MEET B.A. BINNS
2010 RWA Golden Heart Finalist
I grew up on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, the eldest of five children. Which meant, while I didn’t have to put up with hand-me-downs, I was forced to learn to share early in life. I also learned to assume control.
After my parents divorced I assumed the role of chief parental assistant in charge of taking care of anyone younger than me. By the time I went to college, I was strictly management material. And oh so thankful for the freedom.
Yes, freedom. Kids, don't let anyone fool you, college is sooo much better than high school.
I became a professional student and never wanted to leave. Even after I entered the work world by taking a computer programming job for AT&T, I kept finding excuses to return to school. The University of Wisconsin, Michigan State University, Depaul University, Roosevelt, Chicago State, and Harper College, I’ve found excuses to haunt their halls one time or another over the years.
When I finally ran out of schools I became a trainer. Actually, I got the job making the rules and then training people on how to follow those rules. (Told you I learned to assume control.)
I raised one child, retired early, and now spend my days volunteering—and writing. Writing is a major exercise in self-discipline, something my life has given me tools for.
Now I am the author of books that explore multicultural themes: PULL (2010), and Die Trying (2012). My third book, Being God, will be released in 2013. I also teach on-line writing classes, and have presented workshops on subjects such as Reaching Reluctant Readers, Multicultural literature, and Non-traditional Romances, at the Illinois Reading Council, Waukesha (Wi) Festival of Books, the Ohio Educational Library Media Association, the Indiana Library Federation, the Assembly for Adolescent Literature, DePaul University, and the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Children.
I love speaking with students and aspiring authors. I have spoken to students at Chicago Public Schools, in a number of suburbs and libraries, with inmates at the Joliet Youth Correctional Center, and students at a therapeutic day school. She leads a writers group at her local library in Illinois, and serves as contest coordinator for the Chicago North Fire and Ice writing contest. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in having me meet with your students in person or via Skype.
What others are saying about B. A. Binns
Oct. 23 2011 issue of the Daily Herald Newspaper
Jan 1, 2011 issue of the Daily Herald online
Oct. 23 2010 issue of Portland Examiner
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About MEI love to read, and my taste runs all over the place. My current favorite books include
The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
Liar, by Justine Larbalestier
Reversible Errors, by Scott Turow