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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: lexi saleh
Location: wentvzille, mo USA

hi Bruce Colville I read your books all the time at home. My favorite book is moster ring.

Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:02:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, February 18, 2016:

Hi, Lexi -

Thanks! I'm glad to be a steady part of your reading diet! And I'm especially glad to know you like "The Monster's Ring" since that is the book where I first found the magic shop, which is one of my favorite things to write about.

Name: Emma
Location: USA

Dear Mr. Coville, I realize it has been 5 years since I last posted on your guestbook. To be honest I forgot about the guest book in the swirl of high school and college classes that now surround me. But I remembered, as I was talking with a friend, of being that young 8th grader feeling ecstatic that their favorite author emailed them and that they read my work. Your books mean as much to me now as they did to me then. The escape from the world we know into a land of wonder and fantasy, into the land of Luster with the unicorns that call the place home. Windfoot, Finder, Belle, the Dimblethum, and Cara. They are characters that have lived with me through out the years, been there as fond memories and taught lessons of friendship and bravery. I just wanted to thank you for your amazing work and for responding to me all those years ago. ~ Thank you, Emma

Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 1:30:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, February 17, 2016:

Hi, Emma!

What a lovely surprise to hear from you. I do not blame you for peeling away for a while. That is part and parcel of the changes that come with moving through high school and into college. Your interests and passions change.

Given the above, the fact that you still remember your delight in Luster and its denizens gives me great joy. Thank you for holding them in your heart for all these years.


Name: Ava Weber
Location: Missouri, USA

Bruce Coville my cousin Hailey was on your website!

Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 6:13:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, February 12, 2016:

I hope she enjoyed it!

Name: Annabelle
Location: California USA

Dear Bruce, Thank you for your imagination. We’ve been reaping the benefits of it every night for several weeks now. My seven-year-old had me read one Moongobble book after the next. (It won’t be long before she can re-read them herself.) And we just finished Mad Brownie. She was left with one question about the latter (SUBTLE SPOILER ALERT FOR ANYONE WHO HASN’T YET READ/FINISHED IT. AVERT THOSE PEEPERS!): Does Ms. Kincaid become royalty due to her lineage and place of residence at the end of the book?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 9:38:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, February 12, 2016:

Hi, Annabelle -

What a lovely message! Thank you. My wife and I had so much fun creating the Moongobble books, and it's really good to know when a young reader such as your daughter finds such delight in them.


To be honest, I hadn't thought too deeply past the end of MAD BROWNIE, but yes, I do believe your daughter is correct in her speculation!

Name: Cat Darensboug (Arisia, Boskone, ReaderCon)
Location: Worcester, MA USA

Dear Bruce, (A semi-private letter to you): Thank you for writing quaility children's Literature, and not giving up. Have you thought of non-traditional ways to get "The Unicorn Chronicals" onto film, such as approach companies like Martin Hash's Animation Master -- which was doing the whole, full-length "Tin Woodsman of Oz" a while back? Or the special effects people at Blender, an open-source animation program, which are always on the search for projects like "Elephant's Dream"? Just a thought, since I don't know about all the rights and red-tape involved, but with so many fans waiting in hope, who knows? Thank you once again :^) -- Cat Darensbourg

Tuesday, February 02, 2016 at 1:41:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, February 03, 2016:

Hi, Cat -

Thanks for this.

Your list of alternate approaches is interesting and exciting. However I think any of these would require a time commitment from me that I would rather invest in writing new books.

I diverted my creative energies toward audiobook production with my company Full Cast Audio for nearly fifteen years, and though I did not stop writing during that period, I did slow down considerably. Now I am feeling some serious urgency to get back to doing new books.

All best,


Name: Amanda
Location: Warwick, Rhode Island USA

Hi Bruce. Are you enjoying the snow? Luckily, I didn't get as much as I had thought and it is pretty much melted now. Off topic sorry. Anyway, since you're done with The Unicorn Chronicles I was wondering if there are any plans for future unicorn stories? I know you did The Boy With Silver Eyes which I downloaded a while back but I mean an actual book, not a mini story (although I did enjoy the mini story too) Thanks. ~Amanda

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 5:14:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, January 28, 2016:

Hi, Amanda - Well, we didn't get hit with the big blizzard. That was coastal. The weather in Syracuse mostly comes from the west. Our big snowstorms are "lake effect" storms - moisture picked up when the weather fronts cross the Great Lakes. We can really get walloped with those. Fortunately, we're much better equipped to deal with them than the coastal cities. Syracuse actually has the world's biggest snowplow!

