Jandy Nelson'm just like most of you: I grew up wanting to fill the pages of books. My earliest memories involve a pencil and paper and story, constructing what I imagined to be heroic scenes of chivalry or escape or, dare I say, love. 

In hindsight, those scenes were little more than shapeless things, but the desire was true and real. That desire remained on the periphery through a failed attempt at rock stardom, 4 sleep-deprived years at art school, the building of a family, my current career in advertising, and, eventually, late nights pipe dreaming heroic scenes of chivalry and escape and, dare I say, love.

The truth is, picture books and story made me. They gave me a form and a history and an inside-out. And with my own children now discovering the wonder of shapeless things, I wanted to return that gift to them, maybe not today, but someday.

I live and work in St. Paul, Minnesota. I dream and scheme and toil and fail and begin again. I'm a husband and father. I'm just like most of you.

My debut book, BEYOND THE POND, was published by Balzer + Bray in the autumn of 2015.

Joseph Kuefler is represented by Elena Giovinazzo.
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