Christopher Paolini (1983- )

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Christopher Paolini was born on November 17, 1983 in Southern California.  Aside from a couple of years in Anchorage, Alaska, he spent his entire life in Paradise Valley, Montana, where he still lives with his parents and younger sister, Angela. The tall, jagged Beartooth Moutains which rise on one side of the Paradise Valley inspired the fantastic scenery in Eragon.  Christopher was homeschooled by his parents.  He often wrote short stories and poems in attempt to put his thoughts into words.  He made frequent trips to the library and read widely.  Some of his favorite books were Bruce Colville's Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, Frank Herbert's Dune, Raymond E. Feist's Magician, and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, as well as books by Anne McCaffrey, Jane Yolen, Brian Jacques, E. R. Eddison, David Eddings, and Ursula Le Guin. The story of Eragon began as the daydreams of a teen. Christopher wanted to try his hand at telling a story that included all the things he enjoyed in other fantasy novels. The project began as a hobby; he never intended to be published. In Summer 2002, Carl Hiassen, the author of Hoot, brought Eragon to the attention of his publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, who subsequently acquired the rights to publish Eragon and the rest of the Inheritance trilogy.
 
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Eldest (August 2005)
Empire (coming in 2006)
 
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