Neal Shusterman (born November 12, 1962) is an American writer of young-adult fiction. He won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for Challenger Deep.
Shusterman was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Even from a young age, Shusterman was an avid reader. At age 16, Shusterman and his family moved to Mexico City. He finished high school there at the American School Foundation. He attended the University of California, Irvine, where he double-majored in psychology and theater, and was also on the varsity swim team.
After college, Shusterman worked as an assistant at Irvin Arthur Associates, a talent agency in Los Angeles, where Lloyd Segan became his agent. Within a year, Shusterman had his first book deal, and a screenwriting job. He currently lives in Southern California with his four children.
Has written science fiction as Easton Royce. Among them are stories in the X-files Universe as well as in the Space: Above and Beyond setting.
Shusterman was invited by Orson Scott Card to write novels parallel to Ender's Game about other characters from the series, but schedules didn't permit, and Card wrote Ender's Shadow and the subsequent series himself.
Space Opera Books