No plans for future unicorn books at this point. Scholastic let books 3 and 4 go out of print, which broke my heart, and I can't see them being interested in any new ones. Too bad, because I love Luster and have lots of stories I would still like to tell in that world!

Name: Oliver Cavalli
Location: New Briten, PA USA

Hi Mr. Coville I have a question for you today about your book "Jeremy Thatcher The Dragon Hatcher." If u had too Name your own Dragon, what would its name be?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 11:07:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, January 27, 2016:

One is wisest to offer many names, and let the dragon choose the one he or she prefers.

Name: Nate
Location: Chalfont, PA USA

What inspired you to write this book about dragons.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 11:04:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, January 27, 2016:

I love dragons! Actually, this started out to be a short story, but I got carried away.

Name: Kiatlyn
Location: USA

Were any of the characters based off of you? If so which character?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 10:48:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, January 27, 2016:

All of my characters have a little of me in them, but none of the characters are actually based on me. Jeremy's dad is probably the closest to who I am.

Name: Dana
Location: PA USA

I reading Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher. in reading we are in the middle of our fantasy unit. I have a few questions and if you have time maybe you could answer them. 1. How did you get the idea of Jeremy Thatcher dragon hatcher. 2.what got you into writing in the fantasy genre. 3.what gave you the idea of Mr. Elves magic shop. thank you for taking you time for maybe answering these questions Dana

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 10:38:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, January 27, 2016:

Hi, Dana -

Mr. Elives' shop is basically the magic shop I wanted to find when I was a kid. I never found it in real life, so instead I started to write about it.

I once brainstormed a list of things you could buy in the shop. A dragon's egg was one of them. So that was the beginning of the idea.

Name: Sean
Location: USA

I am reading your book Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher and I was thinking, how do you think up some of the characters in your books?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 10:35:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, January 27, 2016:

I pay close attention to the world and the people around me. I was a teacher for seven years (4th grade for four of them) and though none of the kids in this book are based on any of my students, I do use my memories of how kids act when I am writing. Also, I have a pretty good memory of my own childhood.

Name: Adam
Location: New Britain, USA

Hi Bruce, I am reading your book Jeremy Thatcher so far I really like this book! How did you come up with Jeremy Thatcher?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 10:34:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, January 27, 2016:

I usually start writing and as I work, the character begins to reveal himself or herself to me. I will know a few things in advance, but mostly I put them in situations and try to figure out how they will react.

Name: Hailey
Location: Chaulfont, Penselvania USA

Hi Bruce where any of the characters in the book based on you, if so who?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 10:32:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, January 27, 2016:

Not really. Jeremy's dad is the closest, but none of them are really based on me.

Name: Hailey
Location: Chaulfont, Penselvania USA

I love ur characters names and personality.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 10:30:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, January 27, 2016:

Thanks! I'm rather fond of them myself! ;>

Name: Mary Drake
Location: Livonia, NY USA

Dear Bruce, This message is for your wife, Katherine, whose book I just finished reading last night after having purchased it at the Rochester Book Festival. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It reminded me of a Bronte novel and I loved the fairy tale setting. It had suspense, romance, even politics! I loved that it also had a lot of good vocabulary which, as an aspiring writer myself, I appreciate. It was an awesome first novel and I think it's sweet that you were such a help to your wife.

Monday, January 04, 2016 at 12:12:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, January 04, 2016:

Hi, Mary -

Thanks for this lovely message. I immediately passed it on to Kathy - who is away staying with our daughter-in-law to help out with the recently born twins! I'm sure it will give her great delight!

Good luck with your own writing!

All best


Name: Christina
Location: USA

Hi Mr Coville, I love your books. I get some of your books on audible, I was lucky enough to find I was a sixth grade alien, but couldn't find any of the following books. Looking on amazon I only found the paperbacks, now don't get me wrong I love actual books but if I bought every book I want, I'd be swimming in them. Are you planning on releasing them on kindle. I'd love to know. Thanks Christina

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 9:19:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, January 04, 2016:

Hi, Christina -

Thanks for this message - really delighted that you like SIXTH GRADE ALIEN. There were 12 books in all, but only the first three were recorded. I have =cassette= versions of them, but they were never digitized. If you would like to have cassette editions I would be happy to provide them for only the cost of p&h.

