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John Green - Author

About the Author

John Green grew up in Orlando, Florida, within spitting distance of Disney World. He moved to Ohio for university, where he studied English and Religion. For several months after graduating, John worked as a chaplain at a children’s hospital. While there, he was inspired to write his first novel, Looking for Alaska, which became a bestseller in the United States and won many literary prizes around the world, including the Michael L. Printz Award in the US and the Silver Inky Award in Australia. John’s second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was published in 2006, and became a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize as well as being named a Michael L. Printz Honor book. Paper Towns, published in the US in 2008, debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller list and won the prestigious Edgar Allen Poe Award for best mystery novel. In 2009, Paper Towns was also voted #1 in the ALA (American Library Association) Teens’ Top Ten by over 11,000 readers. The Fault in our Stars is his latest bestselling literary tour de force.

In January of 2007, John and his younger brother Hank began a year-long project in which they communicated solely by daily videoblogs. This experiment, called Brotherhood 2.0, was covered extensively by the media — from the Wall Street Journal to BBC 4 — and became hugely popular around the world, spawning a community of proud supporters who call themselves nerdfighters. John and Hank continue to make videos back and forth to each other, and they are available to watch on YouTube.

In his spare time, John is a huge fan of English Premier League football, but he won’t tell you which club he supports because he does not wish to alienate any potential readers. He does admit, however, to getting chills whenever he hears “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.

 

John Green currently lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Sarah.

 

JOHN GREEN Q&A

1.    What are your 5 favourite books, and why?
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

2.    Who are your 5 favourite authors/illustrators, and why?
For this one, let’s stick to the world of young adult books:
Markus Zusak, because while he is aggravatingly handsome, he writes books that have tremendous integrity.
Meg Rosoff
M. T. Anderson
Phillip Pullman

3.    What was your favourite book when you were a child?
I was really fond of The Babysitters’ Club. Did you guys have those books? It was a series about a bunch of girls who started a babysitting business. And they were always getting into trouble and talking about boys and Learning Important Lessons. These books were strictly for girls—pink covers, etc.—but I loved them.

4.    Who is your favourite hero in a book?
I’m awfully fond of Huck Finn, the American teenager who refuses to be civilized by the demented world in which he finds himself.
 
5.    Who is your favourite villain in a book?
Satan in Paradise Lost. It’s no contest, really.

6.    If you could be a character from a book who would you be?
I would be Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books. It’s a good life for a crazy beautiful veteran of Dumbledore’s Army.

7.    If you could recommend just one book for everyone to read what would it be?
I think pretty much every human being can benefit from reading The Golden Compass [Northern Lights - UK title].

8.    What book do you wish you had written?
Well, I wish I’d written them all. I mean, if I had written every book ever published, I would be so rich.

9.    Who or what was your biggest influence in deciding to become a writer?
To be perfectly honest, a lot of my initial motivations were entirely despicable. Like, when I started writing Looking for Alaska, one of my central goals was to make my ex-girlfriends regret dumping me. Resentment is a good motivator, but it doesn’t last.
These days I write for the same reason I read: I still believe that stories can help save us, and that books give us an opportunity to talk about stuff that matters.


10.    What's the best thing you've ever written?
Oh, I don’t think any of it is particularly good, to be honest. The question of quality is not one for me to answer; my books belong to their readers, not to me.

11.    When did you start writing?
I started writing stories when I was eight years old, but they were terrible. I don’t mean that they were bad in the way that all stories by eight-year-olds were bad; I mean that they were unusually bad. I don’t think I wrote a good sentence until college—and even then they were anomalous, like the proverbial monkeys at the proverbial typewriters who eventually write Hamlet.
I could always tell stories; I just needed to figure out how to write them down, and that happened slowly in the years after school as I read more and more books.

12.    If someone wanted to be a writer what would be your number one tip for them?
Read. Reading is the only apprenticeship we have.

13.    Is there any particular routine involved in your writing process?
I am a little superstitious about keyboards. Like, if I am struggling with a story, sometimes I will start to blame the keyboard. And then I will go out and buy a new one. This has resulted in an extensive collection of keyboards. Fortunately, they are cheap.

14.    Do you have any abandoned stories in your ‘bottom drawer’ that you would like to revisit?
Yes. But then I will open up that bottom drawer and begin reading, and I will realize that the bottom drawer exists for a reason.

