Upper Arlington native Andrew Auseon's newest novel "Freak Magnet" is getting rave reviews.

Upper Arlington native Andrew Auseon's newest novel "Freak Magnet" is getting rave reviews.

His fourth young-adult novel, "Freak Magnet" follows the life of 17-year-old Charlie Wyatt, an overly outgoing teenager and who's considered a "freak."

The story follows Charlie as he deals with troubles in his interpersonal relationships and with his budding relationship with Gloria, the "freak magnet."

"I set out to do a book that was small," Auseon said. "For me, I just wanted to get back to knowing two people (characters) really well. I created Charlie Wyatt as the genesis of the story."

Auseon said he created Charlie to be the kind of person who "walks into the room and makes everyone else anxious."

"I kind of pushed him to the limit," he said. "He has no filter."

The reader soon realizes, though his relationship with Gloria, why Charlie acts the way he does.

Auseon previously published "Funny Little Monkey," "Jo-Jo and the Fiendish Lot" and "Alienated," but he said "Freak Magnet" is his favorite.

Auseon said he loves the young-adult genre.

"I have always written, and I went to school for writing at Ohio University," he said. "(After graduation), I was floating around, and I didn't really know what to do in terms of career stuff. I continued to write whenever I had a chance. What I started to find was the subject matter and the characters and the style of writing was very reminiscent of the kinds of books I enjoyed reading as a kid."

Books that influenced his writing included "Bridge to Terabithia," "The Westing Game" and novels by John Bellairs, he said.

"Those are the books that I still return to when I read," Auseon said. "I return to them a lot for inspiration."

Auseon, 34, graduated from OU and then attended Vermont College for his master of fine arts degree. He now lives in Baltimore, Md., with his wife Sarah and their two daughters.

Though writing is one of his major passions, Auseon's day job consists of designing video games for Big Huge Games, which has developed games like "Rise of Nations" and "Catan."

He said going to school in Upper Arlington played a big role in where he is today.

"There are a lot of opportunities to pursue your interests," he said.

He said he remembered someone looking at his course schedule during his senior year of high school and commenting on how many English classes he was taking.

He said a few language arts teachers stuck out to him Kevin Stotts, James Allen and Randy Pfeifer.

"All of those guys were very encouraging, especially in that stage in my life where you are looking forward to the future, looking forward to college and where that will take you," Auseon said. "My interest and my goal was to write novels, and I think that despite the reality, it is also harder than it seems when you first think about it, they were always very supportive of the things I was writing and following that dream."

Though Auseon is in the process of promoting "Freak Magnet" through a blog tour, he currently is working on two other novels an adventure novel for young children and another book similar to "Freak Magnet" for HarperCollins, his publisher.