Maryrose Wood is the author of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, a critically acclaimed series for middle-grade readers, published by HarperCollins. Book I, The Mysterious Howling , was named a Junior Library Guild selection and a Best Children’s Book of 2010 by The Christian Science Monitor, Kirkus Reviews, and others. Wood has also published seven novels for young adults, including My Life: The Musical (Random House) and Why I Let My Hair Grow Out (Berkley Books, currently optioned for television by the Disney Channel). Her personal essays and short fiction appear in Recycle This Book: 100 Top Children’s Book Authors Tell You How to Go Green (Random House), Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperCollins), Who Done It? (Soho Teen), and Starry-Eyed (Running Press). Wood’s writing for the stage has made her a three-time winner of the Richard Rodgers Award, administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has taught fiction writing at CUNY-Lehman College and in the Stony Brook Children’s Literature Fellows program, and is a frequent lecturer at libraries, schools and conferences. Her most recent book is The Interrupted Tale, the fourth installment in the Incorrigible Children series.
Teaching and Research Interests
fiction writing; writing for children and young adults; dramatic writing (stage and screen)
B.A., New York University, 1996
The fifth book in Professor Maryrose Wood's The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, titled The Unmapped Sea, was published by HarperCollins Children’s Books in April 2015. Professor Wood led a breakout session on “Romance in Middle Grade Fiction” for the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators's New York City Chapter, as part of a one-day conference in writing for young readers.
Professor Wood wrote the book and lyrics for the play The Tutor, which was given a 10-week mainstage run in the Seattle area, beginning with the Issaquah, WA, production at The Village Theatre in March 2014. She was the keynote speaker for the Writing for Charity conference in Provo, Utah, held in March 2014.