What inspired you to write your books? What inspired Avi to write his books were the places around him. Has a movie ever been made out of one of your books? The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. Did you grow up with writers in your family? Yes, he grew up with writers, artists,and musicians. Also filmmakers, actors and theater, even T.V directors were a part of his family. Where did you get the name Avi? It was his twin sister who gave him the name when they were infants because she couldn't pronounce his name.