Michael Grant - Author

About the Author

Michael Grant has always been fast paced. He’s lived in almost 50 different homes in 14 US states, and moved in with his wife, Katherine Applegate, after knowing her for less than 24 hours. His long list of previous occupations includes cartoonist, waiter, law librarian, bowling alley mechanic, restaurant reviewer, documentary film producer and political media consultant.

Michael and Katherine have co-authored more than 150 books, including the massive hit series Animorphs, which has sold more than 35 million copies. Working solo, Michael is the author of the internationally bestselling series GONE and the groundbreaking transmedia trilogy BZRK.

Michael, Katherine and their two children live in the San Francisco Bay Area, not far from Silicon Valley.

Q&A with Michael..

Where and when were you born?

Los Angeles California.  There was a manger involved.

Where do you live and who with?

I live in Irvine, California, which is in “The OC” as we would say.  I live with my wife, K.A. Applegate, and our two kids Jake, 11 (feet tall) and Julia, 9 (inches tall.)  We have three pets:  Goofy, a very large, very stupid, very sweet, poop-eating yellow Labrador; Pugs a nasty, hostile, ugly, yapping pug who I have not yet managed to kill; and Lightning, my daughter’s cat.

How did you first start writing?

My wife and I started writing together in 1989.  At the time we were cleaning homes and offices for a living.  Since then we’ve written over 150 books, sometimes together, sometimes separately, often under pseudonyms.

What inspires you? 

Fear of having to get a real job.  Oh, you mean artistically?  I don’t know.  I seem to be a compulsive writer.  I like the rush of taking on something difficult, having no clear idea what I’m doing, and somehow pulling it off.  

Have you won any awards for your work?

Fine, rub my nose in that.  Great.  Actually, the only award I have is a Pollie Award for political ads I produced for the Democrats a few years back.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Amused.  Impatient. Political.

What do you do to relax?

Watch TV.  Go to restaurants.  I don’t find reading fiction relaxing, exactly, it’s too much like work.  I tend to read history for relaxation. 

Featured books by Michael Grant

Other books by Michael Grant

Villain

Villain

Author: Michael Grant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2018

Internationally acclaimed author Michael Grant delivers another stunning follow-up to his globally bestselling GONE series. When the lines between hero and villain blur, it's hard to tell who's the real monster. Dillon Poe wanted to be a comedian once . . . but everyone made fun of him. Dillon the loser. Dillon the freak. Now he can control anyone with the power of his voice and he's preparing to send thousands to their deaths. Who's laughing now? Dekka, Shade, Cruz, Malik, Armo and a new mutant with unmatched powers are all that stand in Dillon's way. Internationally acclaimed author Michael Grant delivers another stunning follow-up to his globally bestselling GONE series. Michael has now written around 150 books (with Katherine, as himself, and under pseudonyms and as a ghostwriter.) He lives in San Francisco Bay Area taking his inspiration from the charming view of Alcatraz.

Purple Hearts

Purple Hearts

Author: Michael Grant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2018

Third and final instalment of this critically acclaimed young adult alternative historical series that began with Front Lines and Silver Stars It's 1944, and it feels to everyone like the war will never end. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr and Rainie Shulterman have all received accolades, been 'heroes', earned promotion - in short, they've all done 'enough' to allow them to leave this nightmare and go home. But they don't. D-Day, June 6th 1944. On that day, many still doubted the American soldier. By June 7th no one did. Michael Grant has lived an exciting, fast-paced life. He moved in with his wife Katherine after only twenty-four hours. He has co-authored over 160 books for teenagers, young adults and adults, including the bestselling GONE series, but promises that everything he writes is like nothing you've ever read before. He considers the Front Lines series to be his best work yet.

Monster The GONE series may be over, but it's not the end of the story

Monster The GONE series may be over, but it's not the end of the story

Author: Michael Grant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

The GONE series may be over, but it's not the end of the story . . . MICHAEL GRANT'S ACTION-PACKED AND MUCH ANTICIPATED NEW BOOK, SET IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE BESTSELLING GONE SERIES. When the dome came down, they thought it was the end of the troubles. Truth is, it was just the beginning. Shade Darby witnessed events that day, with devastating consequences, and vowed never to feel that powerless again. Now, four years later, she gets her hands on a part of the meteor that began it all - and that's when she changes. Trouble is, Shade's not the only one mutating, and the authorities cannot allow these superpowers to go unchecked . . . First of an explosive three-book young adult series. Once again Michael Grant creates a compelling young cast of new characters for readers to love, hate and debate, as well as a host of unimaginable creatures. This happily stands alone from the GONE series, while also featuring some fan-pleasing appearances from previous FAYZ inhabitants. Michael Grant lives in San Francisco with his wife, Katherine Applegate, and has written over 150 books - with Katherine, as himself, under pseudonyms and as a ghostwriter. He is best know for the international multi-million-selling young adult six-book GONE series: GONE, HUNGER, LIES, PLAGUE, FEAR and LIGHT.