I don't control releasing the books on Kindle, but the publisher, Simon & Schuster, =was supposed to do exactly that!= I'm annoyed that they haven't done so! Publishing. Grrrrr.

Anyway, I'm glad that you enjoy the stories.

All best


Name: Paige
Location: Seattle, WA USA

Dear Bruce Coville, My name is Paige, and I am 11 years old. I have read your magic shop books, your Unicorn Chronicles (except the short stories), The monsters of Morley manor,and my teacher is an alien. Those are the only ones I can find. I was wondering where you got inspiration for them. Please write back!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 8:43:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, December 26, 2015:

Hi, Paige -

Thanks for this lovely message! I've published over a hundred books, and you've managed to pick out some of my top favorites from among them!

As to inspiration, it comes from all kinds of places . . . everything you do, everything you see, everyone you meet can spark a story. The thing to remember is that there is rarely only one inspiration for a book. You need many, many elements to make it work.

For example, the basic inspiration for the Magic Shop books is that I always wanted to find a real magic shop when I was a kid. (I never did, so I wrote about it instead.) But in each of the five books, I need to find an inspiration or model or idea for the magical item, for the main character, for the character's most important problem. Many inspirations! The trick is to keep your eyes and ears open, and save things in your heart.

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season.


Name: Ryan
Location: Windsor, ON Canada

First of, I have to admit I hadn't heard of you until I was assigned one of your works in a Children's Literature university course. With that aside I want to say that reading the work 'Am I Blue?' not only made me laugh but also reduced me to tears. That entire story really hit home but nothing else I have read this year, outside of "How Smudge Came" by Nan Gregory and my father's obituary that I wrote, has caused this level of emotion within me. I'd just like to say thank you. Thank you for making a work that has had this kind of affect on me.

Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 9:34:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, December 13, 2015:

Hi, Ryan -

And my thanks to you for taking the time to let me know how deeply "Am I Blue" affected you! I can tell you that out of all my stories, this is the one I am probably most proud of, because I know - from your response and many others - that it has actually done good in the world.

My very best wishes to you and those you love for a wonderful holiday season.


Name: crystal
Location: placerville, califirnia USA

Hi mr. Coville, first off, my name is crystal and it is so nice to be able to reach out to you. I have drempt about this sense i was a child. I am a 23 year old and have read and collected all of the unicorn chronicals books and i love them so much. I do want to tell you that You are such an inspiring and passionate writer. I have been reading the posts about the situation with schoolastic and i am so infurriated! I have always said it would be such a great teen movie series. It could even be better than the movie the last unicorn. I would get together some documents and or potition and try to get someone to pick the story up, to perhaps transform it into a movie! I had a really hard childhood and these books were my escape and the reason i got into acting in theater. You have assisted me in life in more ways than you will ever know. If you got someone to pick the story up and make it a movie you could reach so many more teens and kids. you should not let them shut you down with this series. Its not nice nor fair to your potential growth and your loyal fans who are heart broken. I am personally ashamed that they acted that way when you have been such an amazing respectable, loyal, and profitable author for them for so long. Please know i urge you to fight for this series. It is a favorite of so many young women. Please dont let this series die out...

Friday, December 11, 2015 at 2:20:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, December 14, 2015:

Dear Crystal --

Thank you for this lovely and heartfelt message. Your love for the Unicorn Chronicles means a lot to me.

My agent and I are discussing ways to possibly address the situation with Scholastic. I hope we will be able to work something out.

Movies are a much different situation, though. Like you, I think the Unicorn Chronicles would make splendid films. I did not like the idea when the first book came out, as I didn't think a film could really capture the story. But as special effects have gotten better and better over the years, now I think it could be phenomenal. But someone in Hollywood would have to think the same thing in order for this to happen.

Thanks again for this wonderful message.


Name: TJ
Location: Albuquerque, USA

Hello! I have been searching for The Last Hunt for several months now (it was a childhood favorite, and when I learned that two more books had come out I was ecstatic!), but am having difficulty finding a copy. I was wondering if you knew why there's an influx of audio books (which I have nothing against, but personally would rather have a hard copy) or copies that are close to a hundred dollars?

Friday, December 11, 2015 at 9:08:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, December 11, 2015:

Hi, TJ -

Yep, I can answer both questions. The reason you can't find the book in a reasonably priced print edition is that Scholastic never even bothered to put it out in paperback. I remain furious and heartbroken by this. The reason you can get the audio versions is that I produced those myself, and we have kept them in print and they will remain available in download form.

