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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.

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Other books by John Green

Whimsy Park

Whimsy Park

Author: John Green Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2020

Willi Munzenberg

Willi Munzenberg

Author: John Green Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/12/2019

Willi Munzenberg was a towering figure in the anti-fascist movement during the first half of the twentieth century. He was acquainted with many of the leading left wing activists and thinkers of his day including Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Liebknecht, and Karl Radek. He also played a foundational role in several important transnational organisations such as the Socialist Youth International, the largest anti-war movement in opposition to the First World War, the International Workers' Relief organisation, and the League against Colonialism and for National Independence. As a film distributor and promoter, he brought modern Soviet films to western Europe. As a publicist and manager, he built up the most influential left-wing media empire in the Weimar Republic and initiated the pioneering use of photography and photo montage. He was also a long-time member of the Reichstag. He was a pioneer in the use of a variety of media and the way he gained the support and collaboration of progressive politicians, artists and intellectuals ensured that he would become the leading, and most effective, opponent of Hitler's and Goebbels' propaganda machine, as he exposed the venality and brutality of the Nazis. Late in life, his turn against Stalinism almost certainly led to his mysterious death. This is the first detailed biography in English to give coverage to the full range of Munzenberg's activism. There are valuable lessons to be learnt from the book about the best ways to counter fascism which are powerfully relevant to our contemporary political situation. It should be of great interest to activists, scholars and those studying the history of the radical left.

Willi Munzenberg

Willi Munzenberg

Author: John Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/12/2019

Willi Munzenberg was a towering figure in the anti-fascist movement during the first half of the twentieth century. He was acquainted with many of the leading left wing activists and thinkers of his day including Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Liebknecht, and Karl Radek. He also played a foundational role in several important transnational organisations such as the Socialist Youth International, the largest anti-war movement in opposition to the First World War, the International Workers' Relief organisation, and the League against Colonialism and for National Independence. As a film distributor and promoter, he brought modern Soviet films to western Europe. As a publicist and manager, he built up the most influential left-wing media empire in the Weimar Republic and initiated the pioneering use of photography and photo montage. He was also a long-time member of the Reichstag. He was a pioneer in the use of a variety of media and the way he gained the support and collaboration of progressive politicians, artists and intellectuals ensured that he would become the leading, and most effective, opponent of Hitler's and Goebbels' propaganda machine, as he exposed the venality and brutality of the Nazis. Late in life, his turn against Stalinism almost certainly led to his mysterious death. This is the first detailed biography in English to give coverage to the full range of Munzenberg's activism. There are valuable lessons to be learnt from the book about the best ways to counter fascism which are powerfully relevant to our contemporary political situation. It should be of great interest to activists, scholars and those studying the history of the radical left.

Lola, Sam and the Jackalope

Lola, Sam and the Jackalope

Author: John Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Heartwarming tales of adventure, deep friendships and courage. For young and young-at-heart readers. (AGES 11-12 AND UP) Two dogs, one from the city, the other from the wilds of Northern Arizona become best friends and share countless adventures.After helping a mother jackrabbit they face grave danger and have an unexpected meeting with the mythical Jackalope. As told from the dog Lola's point of view - Illustrated with real-life photos. Also contains a brief history of Ash Fork Arizona - The other town too tough to die.

DARK

DARK

Author: John Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2019

Three dark stories. Not recommended reading for the Dark of night or the faint of heart. ROADSIDE 66 Following the premature death of his wife, Earl Garnett, a professional writer, decides to drive across America. Along the way, he discovers the country, as he never imagined it. Soon, cryptic writings appear on his laptop, often coinciding with roadside memorials that lead him into the darker sides of the road. Ultimately, he must decide whether or not to follow the prompting of these haunting passages and accept the consequences. ASSASSINATION GUARANTEED Assassination doesn't always involve killing. Often it does and there are many ways to do it. The best way is guaranteed. DREAMSPLACES Karma can sometimes be quite dark, quite dark indeed.

Let It Snow

Let It Snow

Author: John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2019

The #1 New York Times bestseller is now a major Netflix film starring Kiernan Shipka, Shameik Moore, Odeya Rush and Isabela Moner. It's Christmas Eve and the worst blizzard for fifty years has blanketed Gracetown. But as well as snowflakes, love is in the air - and appearing in the most unexpected ways . . . Who'd have thought a freezing hike from a stranded train would end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger? Or that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow could lead to romance with an old friend? Or that the path to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks? Touching, hilarious and filled with festive cheer, the magic of the holiday season shines on these three interconnected tales of love, romance and breathtaking kisses. The perfect book for a cold winter's night for any fan of The Fault in Their Stars, The Sun is Also a Star and Eleanor and Park. _____ John Green is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down, The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns and, with David Levithan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Maureen Johnson is the bestselling author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Devilish, Girl at Sea, The Name of the Star and Suite Scarlett. Lauren Myracle is the author of many books for teens, including Shine, Kissing Kate, Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks and The Winnie Years series.

