Todd Mitchell is the award-winning author of several books for young readers and adults including The Last Panther (Penguin Random House), The Traitor King (Scholastic Press), The Secret to Lying (Candlewick Press), Backwards (Candlewick Press) and A Flight of Angels (DC). His two most recent books came out with Owl Hollow Press in fall 2021—one for writers, artists, and other creators titled Breakthrough: How to Overcome Doubt, Fear, and Resistance to Be Your Ultimate Creative Self, and a middle grade novel that’s been optioned for film/TV development titled The Namer of Spirits. Todd’s books have twice won the Colorado Book Award, along with several national awards including the Nautilus Gold Book Award, the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, the Foreword Indies Book Award, and the Green Earth Honor Book Award. Currently, Todd serves as an Associate Teaching Professor at Colorado State University where he directs the Beginning Creative Writing Teaching Program. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife, dog, and two wise daughters. You can visit him (and learn about his squirrel obsession) at


Want to see me embarrass myself on TV or radio? Here are some recent interviews, articles, and other stuff:

Monday Morning Radio interview on how to Breakthrough the Barriers to Becoming Your Ultimate Creative Self

CSU Faculty Spotlight on Creativity and Teaching

The Colorado Sun interview on the nasty breakdown that led to Breakthrough

—Innovation Showcase interview with Jay Sugarman on Breakthrough

—Children’s Book Insider Discussion of How to Enhance Creativity and the Hero’s Journey

Wisdom Workshop Discussion on Breakthrough and Self-Transformation

Dragonfly Eco Interview on Cli-fi for Kids, Growing up on Tatooine, and Florida

Colorado Public Radio Interview on the Green Wave in Literature

Greeley Tribune Interview (on growing up in a cornfield, imagination, and writing)

—NCW Podcast Interview on why I write, suicide prevention, staying sane, and the trouble with Shakespeare

Denver Post Review of Backwards

Mesummer275KUNC Radio Interview on Backwards

Coloradoan Interview on Backwards

Loveland Reporter-Herald backward interview on Backwards

Channel Ten Bookends TV Interview  (’cause you never know how odd you look until you see yourself on TV)

—USA Today article on A Flight of Angels

—Brush News Tribune article on author visit

—A Good Addiction Author Interview

—Conversation with Author Amy Kathleen Ryan on Buddhism, Rejection, and Writing

—Buffalo News article on The Secret to Lying

More to come…

If you’d like to do an interview with me, please contact me.

If you’re looking for a standard press release for an author visit, or other appearance, please contact me and I’ll send you one.