J.N. Monk

J. N. Monk is a Midwesterner with a song in their heart. They’ve lived in a lighthouse, an active volcano, and Florida but always return to the heartland. They love travel, superheroes, food, and cats and wish that everyone knew the lyrics and steps to the musical number in their soul. They live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Either Jurassic Park or Toledo: A Sesquicentennial History

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff.”—Harvey Pekar

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Dwayne McDuffie, Kristen Gudsnuk, Harvey Pekar

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I felt compelled. I could hardly imagine a life where I didn’t choose to become a writer even if it was only in my spare time.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Perseverance, dedication, and genuine enthusiasm are among the most vital parts of a career no matter what path you choose.