This is me in Tobago. I don’t live there. I went there once on vacation and had a selfie stick and well, things got kind of crazy. I wrecked the rental car on that trip. That’s a story for another time.
The story for now is about me, the writer. I grew up in Akron, Ohio – which used to be the HOME OF MICHAEL BUCKLEY but is now THE HOME OF LEBRON JAMES. I used to stand up there in the local comedy club with Drew Carey. He wouldn’t remember me. I was also in a punk rock band called Danger Will Robinson. We were not a very good punk rock band but it was fun. When the band was over I went to college – a small state school called Ohio University, then moved to NYC to be an intern for the Late Show With David Letterman. When it was over, I stayed in the city and got a job working in TV and advertising.
Then, one day I had an idea that became The Sisters Grimm. It was pretty successful and totally changed my life. Afterwards, I wrote a new series called NERDS which was pretty successful, too. I was on top of the world! Then I wrote a picture book called Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stuntshow. It wasn’t very successful. It’s hilarious and the illustrations are amazing. I blame the audience for not having the intelligence to understand its whimsical genius. After my crushing failure, wrote The Undertow Trilogy, a YA series for teens about a mermaid vs. human race war. It had a giant wall in it and a politician who made everyone’s lives hard, so those are technically my ideas. Sorry.
Michael Buckley is the multiple NY Times bestselling author of Undertow, The Sisters Grimm, and NERDS series, as well as Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stuntshow and one half of the creative team behind CN’s Robotomy. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son. He likes cupcakes.
He grew up in Akron, Ohio and attended Ohio University, graduated in 1996 with honors. Shortly after he moved to NYC, interning for CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman, and worked as a stand-up comic and TV and ad copywriter. The Sisters Grimm was the first of his nineteen books.
I’ve been on the NY Times bestseller list thirty times so far. It’s kind of cool and looks good on a book jacket. Well, that’s about it.
Oh, I do school visits sometimes. I go all over country and can visit your school, too. I generally speaks to kids in grades K-12 about writing. Some people say I’m funny and inspiring. If you’re interested you can reach out to me at pottymouth5000@gmail.
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