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Welcome to the Guestbook!

I'm always eager to read your comments about my books and stories, so please feel free to pitch in. Here are a few things for you to know:

1) I answer the messages here personally.

2) No message shows up here until I actually answer it. To prevent spam and other inappropriate postings. So there will sometimes be a delay before your message posts, especially if I am traveling.

DEEP APOLOGIES! Due to a glitch in the Guestbook I have not been receiving notifications of new messages for some months now. I should have spotted this, but I have been so busy with so many things that it went right by me. But yesterday (February 9) I started wondering about it, and when I went into the Guestbook registry I was horrified to find dozens, maybe even hundreds, of unanswered messages. I'm beginning to work on taking care of the backlog, but it's going to take me some time. If you left a message, my apologies for not having responded. (By the way, this is a good reason to fill in your email when you leave a message. It does NOT appear in the public guestbook, but it does mean that you will get a notification when I answer you.)

-Bruce Coville

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Name: Lauren
Location: Boston, MA USA

Hello! The Unicorn Chronicles is a series that is near and dear to my heart. I started reading Into the Land of the Unicorns in 2nd grade and read the first 3 books countless times after that. I recently got a copy of The Last Hunt and couldn't put it down. Thank you for taking the time to wrap up the story the way it deserved! Just wanted to pop in and say thanks. :) -Lauren

Monday, July 17, 2017 at 7:22:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, July 30, 2017:

Hi, Lauren -

A million thanks for this message. I felt terrible about how long it took me to finish the Unicorn Chronicles, but I also felt that it was more important to get it RIGHT than to get it fast. I'm truly glad to know that you think the results justified the time that I took.

All best,

BC


Name: Nessa Weld
Location: Michigan USA

Hi Bruce! I just wanted to say that I've enjoyed your books since I was in kindergarten and I still enjoy them even 17 years later! I immediately fell in love with the Unicorn Chronicles and that is by far my most favorite. Also, you have spoiled me for other audio books with your work with Full Cast Audio. I just have a few questions, have you ever thought about writing any more material in connection with the Unicorn Chronicles? (It's been far too long!) Also, I would like to know, have any of the universes in your series' every crossed over? Thank you for all that you do!

Monday, July 17, 2017 at 6:44:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, July 30, 2017:

Hi, Nessa -

Sorry it's taken me so long to respond. I can't always keep up with the guestbook as I would like.

I am so delighted that you loved the Unicorn Chronicles . . . and even MORE delighted by your response to what we do at Full Cast Audio.

I have indeed thought about writing more in the world of the Unicorn Chronicles. I originally designed the series so that I could go back and write stories about things that had happened in the past, all of them recorded in Grimwold's archive. Alas, things did not work out at Scholastic for me to pursue that idea. But it is not dead! There may be other volumes at some point.

That was a great question about whether any of my universes have crossed over. That has not happened so far, but you've got me thinking about whether it might happen in the future! Thanks for the nudge!

BC


Name: Ally Perkins
Location: Flagler Beach, Florida United States

Hi Mr. Coville, Thank you for replying to me! I ended up getting a copy from my local library, and while I am sad that the series is finished, I am pleased about how it ended. It was in the children's section of the library, and I know it is geared towards the younger demographic, but the last book really moved me. I had grown attached to all your characters and am happy I could join them on their adventures. So few books are that well thought out, and The Last Hunt put me in such a good mood. I am still trying to get a copy. Thank you again so replying, so many authors don't find the time to interact with fans! Also, are you planning on releasing new books any time soon? Thanks, Ally

Monday, July 17, 2017 at 9:45:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Monday, July 17, 2017:

Hi, Ally -

I'm delighted to know that you liked the final book so much. I felt very bad about how long it took me to write it, but I really wanted to get it right. I had seen too many series falter in the final book and really let the fans down, and I didn't want that to happen. In terms of sales it would have been better to get it down sooner, i know. But getting it right was more important. So your reaction really does mean a great deal to me.

I have a new book coming out in September. It's called TROLLED and I'm very excited about it!

BC


Name: Michael
Location: Grenvile, South carolina USA

I should introduce myself first I'm Michael or you can call me mikko I'm a big fan of your books me and my sister started reading the unicorn chronicles 8 years ago at first I thought it was going to be a girly book but it turned out the be full of Adventure and non-stop excitement we finally manage to track down a copy of the 4th book for the cheapest I could find it for 42 dollars x_x and just got it in the mail yesterday havent started reading it yet I guess we really dont want the adventure to end yet we really appreciate the wonderful story you made sincerely Miko

Friday, July 14, 2017 at 5:49:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Monday, July 17, 2017:

Hi, Miko - and thanks for this terrific message. Your loyalty to the Unicorn Chronicles makes me very happy. I'm sorry that last book has become so hard to obtain . . . I have never been able to understand why Scholastic didn't do a paperback version! I'm glad to know you managed to get a copy - hope you'll approve of the way everything wraps up!

