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Stone Erickson is one of the youngest published authors in the country. He wrote his first full length work at twelve and was offered a publishing deal with Delphine Publications at fourteen. "I can't remember a time when I didn't write," he admits. His first passion was the Magic Tree House series by Marie Pope Osbourne. Reading offered the elementary school student an opportunity to escape into a literary fantasy. It wasn't long before Stone was creating his own literary fantasies, utilizing the personality traits of his friends, teachers and even kids he didn't get along with at school. His first attempts were comic books starring himself as a superhero he started writing and illustrating back in third grade. "I like to take people's best or worst characteristics and push them into new characters with totally different identities," he explains of his writing style.