Words terrified me when I was a child.

I felt dumb, as if a part of me was broken, unable to write correctly, praying every day my teacher wouldn't call on me to read aloud. So I hid from the world of words, and then math, and found other ways to express myself and demonstrate my intelligence. It wasn't until I applied to college, a decade later, that I learned I was severely dyslexic. 


My career has spanned the ranks of designer, animator, film editor, and the creator of the entertainment industry's go-to creative collaboration software. I surrounded myself with storytelling, yet never my own. So when a random bedtime story turned episodic, my oldest daughter suggested I write a book. Somehow, I agreed.

In the end, I was left with the manuscript for Clara Poole and the Long Way Round, and a portal adventure series called The Land of Ends. I recently finished my third book Sprout. I only wish I started sooner.


I find endless joy in writing for middle grade readers, who are no longer children, but not quite adults. It is a bridge in time before self-awareness and teen relationships take over, when things like magic still have profound importance. I hope my stories help keep that moment around a little longer.


When I am not writing, I'm creating horrible songs to embarrass my two daughters, and driving my beautiful wife to question why she ever married me​.

My favorite things


Phantom Tollbooth, The Secret History, Harry Potter, Watership Down, The Hobbit, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, A Monster Calls, The Alchemist.


Goonies, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Big Fish, Super 8, Edward Scissorhands, Raiders of the Lost Ark, JAWS.


Nonsense, egg sandwiches, original music, new old-sounding R&B, thunderstorms, fish n' chips, quokkas, snorkeling, ski-trips, Belgian ale, dogs, Foo Fighters, fried chicken, Lyle Lovett, a bit of daily wonder, and a whole lot of gratitude.

Erin Clyburn

The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

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