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Michael Grant

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Okay, trying this again. Goodreads lost the bio I just spent 30 minutes writing. So now it's just going to be incoherent rambling. Yes, the earlier draft was also incoherent rambling, but way better.

I'm the co-author or author of about 160 books, including the ANIMORPHS series, the GONE series, the BZRK series, the MAGNIFICENT 12 series (Mommy, make him stop saying series!), the MESSENGER OF FEAR series, and soon (well, eventually) the SOLDIER GIRL series.

The best way to reach me is at Twitter @MichaelGrantBks. I'll be honest: I keep forgetting there's mail here. Here's the thing: I don't have an assistant or a staff. I would, but then I'd have to hire someone and train someone and give them stuff to do, and relate to them as a human being

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Michael Grant As a matter of fact I'm at about page 400 on almost exactly that. It will be a very different story but set in the GONE universe and it will feature…moreAs a matter of fact I'm at about page 400 on almost exactly that. It will be a very different story but set in the GONE universe and it will feature several characters you know. Should be out in say 18 months?(less)
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So, I finally did what I kept saying I wouldn't do. I wrote a sequel to the GONE series. I've been rejecting that word sequel for a couple of reasons, mostly to do with my own pride. I work in series, but once I'm done, I'm done. And I always felt if I started going backward it would be a bad sign, that it would mean I was starting to lose my fastball. I think that's the appropriate sports meta... Read more of this blog post »
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"Want some writing advice from an author who has published more than 150 books? Read on! Michael also discusses creating alternate histories and his latest, Front Lines, about a World War II with female soldiers." ...More

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"I was both excited about this when I heard it compared to Code Name Verity, and also wary. Because that is an excellent book. And a dude, writing a book from teen girls' POVs??

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“Welcome to Perdido beach, where our motto is: Radiation, what radiation?”
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“That's your solution? Have a cookie?' Astrid asked. 'No, my solution is to run down to the beach and hide out until this is all over,' Sam said. 'But a cookie never hurts.”
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What Series Would You Like to Read in 2015? (Only one vote, so vote for the one you want most and the top voted will be scheduled out for next year)

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Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
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Gone series by Michael Grant
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“Listen, sweetheart. Don't be a hero. [...] If they actually go through with this hare-brained notion and send you into the fighting, there will come a time when you'll have a choice between staying in your trench and crawling out of it to save a buddy. Or maybe you'll have had enough of getting shelled and decide you just have to run out there and shoot someone. That's what I mean. When that moment comes, you stay down. You keep your head down. You hug the ground.”
Michael Grant, Front Lines

“The feature that makes people look at her twice, sometimes with suspicious glances, is her eyes. They are too large, wide-set, slanted a bit. And they judge, those eyes do, they watch and they take note and they judge all that they see, and lots of folks do not like that much.

To the innocent, her eyes are arresting. To a person with something on his conscience, they seem too knowing.”
Michael Grant, Front Lines

“At night we cry sometimes, and if you think that just applies to the females then you have never been in combat, because everyone cries sooner or later. Everyone cries.”
Michael Grant, Front Lines

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message 98: by Kong

Kong I'm starting Front Lines asap! My library actually got it in and I'm very excited to be the first to take it out

message 97: by Tina

Tina Hi, I just love your books and I recently just finished The Messenger of Fear. So I wanted to buy The Tattooed Heart, but noticed there is a short story before that, The Snake and you have also written a short story before Adam & Eve. I really want to read those short stories, but I can only find them as Kindle version and since I don't have a Kindle I hoped you could help me, if I could buy them anywhere as a paperback? Thanks in advance ^^

I guess you can call me Maria (Marmalade4evs) Adriana wrote: "I'm in blank, I honestly don't know what to put in here. So I'm gonna just say the first thing that comes to my mind and it come something like: "Oh. Dear. God. An author just add me and considered..."

