by Kim Van Sickler
I was in awe of Markus Zusak's storytelling talent after I finished reading The Book Thief. If you haven't read this book, please go to your Goodreads page and put this one number one in your queue.
Did you know that Marcus Zusak is Australian? His mother grew up in Germany and his father was raised in Austria, and their reminiscences inspired the book.
...that The Book Thief has already been performed as a play by Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago?
...that the movie, directed by Brian Percival of Downton Abbey fame, is filming in Germany right now, and should be released early in 2014?
...that his upcoming book is called Bridge of Clay and Zusak's fans are dying to read it!!!!! (On a side note: I can't believe that someone else has an MC of a current book by the name of Clay????!!!! The MC of my latest novel Muleskinner is a boy named Clay.)
...that one of his favorite pieces of advice came from his dad, who's retort when a young Marcus thought he won a race but wasn't recognized as the winner, was that "he didn't win by enough." He took that advice to heart and translated it to his storytelling by developing his own distinct style.
Who's your current author crush?