I would do the same thing with the books, if I could.

Name: Malik
Location: Columbia Heights, mn USA

Dear Bruce, I love your Moongobble books. They are my favorite. I am your fan. Your books are funny. Please write me back. Please and thank you! Sincerely, Malik 3rd grader at Valley View Elementary

Friday, December 11, 2015 at 4:09:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, December 11, 2015:

Hi, Malik -

Thanks for this message. I'm glad you love the Moongobble books. I had SO much fun writing them!

If you have read all five of them, you might want to try "The Dragonslayers" next.

Whatever you read next, whether it is one of my books or by someone else, I hope you'll really enjoy it. I love reading!!


Name: Tova
Location: San Rafael, Califorian USA

Hey Bruce how are you doing I am fine how are your cats doing I have two dogs and there names are Syidney and Satchael and they are 7 and 8 how aold are your sweet cats. When are you coming out with a new book

Monday, December 07, 2015 at 4:13:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, December 07, 2015:

Hi, Tova -

We have three cats - Luna, Dolittle, and Esme. We also have (somewhat unexpectedly) a dog, a German Shepherd named Athena. She is usually a good dog, but was very naughty today.

I have a new book coming out in 2016. It will be called HATCHED, and it is about a griffin. I'm not sure yet what month it will be coming out in.

Thanks for writing!


Name: Cara Lovell
Location: Kingsport, TN USA

Mr. Coville, I am writing to you to tell you that when I was 8 I discovered the first story of Cara and the unicorns at a school book fair. As you can imagine, I was ecstatic to find a book where the main character had my name! Cara isn't the most usual name. I was enthralled and read the first book again and again. I could never find the second book and eventually, with life's usual course of events, gave up looking. Recently, at 30 years old, I stumbled upon the series on amazon. I bought the next two installments and continued the amazing story of the girl who shared my name. I am awaiting delivery of the 4th and last book, and I imagine I will become quite emotional when the tale of Cara is complete. You're a fantastic author and I look forward to reading your books to my son, starting with Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. Thank you for your work. It has given me wonderful memories.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 2:54:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, November 25, 2015:

Hi, Cara -

Oh, many thanks for this lovely message!

The reason the main character is named Cara is that I based her, in part, on my daughter, who is also named Cara. I had been struggling with the book, couldn't get a handle on the main character. Finally I decided to drop the character I had been trying to develop and just put Cara in her place, asking myself how my daughter would respond to the various things that happened. Suddenly the book began to flow!

I'll be very interested to know what you think of the fourth volume. I nearly broke my brain trying to write it!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

All best,

Bruce Coville

Name: Bobby
Location: USA

Hey BC I was a ninja for Halloween and I loved the custom it was a red and black ninja and it looked so cool and your friend Bobby

Friday, November 20, 2015 at 11:03:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, November 21, 2015:

Hi Bobby - Oh, sounds like it was a VERY cool costume! Glad you had fun.


Name: Isabella
Location: Syracuse, New York USA

Dear Mr.Coville, I just read your short story "Old Glory" and I really enjoyed it! While writing the story, did you use our current government system as an inspiration, and is this related to the CIA or FBI? Thank You!

Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 10:48:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, November 23, 2015:

Hi, Isabella . . . and EVERYONE -

As I have been slammed with over a hundred messages about "Old Glory" I have to give up on answering them all personally. I just can't handle it.

So this is one answer to everyone.

First and foremost, I'm delighted that you all loved the story so much. It is one that I am very proud of.

Oddly, it is an unusual story for me in that it is the only time I can remember that I wrote something out of sheer rage.

Let me explain: Jane Yolen had invited me to write a short story for a futuristic anthology she was editing. As I was casting about for an idea, President George Bush (the father, not the son) was angling for some short term political gain by pushing a constitutional amendment against flag-burning.

I am a first amendment (free speech) absolutist. One of the seeds for a science fiction story is the question "If this goes on" . . . and so I thought, "What happens if this goes on . . . what if we make the flag such a sacred object, and subdue free speech so much that it is worth someone's life to speak his mind . . . what kind of world would that be?"

And from that question came the story.


