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April Henry

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I write mysteries and thrillers. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family.

If you've read one of my books, I would love to hear from you. Hearing from readers makes me eager to keep writing.

When I was 12, I sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He liked it so much he arranged to have it published in an international children's magazine.

My dream of writing went dormant until I was in my 30s, working at a corporate job, and started writing books on the side. Those first few years are now thankfully a blur. Now I'm very lucky to make a living doing what I love. I have written 13 novels for adults and teens, with more on the way. My books have gotten
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April Henry Hey, Katiana - any relation to the author Kari Luna (and there is also another author in Portland with nearly the same name, Cari Luna).

Probably my…more
Hey, Katiana - any relation to the author Kari Luna (and there is also another author in Portland with nearly the same name, Cari Luna).

Probably my favorite book is Girl, Stolen (although I love all of them, of course). My editor at the time did not like the book and wanted it rewritten from Griffin's point of view. He said he would "probably" buy it then. I really wanted a sale, but it just felt like the wrong idea. So I screwed up my courage and told my agent to take it elsewhere. The editor who bought it loved it just the way it was and it has won many awards. So maybe since it came so close to not being published or not being published in that form, it's my favorite.(less)
April Henry That one's definitely a stand alone. I am working on a sequel to Girl, Stolen, and I have a new series out that begins with the book The Body in the…moreThat one's definitely a stand alone. I am working on a sequel to Girl, Stolen, and I have a new series out that begins with the book The Body in the Woods. (less)
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The Night She Disappeared
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Shock Point
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Torched
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I had really been looking forward to this book. But the last whiplashing twist was not only not believable, it also rendered all the actions the bad guys had taken earlier meaningless. The more I think about the book, the less sense it makes.
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry
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I really enjoyed this book. Fast past, interesting characters, characters who changed, changing POV handled deftly even within a chapter (which I normally don't like). A fun ride!
" I get shivers just thinking about it. "
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Really enjoyed this one. Multiple points of view, handled deftly. It was genuinely creeping enough that I put it aside early one night so I wouldn't have nightmares.
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Well-written, a fast read, a bit fable-like. I finished this a week ago, though, and now I couldn't really tell you the plot. Rounded up from three point five to four stars because I liked all the "inside baseball" stuff about publishing.
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“Who's stupid now, Jimbo?!”
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“Sometimes people did this, closed their eyes for a few seconds and imagined it gave them insights into what it was like to be her. Only, at the end, they could still open their eyes and see.”
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message 22: by Haley.s

Haley.s do you have animals


message 21: by April

April Henry Melissa wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend request! I look forward to reading your book."

I think that's the first one I've gotten with a message. I didn't even know you could leave messages!


message 20: by Melissa

Melissa Ousley Thanks for accepting my friend request! I look forward to reading your book.


message 19: by April

April Henry Wow! That's pretty impressive. It was inspired by a real chain of overseas boot camps. I have links to some articles on my web site.


message 18: by Alaska

Alaska I read your book Shock Point one summer, when I was eleven or twelve, and I still think about it almost every day.


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message 10: by April

April Henry Mullen wrote: ":) I loved Shock Point! I read it around the beginning of the summer (late June/ early July)and I still think about it every now and then!"

Wow! Thanks. That was a fun book to write. And did you know there are really boot camps like that? Have you read my latest thriller, Girl Stolen?


message 9: by Alaska (last edited Mar 08, 2011 02:52PM)

Alaska :) I loved 'Shock Point'! I read it around the beginning of the summer (late June/ early July)and I still think about it every now and then! Thatcher is probably one of my favorite characters of all time.


message 8: by April

April Henry Clare Bear wrote: "Oregonians unite!! =D"

I didn't realize you were so close. LK Madigan and Lauren Kate and I will all be at Powells Beaverton on Saturday, October 2 and 2 pm if you ever get out that way and want to meet us.


Clarence :P Oregonians unite!! =D


PyroLily ~Qui scribit bis legit~ Ok thanks. I guess I'm half-way there huh?


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April Henry PyroLily *...* wrote: "How do you wright so well? I need help. I have no clue what I'm doing, just thought I'd ask."

The first thing is to read a lot. The more you read, the more you learn about writing. If you don't like something, think about why. If you do like something, think about why.

There's a good book by Gail Carson Levine called Writing Magic that will give you some good ideas about how to be a better writer. You can get it at the library.

It's like anything else - first you're not very good, but if you keep working at it you get better.


PyroLily ~Qui scribit bis legit~ How do you wright so well? I need help. I have no clue what I'm doing, just thought I'd ask.


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Beth Hi April,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery author here on Goodreads as well as elsewhere!


message 2: by April

April Henry Wow! That is so cool! Thank you for passing it on. I have another book out called Torched, about a girl who goes undercover with a radical environmental group. And then next fall I'll have a new one about a blind girl who gets kidnapped called "Girl, Stolen"

Thanks for sending me my first-ever message on Good Reads. I can't even figure out why it doesn't show my profile pic.




PyroLily ~Qui scribit bis legit~ I let my teacher bowro Shock Point to read and she made it the book of the week (she picks a book each week to tell us about and recament). Now a bunch of people wont to bowro my book.


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