Brain Burps About Books Podcast #211
Why Peter Lerangis Was On Air Force One
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This Week’s Guest is Peter Lerangis!
Peter Lerangis is the author of more than 160 books, which have sold more than 5½ million copies and been translated into 33 different languages. Seven of his books have made the New York Times–Children’s Bestseller Lists: The Colossus Rises, Lost in Babylon, and The Tomb of Shadows, Books 1 through 3 of The Seven Wonders series; The Sword Thief, The Viper’s Nest, and Vespers Rising (the latter co-authored with Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson) in The 39 Clues series; and The Dead of Night, Book 3 in The 39 Clues: Cahills Vs. Vespers series.
Peter and I talk about
- How Peter left showbiz behind for the glamour life of the writer.
- How Peter got started in his writing career.
- His actual sales number being closer to 15 million copies but only counts 5 million. Only. Find out why.
- Z is for Moose and the sequel and what is Peter’s connection.
- Our 100 Favorite Children’s Books of the Year Randomly Organized.
- Singing. (He sings to me!)
- What’s it’s like to eat a Dove Bar on Air Force One and why Peter got to do that.
- The Seven Wonders series.
P.S. I LOVE his answer to my usual last yard sale question!
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