Name: Sabina
Location: Syracuse, New York USA

Dear author of the wonderful short story "Old Glory", in my eighth grade ELA class, we are learning how to write short stories and I can't think of any ideas because I think that every story has been written down and there aren't any more to be written. People in my class are writing stories based on others that they've read and they're all similar. I want to write something entirely different something people will learn a lesson out of. But again, I can't think of any idea. How do you come up with all these great stories like the one we read today, "Old Glory", and how did you realize that you had the talent to write???

Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 10:05:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, November 23, 2015:

Hi, Sabrina -

Oh, there are always more stories to write. For a story like "Old Glory" think about what irritates you in the current news. Right now I could probably write a story about how dreadfully we are responding to the crisis of the Syrian refugees.

Watch the news. See what disturbs you. Then use that as a springboard for your stories!


Name: Wynnie
Location: Jamesville, NY USA

Hi Mr. Coville! I haven't seen you in 4 years, since I met you when you came to Tecumseh Elementary to watch the 4th grade production of "The Dragonslayers" (I played Grizelda if you remember it was so long ago) I have always loved your literature and I have always loved The Dragonslayers. We recently read "Old Glory" in 8th grade ELA. I did happen to have a few questions, like where did you get the inspiration for this story, and why did you choose the names? Thanks and hope you have a nice year!

Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 9:57:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, November 23, 2015:

Hi, Wynnie -

Nice to hear from you. I hope you'll see the general answer to questions about "Old Glory" that I posted. I got totally slammed with questions about that tale!

My best wishes for a lovely holiday season!


Name: Jack
Location: USA

Why did you mention Uncle Sam, if all "he" did was stamp barrels of food with U.S. and they nicknamed that Uncle Sam?

Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7:57:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, November 19, 2015:

Jack - You're confusing the possible origin of "Uncle Sam" with the mythic status the character has achieved in American culture. What "he" did is far less important than how Americans now view the character.


Name: Whitewolf
Location: Dewitt, NY USA

Hello Bruce Coville's, my name is Whitewolf, yes my name is actually that. Except that's not why i'm contacting you, the reason is because in my English class we just read the Science Fiction short story the "Old Glory." To my opinion, this was really interesting and neat to learn/ know about. If you wrote a whole book on this, i would read it and give it a gold metal, i mean after i've read it this much , i mine as well read a whole book about it. Anyways i really like your short story, it was really interesting to know about i really hope you're doing well to this day. :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 10:50:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 24, 2015:

Hey, Whitewolf -

Glad you enjoyed the story. I do sometimes expand short stories into full novels, but I'm not sure that would work for this one. It's short and packs a punch partly because it gets to the climax so quickly.

Hope you are having a good week.


Name: John Jenkins
Location: Bentonville, AR USA

Hello Mr. Coville, I am doing a project in my English about how to write a novel. It would be amazing if I could get feedback from you about how you write a book, and your writing process. Thanks- John Jenkins

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 5:57:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 24, 2015:

Hi, John -

Oh, goodness - people write whole big books on how to write novels. It's not something I can tell you about in a couple of paragraphs!

I can, however, recommend a really terrific book for you. It's called SPILLING INK and it's by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter. It's the best book for young writers that I know of, chock full of great and useful information!

Good luck with your project!


Name: James Foldy
Location: Alpharetta, Georgia USA

It's been a good five years since I last posted a message here. Has it really been so long? (bet you don't remember what I posted :P) I just re-read through all four books of the Unicorn Chronicles, and am very saddened to hear what became of the Last Hunt's publication. I'm also sad to hear we may never see more of Luster. As such the last book left questions I wish you could answer, but I understand if you can't. 1- "There are still seven in Luster. We don't talk about him." I'm never going to learn about that am I? 2- M'Gama and Namza. Er... they going to be okay? 3- Please tell me Medafil survived. The book kinda just stops talking about him. 4-What do you think Beloved would have said if she ever met Princess Twilight Sparkle from My little pony? XD You can ignore that last one if you wish. Thank you ever so much for the books. We may not get more Luster books, but I'll be on the look out for anything Unicorn from you!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 1:07:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, James -

Nice to hear from you - and lovely to think of you having read straight through the Unicorn Chronicles quartet again.

I have so many more stories I wanted to tell about the unicorns! Scholastic's fumbling of the 4th book kind of broke my heart.

Of your questions, the only one I can answer with certainty is that, yes, Medafil did survive. You are not the first to ask, so clearly I should have put in a bit more about him at the end. The others are things that I would work out in the process of writing the next story, should that ever come to pass.

It does truly delight me to hear from someone who has read and enjoyed the entire quartet. Many thanks for writing to me.


