Kenneth Logan would prefer to forget his own high school experiences, so it’s anyone’s guess why he chose to (1) teach high school English and (2) write a novel about seventeen-year-olds. He wrote his book at a colleague’s suggestion: “This is the book you should write.” He’s in a doctoral program at New York University, where he studies language and literacy development. He lives in Brooklyn but enjoys escaping on outdoor adventures, especially in Vermont.
Kenneth’s debut novel, TRUE LETTERS FROM A FICTIONAL LIFE (Harper-Collins, Spring 2016), is a Young Adult Contemporary. A seventeen-year-old boy meets and falls for his first boyfriend. As their relationship deepens, he must decide whether to stay in the closet and remain quiet, safe, and sad, or find the courage to admit who he truly is to his rural hometown and to himself.
- Favorite book growing up: DANNY, CHAMPION OF THE WORLD by Roald Dahl.
- Childhood aspiration: To take over Sir David Attenborough’s job as naturalist and commentator on BBC Nature programs.
- Favorite time of day/place to write: At dawn near a window.
- Novel most recently read: AT SWIM, TWO BOYS by Jamie O’Neill.
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Running, backpacking, XC-skiing, and cooking.
- Favorite sports teams: Favorite hockey teams are the NY Rangers and the Detroit Red Wings, and favorite soccer teams are Glasgow Celtic, Liverpool, and Barcelona.
- Surprising personal fact: Despite his height, he never played basketball; in fact, basketball is his least favorite sport.
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Some family and friends seem to believe he is the only 2016 debut author.
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