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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

A Bible for Every Hand and Heart

A Bible for Every Hand and Heart

Author: Michael Grant Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/2014

Gone Series Complete Collection

Gone Series Complete Collection

Author: Michael Grant Format: eBook Release Date: 03/06/2014

This collection contains all six books in New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant's breathtaking dystopian sci-fi Gone saga. These page-turning thrillers invoke the classic The Lord of the Flies along with the horror of Stephen King. King himself said: "e;I love these books."e;In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talentsunimaginable, dangerous, deadly powersthat grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: on your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else. . . .Michael Grant's Gone series has been praised for its compelling storytelling, multidimensional characters, and multiple points of view. Included in this collection are: Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear, and Light.

Light

Light

Author: Michael Grant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/03/2014

Welcome back to the FAYZ! This is Book 6 in the series that Stephen King calls a `driving, torrential narrative'. All eyes are on Perdido Beach. The barrier wall is now as clear as glass and life in the FAYZ is visible for the entire outside world to see. Life inside the dome remains a constant battle and the Darkness, away from watchful eyes, grows and grows . . . The society that Sam and Astrid have struggled so hard to build is about to be shattered for good. It's the end of the FAYZ. Who will survive to see the light of day? This is the nail-biting finale to the GONE saga. The GONE series is Lord of the Flies for the 21st century. In turns breathtaking, harrowing, and utterly terrifying. Its complex characters and moral dilemmas will delight fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner. This is dystopian fiction at its best. Have you got all 6 titles in the New York Times bestselling saga: Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear, and Light? `I am now free to leave the FAYZ, but my time there was well spent' Stephen King If you love GONE, be sure not to miss Michael's new series Front Lines - it's WWII but not as you know it! The first book is Front Lines, followed by Silver Stars. 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. Michael Grant has lived an exciting, fast-paced life. He moved in with his wife Katherine Applegate 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! If the Gone series has left you hungry for more from the dark genius of YA fiction, look out for the BZRK trilogy: BZRK, BZRK Reloaded, BZRK Apocalypse and the terrifying Messenger of Fear and its sequel The Tattooed Heart. Michael is a World Book Day author for 2017.

There Goes Tokyo!

There Goes Tokyo!

Author: Michael Grant Format: eBook Release Date: 05/02/2014

There Goes Tokyo! is a 280-page humorous love letter from a fan of Kaiju Eiga for fans of Kaiju Eiga. In all, 23 giant-monster movies from Japan and America are analyzed by a true genre-enthusiast who still thrives from the unbridled excitement of seeing a thoroughly destroyed pagoda.

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.

BZRK Reloaded

BZRK Reloaded

Author: Michael Grant Format: eBook Release Date: 08/10/2013

It's The Matrix meets Inner Space in a futuristic battle for survival. The breathtaking ride continues in BZRK: Reloaded. The second instalment of the incredible new action thriller series from Michael Grant, author of Gone. The first battle is over, but the war rages on. Sanity or madness? Truth or happiness? Love or survival? In the nano, you don't get to decide. Noah and Sadie are now trained twitchers. They know how to wire a person's brain from the inside, and how to get out alive. But they're still reeling from their first encounter with the Armstrong Twins, and there's no time for grief. As long as Bug Man has control of the US President's mind, the future is on a knife edge. The pulse-pounding follow up to BZRK, from the coolest author of books for teens.Warning: BZRK contains some scenes of violence.

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