‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ author Montgomery dies
WARREN, Vt. — Raymond Almiran Montgomery, an author of the popular children’s book series “Choose Your Own Adventure,” has died at age 78.
He died Nov. 9 at his home in Warren, his wife, Shannon Gilligan, said Friday. The cause of his death wasn’t disclosed.
Montgomery, who grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Williams College, was passionate about education and believed interactive fiction was critical to reluctant readers. He wrote books for the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series, published by Bantam Books and later by a company he and his wife co-founded, throughout his career. His last title, “Gus vs. The Robot King,” was released in September.
The “Choose Your Own Adventure” series of interactive game books is set in places around the world, in outer space and under the sea. It sold more than 250 million copies worldwide between 1979 and 1999.
Among Montgomery’s “Choose Your Own Adventure” titles are “Journey Under the Sea,” “Space and Beyond,” “The Abominable Snowman” and “Mystery of the Maya.”
Montgomery also founded a summer school in Waitsfield, became an assistant provost at Columbia University and designed and produced software for children called Comic Creator.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son and a sister; another son died in 2008. A private memorial service will be held in the spring.