Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including The Unwind Dystology, The Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. Scythe, the first book in his newest series Arc of a Scythe, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. The father of four children, Neal lives in California. Visit him at and

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My Life in 8 Words

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Talk & Signing
603 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78703
MAR 22

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Try to see things differently -- It's the only way to get a clearer perspective on the world and on your life.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Being with my kids, while eating sushi, on a cruise, having just reached my "goal weight," after e-mailing a final draft of my best book yet, on New Years Eve.

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

A. Mozart. I'd tell him that he rocks.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. I love writing music, but it seems I'm always writing words, so I don't get much time to do it.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "Be My Hero" by October Project, "In Your Eyes," by Peter Gabriel, "Amnesia" by Chumbawamba, "Synchronicity 2" by the Police, and anything by Genesis.

Author Voices

November 02, 2009

I spent two nights in the Haunted Mansion last month. No, really. It was bizarre. When I travel, I usually just go in for a Marriott, or Comfort Suites — you know the typical, predictable hotels that are so uniform, I can’t remember what city I’m in when I wake up in the morning. But every once in a while, I’ll go for a bed-and-breakfast. Especially when I’m someplace picturesque and rural. I’ve come across some of the coolest B&Bs around the US. The Cobblestone Manor in Rochester Michigan, the Bonnynook inn Waxahachie, Texas. And then there’s the Evergreen in Anderson, South Carolina. Okay, to be fair, the... see more