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Write to a Writer: Paul Many

Paul Many is originally from New York, but left the city more than 30 years ago to find his fortune in Ohio. So far, he has not been disappointed. Many has lived everywhere from Athens to Toledo, with a stop for a few years in between in Columbus.

Paul Many started writing as a teen with a submission to the Seventeen Magazine fiction writing contest. While he didn't win, the experience made him serious about writing short stories. Since then, he has had numerous short stories, poems, and pieces of nonfiction published, as well as three novels for teens: These Are the Rules; My Life, Take Two; and Walk Away Home, all with the New York publishing house of Walker & Co.

Recently, Many published a children's picture book with Walker, The Great Pancake Escape, which was chosen by the book review editors of the Los Angeles Times as one of the Best Children's Books of 2002.

Many is a fulltime professor at the University of Toledo where he teaches journalism in the department of communications, and creative writing in the English department. In his writing, he tries to stress certain themes, one of which is perception. He believes that if we constantly work on renewing our perception of the world about us, we'll never get tired of what it has to reveal.

Paul Many: Resources and Links
Paul Many's web site has links to web pages for his books and links to articles he's written.

The Upper Arlington City School District profiles Many for its Ohio Authors and Illustrators web site.

teenreads.com has the transcript of an interview conducted with Paul Many after his book My Life, Take Two was published, where he talks about his work and about the pressures placed on artistic teens.

Do you have a question on writing for Paul Many? He's looking forward to hearing from you and answering your questions.

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