John’s Other Writing


For several years, I wrote commentaries for Chicago Public Radio and, on occasion, for NPR’s All Things Considered. The text of those radio pieces can be found here.

Let It Snow

I wrote a long short story called “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle” in the book Let It Snow, which also features lovely stories from Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. This book has been published in translated editions as well.


I’ve written stories for several anthologies. These include “The Great American Morp” in 21 Proms, “The Approximate Cost of Loving Caroline” in Twice Told, and “Freak the Geek” in Geektastic.

This Is Not Tom

I wrote this novella hidden behind insanely complex riddles called “This Is Not Tom.” TINT is unfinished (it will be finished eventually, I hope). TINT is free and available to the public, but the only way to read the story is to solve the riddles, which unfortunately is basically impossible without crowdsourcing. (A good place to start, however, would be the TINT youtube channel.)

For more information about other stuff I’ve written, including book reviews and the books I cowrote for the awesome people at mental_floss, visit the “Other Writing” FAQ page.

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Kitana January 12, 2015 at 8:15 pm

Bloody hell, who came up with this is not tom??
-Kitana Frost


Laura Diaz January 12, 2015 at 9:11 pm

I, as many others probably are, was wondering if you were thinking of writing a new book? I know this question must have been asked to you a thousand of times but maybe just maybe you might answer me back in between your busy schedule.


Bar Hosrabi January 15, 2015 at 6:57 am

Dear John,
I read your exceptional Faul in Our stars. I was surprised to come accross a quate from Shakespeare’s “The fault is not in our stars but in ourselves.” Did you have Shakespeare in mind when you entilted your book with the same quate, only put it in the negative?
I notice with a grin that I am doing precisely what Hazel and Augustus are doing in your book.
Will be happy to get your response. (Please do not make me come all the way to Indianapolis for it…)
Bar – (15 years old)


Regan Garmon January 15, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Dear John,
I have read the The Fault in Our Stars, and I can say I’ve never read a book that has moved me, like this one did.

P.S. Thank you for that.


Gabrielle Dunn January 16, 2015 at 6:39 am

Dear John,

I am a massive fan of your writing I believe you are the most talented person I have ever read. You are an exceptional writer and I thank you for that. You have changed so many things in my life just by writing books.

I have one problem. When I read paper towns I thought it was amazing this big build up! They find margo annnd then it ends after they kiss. WHAT! what happeneds afterwards! Does margo change her mind and come home or is it simply implying the book is about them being together from start to finish and them being together was over, that’s why the book finished?
Also what happens to ‘Q’ when he goes home? What does his parents say about his car which he had for ONE day! Does he even go home?

Please help me, I need to know what happens! I feel like hazel wanting to know the ending of her favourite book.

Once again, thank you, you are big inspiration to me becoming a writer.
Gabby, 15, Australia.


Lauren Peterson January 18, 2015 at 1:09 am

Dear John,
I just now finished Paper Towns and this booked moved me, and touched the place in my heart that doest get touched often. I have also read The Fault in our Stars, and once again, I was moved.
Thank you for taking time out of you day to write these amazing novels, I know many people, including me, greatly appreciate it.
Once again, thank you very much,
Lauren, 13, Texas, USA:)


Ruben January 18, 2015 at 4:48 am

Dear Mr green

I have read a few of your books and I would just like to say that they are some of the best books I have ever read…I especially loved will grayson, will grayson,I would read your books a thousand times and then again after that…and I look forward to reading the whole collection

Yours sincerely


Chiara January 18, 2015 at 8:48 am

Dear John Green,
I love a lot your books, expecially Paper Town and Looking for Alaska. I found a certain similarity between Alaska and Margo, I don’t know why, but their stories ,I think, are similiar. Both have thought about death and they were depressed. And I found your description about their sentiment really precise and I rewiewed in their. Now I have a question: how did you write and creates these two wonders? How did you know how it feels to be like Alaska and Margo?
Thanks and sorry for my english
Your sincerally


