Journalist; writer.. Born– September 21, 1957, Monroeville. Parents– Roy and Mary Helen (Gillion) Childress. Education– University of Alabama, B.A., 1978. Worked for the Birmingham News, 1977-80; feature editor for Southern Living, 1980-84; regional editor for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 1984-85. Book of the Year Selection for Crazy in Alabama; Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Alabama, ; Writer of the Year, Alabama Library Association, 1994.


Anniston Star, November 25, 1984 and Mark Childress, Atlanta, Ga.


Crazy in Alabama. New York: Ballantine Books, 1993.

Georgia Bottoms. New York:  Little, Brown, 2011.

Henry Bobbity Is Missing and It’s All Billy Bobbity’s Fault! Birmingham:  Crane Hill Publishers, 1996.

Joshua and Bigtooth. Boston; Little, Brown, 1992.

Joshua and the Big Bad Blue Crabs. Boston:  Little, Brown, 1996.

One Mississippi.  New York: Little, Brown, 2006.

Tender. New York; Harmony Books, 1989.

V for Victor. New York; Knopf, 1988.

World Made of Fire. New York:  Knopf, 1984.


Home to Jericho. Birmingham, Ala.; Oxmoor House, 1987.