Arthur Salm

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Arthur Salm is a former newspaper columnist for the San Diego Union Tribune who now writes books full time.

Photograph by Jeffrey Lamont Brown

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Reinventing yourself takes humor, heart, and a TON of footnotes!

Max is a good kid—but you wouldn’t know that if you met him at the boring family camp his parents dragged him to over the summer. There, for a few exciting weeks, Max reinvents himself as “Mad Max” and gains a bad-boy reputation for being daring, cool, and fearless.

But when Max returns home, he finds it’s easier to be fearless with strangers than it is among friends, and he is not particularly proud of the way...

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "It doesn't matter how long you put it off as long as you get it done on time."

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Being exactly where I want to be, doing exactly what I want to be doing, with exactly the people I want to be with. Right now, for example, I'm perfectly happy because I'm writing something (this!), my cat is on my lap (instead of on the keyboard), and my dog is lying next to me (and not snoring). But in order to be perfectly happy in about half an hour I'll have to be eating lunch.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Wile E. Coyote. He's fictional, but I identify with him anyway.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Can't answer -- if I knew I was overusing a word or a phrase, I'd stop.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. 1) Empathy 2) Sense of humor 3) The ability to juggle

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