A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF SALLY WARNER
Sally Warner was born in New York City and grew up in Connecticut and California, where her family moved when she was eight years old. She attended public schools in Pasadena (Noyes Elementary School, Eliot Junior High School, and Pasadena High School). She then received her B.A. degree from Scripps College in Claremont, California, and her B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in fine arts from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.
Sally Warner worked as an artist (primarily charcoal drawings) for many years, exhibiting her work at galleries, small museums, colleges, and universities across the country. Her drawings are in many private collections; a few are now featured on her website . She also taught art education for ten years at Pasadena City College.
Sally Warner’s teaching led her to write her first non-fiction book for adults, ENCOURAGING THE ARTIST IN YOUR CHILD, in 1989. This book has sold more than 20,000 copies! Another of her non-fiction books for adults, MAKING ROOM FOR MAKING ART (1994), is still in print and doing well. It can be ordered through bookstores or are available through online bookstores such as Amazon.com.
Sally Warner then began writing fiction for young readers. Her first novel, DOG YEARS (1995), has almost 90,000 copies—in Italy! Sally Warner did the cartoons herself. It’s Only Temporary, another novel she illustrated, has nearly 100 cartoon-style drawings in it. It’s for ages 10 and up.
Sally Warner has had more than 20 novels published, mostly for ages 8—12. One of her most popular books so far was SORT OF FOREVER (1998, still available through Scholastic Book Club), which has sold close to 250,000 copies! She also writes for younger readers, ages 7+; the books in her current funny series for Viking (ONLY EMMA, NOT-SO-WEIRD EMMA, SUPER EMMA, BEST FRIEND EMMA, and the upcoming EXCELLENT EMMA) have been getting lots of positive attention, as have the first EllRay books.
Sally Warner’s second historical YA novel, TWILIGHT CHILD (Viking), takes place in 18th century Finland and Scotland and combines adventure, folklore, and even some romance. (Starred review from Booklist!)
Sally Warner and her husband live in Southern California. She has four step-daughters, five step-grandchildren, and two sons who both have active careers in the arts: dance/choreography/teaching, and computer graphics for television and movies.
For photos, cartoons, and more information on her books: www.sallywarner.com