In the world of CanLit -- or in World Lit, for that matter -- it's hard to imagine a more prolific writer than Gordon Korman. To date, he's written eighty books. Yes, eight-zero. And he did it before he turned fifty years old. For real.
Gordon writes for middle-readers, tweens, and young adults. And if there's anything bigger than Gordon Korman's body of work, it has to be the adoration of his readers. He is beloved among his readers, and when you've been writing for over 35 years, we're talking two generations of die-hard fans.
Gordon Korman was born in Montreal and grew up in Thornhill, just outside Toronto. He wrote his first novel, This Can't Be Happening at MacDonald Hall, when he was just twelve years old and he has remained committed to writing books for young readers ever since. His most recent novel is The Hypnotists.
Gordon moved to New York City to go to university in the 1980s and he now lives in Long Island with his wife and three children.
Shelagh spoke with Gordon about his 80-book career and he shared some of his secrets to writing crowd-pleasing books for young readers, including hard-to-captivate "reluctant readers". And partway through their interview, Shelagh shares a special surprise with Gordon...
We hope you enjoy this extended version of their conversation.