The Book Thief

Author : Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak, age 32, currently lives in Sydney, Australia. In his free time, he enjoys surfing and playing soccer.
When Marcus was growing up, he wanted to be a house painter like his father. He soon realized he had a talent for knocking things over, painting himself into corners and figured out painting bored him. When he was a teenager, he read a few novels that really brought him into their worlds. He decided he wanted to become a writer. He wrote his
first book at age 16, but it took many years before he could get a publisher interested.
He was glad he had so many rejections and failures. They made him realize that what he was writing just wasn’t good enough – so he had to improve what he was doing.
When it comes to writing, Mr. Zusak has two routines. He said the first one is the nonlazy routine. He begins working at 7am and aims to finish by 11:30am. That usually sees him though until 12 or 12:30 (with a bit of time-wasting in between). Then he takes a long break and writes for a few more hours in the afternoon. The lazy routine usually starts at 10am and he usually writes longer in the afternoon. The only time these routines change is when he is starting a new book or ending one. He then chooses to work more at night. Mr. Zusak grew up hearing stories about Nazi Germany, about the bombing of Munich and the Jews being marched through his mother’s small German town. He always knew it was a story he wanted to tell.

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