Name: sam
Location: On Canada

Dear Bruce if you had a chance to make a 3rd book what would you call it? what grade did you teach? my favourite character is Igor. I made a picture of Herky I will send that in fan mail. my favourite book out of goblins in the castle or goblins on the prowl would be goblins in the castle.

Monday, November 16, 2015 at 4:02:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, Sam -

Oh, heck . . . it took me 23 years to come up with the first sequel. You can't expect me to name a third book THIS soon! ;>

I started teaching at second grade, then moved to fourth grade, where I felt totally at home.

Look forward to seeing your picture of Herky!


Name: Meghan
Location: Courtice, Ontairo Canada

Dear Bruce Coville, Hello! My name is Meghan and I am in grade 5. My class just finished reading your book Goblins In The Castle and I/we all loved it! I wanted to ask you a few questions and give you a few comments for your awesome book. When you were writing Goblins In The Castle did you ever think that it would be published? How did you create the characters of the book? Could you relate yourself to anyone in the book? Those are the only questions I have so I'm now going to give you the comments. My favourite character was Herky because he had a good sense of humor, was very energetic, and he was honest. I also want to thank you for being an AMAZING author with a lot of imagination! I am looking forward to read the sequel for Goblins. Also I just wanted to say I love your description! Once again thank you for being the writer that you are, Sincerely, Meghan

Monday, November 16, 2015 at 10:47:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, Meghan -

Glad you loved GOBLINS! When I was writing it, I did think it would be published. Or, to be more precise, I HOPED it would be published. I wrote the first version in 1977, but it was almost 15 years later that I took it out of the file where it was stored, revised it, and found the right publisher.

When I taught 4th grade, I told me kids that Igor lived in the cellars under my house, and was only allowed out on his birthday, Halloween. So it was easy for me to relate to Igor.

Thanks for your lovely message,


Name: Wyatt m
Location: Courtice, Ontario Canada

Hey Bruce coville I noticed you replied to my message and I am very happy to ask were can I get goblins on the prowl, can I get it of this website? And also what do you think about doing a book 3 after GOBLINS ON THE PROWL maybe GOBLINS ON THE PEAK it could be about fauna, igor , and William go to the peak of toadinacage Castle and find the orb that keeps there town protected against any evil creatures and some goblins come and one bumps it and it falls and a big huge shield blows up and millions of mean older goblins come and attack. Sincerly , WYATT M

Monday, November 16, 2015 at 3:43:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 24, 2015:

Hi, Wyatt -

Yep, you can buy GOBLINS ON THE PROWL directly from us. It's a little tricky, though, because the website is not set up for shipping to Canada. So the best thing for you to do is write to and my bookkeeper can figure out the postage and you can work out how to get the book. I will, of course, be happy to autograph it ffor you.

I don't know if I'll write a third book or not. I like your title idea though!

All best,


Name: Olivia Merrell
Location: Wentzville, USA

Hi,Bruce Coville I love your book Jeremy Thacther,Dragon Hacther and I am on chapter nine I love your cliff hangers it makes my class go ahhhhh and my teacher you might now her Mrs.Allen and she said that at are school it is her favorite book I love to read aspshelly your books Sinserly, Olivia Merrell

Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 5:47:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, Olivia -

I'm glad you're enjoying JEREMY THATCHER! I love writing those cliffhanger endings. Sometimes they come naturally, other times I have to work to find the exact right way to end a chapter.

Please tell your teacher that I said hello, and give her my thanks for sharing my book with you all!


Name: Liz H.
Location: Jacksonville, IL USA

I LOVED the Unicorn Chronicles when I was a kid, and even finished reading the last 2 when they come out (in my 20s)! I would love to have your signature in my books, but you're never nearby. Would you be willing to send signed bookplates via SASE? I could even design and print them for you!!! Please consider it :) But I know you're busy. Thanks!

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 12:12:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi, Liz -

I would be more than happy to sign bookplates via SASE. You can send them to the PO Box listed under the CONTACT button on the website.

Glad to know you were able to get and read the last two books in the series!


Name: Bobby
Location: USA

Hey Bruce what where you on Halloween I know I all ready ask you this but what were you on Halloween your friend Bobby

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 11:18:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi, Bobby -

I was kind of a monsterish guy. I have a full head skull mask with horns, and I wear that with a long black cape that makes for a simple but wonderfully creepy costume!

