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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: 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!


Name: Silke
Location: USA

Ive loved your Unicorn series since i was a kid. Any idea when youd release all 4 for iphone downloading?

Thursday, January 05, 2017 at 2:21:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, January 06, 2017:

Hi, Silke -

Thanks for checking in here! You can actually get the audiobook versions of the Unicorn Chronicles on your iPhone now, via the Full Cast Audio app. As to the print versions ... I have the rights back from the previous publisher, who put all four of the books out of print. My agent and I are working on making new editions available. I am confident it will happen, but I am not sure how fast ...

Thanks for asking!


Name: joel
Location: new york, USA

In the short story old glory by bruce clovill it was a instering story

Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 5:21:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, December 15, 2016:

Hi, Joel -

Glad you found the story interesting!


Name: janae S
Location: USA

old glory a good short story is a book we all read together and just wanna know what your favorite part was and why you liked it

Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 5:21:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, December 15, 2016:

Hi, Janae -

Glad you liked the story. I think my favorite part is when Donald is talking to his grandfather. It shows the clashing ideas.


Name: Neh'Aujah
Location: USA

We just finished reading "Old Glory" and it was a good short story.

Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 5:20:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, December 15, 2016:

Hi, Neh'Aujah -

Glad you liked the story. It's one I am very proud of.


Name: Hamburguesa
Location: NY, USA

Hello my ELA class just read the story "Old Glory" what did you think was awesome about it?

Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 5:13:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, December 15, 2016:

Hi, Hamburguesa -

I can't say what I thought was awesome about the story - that would be like bragging!


Name: violet c
Location: dewitt NY, USA

i thought Old Glory was a good book because it show that people try an protest about their religion .

Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 5:11:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, December 15, 2016:

Hi, Violet -

I'm glad you liked "Old Glory" - I wanted to show what an ordinary man might do to fight what he sees as a great wrong.


Name: Becca
Location: Herkimer, USA

Hey! I was at your workshop at the Herkimer Boces today and I wanted to say thank you for taking the time to help us expand our knowledge about writing. Also I wanted to thank you for all your amazing books!

Wednesday, December 07, 2016 at 12:33:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, December 08, 2016:

Hi, Becca -

Great to hear from you - and very happy to know you found the workshop useful. It's kind of exhausting to be doing that much presenting at a single go, but you guys were great to work with, which made it fun.

Glad you think the books are amazing! Appreciate your kinds words.


Name: Mamie Rock
Location: New London, CT USA

Dear Mr.Coville, I have been reading your book "Aliens Ate My Homework" to my fourth and fifth grade classes and they love it! During artistic response time many of them have fashioned aliens out of Model Magic (Grakker is their favorite character) and painted intergalactic landscapes. We have also made constellations out of mini marshmallows and toothpicks. In addition,the book has inspired many good conversations about bullying and our responses to being bullied. Thanks for all that you do! Sincerely, Mamie B. Rock

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 at 11:49:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, December 08, 2016:

Hi, Mamie -

Many thanks for this message. As you may know, I'm a former teacher myself. Using books with my kids was my favorite part of each day, and it thoroughly delights me to know that other teachers are now doing the same with my books. I love know about the projects and discussions!

All best,


Name: Nicole and Riley Moon
Location: Del City, OK USA

I am writing to you to tell you that Riley and I are still working our way through all of your books, we have 33 left to read. This past week during his Thanksgiving break I read him the I was a sixth grade alien series. The stories were delightful but we were sad when they came to an end. We are both wondering what happened with the sixth grade class on Hevi-Hevi. As you know I have recently suffered a loss and I find reading your stories a good way to take a break from reality and a temporary break from my grief. It was a little difficult to do that though with the I was a sixth grade Alien series because of the character Dolores as that was also my mothers name. Do not worry though for I shall be fine. I'm trying to take things day by day and will continue reading to Riley as a way to escape from it all and share in the joy of reading with him. Next we are beginning the Space Brat Series and then will be moving onto The Bruce Coville Books of... Riley said he is most looking forward to The Book of Magic while I am excited to read The Book of Ghost. I wish you an early Merry Christmas and a hope that you have a wonderful holiday season.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 4:02:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, December 01, 2016:

Hi, Nicole and Riley -

I'm so glad you enjoyed the SIXTH GRADE ALIEN series. I understand your curiosity about what happened to the Sixth Grade class on Hevi-Hevi afterward, but I do like leaving my readers with something to wonder and daydream about!

