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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: 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,


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,


Name: McCollonough Ceili
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) your local chapter may be able to connect you with a critique group or a writing partner.

Best of luck with your work!


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,


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.


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.


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,


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!


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!


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,


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 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,


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,


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!


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.


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,


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.


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.


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! ;>


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!


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!


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.


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!


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!


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.


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.


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,


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


Name: Zach Talon
Location: Sewell, New Jersey USA

Hi Mr. Coville, I wanted to ask you if you would be willing to look at a couple of books that I am writing, and give me advice. They are not done yet, so it would have to wait until they are done, but once they are, would you be willing to look at them? Also, I was wondering if you had any advice about how to get my stories published. Lastly, I'm doing a research paper on you for my English class, and I wanted to know if you could help me out with it. Thanks, Zach Talon (that's my pen name, not my real name...)

Wednesday, February 08, 2017 at 7:34:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, February 14, 2017:

Hi, Zach -

I'm sorry, but it's not possible for me to look at works in progress. I get a lot of request for this kind of feedback, and if I started to agree it would be literally all that I do!

The best one stop spot for learning how to get work for young readers published is the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators). I serve on their board of advisors because I think they do such good work. Go to for more information.


Name: Matt

Hi Bruce! I just read Hillbilly Elegy and I noticed that the author names Space Brat as one of the first books he read! It really made me smile to see that he paid homage to my favorite childhood author in his memoir, so I thought I'd bring it to your attention, in case you didn't know. I hope you're well! At 26, your books still have places of honor on my shelf (in my first real apartment).

Sunday, February 05, 2017 at 7:29:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, February 14, 2017:

Hey, Matt -

Thanks for this! I am amazed and delighted to have been cited in HILLBILLY ELEGY, which (from what I have read) is a very important book. Thanks for calling this to my attention.

I am indeed well, still at it and writing away. I am honored to know that my books still have a place of importance on your shelves! (And congrats on having your first real apartment!)


Name: Gabby
Location: Elkhart, Texas USA

Hi again I am mailing my book to you it might be on Sunday though i was wondering what is your inspiration for your unicorn writing Love your friend Gabby P.s same person who emailed you yesterday.

Friday, February 03, 2017 at 3:41:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, February 03, 2017:

Hi, Gabby -

I have loved the idea of unicorns for as long as I can remember, imagined them, dreamed of glimpsing one, or even better, befriending it. I know that I am not alone in this. Wherever I go I meet fellow unicorn lovers.

Actually I wrote my first unicorn story (SARAH'S UNICORN, a picture book) because my wife asked me to!


Name: Megan
Location: Lakewood, Ohio USA

Hi Bruce! My 11 year old daughter just chose Into the Land of Unicorns as the fantasy book she needed to read for 5th grade. I too read this book in 5th grade and I'm so excited to share it with her. She is reading it aloud to me and I can tell she is really into it. Thank you for giving us a great way o bond. - Megan

Thursday, February 02, 2017 at 6:09:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, February 02, 2017:

Hi, Megan -

What a lovely message. Getting older is not the greatest thing in the world (Harumph!) But I am totally loving becoming a two generation author. Knowing that your daughter is loving this book at the same age you did truly fills me with delight!

Thanks for sharing this with me.


Name: Gabby
Location: Elkhart, Texas USA

Hey Bruce I texted you yesterday and I just wanted to say I'm writing my own unicorn book it's called Unicorns Glory when I'm done I will give it to you even though I'm only 10 and thank you so much for giving me a chance to send you my book for you to sign and I am the girl who emailed you yesterday named gabby I love your writing. Love Gabby

Thursday, February 02, 2017 at 3:02:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, February 02, 2017:

Hi, Gabby -

Yep, I remember you! Are you mailing your book to me?

I think it is exciting that you are writing your own book!


Name: Gabby
Location: Elkhart, Texas USA

Hi Bruce coville I LOVED your into the land of the unicorn series 🦄 I just finished it my teacher mrs sizemore has a copy of a signed book of your last book of into the land of the unicorn The Last Hunt and I was wondering if you have wrote any more unicorn books and if you could it would be a dream of mine for you to sign my book I was also wondering how you could if you did you don't have to but it would be my biggest dream in the whole world if you did I love your books have a wonderful Day

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 1:40:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, February 01, 2017:

Hi, Gabby -

I am so happy that you LOVED the unicorn series!

