Author Dean Koontz

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Categories: Fiction » Thriller, Fiction » Mystery, Fiction
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I was born and raised in Pennsylvania where I graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University). When I was a senior in college, I won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and have been writing ever since. My first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where I was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. During my first day on the job, I discovered that the previous occupier of my position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was filled with challenge but also tension, and I was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. I wrote nights and weekends, which I continued to do after leaving the poverty program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban school district outside Harrisburg. After a year and a half in that position, my wife, Gerda, made me an offer I couldn't refuse:


"I'll support you for five years," she said, "and if you can't make it as a writer in that time, you'll never make it." By the end of those five years, Gerda had quit her job to run the business end of my writing career. Gerda and I, along with our dog, Trixie, live in southern California.

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Guest 3 months ago

My name is Kelly l y k o u r e t z o s and about 10 years ago I sent a letter to Dean Koontz telling him I have been reading all his books since high school and now I am 55 years old and still reading them he had sent me a book about Trixie's life and I used to get useless news all the time but not anymore I still enjoy your books and I always wish to meet you but I guess that won't happen thank you..... Still live at 4648 North Oak Park avenue Harwood Heights Illinois 60706

Guest 6 years ago

I love your books!

Guest 5 years ago

I just finished reading WATCHERS a great book by Koontz. This book was so great, I could not put it down and yet I did not want the story to end. The story truly moved me.

Guest 7 years ago

The book was great!

Guest 7 years ago

Steven king tries.

Guest 7 years ago

1 of a kind!

Guest 7 years ago

I would read any book by Dean Koontz.

Guest 7 years ago

Can't get back in to twilight eyes

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