About Joan



WHY DO I WRITE? I write because I enjoy writing. I always have. Working to improve my writing is my version of climbing Mt. Everest. I want my books to be so much fun that people will want to read another book.

WHAT DO I WRITE? I don't write about things that make me cry, because crying would ruin my computer. Honestly, we all need more laughter than we usually get. I don't put humor in a book; it just happens. Yay!  
Iona Opie, famous collector of children's nursery rhymes and songs, said this:  

"Laughter is mankind's most precious possession. 
  Children seem to know that instinctively."

I LOVE: wonderful writing, everything that makes me laugh, beautiful music, all animals except fire ants, gardening and playing games, going out to eat, and especially my family and friends. Writers write about what is most important to them.

I focus on real kids and animals and families. Sometimes, as with the Bed and Biscuit trilogy, I write wholly imagined stories, called fantasy—Winnie The Pooh, for example. You will find much truth in fantasy. My books usually have big or little mysteries in them, because mysteries are fun.


Everyone asks writers this question. I believe that ideas are everywhere.  Once I asked myself,  How about a book with kids at a dinosaur dig?  So I did research, worked at a dig in Montana for a while, then wrote the mystery Stolen Bones, about a boy spending the summer at his grandfather's dig in Montana.



  • I am married, with 3 grown children, and 5 grandchildren.

  • Thus, I'm probably older than you are.

  • Chocolate comes from a bean and is therefore a vegetable.           

  • A great teacher is your best hope of success.

  • What you find in your brain is what you put there.  Put good things in there.

  • Your language skills will shape your life.  Trust me on this.

  • You are UNIQUE, the only one of your kind.  Make us all proud.

  • Brussels sprouts are acky.





Text copyright (c) 2006 by Joan Carris. Illustrations copyright (c) 2006 by Noah Z. Jones. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

Magic At The Bed and Biscuit is the third of the Bed and Biscuit Series. 






 Other Books:

boys                                    witch cat2                               wwcover1                 

When The Boys Ran The House                        Witch-Cat                                                         Wicked Water

Contact Joan - she has lots!!  


Out-of-Print Titles:

The Revolt of 10-X

Pets, Vets, and Marty Howard

Rusty Timmons' First Million

Hedgehogs in the Closet

The Greatest Idea Ever

Just A Little Ham

Aunt Morbelia and the Screaming Skulls

Beware The Ravens Aunt Morbelia

Howling for Home

Stolen Bones 

A Ghost Of A Chance