In addition to the four books of the Unicorn Chronicles, I have edited two collections of unicorn stories: THE UNICORN TREASURY and A GLORY OF UNICORNS. Each one has a unicorn story by me, as well as stories by many other authors.

If you want to send your book to me I will be happy to sign it for you. However you must also send a stamped, self-addressed envelope that I can use to return it. You can find my address on the contact page of the website.

Thank you for being such a faithful reader!!


Name: Maria
Location: Miami, Florida USA

Hi mr. bruce my name is maria and i will be 9 years old tomorrow. I love your alien and unicorn books. Though i am told i am wierd cus i am a girl and alien is for boys. I have a question and i hope you can help. Though mom says you cant but she always told me it never hurts to ask. I was wondering if there is another way to get your voice books on unicorns. I was to have them for my birthday tomorrow but that was before daddy went to heaven Mommy says she cant pay them now since we have to move in with nana and pappi who live in washington and we live in florida mom says we are driving that will take years. I was hoping to supise her if i could get the voice maybe then she will smile like she use to instead of crying all the time since like me she grew up on the unicorns and i want to see her happy again i would gladly trade my cake and books and my few presents i see wrapped for those voice books do you like ice cream cake? O before i forget why are your voice books so pricy mom says your 4th book costs almost 5 times what your first unicorn voice book costs. While the other 2 our double the price of your first at least thats what the phone store says. Mom didnt even know there was a 4th book Thank you mr bruce

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 12:54:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, January 26, 2017:

Hi, Maria -

First off, no one has the right to tell you what is weird for you to read! Heck, MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN is told first person by a girl named Susan Simmons. I think you should read whatever you want!

I am sorry that I can't get you the voice books (we use the term "audiobooks") - certainly not in time for your birthday. We no longer make the CDs here.

However I can tell you some good news. IF you can play an MP3-CD, even the fourth book (which cost so much as a "voice book" because it is four times as long as the first book - 15 hours!) is not nearly as expensive as your Mom thinks. You can get it on Amazon for only $17! And the first book in the series is only $10.

I hope you had a Very Happy Birthday! Good luck on your trip to Washington. Safe travels!!

Your friend,

Bruce Coville

Name: Sarah
Location: Garnder, MA USA

Hello Mr.Coville! I believe I signed this before but I honestly cant remember nor did I find myself while scrolling through the entries. I've been a huge fan of your work, especially The Unicorn Chronicles series. To a point where your books inspired my own Unicorn character who goes by the pseudonym Lumina. (You can see her profile on my website.) I have a signed copy of Song of the Wanderer and it means so much to me. You're one of my idols as a writer and I strive every day to improve my story writing so that one day I might publish a book of my own. It has saddened me that I cannot seem to find a reasonably priced copy of The Last Hunt, so that I might finish my collection of the series. But I digress. You are amazing, thank you for your works and keep being awesome!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7:37:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, January 26, 2017:

Drat! The end of that got clunky. I just tried to delete it so I could post a better version, but this guestbook app is old and doesn't have a lot of options. Sorry about that!



Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, January 26, 2017:

Hi, Sarah -

Thanks for this message. It delights me to know that the Unicorn Chronicles have inspired you to create your own unicorn character.

I'm truly sorry that you're having a hard time obtaining THE LAST HUNT at a reasonable price. The reason for that is simple, and something I have no control over: Scholastic put the book out of print without ever doing a paperback edition (something that still baffles and saddens me). So it is a fairly rare item, and the only copies available are from used booksellers, or booksellers who had extra copies, and are now profiting from the books scarcity. A reseller such as that will price the book at what the market will bear; it is their right and something an author has no control over.

The good news is, I have regained the rights to the books, and my agent is working to get them back into print in new editions. It will be a while before that can happen, but I have high hopes!

