Some of your favorite writers have some amazing and completely awesome backgrounds that have helped shape not only who they are, or were, but also what they’ve written about over the years. These are some of the most amazing and surprising facts about some of the most famous authors in the history of the written word.
Have you ever wondered the stories behind your favorite authors? After all, these are the people who are responsible for so many of our favorite stories, whether we’re talking about books or, eventually, movies. They are incredibly creative people with unique backgrounds, but as writers aren’t particularly flashy by nature, there are likely a lot of things you don’t know about them.
When Stephen King was a kid, he saw a friend get struck and killed by a train, so you can look at The Body (better known as Stand By Me) in a whole new light.
Roald Dahl, a guy who wrote about chocolate factories and witches actually worked as a spy during World War II.
If you’re ever wondering why Hagrid was gruff and rode a motorcycle, it’s because he was based on a Hell’s Angels biker JK Rowling once met.
John Grisham was working in the Mississippi House of Representatives when his first attempt at a novel was rejected 28 times before someone finally decided to publish it.
Douglas Adams, the author of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, was the first person in the United Kingdom to buy a Mac computer.
Believe it or not, Ernest Hemingway actually tried – and failed – to become a spy for the KGB, though some think it was an attempt to further his creative inspiration.