John Irving

Always prides himself on having a "good imagination."
Wrote the screenplay adaptation of his own novel "The Cider House Rules" over a period of 13 years. While the film adaptation of "The World According To Garp" he felt was very well-done, he disliked "The Hotel New Hampshire" and "A Prayer For Owen Meany" were considered a mess by him. He personally even told the filmmakers to remark that the "Owen Meany" adaptation was merely "inspired by" his book and to change the lead's name as he didn't want there to be a lot of association with his novel.
After seeing most of the adaptations of his books were shoddily done, he attempted to write the adapted screenplay of "The Cider House Rules" himself. He struggled with the ordeal to change his own material and vision for another medium. He wrote about the 13-year struggle in the book: "John Irving: My Movie Memoirs."
Not owning a personal computer, writes all his novels the long-handed way.
Wrestled for the University of Pittsburgh.
He has been a wrestling coach for years.
Won an American Book award for "The World According to Garp."
Inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1992.
Irving received the Rockefeller Foundation Award in 1973, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1976-77, and the O'Henry Prize, for the best American short stories in 1981.
John has two children, Colin (33) and Brendan (28) from his first marriage. He has a third son, Everett (age 6 as of May, 1998), from his current marriage.
Was on the cover of Time Magazine in August of 1982.
While he himself is a lot like T.S. Garp, most of the misadventures and incidents in the novel never happened to Irving in any way.