All best,


With regrets,

Bruce Coville

Name: Jessica
Location: Bridgewater, MA USA

First, thank you! I am and have always been a voracious reader. I would say avid but that is simply not strong enough a word. I used to not do homework and just read, to the point where my mother had to take away everything but my school books when I was young. The point of this is I have been reading Tamora Pierce's books since the 90s when I was old enough to read them. I do mean I have been reading them since, as in over and over again and again. The Circle of Magic series is like a visit with old friends, and I make that visit several times a year. I recently started a full-time job, yikes! Going from a hither and yon professor to a 9-5er was tough, what was toughest was the commute. I am from Massachusetts and we are born with road rage I fear. Your audio recordings of Tamora Pierce's books are what get me through those terrible mornings. I have to say I have listened to the books more times than I can count using fingers and toes now! But they are wonderfully written and the full cast audio productions are so wonderfully directed and perfect produced. I love these books and your recordings allow me to "read" and drive at the same time. I have started listening to the other works you have produced and I find them to be just as entertaining and cannot wait to "read" more. I am a little disappointed that "Shatterglass" has not been recorded as it is my favorite. But I am patiently waiting to see what you all do next. I hope you will expand your collection of books. As an adult with the soul of infinite youth I assure you it brightens my life. :D

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 5:08:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, January 24, 2017:

Hi, Jessica -

Many thanks for this message, which literally filled me with joy. (I am passing a copy along to Tammy as well.)

Producing the audio versions "Circle of Magic", sometimes directing, and always performing as Niko were some of the most joyful experiences of the artistic aspect of my life.

Unfortunately, Full Cast Audio was more successful artistically than it was financially, which was why we haven't produced the third and fourth books of "The Circle Opens" yet. But Tammy and I talk about it often. The problem now is not simply finances but time, both because of our writing schedules, and because of how much time it would take to gather new talent, as many of our actors have moved on to other things. But it is a constant dream of ours to revisit that series on audio.

Thanks for taking the time to send this message. It truly does mean a lot.

Good luck with the new job . . . and be careful on those Massachusetts roads!


Name: Arianna

Hello! I absolutely loved the Magic Shop series when I was a kid (I'm 25 now) and after recently rereading all the books I'm really happy that they're still great. Do you have any plans to add to the Magic Shop series in the future? I'd love to see more of Mr. Elives and honestly, I was super excited when Juliet Dove came out. I've found myself thinking of different magic shop scenarios a lot lately. Thank you so much for what you've done.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 3:32:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, January 24, 2017:

Hi, Arianna -

Thanks for this. Though I've published over a hundred books now, the Magic Shop titles remain among my very favorites. I feel like something about the shop pulls out the very best in me.

I did have a proposal for a sixth book, but I am sadly at odds with the series publisher so I don't know if anything will ever happen with that. But I really would like to go back and see what's happening at the shop sometime.

Thanks for your kinds words.


Name: Mr. Laurenzo's class
Location: Syracuse, NY USA

Dear Mr. Coville, Our class at Gillette Road Middle School has been reading My Teacher is an Alien and we were wondering if you have any of your books on audio CD? We love listening to stories together and following along. Thank you for all the wonderful stories you create! Sincerely, Mr. Laurenzo's Class

Monday, January 23, 2017 at 7:55:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, January 23, 2017:

Ahoy, Mr. Laurenzo's Class!

I'm delighted to know that you've been enjoying MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN.

As far as audiobooks go, you've come to the right place! I actually run my own audiobook company (Full Cast Audio) and have recorded many of my own books as well as books by numerous other authors.

To be specific, we released our recording of MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN in 2015, and I'm putting the finishing touches on MY TEACHER FRIED MY BRAINS this month!

Happy listening!

Bruce Coville

Name: Amanda Woods
Location: Leander, TX United States

Hi this is faith are making more books.I am wanting to read more books that you make.

Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 12:35:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, January 22, 2017:

Hi, Faith -

Thanks for this message. I am indeed making more books. It's what I do! ;>

I'm glad you want to read them!


