Exclusive Interview With Neal Shusterman


Neal Shusterman is pictured above with student Dakota Dawson


Recently the author of Scythe, Neal Shusterman, came and visited our school to talk to us. I got an interview with him.


Q: What book are you most proud of?

A: Challenger Deep, because that’s the one that’s the most meaningful for me personally.


Q: If you listen to music, what music do you listen to?

A: I love classic rock, but when I’m writing I listen to soundtracks that inspire me to feel like the story that I’m writing.


Q: Why did you start writing?

A: I love the idea of telling stories. I love the idea of taking stuff that’s only inside your head and putting it out there for other people to see and for other people to read.


Q: How do you come up with your worlds, plots, characters, etc.?

A: Coming up with the plots and the characters and stories and all of that–it’s a matter of spending an awful lot of time thinking about it before I write it down. I spend a lot of time creating as much of the reality as I can and not starting to write until I feel like I’ve really fleshed the whole story out in my head.


Q: Are you friends with other authors?

A: I’m friends with lots of different authors. A lot of the YA authors that you know I’m very friendly with, including Rick Riordan, Jonathan Mayberry, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Ellen Hopkins. We all travel in the same circles, and we all know each other.


Q: How many hours do you write a day?

A: It varies day to day. I try to get a good four hours of writing in every single day if I can.


Q: What was your inspiration for Scythe?

A: It was inspired by taking a look at the idea of a perfect world and what are the consequences of having a perfect world.


Q: Do you play video games, and have you heard of Fire Emblem Heroes?


A: I’m a huge Fire Emblem fan. I’ve played all the Fire Emblem games on the DS. I love them. When the Fire Emblem games come out, I block off time in my schedule to play them because I’m obsessed with them.

Check him out at his website and BUY ALL OF HIS BOOKS! HE IS AMAZING! (I’m not biased)

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