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Author Information: Doug Wilhelm

 
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A freelance writer and former Vermont correspondent for the Boston Globe, Wilhelm, who now lives in Rutland Town, began writing for young people in 1992, when he was asked to create a paperback for Bantam, Doubleday, Dell’s popular “Choose Your Own Adventure” series. Between 1992 and 1996, he wrote eight “Adventure” books about a wide range of subjects, from King Arthur and British mythology to the Battle of Gettysburg, to an eco-mystery set in the present-day Amazon. “I found I really liked writing for young adults, maybe partly because I was such a passionate reader when I was growing up,” he says.

For most of his career, Wilhelm has worked as a journalist, a profession that he found uncomfortable. As a Kenyon student and for a short time after graduation, Wilhelm had a business, the Square Deal Painting Company, in the suburban New Jersey town of Milburn, where he grew up.

Divorced with a son, Bradley, Wilhelm treasures their relationship and strives to provide him with the emotional security that he did not have himself as a youngster. When he is not writing fiction for young readers, he writes and edits publications for such organizations as Ben and Jerry’s, that quintessential Vermont business, Dartmouth College, Fletcher Allen Health Care, and the Vermont Land Trust.

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