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sierrra hutchison from coshocton, ohio USA wrote on March 22, 2013:
dear Mr.C
out of all the books that you wrote what is your top 3 and why?what made you want to wright those books.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Sierra -

You might as well ask what are my three favorite children out of the 100 I've had. Except I don't have a hundred children. (Thank goodness!)

Some favorites are: Sarah's Unicorn; My Teacher is an Alien; Jeremy Thatcher, DRagon Hatcher; The World's Worst Fairy Godmother; and Amulet of Doom.

BC
chandler fitch from coshocton, ohio USA wrote on March 22, 2013:
how many books have you wrote?
Reply by Bruce Coville
I don't know. (Please note - you asked how many books I have written, not how many I have published. I have written many books that did not get published!)

BC
Jerri Fitch from Warsaw, Oh USA wrote on March 21, 2013:
Do have any books that have been made into a movie?
Jerri
Reply by Bruce Coville
No movies, but the "I Was a Sixth Grade Alien" books were turned into a TV series that ran for two years on Fox Family.

BC
Jerri Fitch from Warsaw, Oh USA wrote on March 21, 2013:
Is there a movie to the book"My Teacher Is an Alien"?
Jerri Fitch
Reply by Bruce Coville
Nope - and, sadly, there probably never will be. The rights are locked up in a very bad deal. Sigh.

BC
Josephine Fusco from Middlesex, NJ USA wrote on March 20, 2013:
Dear Mr. Coville,
We had a wonderful time when you visited us here at Mauger School. You are a fun and lively speaker. Thank you so much for taking all the pictures with my class.
Sincerely,
Ms. J. Fusco
Mauger Middle School
Reply by Bruce Coville
Dear Ms. Fusco -

Many thanks for the kind words. I had a terrific time at your school - great kids, great teachers, great librarian! What more could an author want?

BC
Carla from USA wrote on March 18, 2013:
Sorry it says mr.d i was having trouble and i originally wrote mr coville but i guess some wierd thing happened when i was typing and it ended up saying mr d
Sorry
Reply by Bruce Coville
No problem . . . lord knows I make enough typos!

BC
Carla from USA wrote on March 18, 2013:
Hi,
Mr. D, what is your favorite book you have written? How long did it take you to write the monsters ring? Do you ever wish you could have added some little detail that was important in your book? Have you ever tried writing nonfiction?
Sincerley,
Carla
Reply by Bruce Coville
Asking my favorite book is like asking which of my children I love the most!

As to THE MONSTER'S RING . . . well, I wrote the first version of the story in 1977 - but the book was not published until 1982! I did not work on it every day of those five years, of course. The first full draft probably took three or four months. (Hard to remember now . . . that was over 30 years ago!)

As to non-fiction, I've written for magazines and newspapers, and published on non-fiction book for kids called PREHISTORIC PEOPLE.

All best,

BC
jake from plano, texas USA wrote on March 17, 2013:
I am writing a biography on you for my school project and i would like to know what the biggest accomplishment in your life was. thank you.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Jake -

Though I am very proud of my writing and the books that I have published, I would have to say that my biggest accomplishment was raising my three children. Family is very important to me.

All best,

BC
Byron Lee from Skaneateles, New York USA wrote on March 16, 2013:
hey Bruce! Byron Lee again!
due to your advice, i did research the ranks of the navy as you advised. i confirmed with some of the research that Grand Admiral was the same as Fleet Admiral. but the rank was used in Germany, instead of the United States. despite the differences, i'm going to use both ranks and have Grand Admiral be highest rank in the Welterr Navy.
i did remember something that i wanted to ask. i listened to the audio-book of Into the Land of the Unicorns, and i heard one character mention something about the Delver King being "smarter than he is wise, may the rocks not crush my feet." i think that was said by Nebzik. (sorry if i spelled the name wrong.)
do you believe that there is a difference between being smart, and being wise? if so, what do you think is the difference?
thanks for all your advice so far! Byron Lee
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Byron -

Glad you did the research. It should help you be more confident about what you're writing.

Yes, the line you quote was from Nedzik - and, yes, I do believe there is a difference between being smart and being wise. I would say that all wise people are smart, but not all smart people are wise. You can have a head full of facts and be blazingly smart, yet still not understand people and how they work, or how to move gracefully through the world, trying in all ways to make things better.

All best,

BC
? from Bville, 29 USA wrote on March 16, 2013:
BRUCE,
what wee you a student of?how old were you?
Reply by Bruce Coville
I am a student of humanity. But if you are wondering about college, my degree is in elementary education.

BC