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Students Use Google Hangout to Meet Hugh Howey

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Mr. Fisher’s AP class of twenty-three seniors had the opportunity to do a Google Hangout with international bestselling author Hugh Howey. Mrs. Tracy Price, who has been in contact with Mr. Howey, set up the Hangout so these students could get to know him. Mr. Howey will be Piedmont High School’s graduation speaker this year, and these seniors were lucky enough to get some one-on-one time with him to ask him questions about his novels, his life since graduating from Piedmont, and the possibility of his novels being turned into blockbuster films.

Over the course of the past two years, Mr. Howey revealed he had been to over twelve different countries and multiple international cities. He stated how his publisher always had a “handler” with him to translate and help around cities with which he wasn’t familiar. Being an international best selling author from America his fans speak many different languages, but he said he felt spoiled because the international language seems to be English, so he doesn’t feel as if there are huge communication barriers when he travels.

His books, especially the Silo Series, which includes the novels Wool, Shift, and Dust, has been translated into many different languages, and during our Hangout, he showed us the Polish version of Wool.  Even in his early career, Mr. Howey worked on yachts in such international locations such as Canada, Barbados, and the Bahamas. He has been privileged to meet Presidents, celebrities, and other international bestselling authors. Even though he lives in the United States, he is a world traveller and loves being able to see different parts of the world. He told the seniors not to focus on all the negativity in the world, even though that is what the news and press seems to perpetuate. Many locations he has visited have a beauty all their own, but the press seems to only focus on the negative things in the world to sell papers and get people to watch newscasts. Because of all of this negativity, he even has created his own line of T-shirts with the slogan “Huggers Gonna Hug” riffing off of the more popular negative saying of, “Haters Gonna Hate.” During author and comic conventions, he wears these shirts and sells them to promote a more positive society and a passion for life.

Most students do not get the opportunity to talk with a best selling author, and these seniors were so inquisitive and had so much fun talking to him, that they will have the opportunity to have dinner with him the night before their graduation.

Written by: Andy Fisher
Posted: May 28, 2014 by Donna Helms

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