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Greg Trine

Greg Trine
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Greg Trine is the author of the Melvin Beederman, Superhero books, which he creates with his illustrator sidekick, Rhode Montijo.  He is also the author of the young adult book, The Second Base Club. He lives with his family in his Southern California hideout.

Greg Trine

Q & A

Where did you grow up? I grew up in the Seattle, Washington area, where I was one of seven kids. It was non-stop activity growing up in such a big family, but books were not part of the picture. I had to discover them on my own, which happened much later in life.

What is your earliest memory of writing/drawing?
I used to draw stick figures in the margins of books I'd find around the house and make them move by flipping the pages. Later, in high school I'd write an occasional story for a class, but I was still a nonreader at this point and showed no skill at all in storytelling or writing.

What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?
I first had the idea for the Curse of the Bologna Sandwich when I noticed that Little Red Riding Hood's cape was similar to a superhero's cape. The original version of the story began as a picture book called Superhero Bob. I eventually realized I needed more room to tell the story and wrote it in chapters. Henry Holt was the first place I sent it to. It was their idea to make it into a series.

Do you use your childhood as inspiration?
Yes, I frequently rely on memories of my childhood or teen years. Being one of seven kids, I have tons of experiences that make for good stories.

What books from your childhood have most influenced your work? What about adult titles?
I was a nonreader for most of my life, so it's hard to say...maybe Dr. Seuss, or Roald Dahl books. As a nonreader, I was probably more influenced by TV, especially goofy shows such as Get Smart and George of the Jungle.

What are your hobbies and interests besides reading and books?
I love to travel, read, eat ice cream (oops, is that a hobby?) and of course, freshwater fishing. I also love going to the movies. Movies are stories. I dig 'em.

Who are a couple of your favorite author/illustrators? What is it about their work that inspires and interests you?
My current favorite author is A. L. Myers and his Bloody Jack series. To me it's all about the writing. Plot is fine, but if there's no voice, I'll probably put the book down. I also like A. M. Jenkins, Alex Flynn, Richard Peck, and Sid Fleishman, to name a few.

What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?
The kind of writer you become will depend on the kind of reader you become. Also, it's completely okay if your first draft doesn't sound good, since good writing is all about rewriting.

Books by the Author

The Second Base Club
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The Second Base Club

Greg Trine
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Elroy's got one thing on his mind: girls. In an effort to get to second base, he offers to tutor the hot new girl in math, forms a band with his two best friend (okay, so he gets a face full of tomato...

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Invasion from Planet Dork
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Invasion from Planet Dork

Melvin Beederman, Superhero

Greg Trine; illustrations by Rhode Montijo
Square Fish
Square Fish

A few million miles away from Los Angeles, danger is lurking. Evil aliens with some seriously hard to pronounce names like Zzykrkv are visiting earth from their home planet, Dork—to kidnap earthlings...

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Attack of the Valley Girls
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Attack of the Valley Girls

Melvin Beederman, Superhero

Greg Trine; illustrations by Rhode Montijo
Square Fish
Square Fish

Melvin Beederman is fresh out of bad guys to catch. Or is he? Little does he know that trouble is brewing in a dressing room at a large department store . . .

Devious and sinister Valley girls...

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The Fake Cape Caper
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The Fake Cape Caper

Melvin Beederman, Superhero

Greg Trine; illustrations by Rhode Montijo
Square Fish
Square Fish

When Melvin goes to Las Vegas for the Superhero's Convention, Candace is left in charge of Los Angeles. Between the horrible bullies at school and the devious and sinister Spaz brothers (Major and...

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Terror in Tights
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Terror in Tights

Melvin Beederman, Superhero

Greg Trine; art by Rhode Montijo
Square Fish
Square Fish

Is Melvin Beederman DOOMED?

Mysterious threatening e-mails, a sad sidekick, and . . . country music? Melvin Beederman and his partner in uncrime, Candace, are really in trouble. Once...

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The Grateful Fred
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The Grateful Fred

Melvin Beederman, Superhero

Greg Trine; art by Rhode Montijo
Square Fish
Square Fish

Bad guys tremble at the sound of his name!

From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]

Dear Melvin,
We need your...

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The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich
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The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich

Melvin Beederman, Superhero

Greg Trine; art by Rhode Montijo
Square Fish
Square Fish

Bad guys tremble at the sound of his name!

Meet Melvin Beederman. He's a pretty good superhero, even though it always takes him five or six tries to get launched and flying. His weakness...

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The Revenge of the McNasty Brothers
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The Revenge of the McNasty Brothers

Melvin Beederman, Superhero

Greg Trine; art by Rhode Montijo
Square Fish
Square Fish

Bad guys tremble at the sound of his name!

Crime is at an all-time low in Los Angeles—but not for long. The McNasty Brothers have escaped from prison, and they want REVENGE. The superheroes...

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