Zachary Astrowsky

Name: Zachary Astrowsky

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Age: 14                  

Title: Author of “The Uncontrolled”

Married/Single: single!

Kids: I am one.

City you live in: Scottsdale

A typical day in my life includes…

going to mandated school, then coming home and doing my homework. Then I like to watch fortnite on YouTube and then play it on Xbox (better than PS4), and then to soccer practice.

I was born…

one minute after my twin sister in Scottsdale, AZ.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

is all of the opportunities kids like me have here.

I’m listening to…

my mother go through all of these questions, but I also listen to hippie Generation Z music such as Kendrick Lamar, XXXTentacion, and the Dear Evan Hansen Broadway soundtrack.

My family…

is related to me. J

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

Chef Ramsey because I know I would get an excellent home-cooked meal.

One thing I cannot live without is…

my heart, but also my iPhone.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

an astronomer.

I’m inspired by…

people who are able to motivate others by their actions and words, not money, to do amazing things.

The one person who motivates me is…

my mom.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

the next generation’s bad decisions which I feel are leading to a landslide in education and the environment.

The perfect day would be…

a nice breeze at the park while I play soccer and write my next novel with no one there to distract my thoughts. However, if Lin-Manuel Miranda or Ben Platt stopped by, that would be ok.

My first job was…

well, I am only 14 and don’t work yet but I have worked as an actor in two professional productions at Arizona Broadway Theatre- I was a Snow Child in Carousel and Schwartz in A Christmas Story. Getting my first paycheck at age 12 was surreal.

My favorite escape…

is Microsoft word with music playing in my Beats.

My life…

is as important as everyone else’s.

I’m currently working on…

surviving my last quarter of Spanish and my next novel.

Always…

look on the bright side of life. (Monty Python)

Never…

say never.

Favorite Quote…

“You can’t ever fully erase your bad marks—even pencil marks only get lighter when you erase them. They never go away completely.” (by me in my book, The Uncontrolled).

Biggest Dream…

is to inspire people daily to do everything they can and want to do during their lifetime.

My Pet Peeve…

is iPhone smudges on my screen when I watching a video on YouTube.

More About Zachary…

Fourteen-year-old Zachary Astrowsky is an 8th grader at Cocopah Middle School and the author of “The Uncontrolled”; a fiction novel about tracking devices, mind control, and visions of the future. “The Uncontrolled” is an action-packed adventure that follows a trio of teenagers whose lives are stripped from them as they realize people around them have been brainwashed with a tracking device implanted at the age of 14. The 320-page novel, which took Zachary four years to write, is being published on Amazon.

“The Uncontrolled” is the young author’s second venture into the world of publishing. In 2017, he wrote, directed, and starred in a video about the Fourth Amendment, winning first place in the Scottsdale Mayor’s Constitutional Contest. He has also appeared at Carnegie Hall for the New York Pops 2016 Gala and has received two National Youth Award nominations for his role in community theater productions as the villain, Lord Farquaad, in “Shrek” (2016) and as the drummer, Freddy Hamilton, in “School of Rock” (2017). Zachary is a member of Temple Solel and volunteers as a teacher’s aide in a Holocaust studies class each Sunday. He is also the drummer of a teenage band, Forgotten Universe.

A launch party and book signing for “The Uncontrolled” will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on April 15th at Maverick Coffee.

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