Author Interview with Michael Grant!

Michael Grant. Interview. That’s all you need to know. Read on!

IceyBooks: Where did you find the inspiration for your epic GONE series?

Michael Grant: I usually credit the TV show, LOST, and Stephen King’s THE STAND. Oddly enough it was not LORD OF THE FLIES — I didn’t even make the connection until I was halfway through GONE. But most of all, I was working on a whole different series I was going to call GUNS and DRAGONS, and the idea just sort of slipped over to something completely different. Plus, of course, I do have to make a living.

IB: Is typing with two fingers hard? Why do you do that?

MG: Because I have giant sausage fingers, Hafsah. I can only fit two on the keys at a time. Actually, I just never learned to type. I’m pretty fast with just the two fingers, but I’m also really loud. I pound the keys and it drives my wife crazy.
IB: LOL, okayyyy. If you had a chance, would you change anything about any of your books?
MG: Yeah, I’d go back to book #1 and not toy with the idea of giving Astrid a power. I dropped it and hoped no one would notice.  Oh: they noticed.

IB: Y’know, I was wondering about that! Out of all the 150 books you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?
MG: I always like whatever I wrote most recently. I know that’s a weaselly answer, but it’s actually true.  I have a tendency to forget books I wrote a long time ago. I have a terrible memory. I’ve outsourced all memory to Google and my iPhone.

IB: Yeah, I’ve pretty muched outsourced mine too… If you could choose any author to switch places with for a day, who would choose?

MG: Hmmm. I’d love be able to do the kind of lyrical, poetic writing my wife (Katherine Applegate) did in HOME OF THE BRAVE. And I’d like to have Stephen King’s deeper understanding of the craft. And I’d love to have the kind of depth and breadth of erudition that Patrick O’Brian brought to his Aubrey/Maturin series. But I love my life and would never trade places with anyone else, even for a day.

Gone (Gone, #1)IB: If you could say anything to any person (even George Washington), what would you say?

MG: Dear Mr. Tolkien:  thanks.

IB: That’s it? Write, and answer, a question you would like to be asked, but never have been asked?
MG:  You keep the language in the series G rated, or at most PG.  Why?
Because I succumbed to the pressure of the marketplace. The truth is I think the whole concept of “bad” words is nonsense and everyone should get over it. There are no bad words, there are words used in such a way as to injure or humiliate, and that’s bad. But it’s not the word. A cruel person can do a lot more damage with a word like “ugly” or “fat” than they can with a curse word. A writer — even a YA writer — should use the word that best conveys the thought, and not stick to some arbitrary list of approved words. And I’m sorry I didn’t take that stand when I started.

Thanks for taking the time to tell me and my readers a little about yourself, Mr. Grant! Michael Grant’s latest release, PLAGUEwas released on 4/5/11 from Katherine Tegen Books.


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.

June 14, 2011



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    June 16, 2011

    Fantastic interview! In fact, one of the most entertaining I have ever read on your blog. :)

    Gotta send a link to my mom, who loves the GONE series.

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    June 16, 2011

    LOVE this series! Thanks for the fantastic interview. I love having some insight into the mind of a great author. And I love his p.o.v. on bad words-well said!

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    June 16, 2011

    Awesome interview! I love the Gone series.

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    Julia :)

    June 17, 2011

    Awesome interview! I can't believe he types with only two fingers. That would take forever! But apparently not for him! Haha. :)

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    June 18, 2011

    Oh my god he's written 150 books! WOW! I love Michael's answer to question #5. I also loved his take on bad words. I actually don't say 'bad' words and what Michael has said has truly never occurred to me. Note taken! I have to admit that I've been extremely curious about his Gone series but have not checked it out yet. Have you read this series, Hafsah?

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    The Slowest Bookworm

    June 18, 2011

    Mum and I both share my Amazon account and we each have our own Kindle's linked to it. She very recently read Gone and is now mithering me to download the rest in the series lol. I can't wait to get started on it.