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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

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!

Soldier Girls in Action

Soldier Girls in Action

Author: Michael Grant Format: eBook Release Date: 17/01/2017

In this first digital original novella set in the world of the Front Lines series, Michael Grant showcases the real-life female journalists of World War II who became the first women war correspondents in history. When fierce reporter Anne Spats Patrone joins the front lines, she gains access to the female soldiers of Second Squad, Fifth Platoon, Company A, 119th Division, including Rio Richlin. During her journalistic investigation on the front lines she will discover that women are capable of much more than fighting. But what starts out as a pursuit for a story turns deadly when Germans attack. Will Spats make it out alive?

Roman Anniversary Issues An Exploratory Study of the Numismatic and Medallic Commemoration of Anniversary Years, 49 BC-AD 375

Roman Anniversary Issues An Exploratory Study of the Numismatic and Medallic Commemoration of Anniversary Years, 49 BC-AD 375

Author: Michael Grant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2016

Originally published in 1950, this book provides an account of the relationship between important 'anniversary years' and the creation of Roman Imperial coins and medallions. The anniversaries are connected to occurrences such as 'the births and deaths of Augustus and other leading persons; the various events that contributed to the inauguration of the imperial regime (Actium, the 'restoration of the republic', etc); and the foundation or dedication of temples and altars'. The text was written by the renowned British classicist and numismatist Michael Grant (1914-2004). Numerous illustrative figures are included and detailed notes are incorporated throughout. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in numismatics and Roman history.

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!

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