BC


Name: Ally Perkins
Location: Flagler Beach, FL USA

Hi Mr. Coville, I first want to say thank you for sharing your imagination with the world. Your books are magic. When I was young, I fell in love with your book Juilet Dove, Queen of Love (no pun intended) and the rest of your Magic Shop books. The Monster's Ring was actually assigned reading in an English class one year! I am now re-reading the Unicorn Chronicles. When I first read them, I thought there were only two, but an Amazon search told me there were four! I just finished the third and even though I'm 24, I loved it! Herein the problem lies. The 4th book costs at least $40! I know they are out of print, but do you have any suggestions on how to get it? My local library has it, but I would like it for my personal library. I would love to know if you have any suggestions. Thank you again for sharing your creativity with the world, and adding a little magic to the world :)

Friday, July 07, 2017 at 7:44:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Monday, July 17, 2017:

Hi, Ally -

Thanks for this lovely message, and my apologies for taking so long to answer. I was on the road for meetings all last week.

I am very sorry about the situation with the last book of the Unicorn Chronicles. For reasons I have never understood, Scholastic never released a paperback edition. I'm still sad and upset about that. There is, alas, no easy way to get a copy of it now . . . though there is an audiobook version that you can get (I recorded it myself, with a full cast, and I think its pretty terrific, even if I do say so myself!)

I do have the rights to the series back, and my agent and I are investigating how to get them back in print. I may just publish them myself. So they will be back, one way or another. I just can't say how quickly it will happen.

All best,

BC


Name: Amanda
Location: Smithfield, Rhode Island USA

Hi Bruce. Sorry to sign your guestbook again. I wanted to say thanks for explaining about how the books were released, I'm blonde so sometimes things which seem self explanatory don't make sense to me right away. Thanks again. ~Amanda

Thursday, July 06, 2017 at 4:44:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, July 06, 2017:

Happy to have been able to shed some light on the matter. The ways of publishing are enough to confound a rocket scientist sometimes.

Bruce


Name: Amanda
Location: Smithfield, Rhode Island USA

Hi Bruce. I feel honored you remember me. Hmm, I wonder how that person is selling a hardcover book if there isn't one. Sounds like a scam to me. Yes, that would be great, even a hardcover boxed set would be awesome. As for my email address, I don't actually eat snakes. The first three letters are my first, middle, and last innitials and the last part is from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater which is one of my favorite Metal Gear Solid titles. If you're not sure of the franchise it's a video game series which has been going on since 1998 but they had couple of earlier games sort of prequel games in the 1980's. I was born in 1984 but didn't start playing the NES until I was around 4 or 5. Anyway, sorry to ramble but I appreciate you letting me know about The Unicorn Chronicles. Have a great rest of the week. ~Amanda

Wednesday, July 05, 2017 at 1:43:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, July 05, 2017:

Hi, Amanda -

Oh, all four of the books were published in hardcover. But there was never a uniform edition, with matching art for all four volumes. And even though Scholastic did commission new covers for books 1 and 2 when books 3 and 4 were finally written, they never released a paperback edition of the fourth book. So there is no way to get a matching set of all four titles. At least there is matching cover art for the four of them, by an artist that I loved. But here's how it goes with the final art/artist:

Book 1 - paperback only

Book 2 - paperback only

Book 3 - paperback and hardcover

Book 4 - hardcover only

Which drives my OCD self slightly crazy! ;>

Thanks for the explanation of your email address.

Bruce


Name: Amanda
Location: Smithfield, Rhode Island USA

Hi Bruce. I'm one of your fans since childhood who became an adult, I moved from Warwick to Smithfield if that makes a difference in remembering who I am. Anyway, I was wondering if Into The Land of the Unicorns made it to hardcover (with the remade cover art). I wanted to get it and Song of the Wanderer in hardcover to go with The Last Hunt and Dark Whispers which I have in hardcover. I saw a listing with hardcover on amazon but it was from a third party seller and they were charging $500. No joke. Did you know your books are made out of gold? Just kidding. Anyway, thanks. Happy Fourth of July! ~Amanda

Monday, July 03, 2017 at 12:49:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, July 05, 2017:

Hi, Amanda -

Yep, I remember you . . . partly because of your unique email address!

As to the Unicorn Chronicles, alas, there has never been a unified edition of the four books. This kind of drives me crazy, and I know it irks the daylights out of book collecting fans, too.

The books are out of print now, but I have the rights back and my agent and I are trying to find a route to make them available again.

Nice to hear from you!

BC


Name: Noah
Location: USA

Please don't include my website if you post my message. Thanks Noah

Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 8:43:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, June 30, 2017:

Hi, Noah -

I can't respond to your first message - which I really appreciated - without showing your website. It's a bit of a reverse . . . most people want to keep their email private (which we do automatically) but want their website to be seen!

I checked it out myself and was deeply pleased to see what line of work you've chosen. We need you!

Thanks for letting my know how much MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN meant to you!