Basically, that was what I was going to say to you, Michael. You are my second author to friend me and I feel like going on top of Mount Everest and screaming to the whole world, "I LOVE YOU MICHAEL GRANT AND LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON FOR ACCEPTING MY FRIEND REQUESTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU SO TOTALLY ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

That felt so weird of me but whatever. For a girl that no one really looks at completely, and an outcast who spends her elementary school recess time reading in a corner all by myself, it feels like I'm walking on cloud 9 (whatever the heck that's supposed to mean). I adore the Gone series and am getting my friend to try to read it. I love how it has a little bit of everything. From sex and drugs to anorexia and lesbians. And throw in a bunch of teenagers trapped in a bubble with no adults and have to be there in a year where they develop powers and fight against evil and hunger. I have to say, I wasn't that fond of the ending (view spoiler), I still love your way of writing. Michael, you have made my month, heck, my year . YOU ROCK.

message 95: by Daphne (last edited Mar 19, 2015 09:12AM)

Daphne Delacroix Damn. I absolutely love you. *gapes*

message 94: by Adriana (last edited May 30, 2014 07:45PM)

Adriana I'm in blank, I honestly don't know what to put in here. So I'm gonna just say the first thing that comes to my mind and it come something like: "Oh. Dear. God. An author just add me and considered me his friend"

I just need to say, that I LOVE your books. The Gone Series was so amazing! I Literally read it day and night, till my mom start yelling at me because it was late.

I wanted to jump around like a little girl -and a fan- when I got the notification. So... just thank you, because you made this book nerd the happiest person in the world.

message 93: by Tully

Tully When will Light be coming out on paper back? I need it for my Gone paperback collection (which I display proudly)

message 92: by Elephant (last edited Dec 09, 2013 07:35PM)

Elephant 22 Oh. My. God. I really don't know what to say. I keep telling myself "Authors are normal people who can write super well" but then I say to myself, "No. They are gods and do magic." Then I have this huge argument with myself. Then I go and read a book. Or do homework, depending on the circumstances.

I love your books so much. I recommend them to everyone, I'm not even kidding. So, like my friend is telling me about all these types of murder and torture that she knows and I'm like, "Hey, you'll love the Gone series. The first one's more mellow but then they get REALLY violent." When I was reading them the only thing that stopped me from reading all night was my parents coming in and getting mad at me. Solution: I got a flashlight. It's a pretty sucky flashlight but I use it until one, by which my parents are asleep, then I turn on my actual light.

I really have to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for accepting my friend request. I was just checking my email like I do every day after school and I got an email from Goodreads: Hello Elephant, Michael Grant has accepted your friend request. I basically died then came back to life. I bow down to you.

message 91: by Tracy

Tracy Love Gone but haven't read Light yet. In my delusion if I don't read Light then Gone will be forever. Never end. Won't be gone. Still here. You get the picture. I hate it when a series ends that I am really enjoy. I could say it's bitter sweet but i don't get that either. Bitter and sweet, isn't that like opposite? Anyway, I will read Light and then I am going to try BZRK. I have been putting it off because I am afraid it won't live up to Gone but I think I will take the plunge.

Thanks for all the beautiful reading you have provided for me these past couple of years.

message 90: by Hashi

Hashi hi Mr Grant
I just finished reading Light, and I am so sad now that its over, its like I lost a whole load of friends... I have to tell you that the end surprised me, even though it really shouldn't because it seemed like an obvious ending. but because I knew u were the author i expected it to be different, u know..., but im glad it ended this way! some of my favourite characters are still here but I lost some I never thought I would lose :( did u intend to make the ending take the readers by surprise? so thank you so much for filling, like, my past four years with this amazing and disturbing world u created... and im going to miss it so so much... and im feeling depressed now that it is over :( im never going to be able to enter a world like that again.....

message 89: by Jack (last edited Apr 15, 2013 02:45PM)

Jack Hey Michael, thanks for accepting friend request. Will there be an Eve and Adam 2? I loved it, and the bits of humour you included. :D

Caine'owata Thank you for welcoming me to your friends. First of all, just to say that I love your series GONE, and I think the best :D

♥iDevourBooks♥ ☆Sonic~Obsessed☆ Thanks for accepting my friend request, Michael! I love your book, Gone :D

message 86: by Lucinda

Lucinda Dear Michael,
I would like to thank you so much for being my friend here on GoodReads, which is a fantastic site where one is able to converse with so many likeminded people including authors and readers, writers and book bloggers. I value highly all of my friends on this site and very much look forward to discussing books with you.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x

message 85: by Dante

Dante Iannetta Okay, even though I only finished Fear a few weeks ago, my patience fore Light is already running thin. I don't think I can last...

