Walter Dean Myers grew up in Harlem, the son of a janitor. Today, he’s the author of nearly 100 books that are very popular with teenagers.

Growing up, there was always one person Myers struggled to impress with his writing — his father, Herbert Dean.

Here he talks about his father with his own son Christopher.

Walter and his son Christopher work on books together — as writer and illustrator.

Originally aired June 17, 2011 on NPR’s Morning Edition.