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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

Latin Literature An Anthology

Latin Literature An Anthology

Author: Michael Grant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2015

A classic introduction to Latin literature, with translations of the best passages from Virgil, Livy, Ovid, Seneca and many others. This classic anthology traces the development of Latin literature from the early Republican works of Cicero and Catullus, to the writers of the Empire such as Lucan and Petronius, to the later writings of St Augustine. The selections cover comedy and epic, history and philosophy, in prose and in verse, and each passage is prefaced by an introduction to the author and his influence. The translators range across history from Alexander Pope and Lord Byron to contemporaries. The result is a broad and brilliant overview of the civilization of Rome and its Empire - an ideal introduction to Latin literature. Michael Grant was born in 1914. He served as an intelligence officer during the Second World War, and subsequently held academic posts at the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Khartoum and Belfast. Over his lifetime, he published nearly fifty books on the ancient world, ranging from studies of Roman coinage, to biographies of Caesar, Nero and Jesus, to books on Ancient Israel and the Middle Ages. Many of his translations were published in Penguin Classics. Professor Grant moved to Italy in 1966, where he spent most of the rest of his life until his death in 2004.

Snake

Snake

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

The Snake delves deeper into New York Times bestselling author Michael Grants world of harsh justice. Fans of Stephen King will be mesmerized by this chilling yet deeply thought-provoking horror story.The Messenger and Mara witness a crime. Someone is dead. Someone has to pay. But when they travel back through space and time to uncover the truth, they come to learn that two people had wicked intentions. They had seen an act of revenge. In a twisted web of lust and vengeance, only Mara, as Messengers apprentice, can decide who will play a game for redemption.Two wrongs dont make a right. . . . Only one will pay the ultimate price.

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.

A Bible for Every Hand and Heart

A Bible for Every Hand and Heart

Author: Michael Grant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/10/2014

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