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.

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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 his behavior over the...

My Life in 8 Words

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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. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Mark Twain. I'd say, "Are you free for dinner?" Then we'd talk for five hours. Or rather, I'd try to get HIM to talk for five hours. I'd be as interested in the way he talked as in what he said, because somehow, when he wrote, he made it timeless -- so much of it sounds like it could have been written yesterday, when he actually wrote it more than 100 years ago.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Huckleberry Finn.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I'm a mammal.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People being rude to waiters or sales clerks. It makes me crazy.

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