FAQ

Here are a few of the questions I get asked all the time maybe this will answer some that you may have.

What were your favorite books to read as a kid?
I was a terrible reader as a kid, terrible student—I failed the ninth grade. I didn’t read much because it was so hard for me. It wasn’t until a librarian gave me a book that I became a reader. I only wish she’d shown up earlier and that every kid who doesn’t like books finds someone like her. She turned my life around, she really did.

What inspired you to write your books?
Ideas always come to me when I least expect it. At any given time, I have a notebook with about 20-30 different ideas that I’m kicking around. I can’t pinpoint the exact time or reason I started most of my books. I read and research and write all the time and sometimes, when I’m working on one book, another idea will come to mind and I’ll abandon the first to start the second and then go back and forth between them. The more you write and the harder you work, the more ideas come to you. At least that’s what’s happened to me.

What authors do you like besides yourself?
Patrick O’Brien, Charles Dickens, Stephen Jay Gould, Carl Sagan.

What is your favorite book you have written?
I will always say the next one.

What genre of books do you write?
I mostly write adventure, mystery/ suspense, and realistic fiction. I have also written some nonfiction, but I enjoy writing fictional writing the best. I try to address concepts of growing up and the challenges that go along with that.

http://www.randomhouse.com/features/garypaulsen/book-report-corner.html

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