Allison 12 January 18, 2015 at 5:30 pm

dear John,
ive read the fault in our stars twice and love it. the idea of finding true love is amazing . i have not read any of your other books but look foward to doing so. and i accept your apoligy for making him die, i cried for almost the whole book. i love all of your qoutes in the book. im amazingly in love with the book. ive seen the movie 6 times, i personaly like the book alot more than the movie but others might not think so.
thank you so much for writting the fault in our stars and i hope to get a response
allison ,12, arizonia


John (Joao) January 18, 2015 at 8:28 pm

Hello John green, I live in Brazil and I am your hyper mega fan of yours. I want to thank you for your books serve as inspiration for my good, I will not published in a renowned editor I wrote moreand they are all inspired by his. Thank you and goodbye!


Leid. January 19, 2015 at 4:57 pm

hey, John.
i’m a big, big, big fan of you. just like Hazel, i would read even your shopping lists.
i just don’t know if i must to say thanks to you for all that amazing books you write, or hate you because you just arruined my life. your books hurts like hell, but i love them more than my life.
so thanks, thanks for write and make my life just better.
you’re my hero.
now, i’m trying to write a book (it’s just crap) but it’s ’cause you inspired me, so thanks you (yeah, again).
-leid, from spain (i do this without the traductor, so sorry if i made some mistakes).


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Taylor Marie January 19, 2015 at 6:39 pm

Dear John,
You are undoubtedly my favorite author in the world! I can’t wait to see more books in the future!


Zanon Léa January 20, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Bonjour John Green.
Je vous remercie de ce que vous êtes et de ce que vous faites .
Vous êtes de loin mon écrivain préféré .
Vos livres ont beaucoup changer ma vie .
Vous êtes un génie … Tout simplement .
Vous êtes comme un Dieu accessible .
Je n ai pas de mots pour vous définir .
J ai lu The faut in our stars, looking for Alaska and Will & Will . Je lirais vos autres les livres . Je vous le promet . Dans ces trois livres, j ai été ébloui de votre talent … Et de votre façon d écrire Et de vos pensees qui y entre … Des qu on ces livres, on rente d un coup dans les personnages .
Vous êtes naturel, mais si intelligent et fort d esprit …
Léa . (French)


Miriam January 21, 2015 at 12:07 pm

John Green,
I can not find the words to describe how I find your books wonderful. I just read two of yours but I’ll definitely read your whole collection. I hope you will write more books. I was born in Portugal but moved to Germany six months ago and your books have been an inspiration because I love to write stories, especially of mystery, but I’m still improving. I love the way you write the books and better, the way they over. Your books never have exactly an end and I do not know why but I like that. You know, the worst thing to read a book is when they over we have to go back to reality. It’s a wonderful feeling when we sat down imagine the scenes of the books. I promise to see the film “Paper Towns” and I bet it will be a success as a book.
With great admiration

Miriam Kunzika, 12, Germany


Mari Hegnes January 22, 2015 at 11:13 am

I just wanted to say: You are an amazing author! I am looking forward to read more books written by you.


Tayla smith January 22, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Dear john, I have read all of your books apart from will Grayson will Grayson and I would like to say thank you. Your books have really made me think about things in a different way as you are very insightful. I like that.

Please write more books as I don’t want to come to the end. I would read anything you write. Thank you.


Lizzie Farrell January 23, 2015 at 5:06 pm

Dear John,
I have to admit, I haven’t read all your books. I have only read The Fault in Our Stars, which I fell in love with, at the request of two of my best friends. I have recently finished rereading it and a thought came to my head. I was thinking about how the same story would look from Augustus’s perspective instead of Hazel’s. This is simply a thought, but honestly, I would find this new perspective very interesting.
Also, my school brings in a popular author every year and everyone (every girl more specifically) was let down because you weren’t the one coming to talk to us. I was hoping (however small that hope) that you would come to Bernardsville Middle School in Northern New Jersey. My friends and I will be graduating at the end of next year to Bernard High which we will reside until June 2020, so feel free to stop by. Honestly my friends and I would honored to be in the same room with you. We all love your books.