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska

Author: John Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2019

The unmissable and genre-defining first novel from John Green, the international number one bestselling and award-winning author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN. Includes a brand-new Readers Guide featuring a Q&A with the author. Soon to be a HULU TV Series! In the dark beside me, she smelled of sweat and sunshine and vanilla and on that thin-mooned night I could see little more than her silhouette, but even in the dark, I could see her eyes - fierce emeralds. And beautiful. BEFORE. Miles Halter's whole life has been one big non-event until he starts at anything-but-boring Culver Creek Boarding School and meets Alaska Young. Gorgeous, clever, funny and utterly fascinating she pulls Miles into her world, launches him into a new life, and steals his heart. But when tragedy strikes, and Miles comes face-to-face with death he discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally. AFTER: Nothing will ever be the same. Poignant, funny, heartbreaking and compelling, this novel will stay with you forever. Now a TV series from HULU.

AIELLA

AIELLA

Author: John Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/10/2019

AIELLA - A sensuous Utopian life in an alien world goes into chaos for reasons beyond understanding or control. Also a compelling love story beyond two planes of existence. Action, battles and conflicts with scientific morality. A short dive into a deeper dilemma. DREAMSPLACES - Transylvania pays a visit to two brothers, each as different in character as night and day. THE TIME OUT CHAIR - Time travel has captured the imagination of humanity for years. Many are the stories and many the methods. Only one actually worked. REQUIEM FOR A PLANET - A cosmic error is rectified on a tiny planet in a small galaxy. The planet some call Earth. --- A Novella (short novel) and three other stories with a different take and view of science fiction.

2037

2037

Author: John Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2019

FICTION OR PREDICTION? An unsettling view of America as it could become as seen through the eyes of many ordinary people including a reporter, three old friends with widely different backgrounds and a sweet, but smart librarian in the tiny town of Ash Fork, Arizona. A short novel about big issues.

Tales of The Southwest

Tales of The Southwest

Author: John Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2019

An eclectic collection of short stories set in the Southwestern United States.The stories in this anthology take place in many eras from the times of the 'old west'to the present day. None are stereotype shoot-em up slapping leather, punching cows wild west stories. Written by several well-known authors,they run a gamut from literary fiction, to science fiction and beyond. CONTENTS: INTRODUCTION THE TRAIN FROM TUCUMCARI John F. Green THE STRANGERS James Pyles KADEE ROSE P.A. O'Neil SHADOWS OF THE ANASAZI Gabriella Balcom THE VOICE IN THE WIND Jay Crowley GRANDMOTHER OF THE DESERT Edward C. Hartshorn ------------------------- APPENDIX Brief biographies of the contributing authors.

TRUE, SEMI-TRUE & TRUE LIES

TRUE, SEMI-TRUE & TRUE LIES

Author: John Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/07/2019

Lies can hurt. Lies can kill. The most dangerous often the ones we tell ourselves. Four tales of addiction about fictional and not-so-fictional people and places. THE TRAIN FROM TUCUMCARI Max had been to Clayton, New Mexico many times by car and stayed at the Eklund hotel often. This time, perhaps his last, he came on the train from Tucumcari. BOOZE & BETRAYAL Two love affairs and two betrayals. The story of a man with two consuming loves. The one pushed him further down a dark road and altered the course of his life, and the other, his one true love that almost destroyed him. KAYLEE NIGHTBIRD A young Native American girl - a victim of drugs, alcohol and sexual abuse, finds her own way out. THE TAVERN They say you can never go back, and maybe you shouldn't. Twelve years after he left his hometown a man returns to visit his dying father. One afternoon he takes a trip down memory lane and perhaps finds a date with destiny.

TALES OF ARIZONA & NEW MEXICO

TALES OF ARIZONA & NEW MEXICO

Author: John Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2019

True, Semi True & True Lies HISTORIC FICTION & NON-FICTION: An eclectic collection of short stories and novellas plus the history behind the stories. Seven remarkable stories inserting fictional and not-so-fictional characters into true western history and locations. They take place from 1680 to the 1800's and through to present day including myths, legends, greed, gold, life, love and glory. The author, who has lived in Arizona for over two decades, has been to all of the locations, often multiple times and studied the history in depth. The appendix gives brief overviews of the true history of the times and places. CONTENTS: INTRODUCTION GOLDFIELD GUNFIGHT AT THE ESCALANTE REVOLT AT THE TAOS PUEBLO THE LAST CAMEL IN NEW MEXICO SELIGMAN STOWAWAY KWI-KA-KIKINEE BACK TO THE 1890's APPENDIX (history and notes- not anatomy) The Taos uprising in 1680 The Other Town too Tough to Die - Ash Fork, Arizona

The Real Inconvenient Truth

The Real Inconvenient Truth

Author: John Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2019

POLLUTION, GLOBAL WARMING, DISEASE, WAR, FAMINE, CORRUPTION, GENETIC DEFECTS, DECAYING URBAN AREAS, AND RELIGIOUS ZEALOTRY. These are only a few problems facing humanity today but are they the largest or most terrifying? Most were predicted and the cause identified over a half century ago by a man long dead. Long before computers, the internet, social media and the technological explosion of the 21st century he cataloged, graphed, spoke and wrote about it. This also includes a short fictional (or is it?) story entitled 'And the Meek Shall inherit.'

Baseball FUNdamentals

Baseball FUNdamentals

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

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

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