John Green is a popular author and a video blogger with a huge subscription base for his YouTube channel vlogbrothers, which he runs with his brother Hank Green.
Green has won many awards for his books and was included in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2014.
Education & Early Years
Born in Indianapolis in 1977, Green grew up in Orlando, Florida. At college, he majored in English and religious studies. He then spent several years in Chicago, working at Booklist as a publishing assistant.
While working at Booklist John reviewed thousands of books and realized that there were people behind these books and that he could be one of them.
Success & Critical Acclaim
It was while working for Booklist that Green started writing his first book ‘Looking for Alaska’, the novel became a bestseller and went on to win the Michael L. Printz Award.
John credits his job at Booklist and Booklist editor & Author Ilene Cooper for mentoring and encouraging him to write.
His next novels were also hugely successful, and John Green has since become one of the most beloved young adult authors today.
John Green’s novels have been published in over 12 languages, his most popular novel ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ was adapted into a commercially successful movie starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
Green has a committed fan base who call themselves ‘Nerdfighters’ and are committed to “fight for intellectualism and to decrease the overall worldwide level of suck.”
John Green has an interesting writing style that is quite new and refreshing. Here is what Green says about his writing style.
On his website John Green talks about his feelings of anxiety and insecurity while growing up. It is rather strange that he went through these feelings while having supportive and encouraging parents.
John says being alone and withdrawn might have helped him as a writer, he read a lot and spent a lot of time listening to other people.
Advice For Aspiring Writers
John Green advises aspiring writers to read a lot, tell stories to friends and pay attention to the critics.
- Reading is a writer’s greatest apprenticeship
- Tell stories to your friends and pay attention to when they get bored
- When someone identifies a weakness in your story, they are almost always right
Project For Awesome
John Green is committed to charity work, in 2007 Green and his brother Hank introduced the Project for Awesome, in which YouTube users created videos to promote a charity or non-profit organization. The Project for Awesome raised over $400,000 that year.
Green lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two children.