Soldier Girls in Action: A Front Lines Story

Soldier Girls in Action: A Front Lines Story

Author: Michael Grant Format: eBook Release Date: 07/09/2017

'This story, I knew, was about the freckle-faced soldier girl.'North Africa, 1943. The Tunisian desert is full of dangers, with German fighters scattered across the land. Reporter Ann 'Spats' Patrone is looking for a story - and in fierce soldier girl Rio Richlin and a desperate night mission, she might have found one . . .A thrilling novella, set in Michael Grant's critically-acclaimed Front Lines universe.Praise for Front Lines:What if American women had fought alongside men in World War II? Michael Grant gives us a magnificent alternate history that feels so real and right and true it seems impossible that it wasn't. Every one of these fictional soldiers has wrapped herself around my heart."e; (Elizabeth Wein, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author ofCode Name Verity)"e;Michael Grant is a master of twists that not only tear at his readers' consciences, they hold a mirror up to our here and now and insist we consider what might otherwise be.Front Linesis a masterpiece of speculative story crafting."e; (Andrew Smith, Printz Honor winning author ofGrasshopper Jungle)Front Lineswas shortlisted for Feminist Book of the Year in the Maximum Pop Bookish Awards.Have you read Michael's other books?The Front Lines series:Front LinesSilver StarsPurple HeartsDead of Night: A World Book Day BookThe GONE series:GoneHungerPlagueLiesFearLightAnd return to the GONE universe with Michael Grant's shocking new spin-off series, starting withMonster, publishing in September this year!Michael Grant has lived an exciting, fast-paced life. He moved in with his wife Katherine after only 24 hours. He has co-authored over 160 books including the bestselling GONE series but promises that everything he writes is like nothing you've ever read before!

Silver Stars

Silver Stars

Author: Michael Grant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2017

The second novel in the epic new young adult series that Michael Grant is calling his best yet! It's WWII but not as you know it from school. This time the girls are on the Front Lines and not on the Home Front. Summer 1943. The enemy has been bloodied, but Nazi Germany is very far from beaten. Now the American army is moving on to their next target: the Italian island of Sicily. With heavy memories of combat, the three young soldier girls - Rio, Frangie and Rainy - now know what they are willing to do to save themselves, and understand the consequences of those actions. On the front lines, they will again come face to face with the brutality of war until they win or die, while simultaneously fighting their own personal battles. No one will emerge unscathed. In the tradition of The Book Thief, Code Name Verity and Between Shades of Gray, Front Lines gives the experience of WWII a new immediacy while playing with the `what ifs?' of history. Exclusive Front Lines story, Dead of Night to be 2017 World Book Day book. Praise for Front Lines: What if American women had fought alongside men in World War II? Michael Grant gives us a magnificent alternate history that feels so real and right and true it seems impossible that it wasn't. Every one of these fictional soldiers has wrapped herself around my heart. (Elizabeth Wein, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity) Michael Grant is a master of twists that not only tear at his readers' consciences, they hold a mirror up to our here and now and insist we consider what might otherwise be. Front Lines is a masterpiece of speculative story crafting. (Andrew Smith, Printz Honor winning author of Grasshopper Jungle) Front Lines was shortlisted for Feminist Book of the Year in the Maximum Pop Bookish Awards. Michael Grant has lived an exciting, fast-paced life. He moved in with his wife Katherine after only 24 hours. He has co-authored over 160 books including the bestselling GONE series but promises that everything he writes is like nothing you've ever read before!

Front Lines

Front Lines

Author: Michael Grant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2016

Exclusive Front Lines story, Dead of Night to be 2017 World Book Day book. Just when you thought Michael Grant's GONE series had taken us to the darkest limits of his imagination, the evil genius of young adult fiction is back to take you to the Front Lines of terror. In the tradition of The Book Thief, Code Name Verity and Between Shades of Gray, Front Lines gives the experience of WWII a new immediacy while playing with the `what ifs?' of history. It's WWII, but not as you remember it from history lessons! This time the girls aren't stitching socks for the brave boys at the front. Meet 17-year-old Rio Richlin and her friends Frangie Marr and Rainy Schulterman, three of the newest recruits in the US Armed Forces. They stand shoulder to shoulder with the boys from home as they take on Hitler's army. In the face of reluctant colonels and sceptical sergeants, the teenage soldier girls must prove their guts, strength, and resourcefulness as soldiers. Rio has grown up in a world where men don't cry and girls are supposed to care only about `money and looks'. But she has always known that there is something wrong with this system and something else in her. Far from home and in the battlefields, Rio discovers exactly who she is and what she can accomplish The first in an exciting new young adult trilogy. Front Lines is the saga of a modern teenage heroine in an alternate past that could only have come from the man who gave us GONE, BZRK and Messenger of Fear. Don't miss Silver Stars, the second book in the Front Lines series. Michael Grant also has a World Book Day book, Dead of Night, which is set in the Front Lines universe and written exclusively for World Book Day 2017. Rio, Frangie and Rainy will delight fans of The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen. But this is a book for anyone who thought they were more! The young adult fiction that Michael Grant is calling his best yet. Praise for GONE: `These are exciting, high-tension stories told in a driving, torrential narrative that never lets up ... This is great fiction.' Stephen King. Michael Grant has lived an exciting, fast-paced life. He moved in with his wife Katherine after only 24 hours. He has co-authored over 160 books but promises that everything he writes is like nothing you've ever read before!