AlixNicolee Michael Grant, THANK YOU so much for bleeping out the F-word in your book (I'm assuming it was that particular word). It's become such a common expletive it's hard to escape it. But you have become a 21st century hero by NOT using it. Well, you're my hero, anyway.
So, just thank you, I think it's awesome you haven't used it (yet; I'm only fifteen chapters into FEAR).

AlixNicolee Lol, Michael, every time I search for your book I type in Fear Michael Grant :P

AlixNicolee Grant...*kneels, begging with hands clasped* Please, please, really pretty please, sell Fear faster so the book can be shipped to my library!!!! I NEED IT!!!

message 81: by Hashi (last edited Apr 17, 2012 05:54AM)

Hashi Hi Mr Grant Im reading Fear and it's amazing. It kind of has a different feel to it that the rest of the books...... more phycoligical instead of full on fights and action but still has the same amount ( or a bit more) of gore! Um I want to ask you a question and I don't want this to spoil anyone's reading......., so um what made you decide to make Edilio be you-know-what and how did you expect readers and Edilio fans (ME!) to react to it? I was really shocked! :0 Edilio is my favourite character by the way and so is Sanjit and I like it how you have him an actiony scene in this, it was cool! :) saw another side to Dekka as well and actually started to feel sad for Caine and he started to become more like able. Drake is amazing as always so nothing more needs to be said about him......... :) so yea please reply my question if you can. Thank you! :D

Jordan Thanks for accepting my friend request! I am reading Gone now, & I love it! Amazing job!

message 79: by Rachel

Rachel Hi! Thanks for accepting my friend request today! I found Hunger the best in your series so far. :0

message 78: by Lauren (last edited Mar 13, 2012 01:00PM)

Lauren Just read the "about me" section of your profile.
"...My goal in writing GONE? To creep you out. To make you stay up all night reading, then roll into school tired the next day so that you totally blow the big test and end up dropping out of school."
Your apathetic attitude towards the somewhat sensitive subject of high school drop outs (especially sensitive with Americas brittle economy) has, strangely enough, restored my faith in the human race. Don't ask me why, because I'm not sure I quite understand myself. Nevertheless, I thank you.

message 77: by J.N.

J.N. Hey Michael, I cannot wait until FEAR is out, even though I know I will devour it within a day and then be heartbroken that the next one is so far away. Please know there are no other books that do that to me. Sometimes I'm not sure if I like you or if I want to strangle you for doing this to me. :-P

message 76: by Anette

Anette "Anyway, GONE. My goal in writing GONE? To creep you out. To make you stay up all night reading, then roll into school tired the next day so that you totally blow the big test and end up dropping out of school. "
Seriously, this is happening to me over and over again, every time i read the books. Can't get up in the morning to get my sorry ass back at school, because of this series.
But thank you so much! I really love this series, so I can't say more thank you. Realy love them!
Can't you make a movie? Please? I WANT A MOVIEE!!

xoxo your biggest Norwegian fan, Anette :D
(sorry for my bad english, but I'm a norwegian, and got the worst englishteacher you can ever imagine!)

message 75: by Jared (last edited Dec 28, 2011 08:04PM)

Jared  Deocareza Hi Michael! Thanks for accepting ^.^ I love your book
series<3 :D And I can't wait for the book 5 to come.

