VJ Books Presents Author Steve Alten!
Steve Alten (born 1959) 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.
MEG would go on to become the book of the 1996 Frankfurt book fair, where it eventually sold to more than a twenty countries. 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.
Steve's second release, The Trench was published in 1999 where it also hit best-seller status. His next novel, Domain and its sequel, Resurrection were runaway best-sellers in Spain, Mexico, Germany, and Italy, with the rights selling to more than a dozen countries.
Steve's fourth novel, Goliath, received rave reviews and was a big hit in Germany. It is being considered for a TV series. MEG: Primal Waters was published in the summer of 2004. A year later his seventh novel, The Loch, hit stores -- a modern-day thriller about the Loch Ness Monster. Steve's eighth novel, The Shell Game, is about the end of oil and the next 9/11 event. Steve's ninth novel, MEG: Hell's Aquarium , is considered to be the best of the best-selling MEG series. Steve says his best novel is Grim Reaper: End of Days. The story, a modern-day Dante's Inferno, takes place in New York when a man-made plague strikes Manhattan.
Over the years, Steve has been inundated with e-mail from teens who hated reading ...until they read his novels. When he learned high school teachers were actually using his books in the classroom ( MEG had been rated #1 book for reluctant readers) Steve launched Adopt-An-Author, a nationwide non-profit program designed to encourage students to read. Teachers who register for the program (it's free) receive giant shark posters, free curriculum materials, student-author correspondence, an interactive website, and classroom conference calls/visits with the author. To date, over 10,000 teachers have registered, and the success rate in getting teens to read has been unprecedented. Steve now spends half his work week working with high schools. For more information click on www.AdoptAnAuthor.com.
As an author, Steve has two goals. First, to continue to work hard to become a better storyteller and create exciting page turning thrillers. Second, to remain accessible to his readers. Steve reads and answers all e-mails, uses the names and descriptions of his loyal fans as characters in all his novels, and even hires readers as editors, depending on their particular expertise
Steve Alten Bibliography
Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror (1997)
- Meg: The Trench - (1999)
- Meg: Primal Waters (2004)
- Meg: Hell's Aquarium (2009)
- Meg: Nightstalkers (forthcoming)
Other Meg-related Novels
- Meg: Origins (2011) - (Meg Series Prequel)
- The Loch (2015) - (Prequel to MEG 5: Nightstalkers)
- Vostok (2015) - (Sequel to The Loch)
- Domain (2001)
- Resurrection (2004)
- Phobos: Mayan Fear (2011)
- Goliath (2002)
- The Shell Game (2008)
- Grim Reaper: End of Days (2010)
- The Omega Project (2013)
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