Hope you had a good Halloween. What were you?


Name: Preston
Location: Courtice, ON Canada

Dear Mr.Coville Our teacher read us your book called Goblins in the Castle. We would like to know will you be making a second book. Also, about Igor the guy in your book, what do you mean about him being your half mad twin brother? Please write back thank you.

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 10:07:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi, Preston -

I DID write a second book . . . a mere 23 years after the first! It's called GOBLINS ON THE PROWL, and it came out last June.

There are things about Igor that I am not allowed to explain.


Name: logan
Location: Courtice, ON canada

Dear Bruce Colville I want to know if you are going to make a another book of Goblins in the Castle. I love your books and I love Herky and the way he talks. Why is Ishmael in the book? what was he doing and what is his purpose? Granny Pinchbottom is amazing.

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 10:05:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi, Logan -

The second book came out this summer. It's called GOBLINS ON THE PROWL. This time Fauna tells the story! No Ishmael, but more about Granny Pinchbottom.


Name: Abby
Location: Courtice, Ontario Canada

Dear Bruce Coville, May I call you Bruce? Anyway,my name is Abby and I LOVE your books I think the are AMAZING, specifically "Goblins in the Castle." I would like to ask you a few questions. My first one is, how did you get the inspiration for Fauna? is there someone you new that inspired you? I love you and your and your books so much you have inspired me to write more and believe I can do anything Sincerely, Abby

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 10:04:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi, Abby -

You may call me Bruce. Just don't call me late for supper! (old joke)

I am glad to know that my books have inspired you to write. You go, girl!!


Name: owen
Location: courtice, ontario canada


Friday, November 13, 2015 at 10:04:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi, Owen -

Glad you loved GOBLINS. (Now turn off the CAPS LOCK! LOL)

I did do a second book - it came out this summer, so it is too late to put in your name. Sorry about that.


Name: Chloe
Location: Courtice, On Canada

Dear Mr. Coville, I have a couple questions for you! How did you come up with the plot of the story for Goblins in the Castle? Also, my favorite part is when Willam and Igor meet because they were maent to be friends! from:Chloe

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 10:03:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi, Chloe -

Oh, it took me YEARS to come up with the plot for GOBLINS. I wrote the first draft of the book in 1977. Then, because it didn't work, I put it away for a long time. It wasn't until 1991 that I finally pulled it out again and figured out how to make it work!


Name: Sam
Location: Courtice, On Canada

Dear Bruce, How old was Igor when you met him? My favorite part of the book is when William first met him can you please make a third sequel. where William and his family get back together and his parents meat Igor and they fight the goblins.

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 10:02:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi, Sam -

There are many secrets about Igor (he really is mysterious!) so there is not much I can tell you about him.

You are the first person to ask me about a third book. I have been thinking about that . . . but since there were 23 years (!) between the first book and the second, I am not sure I will live long enough to write third one! ;>


Name: Meg
Location: Courtice, ON Canada

Dear Bruce Coville, My name is Meg and I am in grade 6. My teacher read your book, "Goblins in the Castle", to us and I really enjoyed it. There are rarely books that I really get hooked on but this one book that you wrote was really, really, really good. I really liked this book because it was very interesting. I also liked all of the characters because they all had their own personality such as William, Igor, Herky, Fauna, and many more! I would like to know if you will be writing any more of the "Goblins in the Castle" books? I would like to tell you that this year my class is going to try and only read books by you. Finally, we really enjoy reading your books and hope you write many more. From, Meg

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 10:01:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi, Meg -

I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed GOBLINS so much. I have written more than a hundred books, but this is probably the one that is most like what I thought I would be writing when I started out.

Though it was meant to be a "stand-alone" book, I recently returned to the world of Nilbog with GOBLINS ON THE PROWL. But to keep things interesting, I switched narrators. This time the story is told by Fauna, and we learn some startling things about her!

Keep reading!


Name: E.T
Location: USA

Hi!!!!!😋 I read your short story Old Glory. I just wanted to tell you how good it was. I loved the irony of the uniforms of the Uncles. And how a phase that meant Save Our Souls, now it means Shoot on Sight. You have a very good sense of irony and I loved all of the hidden meaning. Now to the questions! How did you come up with the idea for this? It's a very unique thing, where in the future no one has freedom. Why did you set in the near future? What other book have you written like this one? How long and how many drafts does it take to write a short story? I know that each paragraph and every word I'd very important because there is not much room to write anything not important. Thanks E.T

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 10:01:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi, E.T. -

Thanks for this insightful response to "Old Glory." You clearly understood the story very well.

