ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A. Kidd is the middle child in a family of three girls. She started making up her own stories at age four. Because she couldn't yet write, her mom wrote the stories down for her while she painted the pictures. Her first story was called Wagland and featured an island community with sea creatures that ate tuna fish sandwiches.
She has a B.S. in Written Communication with a minor in Language, Literature, and Writing from Eastern Michigan University and an MLIS with a specialization in children's librarianship from Wayne State University. Her poetry has been published in literary magazines. She is also an artist and a performance poet. In her free time, she enjoys finding and hiding painted rocks in her neighborhood and going on adventures with her family and friends.
A. Kidd lives with her husband and daughter in a suburb of Detroit, MI. The Healing Star is her debut novel. It received rave reviews from Midwest Book Review and the popular middle grade blog, Always in the Middle. She appeared on Indie Reads TV as well as the podcast Reading with Your Kids on iHeartRadio. She often wishes on stars but hasn't caught one yet.
A note for young writers:
I was once a kid just like you. Even at an early age, I always wanted to be a children's author. That was my childhood dream. I grew up, studied poetry, went to college for journalism, and then became a children's librarian. All of these experiences shaped who I am, but I never forgot my dream. Today I am A. Kidd, children's author. And my wish for you is that if writing is your dream, don't ever give up on it! We all have stories to share.
Here is my first author page. I was in 5th grade and had the privilege of creating my own book from start to finish. This story was about the Underground Railroad, a topic I always found fascinating.
A. Kidd's First Influences:
Wicked Witch of the West
Great Horned Owl
I've always liked climbing trees!
I've visited Japan many times!
I'm part of a special group called The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Click on the image for more details.