BC


Name: Albert
Website: http://www.hometrust.sg
Location: TX USA

Hi Bruce! I loved your books as a kid, and it was great for me to kind your resources here, it really turned back the clock for me a while. I recently bought "The Skull of Truth" and loved it. Keep up the good work!

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 8:10:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, June 23, 2017:

Hi, Albert! Thanks for this message - always delights me to know when someone continues to enjoy my books even after he has technically "outgrown" them! Glad to know that you loved SKULL!

BC


Name: Ida Hamilton
Location: Tulsa, OK USA

Hello again, Bruce! Today I was reminded of the Nina Tanleven books. I immediately came to this site to make sure I had all the names correct. Lo and behold, a 4th book! My inner child screamed out loud. I loved those books so much as a child. I ordered the first 3 right away. I can't wait to share them with my kids when they arrive. Thanks for being a wonderful part of my childhood!!

Monday, June 19, 2017 at 1:14:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, June 28, 2017:

Hi, Ida! Just as a note, that 4th title is a longish short story, not a full novel. I do have a fourth novel about half done, but it was being kind of balky and the publisher finally canceled it. I can't blame them . . . my fault as much as anything. I still hope to write it someday.

I am so happy that you remember the Nina books so fondly. They were very important to me, and I love them dearly myself!

Bruce


Name: Amy
Location: Columbus, Ohio USA

Hello Bruce! I am a college student now, but I still love your books, especially the Unicorn Chronicles and the Magic Shop ones. Those books introduced me to fantasy when I was a kid and shaped my love for the genre - unicorns have never been so awesome! Thank you for writing them, you've inspired so many people and brought the beauty of worlds beyond our own to our minds and our hearts. When I think of the world of Luster and its inhabitants, I still feel wonder and awe.

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 9:19:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, May 26, 2017:

Hi, Amy -

Thanks for this lovely message. Your fond memories of the Unicorn Chronicles truly fill me with delight.

BC


Name: Dan Sibble
Location: Oakley, Ohio USA

Dear Mr. Coville, As a child and teen, your writing inspired me to many creative endeavors, and opened my mind the whole wide world. Your "I was a Sixth Grade Alien", "Magic Shop", "My Teacher is an Alien", and The Rod Albright Adventures are my favorite books that I own. Even now as I approach 30, I still read them, if only to surround myself in the vivid settings and deep characters you created. I always wondered if you ever thought about continuing Pleskit's adventures as a teenager or young-adult? Or if you ever thought about writing more in the Magic Shop series? Maybe it's the kid in me wanting to continue those awesome memories. As one human being to another, I want to thank you for sharing with the world your incredible gift, and for making my childhood so extraordinary. -Dan Sibble from Ohio

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 5:53:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, May 26, 2017:

Dan! Many thanks for this heartfelt and heart-lifting message. I'm delighted to know that these books have meant so much to you . . . and equally delighted that they continue to be important to you.

Alas, I don't have good news on the Sixth Grade Alien fron. While the other three series you mentioned have been very successful, the adventures of Tim and Pleskit did not find a very large audience. (In point of fact, as far as sales go they were a disaster!) This saddened me, as I poured over two years of my life into writing those books, and truly loved the characters. But for some reason they never caught on. (I think one problem was the cover of the first book, which got the series off to a weak start, alas.)

I do have an idea for another book in the Magic Shop series. I was on the outs with the publisher of that series for a while, but things have settled down, and maybe I'll even be able to write it someday!

I hope all is well in your world. Thank you again for letting me know how much the books have meant to you.

BC


Name: Mr. Barde's 3rd Grade Class
Website: http:/https://sites.google.com/a/apps4pps.net/bridlemile-library/
Location: Portland, Oregon USA

Hi This is from Mr. Barde's students who will skype with you next week! Mrs. Burke is typing this message for students: Your books sound really fun and I want to read the Foolish Giant. I want to read the World's Worst Fairy GodMother. I want to say, Happy Birthday and I hope you have the best birthday ever! What inspired you to make the Mad Brownie? We wish Mrs. Burke would let us go check-out books!!! From Mr. Barke's Class at Bridlemile School

Monday, May 15, 2017 at 9:17:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, May 17, 2017:

Ahoy Mr. Barde's 3rd Grade! I'm looking forward to chatting with you next week.

Thanks for the birthday wishes . . . I did indeed have a great day!

We'll talk about MAD BROWNIE, and other things, when we do our Skype visit next week. Hope you'll have questions ready for me!

Bruce Coville


Name: Nolan
Location: Riverdale, MD USA

Hi Bruce, I'm in my late 20's now, but I'd like you to know how much I loved your books as a kid, and how much they made me happy and stimulated my imagination. I particularly enjoyed all of your short stories, the Unicorn Chronicles, and the Magic Shop series. I also loved the full cast audiobook versions of your books. I recently purchased "The Skull of Truth" from an audiobook website, and it brought back so many memories. I personally believe (though I haven't read all of your books) that it's one of your best works, and the cast is so good! (Particularly Daniel Bostick as Yorick - so funny and moving! I hope he knows how good he is.) Thank you for helping to create some really great memories for me.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:33:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, May 14, 2017:

Hey, Nolan -

Thanks for this message. I LOVE knowing that some of my readers continue to cherish the books and stories long after they have (theoretically) "grown out of them."

