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General Information

Name:  Max Elliot Anderson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILD Fiction

Born: 1946 in St. Charles


Illinois Connection

Anderson was born in St. Charles and lives in Rockford, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

As a child, Max Elliot Anderson was a reluctant reader even though he grew up surrounded by books. His father, Ken Anderson, was the founder of ''Gospel Films'' in Muskegon, Michigan, and later, ''Ken Anderson Films'' and he also wrote more than 70 books. Max went to college and graduated with a degree in physcology but he went on to work in the production of films, video programs and television commercials. He has been involved in the production of some of the most successful Christian films for children including but not limited to ''Hobo and the Runaway'', ''The Mystery of Wiloubhy Castle'' and ''The Great Banana Pie Caper''. He won ''Best Cinematographer'' for his work on the feature film, ''Pilgrim's Progress'' - the first feature film for actor Liam Neeson and he has won three national Telly awards for his productions of ''Youth Haven'', a ''Safe Place for Kids'', and ''Tracy's Choices''. He was involved with a PBS television special that won a nomination for an Emmy, and the double album won a Grammy.While being a successful producter of films, video programs and television commercials, in 2001 Max wanted to discover why he grew up a reluctant reader. In short, he found he wanted the action, suspense, and humor of a film in a book form. As a result of this, Anderson worked hard to develop a successful adventure series of books that holds the interest of 8 to 13 year olds - especially boys.

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