Snake: A Messenger of Fear story

Snake: A Messenger of Fear story

Author: Michael Grant Format: eBook Release Date: 28/10/2014

"e;You have done wrong. You must first acknowledge the wrong, and then you must atone . . ."e;Schoolteacher Lisa Bayless is dead, murdered. She had sinned, and now she has paid for her sin with her life. But with the police ignorant that a murder has taken place, who will punish her killer? The Messenger of Fear and his apprentice Mara exist to ensure that a higher balance is maintained.What they uncover is a twisted web of lust and vengeance, and what they must ensure is that the ultimate price is paid. Lisa's murderer thinks he already knows the meaning of fear. But until now, he's had no idea . . . An exclusive ebook short storyinthe new horror series from the no. 1 bestselling author of GONE, THE SNAKE delves deeper into Michael Grant's thought-provoking world of harsh justice introduced in MESSENGER OF FEAR. Fans of Stephen King will be mesmerised by this terrifying YA thriller.

The Power

The Power

Author: Michael Grant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Sometimes one hero isn't enough - sometimes you need a full dozen. Mack's search for his dazzling dozen continues in the fourth instalment of this funny, action-packed fantasy series by the New York Times bestselling author of GONE. Time is running out for Mack MacAvoy and the magnifica! It seems the only way they can defeat the Pale Queen and her evil daughter Risky is to learn the magical language of Vargran. So Mack, Jarrah, Xiao, Dietmar and Stephan travel to Europe to find the Key, an engraved stone that unlocks the power of Vargran. But can they locate the invisible castle of William Blisterthong MacGuffin, who guards the Key? (Yeah, we said Blisterthong. Yeah, it's as painful as it sounds.) Mack has less than 30 days to master Vargran, round up the rest of the magnifica, and defeat Princess Risky. Will The Key be enough? Or is there something else Mack must find in order to save the world?

BZRK: ORIGINS

BZRK: ORIGINS

Author: Michael Grant Format: eBook Release Date: 11/10/2013

I am not a brave manBack. Way back. Back before BZRK, before the fight for freedom and the fear of madness. Back when Plath was just Sadie McLure. Sadie, who loved her dad.Sadies father started a war. In his own words, he tells us why.Discover Grey McLures secrets in this ebook original short story, set in the world of BZRK. From number 1 bestselling author Michael Grant, author of the GONE series.

Eve and Adam

Eve and Adam

Author: Michael Grant, Katherine Applegate Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2012

Gattaca meets Dark Angel from international best-selling authors Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant, author of GONE, BZRK and Front Lines. A mystery-thriller that bursts out of the world of genetic science and into the lives of teens. The perfect read for teens who loved Scott Westerfeld's Uglies. Love has never had much of a place in the life of Evening Spiker. But being the daughter of a billionaire genetic scientist has other perks. Like a private hospital where you can recover from near-fatal road accidents. And a hot surfer boy to push your wheelchair. While Eve is healing, her mother sets her an unexpected challenge: to use a cutting-edge virtual reality system to design the perfect boy; everything from the colour of his eyes to the level of his IQ. It's the chance of a lifetime. The chance to play God . . . or is it more than just playing? An exceptional page-turner from the creator of the GONE series. Escapism doesn't get more thrilling than this book for teens. Fans of Ally Condie's 'Matched' series will love this. Praise for the GONE series by Michael Grant: Exciting, high-tension story told in a driving, torrential narrative . . . This is great fiction. I love these books - Stephen King. Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate have always lived life in the fast lane - they moved in together after knowing each other for less than 24 hours. They have co-authored more than 100 books, including the massive hit series Animorphs. Michael went on to write the New York Times and international bestselling series, GONE. Michael, Katherine and their two children live in the San Francisco Bay Area, not far from Silicon Valley. Michael can be contacted via Twitter @thefayz, Facebook (authormichaelgrant) and via email at Michael@themichaelgrant.com

