Short bio (100 words): Anica Mrose Rissi is the author of the Anna, Banana chapter-book series; the picture books Watch Out for Wolf!, The Teacher’s Pet, and Love, Sophia on the Moon; and a YA novel, Always Forever Maybe. Her essays have been published by The Writer and the New York Times, and she plays fiddle in and writes lyrics for the band Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves. Anica grew up in Maine and spent many years in New York City, where she worked as an executive editor in children’s book publishing. She currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her dog, Arugula.
Longer bio (184 words): Anica Mrose Rissi grew up on an island off the coast of Maine, where she read a lot of books and loved a lot of pets. After college, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a cheesemonger and book editor. She now tells and collects stories, makes up songs on her violin, and eats lots of cheese with her friends in Princeton, New Jersey, where she lives with her dog, Arugula. As a former editor turned full-time writer, Anica has spoken with kids and adults across the country about all stages of the writing process, from ideas and drafting to revisions and beyond. She is the author of the Anna, Banana chapter-book series; the picture books Watch Out for Wolf!, The Teacher's Pet, and Love, Sophia on the Moon; and a YA novel, Always Forever Maybe. Her essays have been published by The Writer magazine and the New York Times, and she plays fiddle in and writes lyrics for the band Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves. Anica tweets about bookish things at @anicarissi, which is also her handle on Instagram.
Wondering how to pronounce my name? It’s uh-NEE-kuh REE-see (and Mrose is like “gross” with an “mmm”). You can listen to me say it here. Most of my friends call me Nica.
Want to know even more? Check out these articles and interviews:
Writing from a Place of Pain & How Process Can Change with Each Project with Anica Mrose Rissi (Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire podcast, January 19, 2019)
Ham(ster) It Up! (Pop Goes the Page, September 18, 2018)
Watch Out for Wolf! by Anica Mrose Rissi and Charles Santoso (Interview with Mr. Schu on Watch. Connect. Read., September 11, 2018)
Epic Author Facts: Anica Mrose Rissi | Always Forever Maybe (Epic Reads video, May 29, 2018)
Welcome to the FFBC: Interview with Always Forever Maybe Author Anica Mrose Rissi (Pink Polka Dot Books, May 29, 2018)
Meet Children's Author Anica Mrose Rissi and Her Inspirational Dog by Dan Bauer (The Princeton Echo, September 2017)
Deer Isle Native Finds Career in Young Adult, Children's Literature by Laurie Schreiber (The Working Waterfront, October 2017)
Friend Friday: Anica Mrose Rissi on Writing The Teacher's Pet (Kirby Larson's blog, August 25, 2017)
My Writing and Reading Life: Anica Mrose Rissi, Author of The Teacher's Pet (The Children's Book Review, June 20, 2017)
The Teacher's Pet Q&A with Author Anica Mrose Rissi (Smart, Simple, Savvy, June 10, 2017)
Un"leash"ing Creativity by Erin Soderberg Downing & Anica Mrose Rissi (Nerdy Book Club, January 24, 2016)
Anica Mrose Rissi: From Library Violinist to Children's Book Writer by Elke Dorr (Island Ad-Vantages, August 20, 2015)
A Girl's Best Friend: Author Explores Girlhood Friendships and Fallouts by Jennifer Osborn (The Ellsworth American, July 2, 2015)
Interview with Anica Mrose Rissi, Author of Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split (The Hiding Spot, May 6, 2015)
Wednesday Debut Interview: Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split by Anica Mrose Rissi (Operation Awesome, May 6, 2015)
Anica Mrose Rissi & Arugula (Coffee with a Canine, May 4, 2015)
Anica Mrose Rissi on Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split (Simon & Schuster video, May 1, 2015)
Looking for writing or publishing advice? I've got some! Try these links:
Strive to Fail (published online as Six Counterintuitive Goals to Shake Up Your Writing Routine) by Anica Mrose Rissi (The Writer, February 2019)
Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire July Editor Episode (podcast, July 2018)
From Promising to Polished by Anica Mrose Rissi (The Writer, January 2018)
Productive Procrastination by Anica Mrose Rissi (The Writer, August 2016)
Price of Promotion by Anica Mrose Rissi (The Writer, March 2016)
9 Must-Follow Manuscript Rules by Anica Mrose Rissi (Writer's Digest, September 2010)
YA Today: Agents and Editors in the Young Adult Genre Tell You What's Hot, What's Not, and What You Need to Know to Break In compiled by Jessica Strawser (Writer's Digest, May/June 2010)
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