It especially delights me to know your opinion of SKULL OF TRUTH. It's not my most popular book, but I do think that in literary terms (characterization, themes, imagery, subplots) it may be the best I've ever done. And directing Dan Bostick as Yorick in the audio version was a pure delight.

Thanks for checking in here!

BC


Name: Ayla
Location: New Bern North Carolina, none USA

Hi I am a really big fan of your book Dragon of Doom. My favorite part was when Edward was sneaking up on the dragon and when he saw him he was so tiny and that that was the dragon that was watching the acorns. At first I thought that it was a baby learning how to watch the acorns. I really really liked your books.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 5:51:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, May 10, 2017:

Thanks, Ayla. I had so much fun writing the Moongobble books. It was fun, too, that my wife was doing the illustrations, so we got to do a lot of brainstorming together about the stories and pictures.

BC


Name: Clayton Lemke
Location: new bearn, none USA

your books are amazing

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 5:48:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, May 10, 2017:

Thank you, Clayton!

BC


Name: Lukas
Location: Newbern, North carolina USA

My favorite part of your book dragon of doom was when Edward climbed up to the dragons cave and found out that the dragon was actually little. From:lukas

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 5:49:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, May 09, 2017:

Hi, Lukas -

I'm glad you enjoyed that scene. It was actually my wife's idea to have the dragon be small.

My wife is a very smart lady!

BC


Name: Everett
Location: New Bern, North Carolina USA

I was supposed to write to you telling you my favorite part of the Dragon of Doom for a class assignment but unfortunatly I don't have one. Regrets,Everett

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 5:45:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, May 09, 2017:

That's too bad, Everett. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the book more.

BC


Name: Mary Moyer
Location: Maryland USA

Am reading the Unicorn Chronicles with some young friends. Book 4 cost me a bunch. I understand why as I read one of your previous replies in your guestbook. Any chance you will make these four books into e-books at some time in the future? Would love to have them this way.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 at 4:39:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, May 03, 2017:

Hi, Mary -

Thanks for this, and my apologies that you had to pay so much for that fourth book. I appreciate your understanding on the matter.

My agent and I are working to find a new print publisher for the books, and it is very likely that any such deal will also include plans for ebook versions. So while I can't make any guarantees right now, it is indeed likely that there will be ebooks of these novels at some point.

Thanks for checking in here.

BC


Name: Dru
Location: Oregon USA

Hi, Mr. Coville. My best friend and I LOVE your Unicorn Chronicles books. She has all but the Last Hunt. Her 13th birthday is coming up and I wanted to do something special: get her the Last Hunt. But I can't find it anywhere for less than $20 as a paperback! So my question is: why is it so expensive? ~Dru

Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 10:27:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, April 15, 2017:

Hi, Dru - Glad to know that you and your best friend LOVE the Chronicles!

One thing that many people do not understand is that unless a book is self-published, the author has nothing to do with the price. That is determined by the publisher . . . or, in the case of used books, by the bookseller.

The reason THE LAST HUNT is so expensive is that Scholastic, for reasons I have never understood, chose not to release a paperback edition. (Any version you find in paperback is almost certainly an ARC - an "Advance Readers Copy" sent out for reviews.) Because there was no paperback the book is fairly rare, and people who do have it are holding on to it. So used booksellers are charging a lot of money for it.

I have regained the rights to the books, and my agent and I are seeking a new publisher to bring them back into print. But even if we found the new publisher today, it would probably be a year or more before they are available.

I understand your frustration . . . believe me, I am frustrated by this, too! But the matter of availability has entirely to do with the publisher.

I am sorry I do not have better news for you.

Bruce Coville


Name: Aubrey Sellman
Location: Lawton, Oklahoma USA

Holy cow, me again, sorry. I just wanted to say a few more things. I discovered your books back when I was eleven years old... I'm turning seventeen in a few months. Back when I was in fifth grade your books got me through being bullied and helped me to just relax. It was your books that inspired me to want to be an author, and I've always stopped to just think back to when I read the series. I would hide in my closet at night and read them until I couldn't keep my eyes open. I'm getting older, and I find new books to read all the time. But none of them have stuck quite like yours. Right now I'm writing this thinking back to the fun I had imagining the world you created. I just wanted to say thank you for making my childhood the wonderfully imaginative adventure it was. It seems everyday I stop thinking about the things I did as a kid, but I still think about your books and that's the impact they have had on my life. Just thank you! (P.s. I went back and read my posts on here from 2011, and yikes, I did not know how to spell, lol) Aubrey out!

Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7:32:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, April 16, 2017:

Hi, Aubrey -

What a hoot, and what a lovely thing, to hear from you six years later!

