Jimmy Matejek-Morris

Jimmy Matejek-Morris is an author and screenwriter. His first novel, My Ex-Imaginary Friend, was named a Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year. He lives in Massachusetts with his husband.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

What’s your favorite line from a book?

I do not have the best memory so specific lines tend to be forgotten, however the closing line of Charlotte’s Web has definitely stuck with me. I will refrain from spoiling the end of the book though.

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

There are many authors that I adore so it is hard to choose just three, but once Sandy Budiansky, Shoshana Flax, Jen Cox-Shah, and the rest of my writing group are published, everyone should be prepared to add them to the top of their lists.

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I have always enjoyed storytelling and knew that I wanted to do something creative with my life. I am so excited that I finally have a chance to share my imaginary worlds.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Find a supportive yet (kindly) critical writing group and immerse yourself in the writing community wherever you can. Never give up on your dream, but realize it is okay to take a break.