Alex Lara January 24, 2015 at 3:59 am

Dear John Green,
Thanks for writing all those books, grabbing my heart and crushing it multiple times. It was an amazing and terrible rollercoaster. 10/10 would recommend.


Corrine Rachael Martin January 25, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Dear, John Green
You are an amazing author and I hope to write like you later in life. Please don’t ever stop writing you books leave imprints on me.
P.S. I’m reading paper towns right now (like literally)


Martha Glasshagel January 27, 2015 at 10:52 am

Dear Mr John Green,
I have read pretty much all your books, and yet not one has dissatisfied me. The books you write are easily relatable and real. The sadness and heart break of your books really make someone attached to the character in the story, you make be feel like I am best friends with Hazel, Colin, Q, and Miles. Thank you for taking me into their lovely world.


Grace January 28, 2015 at 11:30 am

Dear John,
I have read “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Looking for Alaska” and I just wanted to say that you are my favorite author, the way you write it’s like your taking the biggest questions and thoughts of the human mind and put in into the book in a very beautiful way.
I have a very important question, how does it feel to kill a character ? Because Alaska and Gus were both main characters and you killed them.
why did you kill them?
One day , I would like to be an author, and it’s mostly because of you.
thank you, John Green
thank you.


Olivia Burch January 28, 2015 at 6:57 pm

I’ve read ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ and I am currently reading ‘Looking For Alaska’ nearly finished I may add! These books are really good, I hope that one day I can write a book! I’m reading so many different books! I really rely on reading…such a comforting thing. I’m 20 years old and this book is for young teens and I can see all the 11/12 year olds commenting on this site! I am really enjoying these books and hopefully they all become films because they are awe inspiring for me to create a book one day but I just want to be more experienced with life and read loads before hand!


Olivia Burch January 28, 2015 at 7:01 pm

I’ve read ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ and I am currently reading ‘Looking For Alaska’ nearly finished I may add! These books are really good, I hope that one day I can write a book! I’m reading so many different books! I really rely on reading…such a comforting thing. I’m 20 years old and this book is for young teens and I can see all the 11/12 year olds commenting on this site! I am really enjoying these books and hopefully they all become films because they are awe inspiring for me to create a book but I just want to be more experienced with life and read loads before hand!


Morgan January 29, 2015 at 1:26 am


I am a huge fan of your books. I have read them all, and am now perusing for your short stories. I love how I can read these books and feel as if I am connecting with a real person, like I can feel them there with me and I’m just witnessing everything happening. There is a human and universal element to all of these stories that makes you want to wake up the next morning and be a better person and, damnit, I haven’t had that before with any other books I’ve read, besides Harry Potter of course. Quite frankly, there have been many a time I’ve wanted to buy a pack of cigarettes only to throw them away, if only to remember some of my favorite lost characters for a while.

I just have two questions that has been gnawing away at me… I would love to know if Alaska killed herself or if it really was all an accident. And in Will Grayson, Will Grayson, is the Hazel who makes a quite short lived appearance for Tiny’s try-outs (p.168) indeed the Hazel that I have grown to love, malfunctioning lungs and all?

Thank you again for sharing these worlds you have created with us.




Katie January 29, 2015 at 9:21 pm

Dear John Green,

I am a huge fan of your writing. I have read every book you have written or co-written. I have seen all of your Crash Course World History youtube videos.

The reason I an writing to you today is to ask if you would be releasing the book ‘An Imperial Allfiction’ that is made known through your amazing book and movie, The Fault in Our Stars?

I would look forward to a release of the book even if the ending is the middle of a sentence or if there is no ending for Anna’s mother, the tulip man, or Sisyphus the Hamster.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my comment.

Sincerly yours,


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