2021 Boot Camp Faculty Bios
Lisa Wheeler is the award-winning author of over 50 children’s books including Someone Builds the Dream, People Don’t Bite People, and the popular Dino-Sports series. The Christmas Boot, was the SCBWI 2017 SCBWI Golden Kite Award winner for Picture Book Text. Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum was the 2017 Michigan Reads! One Book, One State Children’s Book recipient. Her awards include The Michigan Mitten, Texas Bluebonnet, and the Theodore Geisel Honor given by the American Library Association.
Wiley Blevins is the Associate Publisher at Reycraft Books. He is also an author of 90 children’s books including Trevor Lee and the Big Uh-Oh!; the Ick and Crud series; the Scary Tales retold series; and Dolley Madison, the White House, and the Big Tornado.
Kaylan Adair has been an editor at Candlewick Press for seventeen years. Recent titles include the instant NEW YORK TIMES bestseller THE BLACK FRIEND: ON BEING A BETTER WHITE PERSON by Frederick Joseph, the board book THIS IS A BOOK OF SHAPES by Kenneth Kraegel, the middle-grade historical novel DARING DARLEEN, QUEEN OF THE SCREEN by Anne Nesbet, the YA anthology RURAL VOICES: 15 AUTHORS CHALLENGE ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT SMALL-TOWN AMERICA, edited by Nora Shalaway Carpenter, and the YA novels BABY & SOLO by Lisabeth Posthuma and SMOOTH by Matt Burns.
Alex Flinn is the author of fourteen acclaimed novels for young adults. Her first novel, Breathing Underwater, was chosen as a Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults (now Best YA Fiction) and is still being read in schools, 20 years after first publication. Her novel, Beastly, was made into a major motion picture, starring Vanessa Hudgens and Neil Patrick Harris. Her most recent novels are Girls of July and Love, Jacaranda, now available in paperback.