Name: normaali
Location: USA

I'm a 17 year old student, and I still find your books fantastic reads! I've been an avid reader for almost ten years, and in thattime I've read all your Rod Albright adventures, your My Teacher is an Alien series, and the majority of the single works you'vecontributed to such books as Books of Magic (I and II) and the Wizard's Dozen. I've recently finished Oddly Enough, and believe it tobe one of your best works. I write ameteurly myself and agree with your views on the moods of writing habits.I'm writting this on a perticular question, though. The first story in Oddly Enough was titled "The Box", and with the same themesefound in another work, "Bear at the Gate." My question, after commenting on how much I enjoy both, is this: have you done moreof these "heavenly works", or is this to be a forever craving? Keep up the excellent work!

Monday, January 16, 2017 at 11:33:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, January 17, 2017:

Hi, Normaali -

Well, this is a message to lift a writer's heart! Thank you very much.

As to your question: "The Box" is one of my stories. "Bear at the Gate", however, was written by Jessica Amanda Salmonson.

"The Box" was, I think, a once-in-a-lifetime story for me. I have not written anything else with a "heavenly" aspect. Well, I did once try to write an entire novel set in heaven. It was a terrible idea, though: when everything is perfect, there's no story!

Thanks for being such a faithful reader . . . and for this message!


Name: Darby Burgett
Location: Hogwartz, USA

Okay, so as a young child I loved reading the Unicorn Chronicles. I was looking at my bookshelves the other day and decided to reread the series. (I love your work) Are there any more of your books you recommend for young adults? I am currently a YA writer (well, one in the making anyway). Are you going to write any more novellas or books for the Unicorn Chronicles? I know you must get thousands of messages every day, and go to tons of signings. How do you find time to write? Thanks. Bye.

Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 3:07:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, January 31, 2017:

Hi, Darby -

Hmmm. Depends on how you define "young adults." The Unicorn Chronicles actually was meant to be a middle grade series, though books three and four definitely crossed over into YA territory.

If you haven't read JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER I think you might enjoy it. GOBLINS IN THE CASTLE is a wacky fantasy. And maybe ALWAYS OCTOBER, for starters.

I am hoping to do more stories in the world of the Unicorn Chronicles. Scholastic put the books out of print, but we've got the rights back now and my agent is working on making them available once more. If they find a new audience I would love to write additional stories!

A great question about "how do you find time to write?" It's a constant struggle. It's more a matter of making time, TAKING time, than of finding it. And there are always other things that don't get done.

Best of luck with your own writing . . . may you find much success with it!

All best,


Name: Benjamin Fouché
Location: Huntsville, Alabama USA

I would like to begin by saying "The Monsters of Morley Manor" is my favorite book that you have written. My mother first read it to my brothers and I back in 2009 when we were quite younger. It was an interesting experience, because at the time we were living at my grandfather's house, which was old, creaky, and possessed a mildew scent - similar to Morley Manor. When she read the book to us, it felt as if we were actually there. Ironically enough, my grandfather's house is supposed to be demolished soon, which makes me sad, but reminds of what almost happened to Morley Manor in the book. I believe two years after that, I read it myself for the first time. And finally, the tail end of last year and the beginning of this year, I read the story again. I have to say, I noticed more than I remembered - probably because my mind was too simplistic to comprehend the depth of the story those several years ago. Before Morley Manor, when I was in third grade, I read your Magic Shop books. I also read "Moongobble and Me" when I was in the fourth grade. Your stories have actually inspired me to write - I have been writing since 2012. I really liked the name "Morley" in "The Monsters of Morley Manor". In fact, I stole the name "Morley" for the title of a story that I wrote last year. I know, pretty pathetic on my part, but rest assured, it has nothing to do with Morley Manor. I also would like to say that the descriptions in your stories are some of the most vivid ones I have come across throughout every kind of literature - despite not being lengthy. I have a question too, have Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allan Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft influenced you as a writer? They are some of my favorite authors (Something Wicked This Way Comes by Bradbury reminds me of a book you would write for an older audience). There is more I would like to say, but because of the minimal space of this comment box, I should probably stop. I appreciate any time you spend reading this, Benjamin---

Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 3:47:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, February 26, 2017:

Hi, Benjamin -

Thanks for this message, and apologies for not replying sooner. I just went to check out your website ... it is extremely cool!

