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 The Schwa Was Here, which won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for fiction. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. The father of four children, Neal lives in California. Visit him at and

Books by this Author

Chasing Forgiveness
Violent Ends
The Complete Unwind Dystology
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My Life in 8 Words

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. What’s your best quality?

A. An ability to see things from all sides, empathy, and an ability to make the world's best guacamole.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My smoldering eyes, and impish grin, so I've been told.

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.

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.

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