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General Information

Name:  Andrew Winkel  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILD Fiction Science Fiction

Born: 1974 in Clifton, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Andrew Winkel is a lifelong resident of Illinois, and was both born and lives in the town of Clifton. He explains, "I chose to set the events of Raceboy and Super Qwok Adventures in a fictionalized Clifton, using the essential idea of a rural town but creating alternate businesses and places. Some of the action takes place on Main Street, a locale that should be familiar to every resident of rural Illinois. Other stories happen between towns, in fields, or by gravel roads. The heroes do venture outside Clifton when they visit the Field Museum in Chicago, but on the whole, Raceboy and Super Qwok Adventures is a book that readers who grew up or are growing up in the Midwest will connect with. "

Biographical and Professional Information

Andrew Winkel and his wife, Milissa, live in Clifton, Illinois. They have four children: Alex, Bryan, Katherine and Anna.He graduated from the Fiction Writing program of Columbia College Chicago in 1996. He earned his M.A. from Olivet Nazarene University in 2000, and has taught middle school language arts for over ten years in Bradley, Illinois. He has also been the part-time director of the Clifton Public Library since 2006.

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