Albert Watkins Key, Jr., publishing under the name Watt Key, is an American award-winning fiction author from the South. A resident of Alabama, his debut novelAlabama Moon was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2006 and was the 2007 winner of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award for older readers. It received a 2006 Parents' Choice Award. Key says that growing up relatively isolated in Point Clear, Alabama, a rural area, inspired him to develop his imagination in a way that led to his decision to write.Alabama Moon has been translated and published in eight languages as of 2012.
Watt Key makes a brief cameo appearance in the feature film L.A. Dirt.
In addition to his writing, Watt Key founded and still maintains ownership in a successful computer software company.
When he was nineteen years old Watt received college credit for surviving two weeks in the wild with little more than a bow and arrows. The psychology department at Birmingham-Southern College helped him design the course. He lost fifteen pounds living off armadillos, snakes, and acorns. Watt often describes this experience as the genesis for his debut novel, ALABAMA MOON.