This is the first Book Byte-featured author so far that is already published, and has considerable notoriety and very devoted fans. I started reading Terry Pratchett (or I should probably say Sir Terry Pratchett!) in high school, and I’ve been on a quest to read all of his Discworld series since! (Quite an endeavor, as there are over 20 books and he keeps adding more.)
With an infectious, comical writing style that reads like a witty, British comedy, Pratchett creates a fantastic, magical world that is alive and thriving (if not a bit grubby and smelly at times, but it does its best ^_^), and engages the reader so much that it is hard to put his books down. I’ve read them while out on errands, and once had to apologize to the staff in the office because I was laughing so hard.
Sadly, Pratchett has been diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer’s, but he hasn’t let that stop him. He’s supporting Alzheimer research, and fully continues to write as much as he can for as long as he can. In his own words, “I en’t dead.”