Thursday, October 13, 2011


J.J. Howard

I should be grading papers right now (I can pretty much say this every day of the year ;) I have been a teacher for a hundred years (I round up). I’ve taught mostly English, every grade from six to AP, and lots of other classes including theater and media studies. I also teach a college humanities course online.
I decided to be a writer in 1996, and it took fourteen years to be able to say that someone other than my friends would be reading my books. I have to thank my amazing editor, Aimee Friedman at Scholastic for believing in my work. My debut titled THAT TIME I JOINED THE CIRCUS will be released by Scholastic Point and Scholastic Book Fairs in Spring 2013.
I’m from York, Pennsylvania, but I ran away from the snow  fourteen years ago, and I now call sunny central Florida home.  I love music, television, and movies. One of my wishes to a fairy godmother would be to create my own television series, or just work on one being created by Joss Whedon.

About the book: A music-obsessed, slightly snarky New York City girl, Lexi is on her own. After making a huge mistake—and facing a terrible tragedy— Lexi has no choice but to track down her long-absent mother. Rumor has it that Lexi’s mom is somewhere in Florida with a traveling circus.
When Lexi arrives at her new, three-ring reality, her mom isn’t there…but her destiny might be. Surrounded by tigers, elephants, and trapeze artists, Lexi finds some surprising friends and an even more surprising chance at true love. She even lucks into a spot as the circus’s fortune teller, reading tarot cards and making predictions.  
But then Lexi’s ex-best friend from home shows up, and suddenly it’s Lexi’s own future that’s thrown into question…

Favorite Superstition: My best friend noticed that I have now written three books which include both a gypsy fortuneteller, and a handsome guy with dark hair from a foreign land. Coincidence or evil plan? 

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