Louis Sachar was born on March 20,
1954, in East Meadow, New York. He received his B.A. degree in economics from the University of California in 1976.
After college he worked at a sweater warehouse in Connecticut and wrote at night. After he was fired from that job he went to law school. His first book, Sideways
Stories From Wayside School, was published during his first week of school.
Sachar says it takes him about a year and a half to write a book. Once he starts he doesn't talk about it to anyone until he's finished. No one is allowed in his office while he is writing except for his two dogs, Lucky and Tippy. Most of his ideas come from what he remembers doing and feeling and thinking as a child.
Sachar also gets some of his ideas from his daughter. Sachar lives in Austin,
Texas with his wife Carla and their
Interesting facts and information about the author
Louis Sachar is an immensely popular writer of children's books. He has won numerous awards, including the
Newberry Medal and the National Book
Award. He has written several successful plays and the screenplay for the film version of his book Holes, in which he makes a brief appearance.
While attending college, he went to work at an elementary school, where he was asked to be the "Noon Time Supervisor" to watch over the kids during lunch. He played games with the kids and earned the nickname, "Louis, the Yard Teacher."
Although Sachar graduated and passed the bar exam, he