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Stella wrote on August 15, 2018:
Dear Mr. Coville,
I really enjoyed the book JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER. I have a question. How old were you when you wrote JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER?
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Stella -

I'm very glad you enjoyed JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER.

I wrote the book when I was 40 - but I first got the idea for it when I was 32!

Maggie wrote on August 15, 2018:
Dear Mr. Coville,
The book JEREMY THATCHER,DRAGON HATCHER was exciting. I love dragon so much. I love the book. How did you come up with JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER? How did you come with the dragon's name, Tiamat?

Thank you,
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Maggie -

Thanks for letting me know how much you liked JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER. I, too, love dragons!

Tiamat's name comes from Babylonian mythology. Even though the book is a fantasy, I did a great deal of research while writing it.

Sophia piña from Salem Oregon wrote on August 10, 2018:
I found you by looking up when Nancy Drew and the secret of the old clock was made and one of your books was listed under similar books. I went to your website and I couldn't find your first book to read. can you please add "from oldest" in how you want the books listed part?
Sorry if is sounded kind of confusing:-)
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Sophia -

That's an interesting idea. I've been writing for 40 years now, and many of the earlier books are no longer in print (though most are now available as e-books).

My first three books were THE FOOLISH GIANT, SARAH'S UNICORN, and THE MONSTER'S RING. The first two of those are picture books. MONSTER'S RING is my first published novel, and it is still in print.

The books that would be most like Nancy Drew would be the three Nina Tanleven stories: THE GHOST IN THE THIRD ROW, THE GHOST WORE GRAY, and THE GHOST IN THE BIG BRASS BED. They are no longer in print, but you can get them as ebooks, or buy used copies on Amazon.

Happy Reading!

Bruce Coville
Karen Tran from Fairport wrote on June 5, 2018:
Bruce, it was so great to work with you at the Teen Book Festival this year! You are as wonderful a person as you are a writer. My daughter and I loved getting to meet you and spend time with you.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Thanks, Karen. It's a fantastic event and I really enjoyed working with you and your daughter!

Amc wrote on June 4, 2018:
What was your first book called?
Reply by Bruce Coville
The Foolish Giant. It was published in 1978.
Megan Gaida from Hackettstown wrote on April 17, 2018:
Hi, I absolutely love your series The Unicorn Chronicles and I was wondering if you were going to continue the series. Also, I'm doing an author study project on you and was wondering if you could give me information about you. Thank You!!!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Oh, this is a bit of a sore topic for me. I designed the series concept for the Unicorn Chronicles with the hope that I could work in this world for the rest of my life. But, to my own shame, it took me a long time to finish the first series of books. And by the time I had finished the first sequence the publisher was no longer interested in more.

The good news is, the publisher has returned the rights to me. I am working to get the stories back in print, first as ebooks and then, I hope, in print editions. If they are successful, I would love continuing to write stories about Luster for as long as I live.

As far as information about me, there is a bio on the website that is the best place to start.

All best,

Megan from Buffalo, NY wrote on April 7, 2018:
I have been reading through your guestbook and am so pleased to see that you now have the rights to the Unicorn Chronicles! I devoured that series as a child, and that series, and many of Tamora Pierce's books inspired me to write. I have been wanting to reread the series, but my collection is incomplete as I must have purchased a couple of them at scholastic book fairs and then read the others as library books. I'm missing book one. At any rate, I would LOVE if they were republished as e-books (and print too) and would promote the heck out of them!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Megan - Sorry not to get back to you more promptly. The website is supposed to notify me when someone signs the guestbook, but this seems to have slipped through its webby little fingers!

I'm hoping to have the first ebook out before the end of May - with a bit of luck, even earlier. Glad to know that the books will have an eager audience.

It delights me that so many of my fans are also fans of Tamora Pierce's books, as Tammy is one of my dearest friends. We get together on a regular basis to read our works in progress out loud to each other !

All best,

Sarah wrote on April 2, 2018:
Hi! I've been a fan of the Unicorn Chronicles since I was a little girl (I'm not so little any longer, but I still love the books)

Unfortunately, I've never been able to read the last one - is there any recent news on a reprint?
Mamie Rock from New London wrote on March 20, 2018:
Dear Mr. Coville,
Not only did my fourth and fifth graders love the movie version of "Aliens Ate My Homework," but I have second and third graders happily telling me that they enjoyed it and today a first grader told me she watched it with her Father! Two of my third grade classes have voted to read the book for our next read aloud because so many of them were captivated by the movie. This will give us a lot of rich opportunities to compare the original text with the changes in the script. Thanks for letting us in on this next adventure! And, of course, my original student who asked if your books had ever been turned into movies is hoping that Netflix will do a sequel and portray the return of Rod's Father. It has really been delightful to see so many of my students go on this journey with Rod and Elspeth.
Sincerely, Mamie Rock
Michael Boyce from Winston-Salem wrote on March 12, 2018:
"My Teacher Is An Alien" was my first book that I purchased with my own money at my elementary school's book fair. I remember reading the book and feeling the absolute thrill of the story! It was by far my favorite book that I had ever read.

I remember buying the third installation, "My Teacher Fried My Brains", at another year's book fair, and laying on the couch in the small library my parents had converted out of a small office in our house. And by the time dinner was ready, I had read the entire book! That was my very first experience of ever reading an entire book in one day, and I loved it!

I was sad the day that I finished the final book in that series, and thinking, "now what?" That series opened my eyes to a love of fantasy fiction and a general love of reading. I still think fondly of those books and those memories they've left with me. I am a parent myself now and when I saw the new movie in our family video store, I knew I wanted my kids to see it and experience the author Bruce Coville.

Thank you so very much for what you've done in creating hundreds of fantastical books that lure the reader into worlds beyond their imaginations!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Michael -

Thanks for this lovely message. One of the things an author hopes as he or she gets older is that the work will not only find readers, but that it will be remembered. So your words mean a lot to me.

I was particularly delighted by your memory of reading MY TEACHER FRIED MY BRAINS in a single day. I can also remember the first time I read a whole book in a single day, and the wonderful sense of accomplishment that it gave me. Glad my own book was key to the same experience for you.

All good wishes,