I do know about your recent loss, and it means a lot to me that you can find solace and temporary escape in my stories.

Interesting that you will start SPACE BRAT next. I think (hope!) that Riley is really going to like those. I sure had fun writing them.

My best wishes to both of you for the holiday season!


Name: joseph
Location: USA

how many books did you wright

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 8:42:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 29, 2016:

I have no idea, since I wrote a fair number that didn't get published.

I've published 105.

Name: joseph
Location: USA

i sighed the guestbook a few weeks ago ;] like fnaf five nights at freddy's ;}

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 8:12:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 29, 2016:

I don't do games . . . I don't have time!

Name: monica
Location: USA

you books are lol x). ....... ops. :| .......

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 7:56:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 29, 2016:

I love making people laugh!

Name: dantdm
Location: USA

thare my subsciders on youtube

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 7:51:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 29, 2016:

Ah! Cool.

Name: joseph
Location: USA

im joseph! :(

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 7:50:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 29, 2016:

Why the frowny face?

Name: dantdm
Location: USA

love your books cant wait to tell team tdm

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 7:48:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 29, 2016:


What is team tdm??

Name: Mark
Location: Bakersfield, CA USA

Sorry,daydreaming.I...Just pretend I didn't do that

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 7:27:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, November 29, 2016:

LOL! Okay

Name: mark
Location: Ca, USA

joseph is in my class.

Monday, November 28, 2016 at 8:15:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, November 28, 2016:

Who is Joseph? Why are you telling me this?


Name: Mark
Location: Ca, USA

Are u making more books?AKA I am markid and markis

Monday, November 28, 2016 at 8:13:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, November 28, 2016:

Hi, Mark -

Oh, certainly! I am always working on new books. As soon as I finish one I start another, which I have usually been planning in my head for some time in advance.


Name: Jessica
Location: Melbourne, VIC Australia

Hi Bruce! Firstly, you are awesome!!! :D :D . Secondly, I would also really like Dark Whispers and The Last Hunt to come out in Australia. Please please please. Thank youuu!!!

Monday, November 28, 2016 at 12:58:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, November 28, 2016:

Hi, Jessica -

Thanks for the compliment!

As to DARK WHISPERS and THE LAST HUNT, you are not the only one who would like them to come out in Australia. I would like that, too! My publisher really failed me (and the fans!) especially on that fourth book. I have the rights back and we are working on ways to correct the situation, but it will take time.

Thanks for your interest . . . I really appreciate it!

All best,


Name: Alex
Location: Ruskin, Florida USA

Hi Mr. Coville!! Have loved yout books since I was in like 2nd grade. I just reread skull of truth for like the 1000th time (thats how much I love it) and was wondering if you would ever write another book for it. The ending is so open ended and I want more haha. But I understand if you have more importantnprojects! Once again love your work and thank you for being a huge part of my childhood and still continue to be a part of my life today as an young adult!

Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 8:01:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, November 28, 2016:

Hi, Alex -

Many thanks for this. Though I think SKULL may well be the best written (in literary terms) of all my books, it has not been the most popular, so it always pleases me to hear from someone who really loves it.

I have thought about doing a book where some of the Magic Shop kids get together, but right now I am not on good terms with the publisher of the series, so it will have to wait a while.

The fact that you continue to read my books now that you are a young adult truly brings me joy.

All best,


Name: Kate
Location: Troy, NY USA

I believe when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade you came to my class at Emma Willard School and I have an autographed book. This was a long time ago since I now have a son who is in 2nd grade and I can not WAIT to introduce him to your books. They were a favorite of mine! Thanks so much for helping me share my love of reading with my own children.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016 at 6:20:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, November 11, 2016:

Hi, Kate -

Lovely to hear from you. I remember coming to Emma Willard quite well -- partly because I thought your school might be a great setting for a Nina Tanleven ghost/mystery novel!

I can't tell you how it delights me to know that you will be introducing your son to my books! I LOVE being a two-generation author!

All best,


Name: Mark
Location: USA

Hi Bruce, I love your books and I am a BIG fan.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016 at 4:08:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, November 09, 2016:

Thanks, Mark!

