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Our guest today, Steve Alten, grew up in Philadelphia, earning his Bachelors degree in Physical Education at Penn State University, a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Delaware, and a Doctorate of Education at Temple University. Struggling to support his family of five, he decided to pen a novel he had been thinking about for years. Working late nights and on weekends, he eventually finished MEG; A Novel of Deep Terror. Steve sold his car to pay for editing fees. On September (Friday) the 13th, 1996, Steve lost his general manager's job at a wholesale meat plant. Four days later his agent had a two-book deal. MEG hit every major best-seller list, including #19 on the New York Times list (#7 audio), and became a popular radio series in Japan.The TRENCH (Meg sequel) was published in 1999 where it also hit best-seller status. His next novel, DOMAIN and its sequel, RESURRECTION were runaway best-sellers with the rights selling to more than a dozen countries.The stress of penning the real-life story, The SHELL GAME, affected Steve’s health, three months after he finished the manuscript he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Steve’s has optioned DOMAIN, MEG and The LOCH to film producers. He has also created a TV Drama, PAPA JOHN, based on his years coaching basketball with hall of Fame coach John ChaneWhen he learned high school teachers were actually using his books in the classroom he launched Adopt-An-Author, a nationwide non-profit program designed to encourage students to read. He now spends half his work week working with high schools. https://www.AdoptAnAuthor.com
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