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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: Hunter
Location: Courtice, ON Canada

Dear Mr. Coville Where do you get your inspiration? In school we read Goblins in the Castle it was by far the best book EVER!!! Can you pleeaassee make a sequel pleeaassee. If you do, can William’s parents come back and stay at the castle with him and William tries to introduce Igor to them then Igor bops them on the head with his bear?

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:46:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi, Hunter -

I HAVE made a sequel! It's called GOBLINS ON THE PROWL, and in this book we learn the secret behind the stone toad that is in the cage in William's castle. But (surprise!) this time Fauna tells the story - and we learn her secret as well.

Inspiration? Readers like you! I love making kids happy with my stories!

BC


Name: Joshua
Location: Courtice, On Canada

Dear Bruce. My favourite book of yours is Goblins in the Castle. My favorite part is when Igor goes BOP, bop, bop, at the end of the book. I also like when Herky jumps on William. I would like to read more of your books. I also have 2 questions 1: are you going to make a sequel to goblins in the castle? if so when? Question number 2: how long does it take you to make a book? -Josh

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:45:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi, Joshua -

I have already made a sequel - though it took me more than twenty years to get around to it. It's called GOBLINS ON THE PROWL.

As to your second question: There is no real answer to how long it takes to make a book. Every book has its own time and rhythm. I wrote the first version of GOBLINS in 1977 - but it didn't work and I put it aside for a long time. I finally figured out how to make it work 14 years later!

BC


Name: Riley
Location: courtice, on canada

Dear Mrs.Coville I have read your amazing book " goblins in the castle" it's very funny. I love the characters ,Willam and Herky also Igor. My favourite part is when Igor got to live up stairs.I have a question will you make another one.

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:42:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi, Riley -

Glad you liked GOBLINS . . . out of all my books, it's one of my own personal faves. As to your question - I have already made another one. It's called GOBLINS ON THE PROWL. Hope you'll enjoy it when you have a chance!

BC


Name: Lauren
Location: Courtice, ON Canada

Dear Bruce Coville, My teacher read us your book "Goblins in the Castle." We really enjoyed it so I was wondering if you were making a sequel. Happy reading and writing!

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:41:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi, Lauren -

I love - LOVE - knowing when teachers read my books out loud. And GOBLINS was definitely written to be read aloud.

This year I (finally!) published a sequel. It's called GOBLINS ON THE PROWL.

It was really hard to write, but I think it's a hoot!

BC


Name: Wyatt M
Location: courtice, ontario Canada

Dear, BRUCE COVILLE, Hi, I read your book Goblins In The Castle, and I loved it soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much! I loved it so much because of the detail you put into It I could picture myself in Williams body and I also made a picture of Herky in fan art I will send that to you too. I could see what he saw, smell what he smelt, and feel what he felt it was so, awesome!!:0 my favorite character is Herky and Igor and William. and also are you going to make a sequel if so send me a private message to me about it. Sincerely, Wyatt M

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:39:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, November 14, 2015:

Hi, Wyatt -

Wow, thanks for this great message.

When I teach writing I talk about "engaging the senses" so when you say "I could see what he saw, smell what he smelt, and feel what he felt" I feel that I lived up to my own lessons. So thank you for that!

It took me 23 years to do a sequel, but it's out now. The title is GOBLINS ON THE PROWL and Fauna tells the story (and reveals her own big secret.)

BC


Name: Zoey
Location: Courtice, ON Canada

Dear Bruce Coville, I really enjoyed "Goblins In The Castle" because it was really, really, really, really, really AMAZING and AWESOME! You are the best writer ever! I would love to be in a book or have one dedicated to me. Oh one more thing who inspired Fauna?

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:38:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, November 14, 2015:

Hi, Zoey -

So glad that you loved GOBLINS. Of all my 100 books, it is the one most like what I thought I would be writing when I started.