I cannot tell you what it means to me to know that the books helped you get through bullying. I hate bullies, and bullying, and being a palliative to that stupidity really means the world to me.

As a secret night-time reader myself, I love the thought of you hiding in your closet at night to read my stories.

With all good wishes,

BC


Name: Charisse Crouse
Location: Baldwinsville, New York United States

Hi Mr. Coville...I guess I can now call you Bruce since I am 47 years old. I was in your 4th grade class when we did Dragonslayers (Sir Motley). I am currently a school counselor in Baldwinsville and I always use you as an example when kids tell me they want to be an author. You were truly an inspirational teacher along with Angie Peterson and many at Wetzel Rd Elementary. Hope you and your family are doing well!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 11:18:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, April 11, 2017:

Hi Chari! (Am I correct in recalling that's how we knew you in 4th grade?)

Yes, you certainly can call me Bruce at this point!

I can't tell you how lovely it is to hear from you. I loved all my classes at Wetzel, but the year of "The Dragonslayers" was something special for me.

It also delights me to know that you went into education. Good for you!

All is well here, and I hope the same is true for you.

All best,

Bruce


Name: McCollonough Ceili
Website: http://www.facebook.com/mccollonoughceili
Location: Bon Aqua, TN USA

I learned how to read English using your books and I love them. I now write short stories for beginning readers and was wondering if you would know someone who could critique them for me. I want to improve my craft so I can share these stories with the word. Thanks for your stories, and thank your wife for her wonderful drawings.

Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 5:28:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Monday, April 10, 2017:

Hi, Ceili -

It delights me to know that you used my books as part of learning English.

As to your own stories: If you join the SCBWI (Society of Childrens' Book Writers and Illustrators) http://www.scbwi.org/ your local chapter may be able to connect you with a critique group or a writing partner.

Best of luck with your work!

BC


Name: Jacob Knitig
Location: USA

You've been one of my favorite authors since I was a kid. A friend and I recently let each other borrow some books of yours that the other hadn't read. She lent me the first two books of the unicorn chronicles. Curious to know if there were more, I looked you up online and happily found this Web site. I just wanted to say I still like your writing as an adult. Good work! Keep it up.

Monday, April 03, 2017 at 5:57:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, April 05, 2017:

Hey, Jacob -

What a lovely message! Many thanks.

When you write for kids you start out hoping they will like you, then move to hoping they will remember you. So a message like yours above really is affirming.

All best,

Bruce


Name: samantha aarnio
Location: spencer, ny USA

It was wonderful meeting and listening to you Saturday at CONBUST. my son Liam and I are looking forward to reading about Angus the Mad Brownie...

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 6:37:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Monday, March 27, 2017:

Hi, Samantha -

It was delightful to meet you ... I appreciated you coming to the reading. It's my favorite thing to do at a con.

I hope you and Liam enjoy the book!


Name: DH the Scribbler
Location: USA

On the Prowl for a creative place to say hi and riddle one of my favorite authors... Some of mine have experienced your original from over 20 years ago - hoping this finds you well, my friend that I have never met...

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10:24:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, March 26, 2017:

Hey, DH -

On the Prowl like the goblins? Whatever the reason, thanks for stopping by. Thanks for remembering me, friend I never met.

BC


Name: Adarsh
Location: King of Prussia, PA USA

I messaged you about a month or two weeks ago. I just wanted to ask that how do we get our book signed by you and also, I was thinking why not you make any more Magic Shop series' books? I love Mr. Elives and Mrs. Priest from Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. Regards, Adarsh

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 4:47:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, March 21, 2017:

Hi, Adarsh -

I am happy to sign books for you. The process is simple: send the book (or books) to me at the address listed on the Contact button on the website. IMPORTANT: Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for me to return the book(s). Without that, I cannot send them back.

I have ideas for more Magic Shop books, but I am not on very good terms with the publisher of that series right now. With luck, perhaps things will change in the future.

BC


Name: Daniel
Location: Valdese, NC United States

I read your My Teacher is an Alien series when it came out and loved it. Are the reissues identical or shortened versions? Thanks.

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 4:37:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, March 18, 2017:

Hi, Daniel -

Thanks for this . . . I'm delighted to know you remember the stories so fondly.

The new editions of the MY TEACHER books have not been shortened. We made a couple of tweaks in the first book so being it in line with current conditions, but did not shorten it. I don't think there were any changes in the remaining three.

All best,

Bruce


Name: Amber Rien
Location: Moore, SC USA

Hi! I was just wondering why you haven't posted anything on the blog since May of last year? Amber P.S. My last name is pronounced like "rain".

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 8:32:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, March 16, 2017:

Hi, Amber -

That's a good question. Sadly, I think I'm just not as interested in blogging as I should be (or, at least, as the world thinks I should be). I need to get back to it. Thanks for the nudge!

