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John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of books including Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, and Turtles All the Way Down. His books have received many accolades, including a Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and an Edgar Award. John has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the writer and host of the critically acclaimed podcast The Anthropocene Reviewed. With his brother, Hank, John has co-created many online video projects, including Vlogbrothers and the educational channel Crash Course. He lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can visit John online at johngreenbooks.com.
Grew up in?
Orlando, Florida and Birmingham, Alabama
For a little while, I wanted to be an earthworm scientist. But from about the age of six on, I wanted to write.
Desert island book?
My favorite books _about_ a desert island is “Lord of the Flies.” The book I’d take to a desert island would be “The Collected Works of Shakespeare,” because it is long (and therefore excellent kindling) and can be read again and again.
Where do you write?
In a little office off of our bedroom.
What made you decide to write Looking for Alaska?
I always wanted to write a novel, but I guess I started writing that particular one because I was thinking a lot about loss.
What would you like readers to learn from Miles?
I’m not sure I want anyone to learn anything from reading my books necessarily, but I do hope that Miles’ story gets readers thinking seriously about what our values and priorities should be.
What adjectives would you use to describe Looking for Alaska?
Oh jeez. I’ll leave that to the critics. I like it a lot when people call it “salingeresque” and “funny” and “not too long.”
“New Partner,” by the Palace Brothers
Favorite item of clothing?
My lucky boxers. i was wearing them when I got engaged, when I got married, and when I won the Printz Award. (And no, I do not wear them every day.)
Getting married, I think. Publishing a book is extremely difficult, but getting married is–at least in my experience–even more difficult.
Most embarrassing moment?
One time I got into thee separate car accidents (all minor) with three separate cars during a 12-hour period, and the same police officer showed up at the scene of all three accidents. I was pretty embarrassed when I saw her for the third time in an day.
Smartest thing you ever did?
The smartest thing I ever did was choosing to go to boarding school.
Either: “amor vincit omnia, et nos cedamus amori.” (Love conquers all, and so we shall yield to it.)
Or: “illigitimis non caroborundum” (Don’t let the bastards get you down.)
Or: I go to seek a great perhaps
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