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Veeda Bybee is a former journalist and holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is part of the RURAL VOICES anthology (Candlewick) and CALLING THE MOON anthology (Candlewick, 2022). She is the author of COURAGE ON ICE (Jake Maddox Series, Capstone), LILY AND THE GREAT QUAKE (Girls Survive series, Capstone) and LI ON ANGEL ISLAND (Smithsonian historical fiction series, Capstone). Veeda lives with her family in the West where she reads, writes and bakes.
Represented by Ann Leslie Tuttle at Dystel, Goderich and Bourret
Frequently Asked Questions:
Did you always want to be an author?
Growing up, I absolutely hated reading and wanted nothing to do with books. At the end of first grade, my mom enrolled me into a summer library program. I had to go every week to check out a book. At the library one day, a second grader from my school saw me holding a copy of Ramona Quimby Age 8, by Beverly Cleary.
She said, "I love this book!"
She was really cool. I really looked up to her. So I decided to give Ramona a try.
I loved Ramona Quimby! I became part of the D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) club. I finished all of Beverly Cleary's books. Then the Sweet Valley Twins series. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg. Any book I could get my hands on.
The library became my happy place. It still is.
When I was a kid, I really wanted to be an artist. This is a picture of the first book I wrote and illustrated:
Where did you grow up?
My military family moved around a lot. I was in West Germany for three years (when there was a West Germany). I loved being in a country that had real castles. Fairy tales, fantasies and far off places still have a special place in my heart.
I've lived in many states in the U.S., but also Germany, South Korea, Japan and the Philippines. You could say I have a bad case of wanderlust.
What were you like as a kid?
Very, very shy. Once I started reading, I always had a book with me. Once as punishment, I had to go play outside and was grounded from reading.
What jobs have you had?
In college, I majored in print journalism. After I graduated, I interned for a lifestyle magazine in the Philippines where I got to interview chefs and artists. I wrote articles about creative people and their home and house decor. I've also worked as a newspaper reporter, copy editor, freelance writer and magazine editor.
Do you have any pets?
A fluffy black cat named Zuko rules my house. He's named after Fire Lord Zuko from Avatar: The Lat Airbender.
What are your hobbies?
I really like to bake and cook.
If I'm not baking something for my family, I'm writing or reading. Or, eating something I just made while writing or reading.
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