Name: Mark
Location: USA

I read Jeremy Thatcher and I loved it. I took a Ar test got 100%

Tuesday, November 08, 2016 at 8:00:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, November 09, 2016:

Well done! And glad you loved the book!

Name: joe
Location: bakersfield, calofonia USA

nice bookes our the best

Tuesday, November 08, 2016 at 7:59:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, November 09, 2016:

I try my best!

Name: joseph
Location: bakersfield, calofonia USA

i love jeremy thatcher dragon hatcher

Tuesday, November 08, 2016 at 7:56:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, November 09, 2016:

Thanks, Joseph. I think that book is the one that will last longest out of all the things I have written.

Name: Markid
Location: USA

Amazing books

Monday, November 07, 2016 at 8:22:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, November 07, 2016:

Thank you!

Name: mark
Location: USA

I love your books

Monday, November 07, 2016 at 8:20:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, November 07, 2016:

Thanks for letting me know!

Name: Ava
Location: USA

My brother is crazy!!!!!! when I tell him about your books he just laughs!!! =]

Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 1:08:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 31, 2016:

Hi, Ava -

As far as I know, all brothers are crazy in one way or another!


Name: Chrissy
Location: NY USA

I read Hatched yesterday and I loved it. Thank you for writing a book starring a griffin. There are not enough books out there with griffins.

Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 5:01:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 24, 2016:

Hi, Chrissy -

You are the first reader of HATCHED to check in! It's really a delight to know that you loved it . . . no matter what the reviews are (and they've been good) it's the reaction of my readers that really counts. Thanks for letting me know!


Name: Candace W.
Location: St. Albert, Alberta Canada

Dear Mr. Coville, I am a long-time fan of The Unicorn Chronicles. I first read book one "Into the Land of Unicorns" when I was just a young girl, which inspired a life-long love of the series and a lasting impression on my own imagination, which in turn, lead to the creation of my own fantastical stories, characters, and worlds. I am now well into adulthood and find myself in a sad situation... as a result of moving several times (including between countries!) I no longer have a single copy of the chronicles on my bookshelf. My sadness deepened when my search for a boxed set was unsuccessful :( I was curious (and hopeful) as to whether there are plans for such a thing? Thank you so much for your time and all your wonderful books! A Forever Fan, *Candace W.

Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 2:37:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, October 25, 2016:

Hi, Candace -

Oddly, Scholastic never published a box set. and, to my dismay, they never even put the fourth book into a paperback edition before allowing it to go out of print.

My agent and I are working on getting the series back in print somewhere else, and if we do, I hope that they will consider a boxed set. If we can't find a publisher that wants to pick them up, I'll put them back in print myself, one way or another.

It delights me to know that the books have meant so much to you, and led you to writing stories of your own!

All best,


Name: Anon e Mouse Jr.
Location: Eatontown, New Jersey USA

Long time no write... I've been re-reading the Rod Allbright Alien Adventures quartet, and I have a few questions about certain points. (The third is something I thought of back in 2014, but I got distracted by some other stuff for a few years and never asked about it until now.) * In book 1, it's said BKR has been on Earth for twelve years. But in books 2 and 3, it's said Rod's father only left about three years previous, shortly after the twins were born, and in book 3, he says he left BEFORE BKR arrived. Which timeframe is right? * We know Rod was probably twelve at the start of the series, since he was in sixth grade at the time, and the twins are identified as being only three. But just how old is Elspeth? * In book 3, Seymour names his other half Edgar. Was this a deliberate reference on his part to Rod's favorite author, Edgar Rice Burroughs (whose name he could have heard in Rod's mind)? Thanks in advance! Until next time... Anon e Mouse Jr.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10:29:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 17, 2016:

Dear Anon e Mouse (Jr.!)

While I'm delighted to know that you're re-enjoying the Rod Allbright Alien Adventures Quartet, you have to remember that it's been about 20 years since I wrote them. So while it is entirely possible that I did bollix up the timeline, there's no way I could actually comment on it without going back to read all four books over again.

I don't think I assigned Elspeth an age, but my intent was that she would be a year or so younger than Rod.

I can't remember if Seymour's use of Edgar was intentional on my part. Even if not intentional, it might well have been a subconscious thing, because I was certainly writing with Burroughs' sense of pacing in mind.

Good to hear from you!