Your question about "Who inspired Fauna" is a great one, but I'm not sure I have an answer. I know why I wanted a girl at that spot, but I did not expect her to be quite so cranky! I did love writing her - and she is the one who gets to tell the story in the sequel!

BC


Name: Bella
Location: Courtice, ON Canada

I love Goblins in the Castle because when Fauna, William and Herkey went in the forest and Granny Pinchbottom gave William the amulet, food, and invisibility cloak. If you can make a sequel I would love that because everyone loves your book.

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:34:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, November 14, 2015:

Hi, Bella -

I DID make a sequel. And it only took me 23 years (yike!). It's called GOBLINS ON THE PROWL and this time Fauna tells the story . . . and reveals her Big Secret in the process.

BC


Name: Hannah
Location: Courtice, ON Canada

Dear,Mr. Bruce Colville, I LOVE your book 'Goblins In The Castle'. Bruce have you ever walked or stood in misty rain if you have that's what your book was like each drop was a drop of happy , funny , tension , and amusement.My favorite part in the book was when William stands on the goblins table and says 'IGOR IS MY FREIND!'.i have a question what was your inspiration for the book besides Igor? Bye, Hannah!

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:33:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, November 14, 2015:

Hi, Hannah -

Wow! I soooo loved this message. Your simile about the book like being in a misty rain and what all the droplets were like went straight to my heart. I think it is one of the best compliments I have ever received.

My inspiration for the book (besides Igor) would have to be all the great fantasy adventures that I had read in all the years before I wrote it. I am always trying to write a book I would have wanted to read myself.

Thanks for this lovely message,

BC


Name: Erika
Location: Courtice, Ontario Canada

Dear Bruce Coville, I love your book "Goblins in the Castle!" My favourite part of Goblins in the Castle is when Igor hit William on the head with his bear for the first time. It was so funny. Also Herky is my favorite character, he is HILARIOUS!!! How did you come up with the character Herky? Thanks for reading my letter! From, Erika

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:29:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, November 14, 2015:

Hi, Erika -

Thanks for this message. Glad you loved the book.

As to Herky - the truth is, he was a desperation measure. I needed a "cliffhanger" chapter ending, so I had =something= jump out of the bushes and grab William. I didn't know, when I wrote that, how funny and lively Herky would turn out to be!

BC


Name: Eilidh
Location: Courtice, Ontario Canada

Dear Mr. Coville, I love your book Goblins in the Castle. My favourite part is when William meets Igor. I like this part because Igor is such a funny and interesting character. I just wanted to ask, where did you get the inspiration for your characters? Thanks for reading. From, Eilidh

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:27:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, November 14, 2015:

Hi, Eilidh -

I am so happy that you loved the book. As I wrote in the Author's Note, IGOR had been a large and strange part of my life from well before I started the story. Because IGOR is so strange, we try not to talk about where he came from.

The other characters came, I think, from a lifetime of reading fantasy novels. The Baron, Hulda, and Karl are my versions of kind of standard characters in other books that I had loved.

BC


Name: Sydney
Location: Jamesville, New York USA

Hi Bruce!, I really enjoyed your science fiction short story, Old Glory! It was a great story and made me wonder many things, like will that stuff really happen in the future. I'm planing to read more of you stories and get to know you better.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 10:50:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, Sydney -

Really glad to know you enjoyed "Old Glory" - it's a story I'm particularly proud of. I hope you'll enjoy the next stories you read, too!

BC


Name: Matthew
Location: USA

I read your great science fiction book "OLd GLory" and I thought it was fantastic! However, do think this type of thing will actually happen in the future?

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 10:47:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, Matthew -

Glad you liked "Old Glory" Do I think this kind of thing will happen in the future? Well, I think it's possible. One of the purposes of science fiction is to get people thinking about this kind of thing, and warn them against it!

BC


Name: Kelli
Location: USA

I really enjoyed reading your science fiction story, Old Glory!

