Neal Shusterman (author of Unwind, Bruiser, Skinjacker series and more) is a popular and successful American author of Young Adult literature.
Shusterman’s inspiration for writing first came in ninth grade, when his English teacher, seeing a spark of creativity in his writing, challenged him to write her a short creative story. He has stated that his teacher’s short challenges not only helped him improve as a writer but also allowed him to get better at other skills, such as time management and work ethics.
Neal has made his mark as a successful novelist, screenwriter, and television writer. As a full-time writer, he claims to be his own hardest task-master, always at work creating new stories to tell. His books have received many awards from organizations such as the International Reading Association, and the American Library Association, as well as garnering a myriad of state and local awards across the country.
Wherever Neal goes, he quickly earns a reputation as a storyteller and dynamic speaker. Much of his fiction is traceable back to stories he tells to large audiences of children and teenagers — such as his novel The Eyes of Kid Midas. As a speaker, Neal is in constant demand at schools and conferences. Degrees in both psychology and drama give Neal a unique approach to writing. Neal’s novels always deal with topics that appeal to adults as well as teens, weaving true-to-life characters into sensitive and riveting issues, and binding it all together with a unique and entertaining sense of humor.
Neal Shusterman lives in Southern California with his children Brendan, Jarrod, Joelle, and Erin, who are a constant source of inspiration!