Born and raised in Opelousas, Louisiana — in the northern part of Cajun country — Ken Wheaton is a journalist and author. His published novels include Sweet as Cane, Salty as Tears, Bacon & Egg Man, and The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival.
Most recently the editor of Advertising Age, Wheaton lives deep in the heart of Brooklyn – Bay Ridge, to be exact – with his wife Cara (also from Louisiana) and two tiny poodles. He’s been a Pushcart nominee for fiction and a finalist for the Jesse H. Neal Awards for commentary. Wheaton is also a Cajun cook who will put his gumbo up against anyone in New York and maybe even few people in Louisiana. He’s also a certified barbecue judge.
Wheaton aspired to one day be a Navy pilot but was sidelined by bad eyesight and poor math skills. He graduated from Opelousas Catholic School in 1991 and went off to Southampton College-Long Island University in Southampton, New York, intending to study Marine Biology. An excess of drinking and (again) a dearth of math skills, led him to become an English major. From there he returned to Louisiana, where he received an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana-Lafayette).
While he lives in New York, most of his family, including 18-year-old son Nick, still live in Louisiana and he returns there frequently (and has the cholesterol levels to prove it).
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.