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 10:47:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, Kelli -

Glad you liked it. That one came straight from the heart!

BC


Name: Riri
Location: NY, NY USA

what has been your all time favorite book you have written so far and how did you get inspired to write it?

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 10:47:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Riri! That's like asking which of my children I love the most! ;>

The book that is my favorite (I won't name it) came about because my wife - who illustrates many of my books - asked me to write it. I am not dumb . . . when my wife asks me to write a story, I do so! ;>

BC


Name: Sandra
Location: USA

What made you shoes the year 2041 and the theme of the book. Love the way you wrote it by the way (Old Glory)

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 10:47:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi Sandra -

Glad you liked "Old Glory"

As to why I chose 2041 - I was asked to write a story for a book with that name!

BC


Name: Gavin
Location: USA

I read your short story "Old Glory" and it was very detailed and awesome

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 10:40:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Thanks, Gavin - really glad to know you like the story. I ripped that one right out of an angry place in my heart!


Name: Kristina
Location: Ny USA

Hey Bruce!! How long does it take you to write a short story?

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 10:38:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 13, 2015:

Hi, Kristina -

If you asked "How long does it take to make a birdhouse" I could answer you, if I was using the same pattern over and over. But stories are not like that. Every story has its own time and rhythm. Once I started a story in 1978 (wrote the first page) and finished it more than 20 years later! Other stories I have written in a single day.

Every story is different, every story has its own story!

BC


Name: Kristina
Location: Ny USA

Hey Bruce!! How long does it take you to write a short story?

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 10:37:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, November 15, 2015:

Hi, Kristina -

Well, I once wrote a short story in about an hour and it's one of my best. On the other hand, one story (another really good one, I think) took about fifteen years between the time I wrote the first page and the time I wrote the end!

BC


Name: Eli
Location: USA

Hey Bruce, read your short story "Old Glory" and was wondering why use laser rifles instead of normal guns?

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 10:37:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, November 15, 2015:

Hi, Eli -

I had the SOS guys use laser rifles because the story is set in the future, and it is very likely that rifle technology will have changed radically by that time.

BC


Name: George
Location: USA

Hello Bruce, My name is George. I read your short story Old Glory. I bet you've received a lot of reviews today and I think you'd enjoy mine. If this was a book I'd read it twice. I'll look for more books by you because I greatly enjoy sci fi. Also, I performed in dragonslayers a very nice play. Sincerely George

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 10:37:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, George -

Glad you liked the story. It's one I'm particularly proud of. Hope you had fun when you were in "The Dragonslayers"!!

BC


Name: Julia
Location: New York USA

Dear Bruce Coville, I was wondering what the S.O.S stands for?

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 10:36:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, Julia -

SOS used to stand for "Save Our Ship" In this story it means "Shoot On Sight"

It is a not-happy vision of what might happen in our future if free speech gives way to political repression.

BC


Name: Bryan Fennell
Location: Syracuse, New York USA

Hello Bruce, my name is Bryan. I really enjoyed your short story "Old Glory" and hoped it were an actual book! I also did the play dragonslayers in fourth grade, but I really want to know is why you killed gran-da

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 10:32:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, Bryan -Glad you enjoyed "Old Glory" It does appear in a couple of books: the anthology 2041, edited by Jane Yolen, and also my own collection of short stories, ODDS ARE GOOD. (That collection has 18 stories by me in all.)

As to Gran-da . . . well, first off, I didn't kill him, the SOS guys did! ;>

But his willingness to die for his right to speak his mind, and the fact that in the society that exists in the story you could be killed for doing just that, was the whole point of the story.

BC


Name: Jason
Location: USA

I really enjoyed the short story, "Old Glory". I liked the future setting and how crazy grandpa was. How did you come up with such and interesting story Mr. Coville?

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 10:26:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, Jason

The idea for this story came from pure rage when I saw our government working to push away the idea of freedom of speech. This was about 20 years ago, and it still makes me angry! I believe in our Bill of Rights!