BZRK

BZRK

Author: Michael Grant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

The most breathtaking and exhilarating ride you can't imagine. It's The Matrix meets Inner Space in a futuristic battle for survival and the first in an incredible new action thriller series from Michael Grant, author of GONE. These are no ordinary soldiers. This is no ordinary war. Welcome to the nano, where the only battle is for sanity. Losing is not an option when a world of madness is at stake. Time is running out for the good guys. But what happens when you don't know who the good guys really are? It's BZRK. Noah and Sadie: newly initiated to an underground cell so covert that they don't even know each other's names. Here they will learn what it means to fight on a nano level. Soon they will become the deadliest warriors the world has ever seen. Vincent: feels nothing, cares for no one; fighting his own personal battle with Bug Man, the greatest nano warrior alive. The Armstrong Twins: wealthy, privileged, fanatical. Are they the saviours of mankind or authors of the darkest conspiracy the world has ever seen? The nano is uncharted territory. A terrifying world of discovery. And everything is to play for . . . The coolest author of books for teens writing today is back with yet another mind-blowing Young Adult series. Warning: BZRK contains some scenes of violence. Praise for Gone: `. . . exciting, high-tension story told in a driving, torrential narrative that never lets up. This is great fiction. I love these books.' Stephen King, bestselling author.

The Key

The Key

Author: Michael Grant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2012

Sometimes one hero isn't enough - sometimes you need a full dozen. Mack's search for his dazzling dozen continues in the third instalment of this hilarious, action-packed fantasy series by the New York Times bestselling author of GONE. Time is short for Mack MacAvoy! He has less than 30 days to round up the rest of the magnifica and defeat the Pale Queen and her evil daughter Risky. It seems that the only way to do this is to learn the magical language of Vargran, and to do THAT they must travel to Europe to find the Key - an ancient engraved stone that will unlock its power. But can Mack, Jarrah, Xiao, Dietmar and Stephan locate the invisible castle of William Blisterthong MacGuffin, who guards the Key? And will The Key hold the power to save the world? The Magnificent 12: The Key is another fast-paced episode in bestselling Michael Grant's hysterical fantasy adventure.

BZRK

BZRK

Author: Michael Grant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2012

The Trap

The Trap

Author: Michael Grant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Sometimes one hero isn't enough - sometimes you need a full dozen. Mack's search for his dazzling dozen continues in the second instalment of this funny, action-packed fantasy series by the New York Times bestselling author of GONE. Mack, Jarrah, and Stefan travel to China and Germany to find the next two members of the Magnificent Twelve. It's easy: eat some scorpions, find some dragons, fight a guitar-playing thunder god, and stay away from Paddy Nine Iron Trout and his deadly but very sloooow blade. Packed with action and humour, The Magnificent Twelve is perfect for boys who like their reading fast, furious, funny and with a cliffhanger ending...

The Call

The Call

Author: Michael Grant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2010

Sometimes one hero isn't enough-sometimes you need a full dozen. First in a funny, action-packed fantasy series by the New York Times bestselling author of GONE Mack McAvoy is not an unlikely hero. He is an impossible hero! He is only twelve years old, he has a list of phobias as long as your arm, and he's a bully magnet. That is, until Mack is visited by a golem. The golem looks exactly like Mack, and has been sent to fill in for him while the real Mack sets out to save the world from the evil Pale Queen. To do so, he must assemble an elite team of twelve powerful children from all around the world. The first foe they face is Risky. Risky is pure evil. She gets it from her mother - the Pale Queen - a force of evil to be reckoned with since before medieval times. Packed with action and humour Magnificent Twelve - The Call ends with a delicious cliffhanger that will have readers craving more.

Magnificent 12: The Call

Magnificent 12: The Call

Author: Michael Grant Format: eBook Release Date: 24/08/2010

Twelve-year-old Mack MacAvoy suffers from a serious case of mediumness. Medium looks. Medium grades. Medium parents who barely notice him. With a list of phobias that could make anyone crazy, Mack never would have guessed that he is destined for a more-than-medium life.And then, one day, something incredibly strange happens to Mack. A three-thousand-year-old man named Grimluk appears in the boys bathroom to deliver some startling news: Mack is one of the Magnificent Twelve, called the Magnifica in ancient times, whatever that means. An evil force is on its way, and its up to Mack to track down eleven other twelve-year-olds in order to stop it. He must travel across the world to battle the wicked Pale Queens dangerous daughter, Ereskigalalso known as Risky. But Risky sounds a little scary, and Mack doesnt want to be a hero. Will he answer the call?A laugh-out-loud story filled with excitement and magic, The Magnificent Twelve: The Call is the first book in bestselling author Michael Grants hilarious new fantasy adventure series.

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