Students at Plaza Vista School in Irvine read and discuss Neal Shusterman’s books in class. Now, they’ve heard straight from the author about his writing.
Shusterman is a best-selling author of more than 30 books for children, teens and adults, and many, with their “what if” twist on issues such as water supply or immortality, have become part of the curriculum at Plaza Vista, helping lead to broader discussions of modern times.
Knowing that, Shusterman treated students to an hour-long Q&A session during a visit to the campus on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
And the students came prepared with questions.
How did he get started writing? Encouraged by a ninth-grade English teacher, Shusterman said he found he enjoyed writing and telling stories.
How did he first get published? After two novels and hundreds of rejections, the third novel finally clicked, he said.
Most successful book? “Challenger Deep” got the most awards, but “Unwind” has sold more than 2 million copies, he said.
What profession did you think you would do when you were little? Architect, rock star, artist, or writer, Shusterman listed.
The questions were endless and many were left unanswered.
Shusterman will be reading Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Irvine Spectrum Barnes and Noble.
And no doubt, answering more questions.
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