Short biography

A lifelong Amsterdammer, Corinne Duyvis spends her days writing sci-fi and fantasy and getting her geek on whenever possible.

Her fantasy YA debut Otherbound (2014) won the Bisexual Book Award and received four starred reviews; Kirkus called it “original and compelling; a stunning debut” while the Bulletin praised its “subtle, nuanced examinations of power dynamics and privilege.” Her second book On the Edge of Gone (2016), an apocalyptic YA, received three starred reviews. School Library Journal called it “insightful, suspenseful, and unsettling in its plausibility.” Both are published by Amulet Books/ABRAMS.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Collect Them All–an original novel set in the Marvel Universe–will release April 2017.

Find Corinne at her Twitter or Tumblr. She is a co-founder and editor of Disability in Kidlit.

Photograph of Corinne Duyvis, a mid-twenties white woman with a short pink haircut and glasses

Photo by Maija Haavisto

Long biography

At fourteen, I was diagnosed with autism and dropped out of high school in a spectacular fashion; at nineteen, I graduated from the Amsterdam art school Wackers Academie in an even more spectacular fashion. After that, I had my future as a proper artiste all planned out—so it makes perfect sense that, instead, I threw myself headfirst into the writing business the same year I graduated.

While I’ve dabbled in short stories, my focus is on science fiction and fantasy novels in the middle grade-young adult age range. I love a wide variety of styles and genres—from high-concept SF to magical realism, from light-hearted fantasy to deliciously messed-up darkness. My debut novel Otherbound was released in summer 2014 from Amulet Books/ABRAMS, and an unrelated second book, On the Edge of Gone, followed in spring 2016.

I still create the occasional piece of art, which you can see in my portfolio. I have an affinity for black-and-white portraits—especially when done in charcoal—as I feel it leaves me free to delve deep into the balance between dark and light in a drawing. I’m meticulously attentive to detail and love playing around with contrasts and composition. In 2009, I appeared on Dutch national television with my art in a show called Sterren op het Doek.

These days, however, my life tends to revolve around Microsoft Word and my computer keyboard; on the rare occasions I draw, it’s usually in the form of cartoonesque portraits of the characters from my novels. I miss portrait art dearly, and one of my life’s missions is eventually finding a balance between my writing and my art.

As for the rest: I have a harmless Internet obsession, and my hobbies slant toward the geeky. Think superheroes, comic books, video games, way too much TV, and online fandom. This is balanced out by a couple of years of krav maga training and a tendency to sleep until noon. I occasionally find myself yelling at my computer screen in futile attempts to dismantle the kyriarchy using the power of indignance, but mostly just defy it by sheer virtue of being me. Disability in Kidlit

I am a co-founder and editor of Disability in Kidlit, a website that focuses on the portrayal of disability in children’s literature. We feature articles, book reviews, and discussions–critical, thoughtful, and exclusively written by people who identify as disabled themselves.

I was born and raised in Amsterdam, where I still live alongside my endearingly wimpy cat.


You can find much more info about me and my books in the various articles and interviews I’ve done for various websites over the years. Select a category to take a look.

writing

•   The Book Smugglers: Corinne Duyvis’s Very Scientific List of Cool Things Revealed in 2016 (January 5, 2017)

•   Pique Beyond: NaNoWriMo, and All the Things You Don’t Know (November 16, 2016)

•   Plot Twister: Interview with Jessica Meats (May 25, 2016)

•   The Olive Fox (interview): The Importance of #OwnVoices (May 12, 2016)

•   Disability in Kidlit: (Not) Engaging with Disability: Convenient Approaches in SFF (March 27, 2016)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Interview with Ada Hoffmann and Jessica Walton (March 24, 2016)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Magical Disabilities (discussion) (March 23, 2016)

•   The Fox's Hideaway: Top Ten Favorite Moments of My Sophomore Release (March 22, 2016)

•   The Guardian: Fiction, like life, tells disabled people their lives have less value (March 14, 2016)

•   The Book Wars (interview): World of Word Craft (March 8, 2016)

•   The Mary Sue (interview): Disability in Kidlit and the Changing Landscape of Disabilities in Books (February 6, 2016)

•   Nerdy Book Club: Thinking Critically, Thinking Positively (November 12, 2015)

•   Diversity in YA: Truths and Lies about Diversity in Speculative Fiction (September 28, 2015)

•   The Gay YA: Labels, Erasure, Visibility: A Q&A About (Not) Writing Bi Characters (September 27, 2015)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Happy Endings and Overcoming Autism (April 26, 2015)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Narrative Devices and the Autism Voice (April 19, 2015)

•   School Library Journal (interview): YA Author with Autism Talks to SLJ About “Autism on the Page” Event (March 31, 2015)

•   For Books' Sake: Why Strong Female Characters Aren’t All That (January 26, 2015)

•   SF Signal: Special Needs in Strange Worlds: Minding Your Metaphors (October 28, 2014)

•   The Guardian: Diverse characters: Corinne Duyvis on the decline of “issue” books (October 17, 2014)

