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Terry Trueman was told by his high school creative writing teacher that he had the talent to be a writer. He attended the University of Washington, where he received his B.A. in creative writing. He also has an M.S. in applied psychology and an M.F.A. in creative writing, both from Eastern Washington University. But it was not until he was in his late 40s that he gave serious thought to writing "Stuck in Neutral," a Printz Honor recipient. His other books, very popular with teen readers, include "Inside Out, Cruise Control" and "No Right Turn" (HarperCollins, 2006). Trueman lives in Spokane, Wash.