John’s Other Writing

Radio

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.

Anthologies

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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Yulianna .O November 20, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Hello, Mr. Green…

I just wanted to say that your quite brilliant, obviously you already know that because look where you are now…. Hundreds of people adoring you, a movie out and another one coming soon…
Anyway, I think that you are amazing at what you do and that I’ve been puzzling on how you think of such crazy, awesome quotes, metaphors, etc. (I’m hoping you know what I mean….)

Its been a pleasure sending you a comment that you most likely will never read :) But, if in any way you read this and happen have time to respond would you tell me a way to stop my annoying habit? (I use *…* to much if you haven’t noticed…)

-Yulianna .O

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gretakirsch December 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm

totally agree! how do you think of the stuff that you put in your books?

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Ryan Thompson December 4, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Dear John Green,
I am a huge fan of your work! By huge, I mean huge. Your books have inspired me tremendously. You gave me a passion. A passion, to write. I’m in the middle of writing a book right now in the matter of fact. I’m only a young fourteen year old girl from Texas, but I spend most of my devoted time on writing. Your my favorite author so I searched the internet to try to get a ahold of you for advice! Advice on how to be a better author. Please email me. I hope you read this and respond to me. It would mean the entire world to me. Keep inspiring.

Love,
Ryan
(P.S. I feel like Hazel emailing Peter Van Houten, trying to get his attention.)

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Jasmine. C November 22, 2014 at 1:09 am

Hello, John Green
May i say you are quite the idiosyncratic person, quite the genius actually.
Your books can be read ubiquitous and by ubiquitous, i mean anywhere!
I quite admire you and your work and you are an especially inspiring person and I am quite sure that all your readers/fans think so too.
The book i enjoy the most out of the books I have read by you so far would be Looking for Alaska, though i did cry in both the book and movie with the Fault in our stars. The movie could of been more based on the book but that’s my biased intake of it.

I do so hope you have/had an astounding day
-Jasmine. C

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Rita Pinho November 22, 2014 at 11:21 am

Dear John Green,
My name is Rita Pinho, I’m fourteen years old and I’m from Portugal.
Some time ago I decided to read the original “The Fault In Our Stars”(and it means that I have to be really good at English) because I’ve always wished to read the exact words that you wrote. The contact with the book made me feel closer to you and with the story. I’ve read all your books in Portuguese but I thought if I had to read one of your original books it had to be “The Fault In Our Stars”! Actually, it all started when I saw the movie at the cinema and I have to admit it: is impossible to see it without crying! And when I read the original book I cried even more! It is so honest and truthful but at the same time sad and heartbreaking! (I’am sure that you hear this a lot!) I really feel in love with the story and, for that reason, I wanted to find out more about your amazing work! So, I read “An Abundance of Katherines”, “Looking for Alaska” (a heartbreaking story, too!), “Paper Towns”, “Let It Snow” and finally “The Fault In Our Stars”. I will obviously, read your next book. I’m also planning to read “Will Grayson, Will Grayson”. I’ve done a lot of research because I’ d like to write you a perfect letter, for instance, besides reading your books, I saw lots of interviews about the movie with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (they are my favourite actors!) and, of course, with you! I’ve visited your awesome website and I’m a member of your fans club!
There is so much to say that I’ve realised it is impossible to describe how beautiful and genius this book is and the difference it has made in my life, because it is a brilliant book written by a brilliant author. I absolutely love every single word, phrase, paragraph, page, chapter but I think the most profund and honest phrases are: “Maybe okay will be our always”; “That’s the thing about pain it demands to be felt”;”I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once”;”You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this worls, but you do have some say in who hurts you”.Of course there are more incredible phrases and trust me, if I had to say it I would never finished this letter!
You really taught me so many things! This story shows us the painful truth of the reality and that “The world is not a wish-granting factory” (I also love this phrase from the book).
Also, I think, one of the most important lessons that we should learn from the book is that love is so powerful that help us overcome all the obstacles, even cancer.
Besides, you gave me other perspective of life: nothing in this world can be taken from granted so we need to enjoy every tiny special moment and to celebrate the little things, because those are the ones we most desire. And we should always have faith and hope especially when our life seems to be folling apart.
John Green, “I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity”.
I’m looking foward to hearing from you.
You can be sure of my admiration for you and for your work as well.
Your fan,
Rita Pinho

