In 2002, when Paolini was just nineteen-years-old 'Eragon' was published by Paolini International LLC, a company established by the teenager's parents. Later that year, the book came to the attention of publisher Alfred A. Knopf, who made an offer to publish 'Eragon' and any sequels to be written. To date, the 'Inheritance Cycle' has sold more than 25 million copies internationally. Paolini continues to reside in the Paradise Valley area of Montana, USA.
Author's Comment: I was homeschooled, and when I graduated from high school I had a lot of time on my hands, since my parents weren't going to send me off to college at 15. So I decided to try to write a story that I would enjoy reading myself. Not to get it published. Before I started, I studied books on stories and characters and plots. One was The Writer's Handbook. And Story by Robert McKee gave me an idea of story structure. Then, I spent an entire month to plot out Eragon and the two sequels. Many writers don't work this way. But for me, I figure out what I'm going to write beforehand, so I'm free to concentrate on presenting it in the most beautiful, eloquent manner possible. You'd never expect a professional singer to compose a song while she sang it. She works it out in advance.