How did I come up with the idea? I usually write from a happy place. This is the only story I can remember writing from pure rage, when the first President Bush was pushing for a constitutional amendment to ban flag burning - which, to my mind, was trashing the First Amendment for some short term political gain.

I can't remember how many drafts I did for this, as it was quite a long time ago. I've never done less than three drafts, and usually it is many more than that. My most recent book had about 15 drafts.


Name: Joey
Location: Courtice, ON Canada

So what's up? I love your book called "Goblins In The Castle." Pretty much all of it was funny and I also could visualize the pictures and words in my head as my teacher read us the book. Good job getting popular!

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 10:00:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi, Joey -

Glad you loved GOBLINS. I've written over a hundred books, and this remains one of my personal favorites, so it delights me to know it worked for you. I love writing about Igor!


Name: Connor Ball
Location: USA

Dear Bruce In your SCIFI short story Old Glory why did you include the part when Gran-Da was high up and waving the flag it seemed real almost too real. I was wondering if you had a personal connection to someone dying for what they believe in perhaps a relative in the war.

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:56:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi, Connor -

I will take "it seemed real almost too real" as a compliment. Part of what this story is about is what a man might do to stand up for what he believes.

No personal connection to someone who has done this, but I read history and there are many who have died for waht they believe in.


Name: Alex Y
Location: Syracuse, NY USA

Hi! In my ELA class we read your short story Old Glory, and I was wondering why you wrote it. We talked about the sci-if warnings, and what made it a science fiction short story, but I still wonder, What made you want to write Old Glory and why would we not be able to have freedom of speech? Also why would we be S.O.S.ed of we did so?

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:54:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi, Alex -

The short answer to why I wrote "Old Glory" is that I was requested to write a story for an anthology called 2041 - a collection of short stories set in the future.

The longer answer is that I was furious about people trying to ban flag-burning, which was a direct assault on the First Amendment to the Constitution (Free Speech!) I wrote this story as a kind of protest.

It is not that I am in favor of flag-burning. It is that I am deeply opposed to laws that restrict any form of free expression!


Name: Jack
Location: Courtice, Ontario Canada

Dear Bruce Coville, Hello, my name is Jack. so... are class just finished Goblins in the castle it was so fun to read and it is all because of your amazing writing skills. I have a couple of questions about the book and about you. first where did you get the idea to write Goblins in the Castle? Also who is your favorite character? mine is Herky! I made a Coloring of Herky that I am going to send you. My biggest question is are you going to make a sequel to Goblins in the Castle and if you do please tell me about it I would love to know! one more Question what is your favorite book that you have written? -Your Fan Jack

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:51:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi, Jack -

So glad to know that you enjoyed GOBLINS so much.

You asked about Herky. He was not part of my original plan for the book. But I got to a point where I needed an exciting chapter ending, and Herky came bounding into the story. Once he was there, he became so much fun to write about!

As to a sequel - though it was many years in coming, just this year I published GOBLINS ON THE PROWL. Herky is in it, and Igor of course. All the old gang is here. The big difference is that this time Fauna tells the story. And lets us in on her secret, which is a corker!


Name: Junaid
Location: Courtice, ON Canada

Dear Mr. Bruce Coville I am a big fan of your work, my favourite book that you wrote is Goblins In the Castle. I love the way you described the characters in your book like Igor, William, Fauna and Granny Pinchbottom, every character and book you wrote inspires me to do better in my writing. But there is one question I want to ask you. What I want to know is what inspired you to write Goblins in The Castle and Always October and if your reading this can you please tell me what inspires you.

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:49:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi, Junaid -

Oh, it makes me so happy that in addition to GOBLINS you know ALWAYS OCTOBER. I love that book, but unlike GOBLINS it has not yet found its audience. Since I think it is one of the best things I have ever written, that makes me a little sad.

What inspired me to write GOBLINS IN THE CASTLE was all the fun I had when I was a teacher with Igor coming to my room every Halloween. The whole school looked forward to his visits. I knew I had to write about him, but when I tried to do that I soon discovered that it just didn't work to have him in modern times. I needed to go back in time and have him living in a castle.

What inspires me? A desire to create books as wonderful as the ones that I loved when I was a kid myself. I'm always trying to live up to those models!


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