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Ms. Nancy S. November 22, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Hello, Rita. You have written a beautiful letter! I’m not John Green, but I hope he sees your sensitive, intelligent, passionate praise!

I teach fiction writing to teens (California) and I have a teacher-friend here whose relatives live in Portugal. I lived in Spain for a year (I know, not the same as Portugal!). Do you want to do anything involved with literature or writing when you’re an adult?

It is so inspiring to see your appreciation of John Green’s books. Maybe I can introduce you, online, to some teens in our annual writing workshop… they might love to chat with you. I imagine you are a terrific student, and will excel in anything you choose. I wish you every success!

(If you’d like to reply, please use my website contact form… it would be fun to hear from you!)

Best wishes,
Ms. Nancy

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Jantrell Damond November 24, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Ok I’m sure there is a possibly that you may not read this but I just want to know why? Why did he have to die I know I might be a few months late but why can’t at least it end happy? I know that might be selfish on my end to think this way. Because eventually one of them had to die due to their cancer right? I guess what I’m trying to say is I’ve spent these last three years of my life trying to kill myself or at least in my way attempt to. When I see these two, Hazel Grace & Augustus Waters fighting for their lives it sucks you know it sucks knowing that one day the love of your life could be gone soon as you awake or even worst the worst one of all is the love of your life breaking your heart while they’re still here still on this earth still walking, talking, living, & breathing. Talk about scars right? Are why don’t we talk about heroes how they can fail all exceptions we have of them you see Mr. John Green this little book you have here will someday be known as a classic hell it’s one right now. Maybe The Fault In Our Stars is my An Imperial Affliction I know you are no Van Houten Mr. Green I mean you created a fictional drug just to save Hazel Grace who might’ve or should’ve died a long while ago without it, you sir are a true hero. But you see I to fear oblivion I guess that’s why I’m not really dead yet but I feel iam metaphorically speaking I guess I just wonder what’s going to become of the world when I’m gone you know? Like did I leave marks will I be remembered will they miss me will he miss me could he forgive hisself you know those sort of things Mr. Green I know it’s a long shot bit do you think we could ever have the chance of meaning to at least talk about what because of hazel grace does she die? Or her mom does she finish that online course & becomes a social worker? Does her & hazels dad keep their promise to God and hazel and stay together? & If hazel has met her faith do her and Gus meet in some type of After world they discussed at Orjanee? You are a genius might I add Sincerely- Jantrell Damond. 16 years of age. Email Jantrell6@gmail.com

