Kevin Emerson is a former elementary school science teacher, and middle school writing teacher. He has also developed writing curriculum, and helped write a book about how to teach science using art, based on his old classroom. He is currently a writer-in-residence with Seattle Writers in the Schools, as well as a teacher at the non-profit writing center 826 Seattle.
Kevin has been a life-long writer. His first stories, written in elementary school, were sequels to popular movies from his childhood. He wrote his first "novel" in 6th Grade, about a CIA agent trying to save the world. He began writing stories for young readers while he was a teacher, inspired by his students. His hardcover debut, Carlos is Gonna Get It is inspired by his teaching years in Dorchester, MA, an urban neighborhood of Boston.
Kevin is also the author of the middle-grade paperback series Oliver Nocturne. Inspired by the often-moist environs of his Seattle home, Oliver is a new take on a classic genre, in which vampires are reinvented for younger readers. Kevin uses his science teacher background to play with creepy ideas about how a vampire family would live in the modern world. As much about families and fitting in, Oliver is also chock full of action, intrigue, and comedy. Spine-tingling instead of scary, gross instead of gory, Oliver Nocturne is written with careful attention to what interests and fascinates middle grade readers, and a commitment to strong character development.
When he is not writing, camping with his wife Annie and 3-year-old daughter Willow, or tending to the tomato plants, Kevin is busy as a musician. His band, Central Services, for which he writes songs, sings, and plays drums, has charted nationally on college radio and been featured on NPR. The band just finished a kids' record, called the Board of Education, featuring songs for elementary school kids in the classic pop vein of Schoolhouse Rock.