BC


Name: Sophie
Location: USA

Dear Mr. Coville I find your story extremely interesting. It was one of thoses kind of things where you can't stop reading until it stops but I have a couple of questions. What is a holo? Is it a holographic form of TV? And does the SOS try to eliminate all freedom of speech?

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 8:11:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, Sophie -

You've got it right . . . the "holo" is 3-D kind of television that plays in your living room floor as if the whole scene was happening there in real life.

The SOS is not out to eliminate all forms of freedom of speech - only the speech they disagree with. Which, of course, means no freedom at all.

BC


Name: Jean-Pierre
Location: Montréal, Québec USA

Where did you get your ideas from for the short story "Old Glory"?

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 8:08:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, Jean-Pierre -

I wrote this story in a fit of anger when the first Bush president was trying to cut away at freedom of speech in America in order for some short-term political gain.

I thought it was unconscionable, and wrote "Old Glory" as a kind of push-back.

BC


Name: Tristan
Location: USA

I like reading your books. I think you are a good author and I have always enjoyed your books. I really like your writing style and have read your books since i was a kid.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 8:07:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, Tristan -

Thanks for the kind words!

BC


Name: Mufasa 🦁
Location: Syracuse, NY USA

Hi, I read "Old Glory" with my class and I liked your way of writing and I would read more for sure. Thank you

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 8:07:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, Mufasa -

Glad you liked the story!

BC


Name: Margo
Location: Syracuse, Ny USA

Hi! My question for you is, do you believe all the things that you wrote about in your short story "Old Glory" will come true in the future? Thanks so much!!

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 8:05:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, Margo -

This is a good question.

I do not necessarily think that the things I wrote about in "Old Glory" WILL come true, but I do think they MIGHT come true. This is the reason for writing this kind of story. It is a kind of warning bell. It is a way of saying, "Watch out! This is what could happen if you don't guard your freedoms!"

All best,

BC


Name: Harmini
Location: USA

Hi mr.covillle my class recently read old glory and I have some questions because the short story old glory is about the freedom of speech being took away and I have read some of your other books that have a different genre why did you write old glory in science fiction.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7:57:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, Harmini -

There is a very simple reason why I wrote "Old Glory" as science fiction - I was invited to write a short story for a science fiction anthology, and this was the idea that I came up with!

In other words, the reason I got the idea was that I was thinking about what life might be like in the not too distant future . . . and thinking about trends that I see in our own time that I find disturbing.

BC


Name: Alethea
Location: USA

Hi Bruce Coville! I just read "Old Glory" in my ELA class, and I was wondering if as a writer, you wondered if you would have written Donald as not deciding to call the Uncle and siding with his Grand-Da. Did you ever feel inclined to have an ending where Donald felt more than "a little sad" at killing his great grandfather? Or is this there to show that in this generation, killing a family member if they are breaking the government's laws is more important than siding with them when they are wrong. Thanks, Alethea

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7:57:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, Alethea -

That's a good question, but the answer is nope. I never thought of ending the story any other way. I wanted to show how brain-washed Donald had become because of the way kids were being taught, what the values of this culture were.

One reason to write science fiction is to pursue the thought "If this goes on . . . " I was thinking about censorship, and did an "If this goes on" story to talk about its dangers.

BC


Name: Melissa
Location: USA

We just read "old glory" today and I was wondering what got you to write about that and I can kind of relate when you say my crazy grandad because my grandpa is kinda crazy to but I love it and when I read the end of the story I was really shocked that the kid let his grandad get shot for speaking his mind. Also I saw that there was no freedom of speech that was very shocking and made me think what the world would be like I think it would be very twisted, I don't know if you remember me but I wrote to you when I was in 3rd grade I'm in 8th grade one and I just want to say I love your books and short stories

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7:54:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi Melissa -

I'm glad you were shocked by the end of the story . . . it was meant to be shocking. But not just for the sake of shock. I wanted it to provoke people to think about where we might be headed if we are not careful.