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Raviv Levone November 25, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Hello, John Green.
I’m Raviv, and I didn’t want to read your books until my mom bought the book Will Grayson, Will Grayson as a birthday present for my friend, and she had already read it. So that was the first book I read by you. After that, I read the rest of them, because you’re a genius.
Honestly. You’re my favorite author. Well, one of them. I don’t get how you can endlessly come up with these genius stories and vivid images that I can’t ever forget. The Fault in our Stars is a heartwarming, touching book. Paper Towns is so brutally honest it is beautiful. And my favorite, An Abundance of Katherines, is a funny, truthful, and fantastic book. I swear, you’re a magician.
I’m an aspiring writer, and you’re a successful writer. So from me to you, thank you so much for being such a fantastic inspiration. Like, I realize you hear this every single day, and maybe you still get thrills from seeing it and maybe you’re bored of it, but now you are in possession of the knowledge that you, John Green, have changed my life and inspired me. Make of that what you will. I just thought I should tell you.
You most likely won’t even see this. Perhaps you’ll see it but not read it, or you’ll scan it briefly. Maybe you just don’t care enough anymore. That’s understandable. People saying the same thing over and over, regardless of how kind and nice, can get tiring. I get that. If, by some small, microscopic chance, you do read this, and you actually care, and if, perchance, though it would never happen, you happen to reply, thank you eternally. And know that if you do, I will literally screenshot it, take a million pictures, fangirl until I die, and freak the hell out. So thank you.
Also, I cut myself on some scissors that were sticking out of my backpack yesterday. Just wanted to tell you, because it’s something you don’t hear every day. Probably. Maybe. I honestly don’t know.
Side note: your YouTube videos are hilarious and every single one is the greatest thing ever. I mean, figuratively.
You’ve made me rethink so many things, John Green, and I have to thank you. You’re an incredible, brilliant, amazing, genius inspiration to me, and that’s all.
It actually kind of saddens me to know that you’ll never see or read this, probably, and I’ll never actually manage to see or contact you except through YouTube, and that doesn’t count. Just the feeling of knowing you will never meet Hazel Grace Lancaster or Harry Potter or Annabeth Chase, so I get that feeling with you too. But I’m thinking of you, I really am. You don’t even know me, but I haven’t forgotten you.
Anyway, that’s all I have to say. I hope you read this; I know you won’t. But it is a good life, so it’s okay.
I won’t see you, so I won’t sign like that.
I don’t understand why people sign with “love”. What does that mean? Are you sending love to someone? That’s like saying “chocolate,
Raviv.” It doesn’t make sense. Or even “bathe,
Raviv.” It’s not logical. So I’ll sign off with something else.
Also, sorry this is a bit long. Not that you’ll read it, but sorry anyways, I guess.
Signed, with loving admiration and painful happiness,
Raviv.

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montana November 25, 2014 at 8:27 pm

l lofve you

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bekah rhodes November 27, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Dear Mr Green,
I love your work, I am a relatively new nerdfighter, I began watching vlogbrothers last year. I have read all your books, with the exception of your zombie novella, I have only heard the first chapter, which you read in a video. The beautiful complexity that is your thought process inspired me to start writing again. And though I’m sure you hear this often enough, (and I am insure if you will even see this post) the work you and Hank do is amazing please don’t ever stop! P.S. although this point is irrelevant to the rest of the letter CrashCourse is basically the greatest thing to come in to being since Matthew Broderick in Ferris Buellers Day Off .

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abookwormsreview November 27, 2014 at 4:11 pm

hello, john green.
all i wanted to say is that i really admire you. i firstly began with reading ‘the fault in our stars’ and now reading ‘looking for Alaska’ . me and my best friend are the creators of the site you can see. so we decided to ask you for an interview. we would be very pleased if you say yes to us. if you don’t ignore us you will make us the happiest people in the world!!

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Whitney smith November 27, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Dear John Green,
In The Fault In Our Stars, Hazel asks what happened at the end of An Imperial Affliction.. Now I am asking what happened to Hazel Grace after the book?
How long did she live? Did she ever find someone like Gus?

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Sarah November 28, 2014 at 2:55 am

Dear John Green,
The first book I’ve read that has been written by you is The Fault In our Stars. After reading it, I became inspired to write and publish books. I am 11 years old, and I published my first book in a writing competition called “Young Writers”, where I had to write an 80 word story. After that, I started making comics, but my ideas started fading away. After reading The Fault In Our Stars, I had many book ideas, but I still think they are not good enough to publish and I’m afraid my ideas are already taken.
Consequently, please may you help me with my book, maybe helping me with ideas and how to get a great idea. I’ve always wondered how you got your ideas… You, Mr.Green, have inspired me into writing again, and I would love to here from you.
Thank you..
Sarah- age 11