Name: Alexis
Location: Leander, Texas USA

Dear Mr.c I love your book My teacher is a alien. My class is one that you wrote back to recently .My teacher is Mrs.Corl.I think that we are on the 9th chapter. Alexis

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 3:30:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, October 13, 2016:

Hi, Alexis - Glad you are enjoying MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN. I have written many books, and it is always hard work. But I have to say I think MTIAA was one of the ones that I had the most fun writing. Happily, kids seem to have a lot of fun reading it!


Name: Tessa, Irene, and Madison
Location: Los Angeles, California USA

Hi, our names are Tessa, Madison, and Irene. We like your book Jeremy Thatcher because it has so many fun adventures with Tiamat. We like the lovable friendship that Tiamat and Jeremey have together. How did you feel when you were writing the book? Did you feel joyful? Did you feel happy?We all felt happy reading this book. Thank you for writing the book! From Tessa, Madison,and Irene.

Monday, October 10, 2016 at 8:32:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 10, 2016:

Hi, Tessa, Irene, and Madison -

Thanks for this note. I'm delighted that you enjoyed JEREMY THATCHER so much.

Your question about how I felt while I was writing the book is an interesting one. I can tell you that some of the time I felt confused, or nervous, because I was trying to figure out what should happen next and how to make it work. But there were other times when I did indeed feel joyful - for example, the scene were Jeremy gets to fly!

I am truly glad that the book made you happy!


Name: Cozett, Kaydence, Zane, Diego
Location: Los Angeles, California USA

Dear Bruce Coville, We like your book Jeremy Thatcher,Dragon Hatcher because it is full of adventures and surprises. Our favorite parts are when the dragon, Tiamat, hatched out of the egg and when Jeremy stumbled upon the magic shop.The words were crystal clear in our heads. We could see those pictures. We would like to know how you came up with the story. What inspired you? You have inspired us to write our own magical stories. Please respond to us. Thank you, Bruce Coville.

Monday, October 10, 2016 at 8:27:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 10, 2016:

Hey, Cozett, Kaydence, Zane, and Diego! Good to hear from you.

Delighted to know that you enjoyed JEREMY THATCHER. As to how I came up with the story ... well, the first Magic Shop book was called THE MONSTER'S RING. I wanted to write a sequel, but the editor wasn't crazy about the idea. So then I had the thought of writing a book of short stories about the Magic Shop, and one day I sat down and brainstormed to come up with a list of things that you could buy in the shop. One of them was a dragon's egg.

The thing was, when I tried to write that as a short story, the idea turned out to be too big for that form ... it really needed to be a novel. And that's what happened.

Good luck with your own stories!

All best,


Name: Irene Bae
Location: la Jolla, California USA

Dear Mr.Coville Hi? My name is Irene Bae, and I'm fifth grade. I'm reading your book,'The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed'for an Author Study Project. And this book is really fun! I like that character and concept. Thank you for write this book and please write many books like this! And can you please send me a reply, to make a great Author Study Project? Thank you for read this letter. Sinserely,Irene Bae.

Sunday, October 09, 2016 at 7:07:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 10, 2016:

Hi, Irene -

Oh, I'm glad you're reading (and enjoying!) "The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed." Because the book is no longer available in print, I don't hear that much about it these days, but it is one I am especially proud of.

The inspiration for the book came partly from an old house that is not far from my office. I would often walk past it and think, "That would be a good place for a ghost story." But when I actually came to write the book, I decided I needed to move it away from the crowded city block to make it more isolated ... and thus more scary!

Here's a little tidbit you might enjoy: Norma Bliss is a real person, and a friend of mine. She is so lively and funny that I asked her if it would be all right to use her as a character in a book, and she agreed. The only problem was, her character is so big and funny she kept trying to take over the story! ;>

Your friend,


Name: Ava
Location: Wentzville, USA

How many of your books have I read, ALMOST ALL OF THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, October 08, 2016 at 5:08:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 10, 2016:

Excellent! Clearly you enjoy them, and that makes me happy!

Name: Ava
Location: USA

I made a book in writing and do you know the author kate Dicomillow, well I read the book to the class and at the end I gave a really bad cliffhanger just like you do! and my teacher got goosebumbs and said she felt like it was a Kate Dicamillow book and that she wished it was a real book. I do too and I wish I could give you a copy Sincerely, Ava

Friday, October 07, 2016 at 4:15:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 10, 2016:

Hi, Ava -

I do indeed know Kate DiCamillo. She's a terrific person.

