Martin Wilson was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 1973. He lived there until he finished high school and entered Vanderbilt University, where he earned a BA in 1995, majoring in English. After graduation, he moved to Austin, Texas, where he worked as an editorial assistant at a small educational publishing house. In 1996, he moved to Gainesville, Florida, joining the MFA program of the University of Florida. While at Florida, one of his short stories won a Henfield Foundation/Transatlantic Review Award. After earning his MFA in 1998, he moved back to Austin and, once again, began working for the same small educational publishing house as a copyeditor and, eventually, as a managing editor.
In 2003, Martin moved to New York City, where he still lives and works as a publicist in the book publishing industry. His short stories, essays, and book reviews have been published in Virgin Fiction 2, Pieces: A Collection of New Voices, Rebel Yell 2, Rush Hour, Tin House, Publishers Weekly, Austin Chronicle, and other publications. His debut novel, What They Always Tell Us (Delacorte Press/Random House Books for Young Readers, 2008), won the Alabama Author Award for best young adult book. The novel was also a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, an Indie Next Selection, an ALA-ALSC Rainbow List Selection, and a CCBC Choices Book. He is currently finishing his second novel, which will (hopefully) come out in late 2012.
Besides writing, Martin enjoys reading, jogging and exercising, playing and watching tennis, traveling, listening to cheesy pop songs on his iPod, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family. Some of his favorite books are Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler, Open Secrets by Alice Munro, Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, The Folded Leaf by William Maxwell, I'll Get There, It Better Be Worth the Trip by John Donovan, and many, many more. Favorite movies include Alien and Aliens, Heathers, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Nashville, All About Eve, Clueless, Gone with the Wind, and many more.
George M. Nicholson
Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.
65 Bleecker Street
Kelly Galvin, Senior Publicist
Random House Books for Young Readers
New York, NY 10019
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