•   League of Extraordinary Writers: Capitalizing on What You Know (August 19, 2014)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Mystical Disability Trope (August 1, 2014)

•   Fiction University: What My Cat Taught Me About Characterization (July 14, 2014)

•   YA Highway: What Fandom Taught Me (June 26, 2014)

•   EMU's Debuts: The Importance of Knowing Yourself (June 18, 2014)

•   Interview with QueryTracker (October 14, 2012)

•   Fiction University: Fast Drafting, Fast Editing (August 8, 2012)

Otherbound

•   Plot Twister: Interview with Jessica Meats (May 25, 2016)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Interview with Ada Hoffmann and Jessica Walton (March 24, 2016)

•   Interview with The Gay YA (June 22, 2015)

•   Interview with Easter Seals Thrive (January 26, 2015)

•   Otherbound Book Presentation (August 30, 2014)

An 18-minute video of my Otherbound launch at the American Book Center in Amsterdam; contains journalist Julie Philips’s introduction of Otherbound, my reading of part of the first chapter, and a few questions of the interview.

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•   Interview with the Skiffy and Fanty Show (podcast) (August 6, 2014)

•   YA Interrobang (interview): Royal Runaways and Taking Risks (July 13, 2014)

•   Interview with Jessica Spotswood (June 19, 2014)

•   Interview with xoJane (June 18, 2014)

•   Interview with A Fantastical Librarian (June 17, 2014)

•   Interview with Meg at Adrift on Vulcan (June 17, 2014)

•   Interview with The Fearless Fifteeners (June 17, 2014)

•   Diversity in YA: Secondary Worlds, Choices, and Otherbound (June 16, 2014)

•   YA Misfits: Band Geek Thursday–the Otherbound playlist (June 12, 2014)

•   Interview with Bisexual Books (June 3, 2014)

•   Interview with OneFourKidlit (January 7, 2013)

•   Interview with QueryTracker (October 14, 2012)

On the Edge of Gone

•   Pique: Optimism in the Apocalypse (June 23, 2016)

•   Plot Twister: Interview with Jessica Meats (May 25, 2016)

•   On the Edge of Gone Book Presentation (April 16, 2016)

A 17-minute video of my On the Edge of Gone launch at the American Book Center in Amsterdam; contains reviewer Mieneke van der Salm’s introduction, my reading of part of the second chapter, and a few questions of the interview.

(click to show video here)

•   Interview with The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism (April 8, 2016)

•   Interview with Geek Club Books (April 7, 2016)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Interview with Ada Hoffmann and Jessica Walton (March 24, 2016)

•   Interview with Adventures in YA Publishing (March 22, 2016)

•   The Fox's Hideaway: Top Ten Favorite Moments of My Sophomore Release (March 22, 2016)

•   The Guardian: Fiction, like life, tells disabled people their lives have less value (March 14, 2016)

•   The Mary Sue (interview): Disability in Kidlit and the Changing Landscape of Disabilities in Books (February 6, 2016)

•   Interview with Sci-Fi and Scary (December 17, 2015)

•   We Need Diverse Books: Cover reveal for On the Edge of Gone (August 15, 2015)

Marvel

•   Marvel (interview): Collect Them All with Guardians of the Galaxy (August 16, 2016)

diversity

•   Disability in Kidlit: Navigating Criticism and Discussions of Disability Representation (July 22, 2016)

•   Disability in Kidlit: The State of Disability on Book Covers (July 15, 2016)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Introduction to Disability Terminology (July 8, 2016)

•   Plot Twister: Interview with Jessica Meats (May 25, 2016)

•   The Olive Fox (interview): The Importance of #OwnVoices (May 12, 2016)

•   On the Edge of Gone Book Presentation (April 16, 2016)

A 17-minute video of my On the Edge of Gone launch at the American Book Center in Amsterdam; contains reviewer Mieneke van der Salm’s introduction, my reading of part of the second chapter, and a few questions of the interview.

(click to show video here)

•   Interview with The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism (April 8, 2016)

•   Disability in Kidlit: (Not) Engaging with Disability: Convenient Approaches in SFF (March 27, 2016)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Interview with Ada Hoffmann and Jessica Walton (March 24, 2016)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Magical Disabilities (discussion) (March 23, 2016)

•   The Guardian: Fiction, like life, tells disabled people their lives have less value (March 14, 2016)

•   The Mary Sue (interview): Disability in Kidlit and the Changing Landscape of Disabilities in Books (February 6, 2016)

•   We Need Diverse Books: Perspectives of Authors with Disabilities (roundtable) (February 5, 2016)

•   Nerdy Book Club: Thinking Critically, Thinking Positively (November 12, 2015)

•   Diversity in YA: Truths and Lies about Diversity in Speculative Fiction (September 28, 2015)

•   The Gay YA: Labels, Erasure, Visibility: A Q&A About (Not) Writing Bi Characters (September 27, 2015)

•   Interview with The Gay YA (June 22, 2015)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Happy Endings and Overcoming Autism (April 26, 2015)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Narrative Devices and the Autism Voice (April 19, 2015)

