Interview with Rob Guyette

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in De Pere, and my going to Pennings had a big influence on my life once I entered the world of education. It is sad that Pennings no longer exists as an outlet for boys to get the same experience that I did.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing books when I was 8 years old. I would write a recap of the season for all the MLB and NFL teams and staple them together into a book. My writing progressed from there, spending 11 years in the newspaper field before starting a career in education.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It has three primary focal points:

First, I want to fulfill a lifelong dream.

Second, I want to show others how to get high school boys reading. Programs like mine can be easily replicated.

Third, I want to tell the story of a year in the life of a high school teacher. With so much negativity out there lately surrounding teachers, I think it was time for the public to get a positive story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Keeping the price of the book down. I like the fact that people can download my book for free on smashwords. I am not in it to make money. Keeping it free takes away people's hesitancy to worry about getting ripped off. They are more likely to focus on the message, not the cost of the book.
What are you working on next?
Once September hits, it's back to correcting papers.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love the way Chuck Klosterman makes me think.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spending time with my family. Or fishing.
How do you approach cover design?
My son Noah is my photographer. He does a great job.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite book ever is "Our Guys" by Bernie Lefkowicz. It is an incredible piece of reporting.
Laura Hillenbrand's "Unbroken" isn't far behind. More great reporting.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly non-fiction. Lots of sports history.
Published 2013-08-31.
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Books by This Author

High School Life
Price: Free! Words: 46,570. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Student life
Fourteen high school students chronicle a year in the life of a high schooler today, sharing the fun and frustration, as well as the stresses and successes.
A Year in the Cave
Price: Free! Words: 62,130. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Teaching
Spend a year in the classroom of public high school teacher Rob Guyette, who created an all-boys English program in De Pere, Wisconsin, that has turned reading from a dreaded task into many boys' favorite subject. Guyette, who attended an all-boys high school 25 years ago, takes readers through the ups and downs of a year as a teacher and shares how he gets boys to read more often -- and like it!