Questions about Other Writing and/or Radio Stuff

Q. Where can I find your book reviews?
A. You can search Booklist Online to find some of the hundreds of reviews I wrote for Booklist (or you can sign up for a membership and read them all). In the New York Times Book Review, I’ve reviewed The Book Thief, The Hunger Games, The Dead and the Gone, and Chris Raschka’s The Purple Balloon.

Q. How about your radio pieces?
A. For audio, you can search the web sites of NPR and WBEZ. You can find transcripts of my commentaries here on the site.

Q. Didn’t you used to write for mental_floss?
A. Yes! mental_floss is this wonderful trivia magazine founded by some hardcore nerds who truly believe in the power of making people smarter, and I love that magazine and their awesome web site and their books. In fact, I co-wrote (occasionally with my brother Hank) several of their books, including Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets, What’s the Difference?, Scatterbrained, and The Genius Instruction Manual.

Q. What was it like writing Let It Snow with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle?
A. It was so, so, so, so, so, so fun. I absolutely adore Maureen and Lauren, and we had a great time coming up with all the little threads that would weave through the story (like tin foil man). Writing “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle” might have been the most fun I’ve ever had writing a story; I was inspired by Maureen to try to make it as zany as possible and inspired by Lauren to try to give it real heart.

Other questions about other writing I’ve done and/or radio stuff? Leave them in comments.

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Rachel April 30, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Why don’t you ever mention/talk about/promote Let It Snow? I never really hear anything about it, it truly is one of my favorite books and I feel like if you promoted it it would reach more readers and spread more awesome. This saddens me, John.

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Anonymity for Safety! May 3, 2014 at 9:48 am

Hi John.

If you could give us all one piece of life advice to fall back on at Those Points in our lives, what would it be?

Lots of love
xx

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Trace Broyles May 6, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Hey,

First I want to say what an honor it is to even write to you. Actually, that’s so desperate. But, it’s really cool to do this. Anyway, I was wondering. I am an aspiring writer and am about to finish my first book. What is your advice on finding a publisher and how to publish a book? also, what are your thoughts on editing?

Trace Broyles

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optin architect review May 10, 2014 at 9:41 am

Hey! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new apple
iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading through
your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the excellent work!

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Sylvia Kirsch June 4, 2014 at 10:30 am

Is there a reason that in atleast most of the books you make there is something to do with cigarettes or a labyrinth? For example; In Paper Towns the sentence is “The light comes on, and I still can’t see very well, but I can tell we’ve stepped into a big room filled with labyrinth of metal shelves.” An then also in “Looking for Alaska” It has the whole ideal of Alaska and the labyrinth which I hope/ assume you know what I mean. but the then in “Looking For Alaska” the smoking and such is a common thing like getting cigarettes from Alaska and then in “The Fault In Our Stars” Augustus with the metaphor of cigarettes and his theory and such. Is there a certain pattern of these things for a specific reason or just that it fits well with the story?

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Georgina July 9, 2014 at 8:30 am

I have my copy on the way to the US and I too can’t wait. This is sort of full circle for me. More than a year ago I read The Quiet War which made me an insntat fan. I was lucky to continue the story right away with Gardens in the Sun and since then have bought your entire back catalogue and have read everything you’ve published. I very soon realized that if you wrote it I’d like it (okay most cases LOVE it) and have really enjoyed the past year immersed in your characters stories and worlds. I’ve purposely not read a word of the free chapters but thank you for publishing those. It can convince someone to buy the book when they might not have, just from a description. What a treat to have a third book in the series.

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Ashley June 11, 2014 at 8:04 pm

I`m curious why there is never any mention of Zombicorns? I really loved those two novellas by you, which is unusual because I normally dislike zombies. For example, on your wikipedia page (I`m also doing a project for school on you because DUH YOU ARE AWESOME and my favorite author) Zombicorns isn`t even referred to once. Is it because it was made for P4A? I would love if you could answer this question! :)

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Zoe Rutters June 20, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Hello, as a fan of your books I’d love you know if I will be able to add any new John Green books to my collection? Are you planning on taking a break from writing after how big “The Fault In Our Stars” got or are you already thinking of ideas for a new book? I truly understand if this is not something you want to share just yet, But I just felt the need to ask.

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Martyna July 9, 2014 at 9:53 am

Any idea when this will be available in the US? (I know we can order it from Amazon.uk – paper only – but that’s a ratehr expensive option.) I’m left hanging after the last installment of the excerpt – it’s not fair!Also, annoying that this happens over and over again, what’s wrong with the publishing industry?

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Olivia June 21, 2014 at 10:05 am

I saw on Instagram that you were writing a new book, and may I ask: Is this true? The Fault In Our Stars inspired me so much and is helping me stay strong, as I have a friend who is battling brain cancer at this moment. I was also inspired by all of your other books. Thank you in advance.

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Christina June 22, 2014 at 9:05 am

Where can I buy a signed copy of your book?

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Isabel June 26, 2014 at 3:16 pm

John Green,
Are you planning on writing another book?
-Isabel

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GUARANTEED ANONYMITY July 4, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Dear Mr. John Green,

So yeah, I’m totally addicted to your novels. The first novel that I have read was Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I loved all your novels and to be frank, I think I’m obsessed with your novels. Truth is, your book is the reason why I love reading novels. Are you still going to write another book? I am looking forward to read it, once it will be published. I hope you would still write.

Yours Truly,
An Obsessed Fan of Your Novels

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Christel Q July 6, 2014 at 10:43 pm

HI! I know you get a LOT of questions I was just wondering, among all the books that you’ve written, is there one specific character you relate to the most? Or which character is most like you? :)

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Lilly July 16, 2014 at 10:08 am

Hello, when do you publish a new book? P.S love your books!

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Madi July 31, 2014 at 12:01 am

Hey,
Love your work. I’m a big fan of your writing and your videos.
I don’t know if these questions really fall into this category, but I decided to go with it.
How do you feel about e.e. cummings? Has anyone like that inspired you throughout your career as a writer?
Have you ever heard of Charles Bukowski? He’s quite the poet. I was asking because when I read a poem of his, it reminded me of vaguely of Alaska’s attitude in Looking for Alaska.
Thanks for being a literary genius
Madi
DFTBA

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Mylene Lefebvre August 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm

I just finished your book (The fault in Our Stars) I’m not an addict of the book, as Hazel Grace, I want a sequel, I wanna Know That it happens to her and other also , I love this book , so I could read Thousands and Thousands of times, I wanted to thank you for writing such a beautiful story, you know I do not like reading, I’m not with library book COMPLETED , you made ​​me change my mind I like to read, especially your story. And I prepare to read “Who are you Alaska?”

A French fan of 13 years.
Mylene Lefebvre.

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sam Brightman September 7, 2014 at 11:50 am

When can you come to England for book signings? :D

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Meg September 8, 2014 at 2:02 pm

How did you start out your writing career?

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