” by Parenting magazine. Additionally, it was one of the finalists for the Ottakar’s Children’s Book Prize in the United Kingdom. SLOB was selected for the Junior Library Guild Spring 2009 List and the 2010 Texas Lone Star Reading List. Her newest novel is Piper Green and the Fairy Tree.
(This article was originally reprinted by permission from www.ellenpotter.com on September 27th, 2010.)
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From award-winning author Ellen Potter comes a charming new illustrated early chapter book series set on an island off the coast of Maine, where kids, lobster boats, and a hint of magic are part of everyday life.
There are three things you should know about Piper Green:
1. She always says what’s on her mind (even when she probably shouldn’t).
2. She rides a lobster boat to school.
3. There is a Fairy Tree in her front yard.
Life on an island in Maine is always interesting. But when a new teacher starts at Piper’s school—and doesn’t appreciate the special, um, accessory that Piper has decided to wear—there may be trouble on the horizon. Then Piper discovers the Fairy Tree in her front yard. Is the Fairy Tree really magic? And can it fix Piper’s problems?
Reader friends: do you prefer to imagine your favorite author leading an exotic lifestyle? Or do you want to hear the honest, chaotic truth?