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Corine November 28, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Hi John,
I just want to let you know that you heve changed my whole
Life and i fell in love with the characters and you are an awesome, talented, perfect idiot who can write really good.
I wish i can write as good as you can and i hope you are goining to write more books.
Thanks for all your books
Corine Vroom
Biggest Fangirl Ever

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amanda Facca November 28, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Oi, john!
Sou uma fã brasileira, e estou imensamente apaixonada pelo seu estilo na literatura e por mais um de seus livros que acabei de ler… Desta vez li “Quem é você, Alasca?”
E queria só registrar que adorei a sua definição do labirinto e a abordagem toda da trama.
Queria dizer também que me sinto agora um pouco como o Bujão, porque quando acabo um bom livro, percebo que criei uma certa amizade com os personagens e que é difícil deixá-los partir…
Como o que aconteceu com a Alasca e seus amigos, também acontece com os personagens… Eles estão em algum lugar e acabam esquecidos depois de um tempo, mas podem ser lembrados em alguma data especifica ou quando alguém diz algo que remeta a algum deles. Eles vão estar para sempre marcados em cadaum de nós leitores e serão sempre algo que nos ligará com vocês escritores e nos inspirarão.
Eu quero ser escritora… e já comecei um livro, estou escrevendo ainda e espero que um dia você também tenha curiosidade lê-lo e que eu cumpra a minha parte do trato e dê ao mundo uma boa história.

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gaby November 29, 2014 at 3:18 pm

me encantan los libros q hizo ya lei 2 estoy buscando el otro y voy a leerlos a t2…me gusta la pleicula bajo la misma estrella, genio, y quiero ver (cuando salga) cuidades de papel

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Jean December 2, 2014 at 11:54 am

De verdad?? Un comentario en español con lenguaje mensaje de texto? Pffff
I love TFIOS too!!

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Allen Nunez November 30, 2014 at 9:34 am

Dear John Green,
My name is Allen Nunez and first of all I just want to say you did a great job on working on many books that inspired millions of readers even you’re videos in Vlogbrothers its really helpful you’re energetic, and the boisterous man I have ever seen in my life well . All I wanted to say is that you’re bloody brilliant in love life I don’t know why even though you’ve been dumped by girls by many times. The thing is love is very powerful even in words in everyday life it always happen in people and I’m very grateful to know you as a Modern Writer in our times :).
And one last thing write a book again about love and make it more adventurous.

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Ghyd Artiaga December 1, 2014 at 10:53 am

Dear John Green, Hi Im Ghyd a Big Fan of Yours from the Philippines… From the Moment that i read your book “Looking for Alaska” till your Latest book “Paper Towns” .. i’ve totally adored you ever since. Ive been totally drawn into you just like how hazel grace have been a total fiend towards Peter Van Houten. Just so you know, im not a cancer patiet nor a dying teenager but i just wanted you to know that im greatly thankful for everything that you have done to me, you changed my perception of what life really is… and how this certain reality plays an essential role towards my life. Just even a Hello would totally boost me to pursue being like you in the future . i know that i couldnt be as great as you but … i would try everything to be a great and wonderful as you and by then, i would probably touch other peoples lives…. Your amazing power of writing is trully astonishing. and before i’ll die.. my last great wish is to see you .. you might not notice this letter for you have millions of letters in your email… but if you do so, i could only wish that you reply me even with just a simple emoticon…. that would mean a “Whole World” to me …

Supercalifragilistically Adoring You,
Ghyd A. Artiaga

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Emory Lay December 2, 2014 at 3:16 am

Dear John Green,

I absolutely love your books. I’ve always struggled with comprehension and reading and anything else you can think of other than mathematics, but your books are the only ones I will read and finish. I love all of them and I re-read them all the time when I get the chance. You’re an amazing writer and I can’t wait to see what other books you have for the future!