message 74: by Maud

Maud Hi Michael! I'm really in love with "Gone", and I saw on your page a new serie, "The Magnificent". Will it be released in france? Thank you and congratulation for your work. I don't understand very well why the rights have not been bought yet for the cinema... I already see the movie in my head! In France the releases are very spaced out, it's hard to wait. bisou! ;-) xxxx

message 73: by Hashi

Hashi Hello Mr Grant I love your Gone series and Plague is probably my favorite. It's seriously creepy! I love it(!) Is there any new info about Gone being made onto a movie or a TV series because that will be so awesome. It'll be like right up there with HP, probably better! Once Again, I love the Gone series and they are probably my favorite books. Please can you let us know if there is any more news about a movie being made or anything because I would love that. Thank you. Bye! :)

message 72: by Joyzi

Joyzi Thanks for accepting ^^ good luck on your future books

message 71: by Amy

Amy Thank you so much for accepting my request. Your writing is just so fantastic and inspiring, I can't find the words to truly describe how I feel about your writing. Gone is a brilliant book and I can't wait to finish it and continue the series. :)

message 70: by Emma


message 69: by P.J.

P.J. Thanks for the friendship!

message 68: by Sangria

Sangria Thanks for your friendship, Michael! :)

message 67: by Naomi

Naomi It's funny how it says you've written more books than you've read. LOLzz

message 66: by Autumn

Autumn Dear Mr. Michael Grant,

Hiii! I love your GONE series. I picked up the first two from my schools Scholastic book fair. :) I flew them all then bought Lies, and Plague! Plague was so good! I didn't like the ending though...


message 65: by Jess

Jess hi michael. i want you to know i'm still mad at you about plaque's ending. what were you thinking? the next book better bring you-know-who (no not voldemort, i just don't want to ruin it for people who haven't read it yet) back.

message 64: by Sarah

Sarah Hi Michael Grant :) I just want to let you know that I am hooked on your Gone series and highly anticipating Fear (Gone #5)! The story is super amazing and you are the man at writing great twists on the plot and creating hundreds of unique characters.

message 63: by Autumn

Autumn Micheal! You are a great author. I am currently on LIES! It is fantastic. I feel so far behind though because it seems everyone is already done PLAGUE!

message 62: by Izzy

Izzy I love the Gone series and the Magnificent 12 series! I'm looking forward to your future writing!!! :D (expcially the end of the Gone series!!!)

message 61: by Jay

Jay I recently finished Hunger and I loved it! I'm waiting to get my hands on on Lies now...:P

message 60: by Terra

Terra I just finished LIES last week, talk about leaving us hanging! It just gets better and better. I can't wait for the next book!!!! I really don't want the series to end. :-)

message 59: by Jasmine

Jasmine I saw the cover for plague and I was wondering who the guy on the cover is supposed to be?

message 58: by Regina

Regina Z. Your storys make me want more! I'm like under a spell! I love Gone, Hunger, and Lies(Which I am reading!) Can't wait for more! :)

message 57: by Lauren

Lauren Wait....was the "slug" on brittney part of Drakes arm....?

message 56: by Phoebe

Phoebe Read Lies yesterday... it was amazing. Really looking forward to the next ones!

message 55: by Terra

Terra I just picked up Lies. I can't wait to read it!!!!!!

message 54: by Nicole

Nicole Rayne Girl on Fire *Rose* wrote: "Nicole wrote: "HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DRAKE!!!"

Heehee my half birthday is his birthday! Wootwoot!"

You wrote that one my birthday, LOL!

message 53: by Natasha

Natasha On page 306 now. I've been reading almost all day. xD I don't want to finish it, it's soo good!!! I can't put the book down, just taking a snack break. xD It's AWESOME!!!!!!!! These books are the best!!

message 52: by Natasha

Natasha I'm on page 215 of LIES already and got it yesterday. I don't wanna finish but it's so addicting!!!!!! SO worth the wait, the book is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

message 51: by Natasha

Natasha I'm SOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe it!! It's been so long, and now, it's getting closer and closer to May!!!! And then on May 4th, LIES FINALLY COMES OUT! Can't wait!!!!! I want to see what happens next so badly!!!!!!! Can't wait much longer!!

message 50: by Nicole


message 49: by Elle

Elle I lovelovelove your writing! :)

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