I'm glad you've been enjoying my books and stories for all these years!

BC


Name: Andrew
Location: USA

Dear Mr.Coville, My class has recently read your short story "Old Glory". But it left me with a question and that is where did you get the idea for this short story from?

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7:52:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, Andrew -

I have written about 40 short stories. This is the only one I have written from pure rage. George Bush (the first Bush president) was looking to gut the constitution for some short term political gain, and it made me fiercely angry. That, combined with the fact that I had been asked to write a futuristic story, led to this exploration of what might happen if free speech was sacrificed for political gain.

BC


Name: Alayna (a nearby fan)
Location: Syracuse :-), NY USA

Hi! So... MY GRANDPARENTS KNOW YOU!!!!!!!!!!! I'm Liam and Kevin Fitzpatrick's neice! I can't believe it! Ok, I kinda can. My grandparents know everybody. LITERALLY. I could list but I'm running out of characters...

Sunday, November 08, 2015 at 7:36:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, November 08, 2015:

Hi, Alayna -

See, your grandparents know everyone, and I know everyone, so it was inevitable that we would know each other!

BC


Name: Syd the Squid Berg
Location: Driscoll, North Dakota USA

Hi! Just wanted to say I loved the Unicorn Chronicles! One question, though...:Whatever happened between Lightfoot and Belle?...

Saturday, November 07, 2015 at 12:56:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, November 08, 2015:

Hi, Syd -

Glad you loved the Chronicles! I poured my heart and soul into writing those books.

What happened to Lightfoot and Belle are untold stories. If Scholastic hadn't dropped the last book like a hot potato, I might have had a chance to tell them.

BC


Name: Alayna (a nearby fan)
Location: Syracuse! :o), New York USA

Hi!!!! I live in Syracuse! Like you and Nina (Tanleven)!!!! I've only read one of your books (The ghost in the third row), but I can tell you're a REALLY good author. I'll be looking for your others! ;-)

Friday, November 06, 2015 at 4:23:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, November 08, 2015:

Hi, Alayna -

Greetings, sorta-neighbor. Glad you liked THIRD ROW. I had so much fun writing that, because (as you likely know) I used the Landmark Theatre as a model for the Grand. I LOVE that old building!

BC


Name: Gavin Bouchard
Location: Winnipeg, MB Canada

Hey there Mr Coville, I'm a 19 year old male who had a pretty rough history of getting bullied when I read The Monster's Ring in fifth grade. It taught me a great deal about standing up for myself but also about letting go of my anger and forgiving even when it's hard. On a whim i looked it up today hoping to write to you and here I am. I'm no teacher, and I'm certainly not your target audience anymore, but I want you to know that even today your book is in my mind as a shaping influence on the man I am today, so from the bottom of my heart: Thank you.

Thursday, November 05, 2015 at 4:30:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, Gavin -

Many, many thanks for this message. Something like this really makes me feel that the work I have been doing is worthwhile.

I have a folder I call "To Look At On Bad Days" where I save messages that have special meaning to me. I'll be printing this one out to add to it.

My best wishes to you for success in all your endeavors!

Bruce Coville


Name: Sasha
Location: USA

Hey I want to be a writer when I grow up but I do not know were to start.

Thursday, November 05, 2015 at 5:44:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

Hi, Sasha -

The answer is simple: Start by writing! Just write and write and write. Later, you can find many books on the art and craft of writing. One good one for kids is SPILLING INK by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter. It's the best book for young writers that I know.

Good luck!

