TTLG Author/Illustrator Profiles

Deborah Wiles

Deborah Wiles

Deborah Wiles was born in Alabama into an Air Force family and spent her growing-up summers in a small Mississippi town with an extended family full of Southern characters.

She holds an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College and taught "Writing Techniques for Teachers" at Towson University in Maryland until she moved to Atlanta last June. She also taught writing in the M.F.A. program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Her first novel, Love Ruby Lavender, was an American Library Association Notable Children's Book, a Children's Book Sense 76 Pick, and a New York Public Library Book for Reading and Sharing. The book has also been nominated for twenty-six state book award reading lists, voted on by children. She has written two picture books, One Wide Sky (Harcourt, 2003), and Freedom Summer (Simon & Schuster, 2001). Deborah’s newest novel, Each Little Bird That Sings, has won the Bank Street Fiction Award for 2005, a Golden Kite Honor Award, a 2005 E.B. White Read Aloud Award, and is a 2005 National Book Award finalist.

Deborah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she avoids the traffic, climbs Stone Mountain, and grows the world's most beautiful zinnias.