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. I am now one of the hosts and Executive Producers of mental_floss on YouTube, which you can check out here.

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.


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


Trace Broyles May 6, 2014 at 7:12 pm


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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Jessica August 11, 2015 at 3:22 pm

I was drawn by the honstey of what you write


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?


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.


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! :)


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.


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 – 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?


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.


Christina June 22, 2014 at 9:05 am

Where can I buy a signed copy of your book?


Isabel June 26, 2014 at 3:16 pm

John Green,
Are you planning on writing another book?


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


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? :)


Lilly July 16, 2014 at 10:08 am

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


Madi July 31, 2014 at 12:01 am

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


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.


sam Brightman September 7, 2014 at 11:50 am

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


Meg September 8, 2014 at 2:02 pm

How did you start out your writing career?


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Dominika November 7, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Dear John,
I’m Dominika and I’m from Poland. At the beginning I want to apologize for my English.
You are my master and ‘Looking for Alaska’ is the best novel I have ever read. Alaska is amazing. I hate you because you killed her and I love you because you showed true life in this story!
Thank you very much!
In the end I have a request : can you sent me your autograph. It’s really important for me.
Best wishes


Casha-Mae Schoonraad December 8, 2014 at 3:09 pm


I’m a huge fan and have read all of your books. However I can’t get enough of your writing. Are there any new books in the pipeline? I would love to read them.

Your biggest fan,


girlsdoporn January 1, 2015 at 8:04 am

When you ask to a author to create content for you, it might possible you get several choices.


Moni January 11, 2015 at 1:59 am

I was wondering if you will be writing any other books anytime soon? I have read and loved all of them even though I have to say my favorite would probably be “Looking for Alaska” or your part in “Let it snow”. I cannot wait to see how Paper Towns the movie is going to turn out!! :)
I would appreciate it if you reply and thanks a whole lot for writing and publishing those amazing books!


Sarbast August 11, 2015 at 2:42 pm

Thanky Thanky for all this good inaifmrtoon!


Anna Irwin January 13, 2015 at 8:22 pm

Can you buy An Imperial Affliction?


Draconus Nex March 1, 2015 at 11:56 pm

Unfortunately, An Imperial Affliction is a book that was created by John. It is completely fictitious in nature and does not exist in this world, sadly enough.

John has said that he does not ever plan to write the book, as it is not the type of book that he could write well and as he says, “the thing that we imagine will always be better than any real approximation of it that might come to exist.”

If you’d like to read the two books that An Imperial Affliction was based upon, read Infinite Jest and The Blood of the Lamb and try to blend the feeling of the two books.
I will warn you though, that both novels are significantly harder to read than TFIOS, especially because Infinite Jest is long as hell. Both are well worth the read. Good luck!


Mariana February 12, 2015 at 9:54 am

Dear John,

Hello, first I apologize for my English.
I like very much his books, and even they inspire me. I know that I am not the only one, but I wait actually that you writes the second book of Paper Towns, because I have many questions it brings over of this book, and I hope that there does not happen to me the same thing that to Hazel with An Imperial Affliction, would be disappointing. I will wait across the screen of my computer, since always.
Please answer if I would be really happy , my biggest greetings , I wish you good health , to keep filling me with his lyrics.
Mariana, 15 years, Venezuela.


Haleigh May 10, 2015 at 10:15 pm

What is your favorite book that you wrote yourself and why?


Natalie May 26, 2015 at 10:58 am

Are you currently working on a new book, hopefully to be released soon?


Victoria June 9, 2015 at 8:29 am

Are your currently working on a new book?


Olivia June 25, 2015 at 11:16 pm

Did you base any of the characters or events in let it snow off your life?


amy July 16, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Are you currently writing anymore books? Because they’re AMAZING.


Andrea July 26, 2015 at 9:24 pm

Does anyone know how can I get John Green autographed box set? Thank you.


Shira August 23, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Hey john,
I love your writing. And I kind of set a goal for myself to read all of your books. And ‘let it snow’ kind of books IS being included as one of your books, although you don’t include it as one. (And although you weren’t the only writer).
ANYWAY, I’d like to know if there are any other books you’ve written besides the famous ones (tfios, lfa, aaok, wgwg, paper towns {one of my two favorite books of all times!!!}, let it snow).
I don’t care if you only wrote a part of the book, I’d love to read it. Thank you!


Talia October 22, 2015 at 4:42 am

Dear John,
I have just finished reading ‘Looking for Alaska’, it’s a wonderful book. I have also read ‘Let it Snow’, ‘Paper Towns’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’. I would just like to say that your work is fantastic, congratulations on writing all your books, because it must be hard. You have a great talent for writing. Are there any other books you recommend for my age (13)? I wish you all the best in your career, and life. I look forward to reading more of your books, if you ever write anymore.
Yours Sincerely,


Madison October 31, 2015 at 9:45 pm

Will you be writing and/or releasing any new books in the next year or so? I absolutely LOVE your books and would love to read another!!!


Aidan White November 9, 2015 at 10:54 am

Hi Mr. Green! I am a HUGE fan. I was wondering if you have any upcoming literary projects that you will be releasing soon? Thanks!


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Makaylyn McWilliams March 31, 2016 at 4:42 pm

Hi John! I am doing a research project on you for school! We get to pick two books by our favorite author and I chose “Let it Snow” and “The Fault in Our Stars.” I have found enough information on yourself and your book “The Fault in Our Stars” and I need some more information on “Let It Snow.” I was wondering what inspired you to write the book, ideas, how did it come to you, etc. Thank you very much! All the love.


Demy Tang May 4, 2016 at 11:54 am

Hi John,

I am currently writing a book. At what point do I start showing it to others?

It feels lonely just working on it & but loneliness isn’t such a big problem (because writing is fun). It’s deciding when to start sending it to other people for input to make it better, tighter.


Kaitlin May 11, 2016 at 11:07 pm

You’re a great writer and a great personality. I’m glad that you chose to be the type of person that gives back to his community and exudes positivity and light. Bless you.


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