BC


Name: Lenin Khan
Location: Forest Hills, New York USA

I LOVE The Monster's Ring. I am a fifth grader at the school P.S.174 William Sidney Mount. My teacher read it to us. The chapters had great cliff hangers. The end was fantastic. You are my favorite author! Thanks, Lenin Khan.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015 at 7:59:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 03, 2015:

Hi, Lenin -

Hey, thanks for this message! Really glad you enjoyed MONSTER'S RING. I basically wrote it because I was trying to write the kind of book I wanted to find at Halloween when I was in 5th grade myself, so approval from a genuine 5th grader means a lot!

All best,

BC


Name: Carrie Nelson
Location: North Carolina USA

Hello Mr. Coville, My name is Carrie Nelson, I am 29 years old and I love your books. I have a niece that is 12 and she also loves your books. Unfortunately, she does not have many friends that like to read and became somewhat discouraged about her love of reading. We decided to start reading books together and then discuss what we think of them. We started our little book club with "Always October" (to celebrate Halloween, of course) and we both LOVED it! My niece says for me to tell you to "PLEASE write a sequel to this book. It is addicting and phenominal!" Thank you for all you do for our children...and us big kids as well. Your almost grown fan club, Carrie and Eden

Friday, October 30, 2015 at 4:40:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, November 01, 2015:

Hi, Carrie -

Thanks for this message. I LOVE that you started a book club with your niece - what a perfect way to deal with her discouragement. You get major aunt points for that move!

I'm honored that you chose ALWAYS OCTOBER for your first book, and delighted that you enjoyed it so much.

I would like to write a sequel. Alas, the publisher has not been supporting the book, and is not bringing it out in paperback (OY!) and so a sequel is unlikely at this time. (In a way, that's a bit of a relief, because I'm not sure what I would have done to top that one anyway . . . though it would have been fun to try!)

Thanks for being in touch. Keep reading!

BC


Name: bella
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska USA

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your book jermy thatcher dragon hatcher! I also read the epilogue, and i really want to read the next one. so I was wondering...... will there be another book about tiamat and jermy? thanks, bella

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 4:08:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, October 29, 2015:

Hi, Bella -

So glad to know that you loved JEREMY THATCHER!

Alas, I have no plans to write a sequel to the book. Actually, I do have an idea for another book about Jeremy and Tiamat, but if I ever did write it, it would probably be as an adult novel!

Thanks for being such an enthusiastic reader!

All best,

Bruce Coville


Name: Bobby
Location: USA

Hey BC what are being for hallween this year

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 6:34:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, October 27, 2015:

a good question - alas, I haven't figured out the answer yet!

BC


Name: Hannah S.
Location: Willard, Mo USA

I LOVED the Unicorn Chronicles that was my favorite book EVER.(I read ALOT!!!)

Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 1:45:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, October 24, 2015:

Hi, Hannah!

Thank you! That book is so close to my heart that I can't help but be delighted when I hear from someone like you who also loves it!

BC


Name: Bobby Pugh
Location: Torrance, CA USA

Hello my name is Bobby and I am 8 years old. I like your books especially The Diary of a Mad Brownie. My favorite parts of the story are when he encounters the cat and when the girl called 911. I thought that was really funny. Thank you for writing your books! Bye

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 2:54:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, October 21, 2015:

Hi, Bobby -

This message made me very happy, and I thank you for it. I'm so glad you liked MAD BROWNIE! The scene with Angus and the cat is the one that I like to act out when I am describing the book at school visits.

Thank you for being a reader. May you have much joy in all the books that are waiting for you!

BC


Name: Chrissy
Location: NYC USA

There are three books that have Bruce Coville's name on the title but are not even listed on this website! Bruce Coville's Alien Visitors, UFOs and Shapeshifters. Why are they not listed with your other books?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7:25:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, October 20, 2015:

Hi, Chrissy,

Those are books that I did in collaboration with a packager. The packager did not really uphold their side of the bargain, my input was not what it should have been, and I decided not to list them among my published works for that reason.

