Tamera Will Wissinger writes poetry, picture books, and middle-grade stories for children. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Sioux Falls College in Sioux Falls South Dakota, and her Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Tamera thinks she’s very lucky to be able to read and write as part of her job. When she’s not working she might be fishing or boating, watching the interesting wildlife around her neighborhood, or noticing how each day is so beautiful and unique. She also likes to spend time with her family and friends, golf, watch good movies, listen to music, and crochet, (her mom recently taught her how!) Tamera lives with her husband in Vero Beach, Florida. Her middle grade novel in verse, GOING FISHING, (tentative title) is being illustrated by Matthew Cordell and will be released from Houghton Mifflin in spring 2013. Tamera is represented by Michelle Humphrey of The Martha Kaplan Agency.
About GOING FISHING - Tamera's debut novel for middle grade children:
In GOING FISHING, Sam is so excited about his fishing trip with his dad that he can't sleep the night before, but when Sam's noisy little sister tags along at the last minute, he hopes she won't ruin his fun. GOING FISHING is a novel in verse and is told through a variety of poetic forms.
Online, you can find Tamera here: tamerawillwissinger.com
Tamera doesn't believe that 13 is unlucky - she's excited that her first book is releasing in 2013 and she's happy to be part of the Lucky 13 group. She played basketball through ninth grade and wore jersey #13 for good luck. She’s not sure whether or not it’s a superstition, but she saves all of her fortune cookie fortunes.