•   The Guardian: Why we need to hear from readers and writers with autism (April 2, 2015)

•   School Library Journal (interview): YA Author with Autism Talks to SLJ About “Autism on the Page” Event (March 31, 2015)

•   Interview with Easter Seals Thrive (January 26, 2015)

•   For Books' Sake: Why Strong Female Characters Aren’t All That (January 26, 2015)

•   SF Signal: Special Needs in Strange Worlds: Minding Your Metaphors (October 28, 2014)

•   The Guardian: Diverse characters: Corinne Duyvis on the decline of “issue” books (October 17, 2014)

•   The Book Smugglers: The Insidious Comfort of Invisibility (August 13, 2014)

•   Interview with the Skiffy and Fanty Show (podcast) (August 6, 2014)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Mystical Disability Trope (August 1, 2014)

•   YA Interrobang (interview): Royal Runaways and Taking Risks (July 13, 2014)

•   Interview with xoJane (June 18, 2014)

•   Twinja Book Reviews: A Confession and a Plea (June 18, 2014)

•   Interview with Meg at Adrift on Vulcan (June 17, 2014)

•   Diversity in YA: Secondary Worlds, Choices, and Otherbound (June 16, 2014)

•   Interview with Bisexual Books (June 3, 2014)

•   Diversity in YA: Defining Disability (April 23, 2014)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Autism, ADD, and Depression, a.k.a. Bad School Experiences 101 (November 15, 2013)

•   Interview with DiversifYA: Bisexuality (October 2, 2013)

•   Interview with S.E. Sinkhorn (September 3, 2013)

disability

•   Disability in Kidlit: Navigating Criticism and Discussions of Disability Representation (July 22, 2016)

•   Disability in Kidlit: The State of Disability on Book Covers (July 15, 2016)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Introduction to Disability Terminology (July 8, 2016)

•   On the Edge of Gone Book Presentation (April 16, 2016)

A 17-minute video of my On the Edge of Gone launch at the American Book Center in Amsterdam; contains reviewer Mieneke van der Salm’s introduction, my reading of part of the second chapter, and a few questions of the interview.

(click to show video here)

•   Interview with The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism (April 8, 2016)

•   Interview with Geek Club Books (April 7, 2016)

•   Disability in Kidlit: (Not) Engaging with Disability: Convenient Approaches in SFF (March 27, 2016)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Interview with Ada Hoffmann and Jessica Walton (March 24, 2016)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Magical Disabilities (discussion) (March 23, 2016)

•   The Guardian: Fiction, like life, tells disabled people their lives have less value (March 14, 2016)

•   The Mary Sue (interview): Disability in Kidlit and the Changing Landscape of Disabilities in Books (February 6, 2016)

•   We Need Diverse Books: Perspectives of Authors with Disabilities (roundtable) (February 5, 2016)

•   We Need Diverse Books: Cover reveal for On the Edge of Gone (August 15, 2015)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Happy Endings and Overcoming Autism (April 26, 2015)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Narrative Devices and the Autism Voice (April 19, 2015)

•   The Guardian: Why we need to hear from readers and writers with autism (April 2, 2015)

•   School Library Journal (interview): YA Author with Autism Talks to SLJ About “Autism on the Page” Event (March 31, 2015)

•   SF Signal: Special Needs in Strange Worlds: Minding Your Metaphors (October 28, 2014)

•   Otherbound Book Presentation (August 30, 2014)

An 18-minute video of my Otherbound launch at the American Book Center in Amsterdam; contains journalist Julie Philips’s introduction of Otherbound, my reading of part of the first chapter, and a few questions of the interview.

(click to show video here)

•   The Guardian: Autism helped me become an internationally published author—here’s how (August 17, 2014)

•   Interview with the Skiffy and Fanty Show (podcast) (August 6, 2014)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Mystical Disability Trope (August 1, 2014)

•   Interview with xoJane (June 18, 2014)

•   Interview with Meg at Adrift on Vulcan (June 17, 2014)

•   Diversity in YA: Secondary Worlds, Choices, and Otherbound (June 16, 2014)

•   Interview with Bisexual Books (June 3, 2014)

•   Diversity in YA: Defining Disability (April 23, 2014)

•   Disability in Kidlit: Autism, ADD, and Depression, a.k.a. Bad School Experiences 101 (November 15, 2013)

•   Interview with S.E. Sinkhorn (September 3, 2013)

audio and video

•   On the Edge of Gone Book Presentation (April 16, 2016)

A 17-minute video of my On the Edge of Gone launch at the American Book Center in Amsterdam; contains reviewer Mieneke van der Salm’s introduction, my reading of part of the second chapter, and a few questions of the interview.

(click to show video here)

•   Otherbound Book Presentation (August 30, 2014)

An 18-minute video of my Otherbound launch at the American Book Center in Amsterdam; contains journalist Julie Philips’s introduction of Otherbound, my reading of part of the first chapter, and a few questions of the interview.

(click to show video here)

•   Interview with the Skiffy and Fanty Show (podcast) (August 6, 2014)