BC


Name: Bobby
Location: USA

Hey bc can you send my teacher is Alien Alien

Monday, October 19, 2015 at 11:58:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 19, 2015:

Hi, Bobby -

Glad you're interested in my books, but I don't just send them out. That would be a little like the candy store give you a candy bar just because you asked for it, or McDonald's giving you a hamburger just because you want one!

Best wishes,

Bruce Coville


Name: Jada everson
Website: http://don't have one
Location: baldwinsville ny, USA

I never read any of your books but from what im heard from my library teacher you have some amazing books

Friday, October 16, 2015 at 7:09:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, October 18, 2015:

Well, you should read one and find out! ;>

Cheers,

BC


Name: Samuel Mikeworth
Location: Lawrenceville, Illinois USA

Dear Mr. Coville, I am a 4th grade teacher. I first started reading your books 20 years ago. I read "My Teacher is an Alien" when I was in the 4th grade. I now read the entire series to my class each year complete with voices for all the different characters I enjoy doing Duncan's voice the best and Poot a close second. I would have done exactly what Peter did at the end of the first book. I just wanted to say thanks for making literature fun and come alive for me all those years ago and thanks for giving me a vehicle to do the same to my students

Friday, October 02, 2015 at 5:50:00 AM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, October 03, 2015:

Hi, Samuel -

I can't tell you how much this message delighted me. As you may know, I used to teach 4th grade myself. Reading to my class was my favorite part of the day, so it always thrills me to find that other teachers are using my books as read-alouds now.

When you start writing you hope to get published. Then you hope people will read the books. And after a while you hope that your readers will remember you. Thanks for remembering!

All best,

BC


Name: Bobby
Location: USA

Hi BC I LOVE all of your books and I'am trying to get the boy with silver eyes and the other short book But can you send me the book

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 2:02:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, September 29, 2015:

Hi, Bobby -

Sorry, but I don't send out books. "Boy With Silver Eyes" is =only= available as an ebook, by the way.

I am happy that you LOVE my books!!

BC


Name: Cody, Giann, Maddy, Cornor, and Mia
Location: Los Angeles, Ca. USA

Dear Bruce Coville, Our class read Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher and we really liked it. We enjoyed reading about Jeremy and Tiamat's special bond. We really enjoyed chapter eight when Mary Lou came over to Jeremey's house for dinner. We have a few questions for you. What got you into writing ? What happens after Tiamat comes back in Jeremy's head? Do you believe in dragons?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 12:21:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, September 29, 2015:

Hi, Cody, Giann, Maddy, Cornor, and Mia!

I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed JEREMY THATCHER so much. That dinner scene was fun to write. It is not easy to do "slapstick" in print, but I think I got it with that one.

What got me into writing? Simple: I love (LOVE!) books, and wanted to make my own.

On the other hand, I have no idea what happens after the end of the book.

I do indeed believe in dragons, though I don't know that we have any left in our world.

BC


Name: Gigi ,Maya,Alexia,Spencer B, and Tristan
Location: Los Angeles, Ca. USA

Dear Mr. Coville, We all loved Jeremy Thatcher. It was a fun story. We liked when Tiamat breathed fire on Mr.Kravitz. It was awesome when Jeremy was riding on Tiamat. What inspired you to be interested in magic and dragons? Are you writing another book right now? You're a great writer. Rock on! From: Gigi, Maya, Alexia, Spencer,and Tristan

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 12:18:00 PM

       

Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, September 29, 2015:

Hi, Gigi, Maya, Alexia, Spencer B, and Tristan!

It makes me happy that you enjoyed JEREMY THATCHER. Writing the "hotfoot" scene was fun. (Mr. Kravitz was based on a rather unpleasant art teacher that my little sister had to put up with.)

I have always loved fairy tales, myths, and legends, so I like to incorporate elements of those things into my own writing. WRITE WHAT YOU LOVE!

Yes, I am working on a new book It's called DIARY OF A TERRIBLE TROLL.

Thanks for writing to me.

BC


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