Emory Lay

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sienna December 5, 2014 at 11:08 pm

hey,
i just wanted to say that i love your books. im currently waiting on an abundance of Katherines to be available but i loved paper town+looking for alaska+the fault in our stars. i know you probably wont read this or just ignore it completely, but i wanted to ask if you had any book signings you could do via mail/email. my twin loved looking for alaska and loved the true message behind it. i just wanted to get a signed copy for her for christmas/birthday. it would mean alot to her. i guess thats it but i love your books and your an amazing author.
-sienna

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Kaitlynn December 7, 2014 at 10:34 pm

how do you feel while writing?

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emily December 8, 2014 at 7:28 pm

I have a question. I was wondering if there was a way to visit the set of paper towns

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Landry December 11, 2014 at 12:39 am

I had the brilliant idea to finally read the book everyone was raving about, “the Fault In Our Stars” last summer. Well after that, that’s when all hell broke loose. I was obsessed with any book I could get my hands on with your name on it… Now I can admit I’ve read every single book including “Let it snow”. So now what? That’s my question I have for you.. I’m at this urge this hunger of you books I’m completely in love with you’re writing styles, everything you do to write a book, your ideas, your charater names.. I have a favor please recommend me some books that are similar to yours because I love reading but I hate it when I don’t have a good book! Although I’ve read some other pretty good books the past few weeks… Well they aren’t yours and they just don’t seem good enough. I need some recommendations! Oh and by the way in the future if I have a kid and its a boy I’m naming it Tobin… That’s such a beautiful name… Thanks for all that you do and for inspiring me to even pick up a book to read! I’m in absolute awe at how many different feelings I get from reading and how it can literally take me out of the world to be in your little world you’ve created for your readers!
Thanks so much
-Landry

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Emily L. December 13, 2014 at 4:31 am

J.G. YOU DA MAN!

Seriously. You’re the man.
Thanks for writing books.

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Ellie December 13, 2014 at 2:24 pm

I only heard of you in the earlier months of this year when Tfios came out and I brought it by recommendation of a friend and fell in love. I am an extremely fast reader and read the book within 2 days – it was fantastic! I just loved everything about it! Me and my friends went to see the movie the day it came out and we cried and cried and cried – it was mindboggling how muh we cried at one film! I’ve got it on DVD now and have watched it a total of 15 times!!! :) I then moved onto LFA which I LOVED! That WAS my fave until I read paper towns. WG WG is also fab!I love that your books make me think about just life in general. I’m not sure what it is, but something about them just makes me appreciate life and the people I love more. Paper towns is honestly the best book I have ever read. I read it within 5 hours and I loved it more than anything I’ve ever read. It really gripped me and I just couldn’t put it down. I say this as im sat down with Let it snow on my lap ( a birthday prezzie from my bf f ) i only atarted it about an hour ago but I am loving it so much! I can’t wait to read an abundance of Catherine’s and then I will have read them all :)
Thank you for being fantabulous!!!
Need fighter for life
Xxx

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samantha December 17, 2014 at 10:35 am

Mr. Green,
Only being thirteen and only having heard of you when The Fault in our Stars came out, I was very moved by the story and the love in the book. You have a very brilliant way of writing and I would love to be able to write like you. Ha, I sound like a child wishing for a dream that will never happen…. oh wait I am. I hope that after I am older and see the world more clearly, I will be able to move people with my writing just as you have. Take care,
Samantha Meisner

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Mia December 17, 2014 at 8:01 pm

hi again. this year for Christmas I hope for a signed copy of this book. honestly the fault in our stars is my favorite book ever ,and im sure of it. Happy Holidays. and btw my email does not work.

your biggest fan ,
Mia

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asiya December 19, 2014 at 3:15 pm

hello, i’m in love with the book ‘the fault in our stars’, its really emotional and makes tears fall every time i watch it, so i was wondering are you going to write another book continuing with hazels life? i would really, really love it if you do! :) i’m really proud of the book, one of the best :)

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