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and raised in Bolivia, South America, Ben Mikaelsen started writing
full time in 1984. After six years and 127 rejections, his
book, Rescue Josh McGuire, was
takes Ben about a year to write a novel. "About 2 months
involves research," he says. "Then it takes approximately
4 months to write a rough draft, and then 6 months to rewrite.
I spend more time re-writing, so in a way I should be called
a rewriter instead of a writer."
has won the International Reading Association Award and the Western
Writer's Golden Spur Award. In 2004, Red Midnight was
named an IRA Young Adults' Chioce. In 2005, Tree Girl
was named an IRA Teachers' Choice. In addition, his novels have
won many state Reader's Choice awards.
novels include Rescue Josh
McGuire, Sparrow Hawk Red,
Stranded, Countdown, Petey, Touching
Spirit Bear, and Red Midnight.
articles and photos have appeared in numerous magazines around
the world. His novels have been carried by Scholastic and Troll
book fairs, and are recorded on unabridged audio tape with
recorded books. Rescue Josh McGuire has also been optioned
for big screen use.
nationally on Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures and also on German
national TV, Ben
lives in a log cabin near Bozeman,
with a 700 pound black bear named Buffy that he adopted and has
raised for the last twenty years.