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Samantha Young from Ontario Canada wrote on March 13, 2013:
Hello Mr. Coville!
My name's Samantha Young, and I'm seventeen years old. I read in your biography that you started working seriously to become a writer when you were my age, and I've just started to become serious about it myself. As a kid, I LOVED your books. Two of the first books my mum read to me, before I could read myself, were 'The Dragonslayers' and 'The World's Worst Fairy Godmother.' I even remember a time as a kid when I thought my teacher was an alien! I really believe your books were a large part of keeping my imagination alive; I was bullied a lot when I was younger, and if I hadn't read so much, I probably would have lost my love of fantasy and the bizarre. Reading your books was a prominent part of my childhood that I still remember today, and they were some of my best friends growing up. So...thank you, seriously. Hopefully you'll be hearing from me in the future! 🙂
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Samantha -

Many thanks for this lovely message! It delights me no end to know that my books meant so much to you. The idea that they were "some of your best friends" is especially lovely.

I hope you will find much joy and success with your own writing, Samantha. I'll look forward to hearing from you again - and seeing your name on a book!!

? from Bville, 29 USA wrote on March 13, 2013:
Were you a teacher when you married Katherine?
What year was it?
Reply by Bruce Coville
No, I was still a student when Kathy and got married. It was in 1969.

Cami from Syracuse, NY USA wrote on March 12, 2013:
hi again! Thanks for your response. Are you planning on coming to all of The Dragonslayer shows or one for each cast?
Quick question, how should i approach Willie? She is not mean and I dont want to look too stubborn...any ideas? Loooking forward to seeing you,
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Cami -

I'll be coming to as many performances as I can - definitely at least one from each cast!

As to Willie, she is not at all mean. But she is definitely stubborn. Mostly she's eager to experience life, continues to learn as she goes on her adventure, and loves being out in the world!

Jonathan K. from Arlington, Texas USA wrote on March 11, 2013:
Dear Bruce Coville,
I wanted to thank you for your unicorn chronicles series though I've only read the first two. I found the second one and read it then looked for the first to read and only found your site and the other two. My question I would love answered is the cover art for my copies are different then the current cover art, why did it change? I would like to say I do love the old cover art. =)
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Jonathan -

Thanks for this message. I'm thrilled and delighted that you think so highly of the Unicorn Chronicles.

As to the covers: I'm not sure which ones you have. The first book has had three covers, the second book two covers, Books 3 and 4 only 1 each. The main reason for this is my own long lapses in finishing each installment. So much time passed between Book 1 and Book 2 that the publisher (Scholastic) commissioned a new set of covers. The same happened with the gap between books 2 and 3. (Books 3 and 4 were much closer together.)

All best

Alyssa from USA wrote on March 8, 2013:
Hi Mr. Coville,
Has anyone of your family members ever inspired your stories? What is the most challenging step of the writing process? Have you ever used math or science or art or music that you learned at school ever been used in your story? What is your favorite book you have written? Have you ever wanted to be in your book? Do you ever wish you were jeremy in jeremy thatcher dragon hatcher?
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Alyssa -

Oops! You've surpassed the "questions per message" limit! ;>

A few answers: My family members have not inspired my stories as such, but I have used them as characters in some of the stories. My daughter, in particular, is the model for both Nina Tanleven in the ghost series, and Cara Diana Hunter in The Unicorn Chronicles.

As for myself, I have appeared in one of the books, since Rod Allbright of "Aliens Ate My Homework" is totally and completely based on me as a kid.

I have never wished I was Jeremy, but I have definitely wished I could hatch a dragon!

Sherri from Salt Lake City, UT USA wrote on March 8, 2013:
I wanted to thank you for all your wonderful books. I Was child who slipped though the cracks and didn't know how to read until 6th grade when took home one of your books and became hooked on reading.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Sherri -

Many thanks for this message. I don't think there's anything that thrills me more than knowing that one of my books turned someone on to reading!

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.

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.

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,
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!

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!