Paul Durham is an award-winning novelist whose books for young readers are published by HarperCollins and Penguin Random House. Awards for the books in his debut trilogy, The Luck Uglies, include being named a 2015 ALA Notable Children’s Book, a New York Public Library Top Book for Reading and Sharing, the 2014 Cybils Award Winner for Middle Grade Speculative Fiction, an ALA Booklist Top Ten First Novel for Youth, and a Kansas City Star Best Book of the Year. He has appeared on New Hampshire Public Radio and also produces and hosts his own weekly podcast, Telling Lies to Children, where he interviews best-selling authors, Big Five editors, and other publishing insiders to give listeners a behind-the-scenes look at the children’s publishing industry.
Before pursuing his writing career, Paul was a partner at Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green in Manchester, NH where he founded and chaired the law firm’s Entertainment, Media and Publishing Law Practice Group. He obtained his J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science from Boston University’s School of Management. He frequently speaks on the topics of publishing law and writing, appearing most recently at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, Book Expo America, the Boston Book Festival, and the Miami Book Fair International.
Paul currently lives in Exeter, NH, with his wife, two daughters, and an enormous, bushy creature the local animal shelter identified as a cat. He writes in an abandoned chicken coop at the edge of a swamp, and keeps a tiny porcelain frog in his pocket for good luck.