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.
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.
I am the author of three YA novels, Pull (Westside Books, 2010) a YALSA Quick Picks For Young Adult Readers book; Being God (AllTheColorsOfLove press, 2013); and Minority Of One (AllTheColorsOfLove press, 2014). These stories follow a group of teens at Farrington High School in Chicago, Illinois. I also write short stories and flash fiction for all ages that is published in a quarterly journal, The Arlington Almanac. Many of these were published in the Flash Fiction collection, Die Trying and Other Stories (AllTheColorsOfLove press, 2012) Next up is my Middle Grade debut, COURAGE coming from Harper Collins in winter, 2018.
I love speaking with students and aspiring authors. For more information take a look at my Author Visits Page. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in having me meet with your students in person or via Skype.
For writers, teachers, and librarians: I teach online writing classes, and present workshops on subjects such as Adding Diversity to Writing, Creating Believable Male Characters, Reaching Reluctant Readers, Multicultural literature, and Non-traditional Romances. I am a frequent presenter 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 am an active member of the Chicago Writers Association, Romance Writers Of America, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the American Library Association.
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What others are saying about B. A. Binns
Feb, 2013 The Brown Bookshelf
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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