Koontz went on to author a number of science fiction books. Seeing the Catholic religion as a counterpoint to the upheaval in his family, Koontz converted in college because it provided him with explanations for his life, enjoying its "intellectual rigor" and allowing a vision of life that finds mystery and beauty in everything. After graduating from Brigham Young University, he rented an apartment from Jack London who encouraged him to write stories.
His first story was accepted by a magazine called "Weird Tales". From there he became one of the most popular writers of suspense fiction in America. His novels are set in California where he lives today.
He has said that he writes about people like himself, who have a fascination with other worlds and other times, and he tries to bring these characters to life on the page so readers can experience what they feel when history or time moves over them.
In 1995, one of King's partners told the Los Angeles Times, "The price he pays for being Stephen King is not being taken seriously." Instead, King smirked, having read every novel Dean Koontz had ever written—Dean Koontz being a famously lowbrow thriller writer. When asked if this fact bothered him, King said, "No, because I'm just as lowbrow as he is."
However, after being quoted by the paper, King felt compelled to issue a public apology. He wrote in a letter to his fans that while he enjoys reading mystery and science fiction novels, he has no interest in pursuing such genres himself. "I would only be interested in writing horror stories," he explained. "And even then, I'd probably write fantasy horror stories."
King also dismissed the notion that his popularity will affect how well his books sell. "The sales figures show that there are still many people out there who want to read about werewolves and vampires," he said.
A seventh-grade writing project inspired author Gordon Korman. He is still publishing after 42 years and 80 volumes.
He started writing stories when he was in elementary school and never stopped. In fact, he says writing is his "default career option."
Gordon Korman wrote his first book, The Nine Lives of Dr. Frisbee, while in seventh grade at Southport Middle School (now North Port Middle School). He was asked by his teacher to write a story about what would happen if a person died and went to heaven. She said that she knew it would be funny because everyone dies every day and it isn't usually funny. But he got the idea for a book about a dog who lives forever by eating food that makes other people live longer too so they can eat too and keep on living forever.
He didn't finish the book then but he has been writing ever since!
In addition to writing books, Gordon Korman has also written several screenplays and two musicals. He says writing for children allows him to "play with language and make up new words" which is something he loves to do.
Korman has always enjoyed writing since it allows him to express himself creatively. Many people assumed that Restart was based on a genuine incident, but after meeting with Korman, he informed us that the novel was entirely fictitious. It was truly motivated by people's personalities and the question of whether or not individuals could change.
He said that some scenes in the book came straight from his own life, such as his friendship with David Arkell. However, other parts were completely made up, like the character of Gordon Korman.
Korman also writes short stories about real people he knows. They are called "Diary Entries" and can be found in his blog at http://kormangordon.blogspot.com/.
He claims that writing Diary Entries is a lot of fun because you get to see what happened before you arrived at work/school today. Some people may think this is boring, but Korman says he actually enjoys looking back at his past experiences because they help him grow as a person.
Writing stories helps Korman deal with his feelings of insecurity and gives him something to talk about with others. He believes that everyone should try writing something every now and then because it's very rewarding.
Before becoming a primary school teacher, he attended St. Patrick's Teacher Training College in Dublin. McGahern was unhappy with his first novel, The End and the Beginning of Love, and opted not to publish it. Instead, he wrote six more novels which he published between 1983 and 1996. He died in January 2006 at the age of 58.
McGahern worked as a primary school teacher in County Donegal, Ireland from 1970 to 1976 when he began writing full time. His books are set in his native county.
He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013.
John McGahern went to school in Ireland to be a novelist. His novels are set in his home country of Ireland and focus on its people, particularly those living in rural areas. Two of his novels have been made into films: Dancing at Doonlodge (2002) and The Sea Horse (2009).
McGahern's work is characterized by its realism and attention to detail. He often used himself as a narrator for his own stories. His novels usually feature several main characters who live in Donegal, a remote region of northern Ireland that is one of its least populated counties. There they struggle against poverty, alcoholism, drug addiction, and violence. However, they also experience great joy and happiness in their lives.