Neal Shusterman,The Storyman
Neal Shusterman graduated from the college of UC Irvine where he swam on his school team and wrote his successful humor column which was found by the Syndicated Writers Group ( Storyman, Sfbookcase). Soon after he graduated, Neal got the job offer of a lifetime to write a movie script, which will lead on to his brilliance as a successful screenwriter and probably one of the best authors of all time ( Storyman).
Neal Shusterman started his career when he wrote a movie script after he graduated college (Storyman). After the big movie script, he started to direct and write scripts for TV shows and movies such as Goosebumps, Animorphus, and the Disney Channel movie Pixel Perfect ( Storyman, Sfbookcase). In between being a big director, Neal also became an author of many books. Some of his books are Everlost, Unwind, and The Schwa was Here ( Storyman). He has won many awards such as the International Reading Association, the American Library Association and the Boston Globe- Han Book ( HarperCollins, Storyman). He also has made such games as The How to Host a Mystery and Murder series (Storyman).
Neal Shusterman has written over thirty books, but does not stick to a single genre ( HarperCollins). He writes his books for the enjoyment of the teens and so he can “ amuse” teenagers. When Neal is writing his books, he tries to throw the readers off balance so they do not get bored with the book, and they crave more of his books( Storyman). That is how he became such a genius author. When he plans to write a book he sits down and thinks, “ What is this book adding to the world? Why is it WORTH writing,” says Neal Shusterman (Storyman). That is how Neal keeps his books new with switching genres every once in a while and thinking if people will actually enjoy what he writes..
Neal Shusterman was born and raised partially in Brooklyn, New York, on November 12, 1962. Over the years of growing up, he went to a camp where later on in life, he became a camp counselor. At camp, he would always tell the kids stories. The kids thought he was an absolutely great storyteller so they gave him the nickname “ Storyman” which is what he calls his website. Whenever he finished his sophomore year in Brooklyn, his family moved to Mexico City where he spent his last two years at “ the American School of Mexico City.” After high school, he went to UC Irvine college where he swam for his school team and wrote a very successful humor column. After college he started his career for a successful author ( Storyman).
Neal got his influence to be an author by a ninth grade English teacher. When Neal was a freshman, his English grade was not doing very good. His English teacher told him he could get extra credit if he wrote a novel for his class. When he actually wrote his novel, his teacher enjoyed it very much and Neal realized he wanted the same reaction with more people, so he decided to be an author. Another influence would be the books he read as a child. A major influence was Roald Dohl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Neal says that he loved the imagination and he wanted to create something just as imaginative and great. Currently, Neal’s four children give him the crazy, brilliant ideas to write his current novels ( Storyman).
Neal currently lives in “ the madhouse” he calls his home with his four kids in South Carolina. “ Of course our home is quite often a madhouse, but that’s okay, because life is all about finding wondrous moments in the mayhem. And the same can be said for writing!” says Neal Shusterman (Storyman). Even though Neal has settled down with a family and it has been years since he graduated college and got his first writing assignment, Neal Shusterman is still at the top of the game, still telling great stories, winning many awards, and writing great books.
“About Author.” SFBookcase. Web. 9 Mar. 2011. <http://sfbookcase.com/author.asp?author=Neal+Shusterman>.
“About Neal Shusterman, A Word from the Author.” Storyman. Web. 8 Mar. 2011. <http://www.storyman.com/bio/>.
“Neal Shusterman.” Harper Collins Publishers. Web. 9 Mar. 2011. <http://www.harpercollins.com/authors/12726/Neal_Shusterman/index.aspx>.