Andrew Smith

Kaija Bosket

Andrew Smith is the author of many young adult novels, including Printz Honor Book Grasshopper Jungle. Besides writing, Andrew Smith is a runner. He has completed more than 30 marathons and off-road triathlons in his life. He enjoys the outdoors, and lives in a very remote area of California with his wife Jocelyn, son Trevin, and daughter Chiara, where they raise horses.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

What’s your favorite line from a book?

Okay, I admit it. It really was a whorehouse. (Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus)

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Cormac McCarthy, Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Vonnegut

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I must have been out of my mind at the time.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Attention, people of the future: Wear sunscreen.