Bruce


Name: Zach Talon
Location: USA

Hello Mr. Coville, I have messaged you here once before. I have a question I need to ask you. I am doing a research paper, and I decided to research your life, as well as the inspiration behind 3 of your most popular series. I have found articles where you mentioned the inspiration behind 2 of them, but I can't find anything about the third one. What was the inspiration behind the Unicorn Chronicles? Thank you, Zach Talon

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 6:24:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, March 12, 2017:

Hey, Zach -

Glad to hear from you. The answer to this one is a bit odd, and a bit entangled.

My second picture book, SARAH'S UNICORN, was written because my wife asked me to write after we had gotten turned down on another project. When we first submitted it (1977 or 1978), it was turned down by the editor we were working with because she thought there were too many unicorn picture books.

This was not so. There were unicorn mugs, posters, buttons, and probably toilet paper. But no unicorn picture books. I asked her to look again, and the book went forward, and became a solid success.

As a result, I became, to a degree, the unicorn guy. My next iteration in that guise was when I compiled THE UNICORN TREASURY for Doubleday.

Later, in the early 1990's, Jean Feiwel (the smartest woman in publishing) invited me in to Scholastic to discuss doing a new series. We threw some ideas back and forth, and when she said "unicorn world" I said "I'm you're guy."

It was supposed to be, by contract, a three book series, one a year, about 40,000 words each. As it turned out, it became a 4 book series, each significantly larger than the preceding volumes.

Unicorns . . . sometimes they just carry you away!

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Name: Ava pavone
Location: Bridgeport, Pa USA

Dear Bruce, I'm reading Jeremy Thatcher dragon hatcher in my class & I love it. I really want to know where the idea for this book came from. I also was wondering how long it took to write this book because I would like to write one just like it someday. This is the first book I have loved in a while. Thank you for writing it. Love Ava Pavone 5th grader

Thursday, March 09, 2017 at 3:52:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, March 10, 2017:

Hi, Ava -

So glad that you are loving JEREMY THATCHER.

I got the idea because I had already written one Magic Shop book (THE MONSTER'S RING) and loved the shop too much to not go back for another visit. So one day I sat down and made a list of cool things that you might buy in the shop. Total brainstorming session, and one of the best things that came out of it was the idea of a dragon's egg.

I tried to write it as a short story first, but that didn't work. Once I decided to turn it into a book it took me about six months, including the time spent working with my editor to improve it.

Good luck with your own writing!

All best,

BC


Name: Veva
Location: Madrid, Madrid Spain

Dear Bruce My name is Veva and my daughter is Sia We encounter your book, into the land of the unicors, in our local library here in Madrid, Spain we loved it so much that we went strainght into buying next two books. we are actually reading book III Now Iam looking for book IV and Iam finding very hard to find it, not audio or MP£ Only as a book as we have got the 3 first books we want tht last one and read it in paper. Old school I guess. I only find they sell it in one place with a really crazy price would you please give us a suggestion on what to do? We will really apreciate it My most sincere congratulations on your writing ....my daughter who is 12 is loving it. we read the books together out loud to practice our English and we are completely hooked Kind regards Veva and Sia

Thursday, March 09, 2017 at 7:49:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, March 10, 2017:

Hi, Veva and Sia -

I very much loved this message - it delights me to know how much you are enjoying the Unicorn Chronicles.

Alas, I have bad news about THE LAST HUNT. For reasons I have never understood, Scholastic failed to publish a paperback edition. Then they let the entire series go out of print.

I have the rights back, and my agent and I are trying to find a new publisher. So all is not lost. But it will take some time to do that.

I am sorry I do not have better news.

Your friend,

Bruce Coville


Name: Pat Kane
Location: Sparta, NJ USA

I had the pleasure of hearing you speak today at Helen Morgan School in Sparta. I am a substitute teacher and, having adult kids, was not familiar with your books. I just wanted to say I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation! Thank you for a wonderful time!

Friday, March 03, 2017 at 4:07:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, March 03, 2017:

Hi, Pat-

Thanks for this lovely message. I had a great time at the school today ... but that was largely because the students and staff were all so wonderful and welcoming!

All best,

Bruce


Name: Ray
Location: King Of Prussia, PA USA

Hi Bruce I'm reading Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher and I really like it. Also I was wondering if any of your characters or scenes in your books based on you. Thanks :)

Thursday, March 02, 2017 at 2:56:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, March 02, 2017:

Hi, Ray -

Glad you're enjoying JEREMY THATCHER. None of the characters in that book are based on me. However Rod Allbright, of the ALIENS ATE MY HOMEWORK series, is totally and completely based on me!

All best,

BC


Name: Jonathan
Location: USA

Hey mr.coville I'm reading Jeremy Thatcher Dragon hatcher in school right now I was wondering how you thought of hiring college students for the audio book. Thanks Jonathan

Thursday, March 02, 2017 at 7:37:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, March 03, 2017:

Hi, Jonathan -

What a great question! The answer is pretty simple - I wanted youthful voices for the audio book. I live in Syracuse, and Syracuse University has a great acting school. Which meant that I could hire well trained actors who still sounded like kids. It was perfect for what we were trying to do!

