Lisa Varchol Perron

Lisa Varchol Perron writes picture books, middle grade novels, and poetry for children. Her poems have appeared in children’s magazines, online poetry journals, and anthologies, and she earned the 2021 Boston Authors Club Discovery Award for picture book writers. She lives outside of Boston with her geologist husband and two book-loving kids.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Bed Book by Sylvia Plath, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring.” Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Jacqueline Woodson, Lauren Wolk, Lois Lowry

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

Throughout my life, books and poetry have offered me comfort, sparked my curiosity, and inspired me to learn and grow. I hope I can offer some of the same to readers.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Everyone has their own approach to creative work. For me, it’s not just about sitting down and writing (although I do lots of that), it’s also about walking in the woods or running an errand in town and observing everything along the way.