Featured books by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down

Author: John Green Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/2017

In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity.

ebook of the month

Other books by John Green

Baseball Fundamentals

Baseball Fundamentals

Author: John Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2019

When he was a kid, Ray loved baseball and like most young boys, dreamed of making it to the major leagues. The only drawback was that he sucked at it. Billionaire Raymond Farnsworth and his new Franchise, The Las Vegas Lightning's turn the professional baseball world on its ear as they return to what they call ?Baseball FUNdamentals? ? They mix old-time nostalgia and values, crazy hijinx, pranks, public relations stunts, Las Vegas style entertainment, and make a fortune while doing it. In addition to the main story, this includes photos and a brief history of some of the famous players mentioned in it. Plus excerpts about youth baseball from the author's book: Everything I Needed to Know about Life, I Learned on a Baseball field (well, almost) Also included are film synopsis? of some of the baseball films noted in the story

Taos Uprising and Other Stories of the West.

Taos Uprising and Other Stories of the West.

Author: John Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2019

Two authors team up again. John F. Green and Edward C. Hartshorn TAOS UPRISING by John F. Green -- Set amidst the true story of the revolt in Taos, New Mexico in 1680, a young man of the Pueblo, counseled by his grandfather, Eah Walla must decide what a man should do. THE LAST GUNFIGHT IN ASH FORK by John F. Green -- Young Jordie Conboy learns that legends and heroes are seldom what they seem. THE STRANGER by Edward C. Hartshorn -- In the end, everyone left Angel Rock - one way or another. None would ever forget how the first death came - swift and without warning on the first night a stranger rode into town. THE APPENDIX Includes a detailed history of the New Mexico revolt and a brief history of Ash Fork, Arizona

The Story of Robin Hood Coloring Book

The Story of Robin Hood Coloring Book

Author: John Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2018

Stowaway Suzi

Stowaway Suzi

Author: John Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2018

A deeply flawed man finds his greatest love in the remote hills of Northern Arizona. Together, they face mortal dangers and struggle to survive as they watch the world they know fall into red ruin. Much later, he must decide if he can accept another type of love as a culture in a different form evolves. Two centuries later his descendant finds an unlikely love amidst enemies who have come to destroy the fragile society that remains. An apocalyptic story laced with love, and deep friendships often crossing cultural and racial lines. Adventure, action and touch of mysticism, round out a sweeping epic.

Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down

Author: John Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

__________ 'Our hearts were broken in the same places. That's something like love, but maybe not quite the thing itself' Aza's life is filled with complications. Living with anxiety and OCD is enough but when Daisy, her Best and Most Fearless Friend, brings her on a mission to find a fugitive billionaire things are about to get even more complicated. To find Russell Pickett, Aza must enter the world of his geeky, but maybe kind-of-cute son, Davis. But the chances of a first kiss, and maybe even a first love, could send Aza into a spiral of anxiety... A perfect coming-of-age novel filled with love, mystery and Star Wars fan-fiction. 'John Green writes from the heart'- The Times __________ In his long-awaited return John Green, the acclaimed author of the Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel about mental health, love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship. 'A gripping story that cuts to the heart of friendship and first love' The Scotsman 'Acknowledging the difficulties of loving someone with a chronic mental illness is both ethically noble, and, with this novel, skilfully done.' Claire Hennessy, Irish Times 'The friendships in Green's novels are stirring and powerful.' The New York Times

The Complete Tommy Polito's Tavern

The Complete Tommy Polito's Tavern

Author: John Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2018

This is a story of a town the way it was and never will be again. It was a tavern, like thousands of others, across America that shaped many a memory and many a life. It is also the story of a man, long gone but never forgotten. CONTENTS -INTRODUCTION - PHOTO GALLERY -HISTORY - Fonda's, Giovanni's, Johnny Polito, obituaries, articles, tributes, poems, songs and more.PONDERING POLITO'S - Stories, anecdotes and memories garnered from people who were there! TOMMY POLITO'S TAVERN - A NOVELLA The complete version originally published in 2016 -APPENDIX - NOTE: Parts of this book originally published in Tommy Polito's Tavern and A Baby Boomers History of Guilderland, NY - Volumes One and Two.

A Baby Boomers History of Guilderland Part III

A Baby Boomers History of Guilderland Part III

Author: John Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/06/2018

This book is the last sequel to the well-received books, A Baby Boomers History of Guilderland, and A Baby Boomers History of Guilderland Part II published in 2017 and early 2018. Unlike the first two volumes, this isn t organized by sections of town because much of that was covered previously. People who contributed stories, anecdotes and photos (see appendix) are in individual sub-chapters. I have found or been given much new material covering the way it was, the way it is now, the way we were and where we are now.