Jaramy Conners is a pretty cool guy. Not great about updating his website, but we’ll let that slide because he’s kind of busy freelancing, chasing after his toddler, and working on his middle grade and young adult novels.
He earned his master’s degree in writing from Chatham University and has over ten years’ experience in communication. As a freelance writer he has contributed to over 400 webpages, blogs, and newsletters for organization such as Plattsburgh Mortgage, Nalco Holding Company, LearntheNet.com, PrivacyPolicies.com, The National PTA, and AM Trust. Previously he spent seven years managing communications for a billion-dollar, publicly traded company.
His creative writing has appeared in Listen and Hunger Mountain, and his short story “Steve” was awarded Hunger Mountain’s Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing.
One more thing about Jaramy – he sometimes enjoys referring to himself in the third person. It’s so weird.
10 More Things You Should Know About Jaramy
10. Yes, his name is really spelled like that.
9. He lives in the middle of nowhere and he likes it that way.
8. He used to have a blog about his cat, but he wasn’t very good at posting and his cat made him give it up.
7. His first publication was an article about weightlifting. He was inspired by reading one-too-many issues of Men’s Health.
6. His favorite ice cream flavor is Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey. It’s been his favorite flavor since he was 7 years old, so be careful when you pick your favorite flavor – you might be stuck with it for a long time.
5. He’s married to a poet. She writes much more serious stuff than he does. Her poetry will probably change the world. Jaramy’s just hoping someone, somewhere, will read a funny line he’s written and laugh milk out of their nose.
4. He sent his very first young adult short story into a contest and won. Holly Black picked the winner, which is pretty cool. (If you’re interested, you can read it here.) He’s never written another young adult short story, which is pretty stupid, since apparently he’s good at it.
3. He has a toddler that wakes him up far too early and likes to climb all over him. He doesn’t mind. Well, he minds the waking up early part. That stinks. But the climbing all over him part is actually pretty fun.
2. If he could meet any author in the world it would be Louis Sachar. He’s read Holes more than any other book. Except maybe The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. He would like to meet Douglas Adams too, but that would be pretty hard.
1. At this very moment, he is probably working on another middle grade novel, or at least thinking about one. Then again, he might be fixing himself a strong cup of Chai tea to help him stay awake, because his toddler was up way too early again.