“Wallace writes with a heartbreaking kind of razzle-dazzle.” —USA Today
Daniel Wallace is a storyteller who’s been called one of our finest contemporary comic novelists. His tall tales are flush with classic myth, magical realism and always a touch of the extraordinary. He is the author of four novels including Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions, which was adapted into a blockbuster film of the same name by Tim Burton in 2003 and which is currently being developed into a major Broadway production.
In a starred review Publisher’s Weekly described Big Fish as “refreshing” and “original” and The New York Times described the bestseller as “comic and poignant.” Daniel’s fifth novel The Kings and Queens of Roam will be published in 2013.
Having explored several careers before finding success as a writer, Daniel has worked for a time as an import / export agent in Japan, a bookseller and continually as a self described “professional doodler.” Many of his drawings have graced the occasional greeting card or refrigerator magnet and several make up the children’s book O Great Rosenfeld! which he wrote and illustrated. His illustrations have also been published in The Los Angeles Times and Vanity Fair. Recently Daniel has also found success as a screenwriter. His first short film Two Legged Rat Bastards was released in 2011 and played at film festivals across the country.
The astute viewer will recognize Daniel as the actor playing an Auburn University professor in the aforementioned Big Fish film adaptation. He is in fact the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English, and director of the Creative Writing Program, at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
He lives with his wife Laura Kellison Wallace in Chapel Hill. They have one son.
An Afternoon / Evening With Daniel Wallace….Daniel Wallace is an author who’s tall tales have always challenged readers to question their perceptions and understandings of this world. His novel Big Fish has been adapted into both a blockbuster film and a major Broadway musical. In this speech he will discuss his works and why being a writer is a whole lot more fun than being a veterinary assistant
• “The Magical Work of Fiction: An Interview with Daniel Wallace” - The New York Times
• “‘Big Fish’ author finally makes waves” – USA Today