It delights me that you are so fond of MORLEY MANOR, which is almost certainly the weirdest book I ever wrote. (When my mother finished reading it she looked at me and said, "Bruce, you are getting stranger and stranger." Which made me very happy.) The fact that you first heard the story in a house that felt like Morley Manor is pretty cool.

About reading . . . I loved Bradbury, Poe, and Lovecraft. I'm sure all three of them had some impact on my writing, but I would say that of that trio it was probably Bradbury who had the most profound impact.

All best,


Name: Lucas
Location: USA

My name is Lucas. I am a third grade student at Johnson Elementary in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. We are working on an author study project this year and I chose you because your books look fun to read. I also had to pick three of your books to read. I chose Aliens Ate My Homework, I left My Sneakers in Dimension X, and Aliens Stole My Body. So far I have completed Aliens Ate my Homework. I liked reading it and I really liked the ending when the Aliens gave Rob a small volcano after they destroyed his big one. What gave you the idea to write this book? Also, what does BKR stand for? I am reading I Left My Sneaker in Dimension X now and I think it is really good. Are you working on any new books now? Why did you become a writer and do you like it? Sincerely, Lucas

Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 10:00:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, January 13, 2017:

Hi, Lucas -

Thanks for this message. I'm delighted that you have chosen me for your Author Study, and particularly delighted that you are focusing on the Rod Allbright books. Rod is the only character I ever based totally and completely on myself, so I have a special fondness for that series.

The beginnings of the book are somewhat odd. I had had a great success with "My Teacher Is an Alien" and I wanted to do another alien story (I have always been fascinated by aliens) and the title "Aliens Ate My Goldfish" popped into my head. I thought it was kind of hilarious, and had the idea that the cover image would show some little aliens broiling a goldfish over a campfire on a kid's dresser.

Wow! What a terrible idea!

Then I had the idea of changing it to "Ate My Homework", playing off the famous kid phrase "the dog ate my homework." That seemed less interesting to me but when I tried it out on friends and kids in schools they thought it was WAY better than the "goldfish" idea.

Part of where the story came from is that when I was a kid my best friend Mike (he appears as "Mickey" in the book) and I used to make up stories about tiny imaginary aliens.

I am indeed working on a new book . . . which is, oddly enough, an old book. It is called - for now, at least - THE WINDLORD'S HORN, and it is a sweeping adventure story that I started writing over 40 years ago. I love the idea, and it will not let go of me. (In case you haven't figured it out, I am very stubborn about ideas!)

Why did I become a writer? The most simple answer is also the most true one: I loved - LOVED - books so much that I wanted to make my own.

Thanks for reading my stories.


Name: Bob sob
Location: USA

Hi my birthday is March 21 1846. I want to know you before i die

Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 9:25:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, January 12, 2017:

I hope you will achieve your goal.

Also, you win the prize for strangest message of the year so far...

Name: gianna
Location: sparta, new jersey USA

hi my name is gianna can you write a book about magic hot cocoa thanks gianna

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 10:50:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, January 12, 2017:

Hi, Gianna -

That is an interesting and funny idea. Right now I am working on a very long book, and will probably have to begin another one right after that. But I will keep this idea in mind. Thank you for suggesting it.


Name: Natasha
Location: Airdrie, Alberta Canada

I have always wondered if you have ever been to Canada, Alberta because I always wanted to meet one of my favorite authors. I was also wondering if you would ever consider writing a sequel to Jeremy thatcher dragon hatcher? If so why or why not? Thank you for your time, Natasha.

Thursday, January 05, 2017 at 9:29:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, January 06, 2017:

Hi, Natasha -

I visit Canada every summer, and I have also been to Toronto and Montreal for numerous conferences over the years. I have never been to western Canada, alas, though I would dearly love to.

As to JEREMY THATCHER, I have had one idea for a sequel, but it would be an adult book, which would be kind of weird. Mostly I think the story should stand on its own. I like writing sequels and series, but not all books need a follow up.

Thanks for checking in here!


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