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853 entries.
Kathryn from USA wrote on March 6, 2013:
Mr. Bruce Coville:
I've been a long-time fan of your Unicorn Chronicles and Magic Shop books, but I have one question. What are you working on now? 🙂 I haven't heard about anything new since The Last Hunt came out.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Kathryn -

Thanks for the kind words.

I've published two books since The Last Hunt. The first was Always October a funny/scary story about two kids, a baby monster, and a trip to the world where monsters come from. The second was very unusual for me, a collaboration with my friend and fellow writer Liz Levy called Amber Brown is Tickled Pink. This is a realistic novel that continues a series begun by our dear friend Paula Danziger, who died about 9 years ago. We have finished a second Amber book, and have started work on a third. They are very different books from my other work, but Liz and I both loved Paula very much, and we feel honored to have a chance to carry on her work.

BC
Amanjot Narain, AISL from Lagos, Nigeria wrote on March 6, 2013:
Dear Bruce Coville,
Guess what?!?!?
It's My birthday tommorow!!!! I am so excited! When is your birthday? Oh yeah, sorry for all those questions in my first message!
Sincerely, Aman
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Aman -

I hope you had a wonderful birthday! My own birthday is about two months away, in the middle of May.

BC
Victoria from USA wrote on March 6, 2013:
Dear Mr. Coville,
Sadly, my sister will never let me read to her. She is always doing other stuff. And she doesn't care about books. All my favorite books my class read last year i loved, but she is reading them now and says they are boring.I guess she is not much of a reading person.
Your friend,
Victoria
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Victoria -

Ah, well . . . each person has his or her own interests and likes. I guess your sister is off on a track of her own. Sorry I don't have any other advice for you - though I do feel about sorry for your sister for all the wonderful stories that she is missing!

BC
Chrissy from NY USA wrote on March 5, 2013:
I finally read Spirits and Spells today. I have been wanting to read it for years. It was really good! I read Amulet of Doom and Eyes of the Tarot last year. I liked them too. I have the whole series. I now own 13 of your books.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Chrissy -

I'm delighted that you liked Spirits and Spells. It's one of my daughter's personal favorites out of all my books. I think of Amulet of Doom as my "lost masterpiece." I love that book, but because it was a paperback original in a series that was tapering off, it never got much attention.

Thanks for checking in!

BC
Ashley Brumbaugh from Winter Park, Florida USA wrote on March 5, 2013:
Dear Mr. Coville,
I signed this guestbook eons ago when I was in middle school, in 2006. When I was twelve, and in seventh grade, my dad was battling cancer for the first time. Through The Unicorn Chronicles, I was able to escape the pain I was experiencing. After I read your books, I knew that I wanted to be like you, an author, with the ability to create a story that helped other people, of any age, in any way possible. You were the inspiration that started it all for me, Mr. Coville. Ever since I was twelve (and I just turned twenty), I have written countless of stories, of where I can see similarities from my first one to certain things in Cara's journey. Writing and reading have been two major coping skills for a lot of things I have been through since I was twelve, including my dad's death which occurred last year. I wrote you a letter a long time ago as well, which you replied to, and I remember being so ecstatic about your response. I don't know where it is anymore, but I know that letter is rumpled and torn from being re-read so many times. Thanks to you, Mr. Coville, your books, and your response to me when I was younger, I am now pursuing my dreams of being a writer. I'm attending Full Sail University in Florida, pursuing the Creative Writing for Entertainment degree. I talked about you in my class yesterday, actually, and about at which point in our lives did we realize what we wanted to do with them. Bruce Coville, you are a man of words that hold such incredible magic within them, and I hope to give the gift you unknowingly gave me to another person in the future.
Best regards,
Ashley
Reply by Bruce Coville
Dear Ashley -

I am delighted and humbled by this lovely message. It means a great deal to me to know that my stories, my messages to you, have had such a profound impact. What more can a writer (and former teacher) ask for?

I'm terribly sorry to hear about your loss of your dad. My own father is entering the final stages of his life right now, having lived far longer than he ever expected to, so I am very aware of all that goes with the impending death of a parent.

On the other hand, it is exciting to read your plans for your writing career, and I truly wish you the best of luck with it. May your words take you on a joyful journey!

All best,

BC
Victoria from USA wrote on March 4, 2013:
Dear Mr. Coville,
My sister is about 8 years old.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Victoria -

Then your sister is not old enough to know whether you can become a writer or not!

As to getting her interested in reading - is it possible for you to read to her? The more stories that people hear, the more apt they are to become interested in reading.

BC
Austin from USA wrote on March 3, 2013:
Bruce,
I am a big fan of your books. I like biscuits of glory. You are an amazing author.
Sincerly,
Austin
Reply by Bruce Coville
Thank you, Austin. I had fun writing that story!

BC
Victoria from USA wrote on March 3, 2013:
Dear Mr. Coville,
You are an amazing and very inspirational author to me. I would like to be an author. My sister says writing books is difficult and I shouldn't try. Is it actually hard to write a book? It must take real passion into the subject for someone to write a long book that has 600 pages. My sister doesn't like reading books. How can I get her to read books?
Your friend,
Victoria
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Victoria -

Your sister's comment made me blink in surprise. No one should ever tell you that you shouldn't try to do something. That said, it is indeed hard work to write a book. It's also fun.

How old is your sister?

BC
Amanjot Narain, AISL from USA wrote on March 3, 2013:
HI BRUCE COVILLE,
YOUR BOOKS ARE AWESOME! WHAT BOOK ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW? WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO BESIDES FROM WRITING OR ILLUSTRATING AN AWESOME BOOK? HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A SHORT STORY? HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A LONG STORY? WHERE DO YOU GET ALL YOUR IDEAS FROM? WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG DID YOU WANT TO BECOME AN AUTHOR? IF YOU DID NOT WANT TO BECOME AN AUTHOR WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG THEN WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE? I WANT TO BE AN ARTIST OR A DOCTOR! I CAN'T REALLY DECIDE. BUT MY FAMILY WANTS ME TO BECOME A DOCTOR BECAUSE I AM SO KIND AND GENTLE.
SINCERELY,
AMAN
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hello, Amanjot of the Many Questions -

Glad you think the books are awesome. Right now I am working on revising a sequel to GOBLINS IN THE CASTLE. There is no answer to how long it takes to write a story or a book. Every one is different, every one has its own time and rhythm.

I wanted to be many different things when I was young, but the one idea I kept coming back to was being a writer.

Some people who are doctors are also writers. It can be done. It is good to know that you are kind and gentle. Those are very good things.

BC
Danielle from USA wrote on March 2, 2013:
Hey, Bruce Coville
I love your books. My favorite was Always October. Have you ever wanted to quit being an author? I want to be an author. But it seems very hard to become an author. Was it hard for you?
Your friend,
Danielle
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Danielle -

Thanks for this lovely message. I'm especially delighted that you loved ALWAYS OCTOBER, since it is so new that I have not had much response to it yet.

I worked very hard, over a period of many years, to become an author. One reason I succeeded is that I was too ornery and obstinate to quit! ;>

Thanks for dropping by to say hello.

BC