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June 20, 2012

Three Times A Charm with Max Anderson

Three Times a Charm is a weekly feature that spotlights authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the publishing industry.

This week author, Max Anderson, is visiting with us. Max, can you please tell us a little about you? 

I grew up as a struggling reader.  After surveying the market, I sensed the need for action-adventures and mysteries for readers 8 – 13, especially boys.

Using my extensive background experience in the production of dramatic motion pictures, videos, and television commercials, I’m able to bring that same visual excitement and heart-pounding action to my stories. Each book by one publisher has different characters, setting, and plot. In addition, with a second publisher, I have a traditional series called the Sam Cooper adventure series.

Nine books are published, with an additional twenty-seven manuscripts completed. My tenth book has just been contracted by a third publisher. Young readers have reported that reading one of these books is like actually being in an exciting movie.

That sounds like fun. Tell us more about your books.

Though I write for all readers 8 and up, I like to make a point that they are written especially for boys. There’s more information about this at Books for Boys Blog:  http://booksandboys.blogspot.com I also have a number of book trailers and other videos about reading at http://www.youtube.com/user/Maxbooks100 Probably the most important thing to know about me is that I grew up hating to read, even though my father published over 70 books.

Now, for the Threes. Share with us your top 3’s to help us know you a little better.

  • Top 3 skills to hone for people just starting in your business.

Never give up, never give up, never…never…ever give up.

  • Top 3 personal and/or professional goals.

1.      Make the next book better than the last
2.      Write each book as if you were the reader
3.      See one or more of your books as a motion picture one day

  • Top 3 professions you wanted to be when you grew up.

Author was never one of them. In fact, I came kicking and screaming to writing in an attempt not to take it up. The one profession I always wanted to pursue was as a forest ranger because I love wild animals and the outdoors. The third profession is the one I chose for my life’s work. This was the production of films, videos, and television commercials. My work in this field has had great impact on my books. While writing each one, I see them as films, in my mind, and not books.

Max, where can our tech-savvy readers go to keep up with you and your work?

Thank you for visiting with us on this week’s Three Times A Charm, Max. Best of luck with your writing!

Thank you.

I am always looking for guests for Three Times A Charm. If you are an author, illustrator or book reviewer, an agent or an editor. If you have something related to children’s publishing that you’d like people to know about, feel free to contact me about a future appearance.


  1. So nice to meet you, Max. Congratulations on your current books and future ones too. Sounds like you stay busy.

    I, too, hated to read when I was a child. Now, I can't stop reading. It's funny how life turns out. It's wonderful that you write for boys. I bet a lot of girls enjoy your stories too.

    Best of luck to you.

  2. Yes, the way it seems to work is that boys aren't interested in a girl's story, but girls enjoy books about boys, action, adventure, and mystery.

    Interesting you didn't like to read as a child either.

  3. I find the dynamic interesting too. But it is sometimes hard to define what qualifies as a 'boy' story. It isn't always a boy m.c. Case in point: The Hunger Games.