BC


Name: Tony
Location: King of Prussia, Pa USA

Hello Mr.Coville I'm reading Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher in Language Ats and so far it has been awsome. The book the Skull of Truth was my favorite. And I was thinking of ideas for books and you should make a book where the characters have to save Mr.Elives and make a cliffhanger and make a second book

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 at 6:59:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, March 03, 2017:

Hi, Tony -

Glad to know that you're enjoying JEREMY!

I am especially glad to know that you enjoyed SKULL. It is not my most popular book, but I honestly believe that in literary terms it is probably the best thing I have ever done.

The idea of having all the Magic Shop kids get together for an adventure is something I've been thinking about for a long time. Unfortunately, I'm not on good terms with the publisher of the series (they did me some serious wrong) so I'm not sure if that will ever happen.

BC


Name: Adarsh
Location: KOP, Pennsylvania USA

Hi Bruce Coville. It's me, Adarsh again. I was wondering 3 things: 1. Is the Magic Shop series a bestseller? 2. Have you made any other books than the Magic Shop series? 3. I want to learn more about your history. Can you please make a autobiography about you? Been a pleasure to talk to you, Adarsh 2 P.S. 1. My nickname is Radar. 2. Hi Five to you too (from your previous response)

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 at 4:31:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Monday, March 06, 2017:

Hi, Radar! (Cool nickname)

I don't know if the Magic Shop series has been officially a bestseller. I can tell you that THE MONSTER'S RING has been selling steadily for 35 years now, which is a rare thing.

Now, as to whether I have made any other books than the Magic Shop series. On this matter I am going to give you some advice, which is that you should not ask a question to which you can very easily find the answer yourself. Since you are writing on the guestbook, you are on my website. And on the website is also a complete list of all the books that I have published!

I am flattered that you want to know more about me. There is also an autobiography on the website!

All best,

BC


Name: Shiza
Location: King of Prussia, Pennsylvania USA

Dear Mr. Coville, Hi! I am reading your book Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher at school. It is a really good book. How did you get the idea of writing about dragons? I also want you to write a sequel to the book. What ideas do you have? I hope you write a sequel!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 at 2:55:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, March 01, 2017:

Hi, Shiza -

Glad you are enjoying JEREMY. As far as how I got the idea of writing about dragons, that was easy: I love dragons! So, naturally, I wanted to write about one!

At this time I have no plans for a sequel. Sometimes a book does best to stand on its own.

BC


Name: Kaylee
Location: King of Prussia, USA

Hi Mr.Coville! I am reading " Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher" in my language arts class. I am really liking the book so far. I was wondering if you could wright a book about each person and their personality. Thanks!-Kaylee

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 at 1:54:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, March 01, 2017:

Hi, Kaylee -

I'm glad to know you are enjoying JEREMY. Though your idea of writing a book about each person and their personality is interesting, I like to let each of the Magic Shop books stand along, connected only by the shop itself.

BC


Name: Cameron nicholas
Location: King of Prussia, Pennsylvania USA

Hi mr. Coville, I have started to read Jeremy thatcher, dragon hatcher. I think it's awesome .I want to read all your books!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 at 1:26:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, March 01, 2017:

Hey, Cameron 0

Glad you think JEREMY is awesome! I highly approve of your plan to read all my books! ;>

BC


Name: Grace
Location: King of Prussia, Pennsylvania USA

Hi Mr. Coville, I am reading "Jeremy Thatcher" in my language arts class. I just started reading it and I love it so far. Right now you are my favorite author. I was wondering if when they get older maybe you could make a short story about how when they get older Mary Lou isn't interested in Jeremy and likes Spess, but Jeremy starts to like her. It would add a lot of suspense. Thank you!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 at 4:58:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, March 01, 2017:

Hi, Grace -

Glad you are enjoying JEREMY! It's interesting that you would like a short story about the characters, almost everyone else has been asking for a sequel, as in a full book. Clearly you like romantic complications!

BC


Name: Nathan
Location: King of prussia, Pennsylvania USA

Hi Mr. Coville. I'm reading Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher and was wondering if you were going to right a book about Igor.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 at 4:44:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, March 01, 2017:

Hi, Nathan -

What a good question. In fact, I have written TWO books about Igor ... GOBLINS IN THE CASTLE and GOBLINS ON THE PROWL!

BC


Name: Nate
Location: KOP, PA USA

Hi Bruce, honor to meet you, but it would thrill me if you could think of making a new book. I think it would be cool if you made a book about your best books combined. They would have to solve a big problem and a solution. Thanks, Nate

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 at 4:43:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, March 01, 2017:

Hi, Nate, a pleasure to meet you.

I have actually considered writing a book where all the Magic Shop kids (there are five of them now) get together. Unfortunately, I am not currently on good terms with the publisher of those books, so I'm not sure if that will ever happen.

