James Solheim wasn’t born writing, but he started soon after he learned the difference between a pencil and a cheese doodle. His early scribbles in mustard on the walls led to books like BORN YESTERDAY and SANTA'S SECRETS REVEALED (and a time-out in the kitchen corner).
At age eight, Solheim began keeping his childhood writings in a special box. He says, “I lost the first book I ever made. Page after page of life-or-death drama, including desperate last-second weenie roasts and full-color illustrations of action-packed snowman building. Losing that book meant I had to keep my writings somewhere other than on the floor under a tangle of Batman briefs and discarded bubble gum.”
Born in Kensal, North Dakota, and growing up in Maryville, Missouri, and Bloomington, Indiana, Solheim's early works included stories of a housefly who saved the day and a boy who fell into his trumpet and found a lost universe. No wonder Solheim’s imaginary world is one where newborns are flamboyant authors, and dogs preside over international writing clubs (see BORN YESTERDAY from Philomel Books).
James Solheim gives inspiring talks at schools and conferences across America (and performs Norwegian folk dance in his jammies when he’s supposed to be in bed). Visit http://jamessolheim.com to learn more! Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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