Gordon Korman is the author of more than 90 children's and young adult fiction books, most recently WhatsHisFace, Supergifted and Restart. His writing career began at the age of twelve when his seventh grade English assignment became his first published novel. Now, more than four decades later, he is a full-time writer and speaker, with over thirty million copies of his books in print in thirty-two languages.
Korman has a strong track record with middle-grade and young adult series, including several turns writing books in the best-selling 39 Clues adventure series. Korman also spent time on the NY Times bestselling list for the trilogy, Masterminds.
Each year Korman travels extensively, visiting schools and libraries, bringing his trademark humor and adventure styles to readers everywhere. A native of Ontario, Canada, he lives with his family in Long Island, New York.
Learn more about Gordon Korman on his website.
Q1: OUR THEME THIS YEAR IS HERE'S AN IDEA! WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE SPACE FOR PONDERING IDEAS?
Gordon: I do most of my writing in my office, which is really just a spare bedroom. Luckily, though, brainstorming can happen anywhere. My favorite ideas come in conversations with other people, like my editors, but also friends and family. I get a lot of great ideas with my mom. She lives in Canada, so we do a lot of brainstorming via Skype.
Q2: WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL?
Gordon: Strangely, I got better grades in math and science than English. But the classes I loved best were the ones that allowed me to be creative.
Q3: WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN TO DO?
Gordon: I always thought it would be really cool to scuba dive. I've snorkeled a bunch, and I researched diving pretty intensively when I was writing the DIVE trilogy, but I've never tried it.
Q4: WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WANTED TO BE AN AUTHOR?
Gordon: My first book was actually my 7th grade English assignment, so I had a sense that writing was something I might be good at when I was twelve years old. But I didn't "officially" decide to make writing my career until I was a junior in college.