It makes me proud to know that you devised a good (bad!) cliffhanger for your book. Well done!


Name: Jaden, Will, Jacob, and, Lucas
Location: Los Angeles, Ca. USA

Dear Bruce Coville, We liked the story Jeremy Thatcher because Jeremy gets a dragon as a pet and he can send messages through feelings and pictures and become invisible. We also liked it because Jeremy had a bunch of adventures with the dragon. Our favorite part is when Tiamat is flying and making the cats spill the dinner. It was so funny because Dr.Thacther face planted into the mashed potatoes. Another funny part is when Mary Lou wants to kiss Jeremy. How did you get the idea of the story? We would will love to read all of your books. We would love if you could make a movie. Jaden, Will, Jacob, and Lucas

Monday, October 03, 2016 at 12:55:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 10, 2016:

Hey, Jaden, Will, Jacob, and Lucas!

So glad to know that you liked JEREMY THATCHER! I actually laughed out loud when I was writing that dinner table scene, which is not something that happens all that often when I am working. It was so much fun to do!

As to Mary Lou wanting to kiss Jeremy ... well, when I was in 4th or 5th grade one of the girls announced that she was in love with me. It was very embarrassing at the time!

Like you, I would love it if there was a movie of JEREMY. But writers do not make movies ... Hollywood makes movies. Maybe someday it will happen, but that depends on a studio wanting to make the movie. It's not something that I could do. I have enough to do just writing my books!

Thanks for your message,


Name: Arden, Avery,and Colton
Location: Los Angeles, Ca. USA

Dear Bruce Coville, We all enjoyed the book Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. Colton liked how you described the magic shop items like the multicolored ball. Arden liked the similes, like when you described Tiamat's wings as red as blood. Avery liked the funny part when Tiamat gave Mr.Kravitz a hot foot. We all liked the friendship in the story. We all hope you keep writing more Jeremy Thatcher books. Sincerely, Arden,Avery,and Colton

Monday, October 03, 2016 at 12:50:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 10, 2016:

Hi there, Arden, Avery,and Colton!

Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER. I'm especially glad to know that you liked the description of the Magic Shop. Basically, I was trying to create the Magic Shop that I had in my head when I was a kid, the kind I always hoped that I might find someday!

Writing the hotfoot scene for Mr. Kravitz was fun ... especially since I based the character on an art teacher who had been mean to my little sister when we were kids. It was a way to get a little revenge without actually hurting anyone!

Thanks for your message!


Name: Anonymous
Location: USA

I was recently able to reread your short story Am I Blue and it brought back a barrage of memories. It was honestly the story that began me on my journey of being able to be comfortable with who I really am. Finding out that my favorite childhood author, and one of my favorites to this day, had written something like that, it honestly changed my life. So I just wanted to thank you for that, thank you so much

Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 10:14:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, September 30, 2016:

You are completely welcome, my anonymous friend.

I mostly write to entertain, but "Am I Blue" is a story that I had hoped might do some good in the world. A comment such as yours tells me that indeed it has. I'm glad I was able to help a bit on your journey.


Name: Gavin, Ayden, and Braydon
Location: Los Angeles, California USA

Greetings Bruce Coville, We read your Jeremy Thatcher,Dragon Hatcher. You inspired us to write our own magic shop stories. It was really funny when Tiamat gave Mr. Kravitz a hotfoot and when Mary Lou embarrassed Jeremy in art class. We like how you were creative with names like Fat Pete, Speciman, and Grief. What inspired you to write Jeremy Thatcher,Dragon Hatcher? We hope you write part 2 and we are also curious if you are going to make a movie of it. Ayden, Gavin, and Braydon

Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 2:06:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 10, 2016:

Hi there, Gavin, Ayden, and Braydon -

I think it's very cool that you are writing your own Magic Shop stories. I hope you had (or are still having!) a good time doing it!

You asked about how I came up with some of the names. Well, part of it is this: as a writer, words are my tools ... but they are also my toys! I love playing around with words to see what I can come up with. That said, in one case I took the name from real life. One of my friends from when I was a boy scout was a kid who had the nickname Specimen.

I have had an idea for a sequel to JEREMY THATCHER, but the idea would actually be an adult book, so I'm not sure if I will ever write it, since I really do like writing for kids best.

Thanks for your message!


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