BC


Name: Lauren
Location: King of Prussia, Pennsylvania USA

Hi Mr. Coville! I'm reading "Jermey Thatcher Dragon Hatcher" in school. So far I'm really enjoying the book. I was wondering how you come up with your character names. Thank you!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 3:43:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, February 28, 2017:

Hi, Lauren -

I'm so glad you're enjoying JEREMY. As to the names . . . well, I made up Jeremy's name. But for Tiamat I did a lot of research into dragon names from the past, in myth, legend, and folklore.

Even though I write fantasy, I do a lot of research in the process!

BC


Name: Adarsh
Location: King of Prussia, Pennsylvania USA

Hi Bruce Coville. I am reading your book "Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher " in school. I feel it is amazing. I would like to tell you that I would like you to make a book in where everyone is older and with a different point of view. Thanks, Adarsh

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 12:52:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, February 28, 2017:

Hello, Adarsh -

This is very interesting. People have often asked for a sequel to JEREMY, but the truth is the only idea I have had for another story is one where the characters are older. You are the first person to ask for a story like that! So I am sending you a definite High Five!

BC


Name: Gabby
Location: Elkhart, Texas USA

It's me again just wondering if you have got my book or signed

Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 1:32:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Monday, February 20, 2017:

Hi, Gabby -

What address did you send the book to? I don't believe it has appeared yet.

BC


Name: Darcy Philip
Location: Pennsylvania USA

Hi Bruce! I am an aspiring first time author. My first novel, "Roomies," is about two teenage boys who have fallen in love with one another and endure the challenges of a long distance relationship and separation since one of the boy's, Eli, attends his first year of boarding school. I was wondering who you may recommend for me to send my manuscript ... publisher, agent, editor??? The novel may appeal to the LGBT community, and parents, teens, young adults interested in first time gay relationships and boarding school life. It reads theatrically, and would be amazing in "Full Cast Audio" format!!! Thank you so much for whatever advice you may be able to offer. I am greatly appreciative!!!

Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 8:09:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Monday, February 20, 2017:

Hi, Darcy -

An agent is useful and wise at this point in your career. Alas, I do not know an agent who is specifically gay friendly. I can, however, suggest David Gale at Simon & Schuster as a sympathetic editor.

That said, I must be clear that (since I have not read the manuscript) this does not mean that you can use me as an endorsement. But David is a brilliant editor who has published numerous LBGT stories.

BC


Name: Tara Schroth
Location: Fairport, NY USA

Hi Mr. Coville, I'm a junior in high school and I used to absolutely adore your books. I have you to thank for my undying love of science fiction. Six years ago, you visited my elementary school and I had made a post like this one on your website, and you said you'd be glad to talk to me after your presentation. I was super excited, but I chickened out. I never got to meet you and I was so mad at myself. Even today, when I'm no longer reading your books, I still regret the actions of my younger self. Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for helping to make my childhood great and inspiring my love for reading!

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 8:03:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, February 19, 2017:

Hi, Tara -

Thanks for this message. I take great pride in the thought that I helped instill your love of science fiction. (I just got back from the Boston SF convention, called BOSKONE)

I'm sorry you didn't follow through on that chance to talk to me after my visit. It is a truth of my own life that I regret much more the things I failed to try than the things where I tried and failed.

But guess what? Odds are good that I'm coming to Fairport Elementary again this spring!

A second chance?

All best,

BC


Name: Jessica
Location: Bridgewater, MA USA

Hello, I wrote you in late Jan, and I kept meaning to return after reading your reply. But alas as road leads on to road, I got a little lost. I keep thinking about one of the reasons for why you haven't yet done the remaining two books in the Circle Opens series by Tamora Pierce. You said finances were an issue, as I am sure they are with any collaborative issue. Have you ever thought to do crowd sourcing? I know there are so many silly things that people start Go Fund Me pages for that they get nothing back from. Having fans give a donation for the project may help get the word out about it as well as provide additional funding. And at then end of it all there is an audiobook to purchase. :D I can't offer a solution for the lack of time. And unless you want to come to MA and meet all my actor friends, I've no solution for the talent problem either. But hey 1 out of 3 ain't bad. I do hope it remains on the back burner and at some point is produce, by you, not someone else. You and your cast do have a talent for reading aloud. It is something not everyone has. It is also something no one teaches anymore. I make every single student I have read passages aloud in class because it is a dying art. I have several audiobooks unfinished because the narration was like listening to a drunken squirrel. You can tell you and you cast put passion and effort into the work you do. It is such a pleasure to listen to your works. Thanks you.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 6:34:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, February 26, 2017:

Hi, Jessica -

Thanks for this. If we ever do record the remaining two CIRCLE OPENS books, it will almost undoubted by via crowd sourcing.

I'm kvelling from your comments about our recordings. The way we work quadruples the time spent in the studio, and probably triples the work for the engineers. But that's how we get the sound we are after, and it's why it makes me so happy to get comments like yours.

And good on you for working on reading aloud with your students!!

All best

BC


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