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852 entries.
Cami from Syracuse, NY USA wrote on March 1, 2013:
Hi Bruce! Right now Syracuse Childrens theater is doing the Dragonslayers(which you know). We got our parts last weekend and i am Willie in the Sunday afternoon class! So excited! Please write back!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Cami -

Congratulations on being cast as Princess Willie!!!

I think you probably know that I am in Africa right now. I am eager for to be at home for a while so that I can come to rehearsals. I love to watch a show being put together. I hope you're having a great time!

BC
Jean Kim from seoul, korea USA wrote on March 1, 2013:
One more thing to add!! I'm a horrible writer, especially when it comes to choosing topics. But I do love to write and read.. well not often. What can I do?
Reply by Bruce Coville
Keep doing it! You are still learning. No one starts out as a terrific writer. It is a skill you have to practice!

BC
Jean Kim from seoul, Korea wrote on March 1, 2013:
I just finished The Monster's Ring! Its awesome! Where did you get the idea for it? And BTW, Russell... is that a common name?
P.S. You visited our school last year (SIS)
P.P.S. Alan Schroeder came to our school last month!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Jean -

So glad you liked THE MONSTER'S RING! There is no one idea for a book, and the ideas for this one came from many places. Russell is a fairly common name - not as common as Bob or Jim, but certainly not unusual. It was actually the name of a boy in my class when I was a teacher, and I based the character in the book on him.

I loved my visit to SIS!!

BC
willowbrook from bentonville, ar USA wrote on February 28, 2013:
dear Bruce,
Its Duke.Im writing about you for a power point,so i was wondering if you have raw info about you that isn't on the biography.
sinceril Duke.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Duke -

The biography covers most of what I'm willing to let people know. The rest is kind of private! ;>

BC
Aman Narain, AISL from USA wrote on February 28, 2013:
HI BRUCE COVILLE,
ON THURSDAY, 21TH OF FEBUARY, I HEARD YOU CAME TO MY SCHOOL! SORRY, I WAS SICK THAT DAY. I HEARD FROM MANY 5TH GRADERS THAT YOUR SPEECH WAS AWESOME!BRILLIANT JOB ON YOUR SPEECH!!! LUCKILY, I WAS HERE ON FRIDAY, 22ND FEBUARY! YOU SIGNED MY AUTOGRAPH BOOK! THANKS!
OH YEAH...
HERE ARE MY QUESTIONS FOR YOU...
1. WHAT WAS THE FIRST BOOK YOU EVER WROTE?
2. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?
LOVE,
AMAN
PS. YOUR BOOKS ARE AWESOME!
PPS. HERE IS A TITLE THAT I CAME UP WITH MYSELF:
"I ATE MY BRAINS!"
PPPS. CAN YOU PLEASE WRITE AND PUBLISH THAT BOOK FOR ME?
PPPPS. I WILL WRITE TO YOU THE DETAILS AND PLOT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
PPPPPS. THANKS ALOT IF YOU CAN PUBLISH THIS BOOK! IF NOT, THAT'S OK!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Aman -

Oh, I'm sorry you missed school that day. I wish you could have been there.

The first book I ever wrote was called "The Sword and the Citadel" It was never published, because it was not very good. That's part of the learning process . . . you write stuff that's not so good, but it's practice, and you get better.

Your title idea is cool, but it is not one that I am going to write. I already have more ideas than I know what to do with! You should write it yourself, and have fun doing so!

BC
Mary Lou Meehan and class from Ardmore, PA USA wrote on February 28, 2013:
Our fourth grade class just finished reading your My Teacher Is an Alien series. We loved how well you described the characters' feelings. We can't wait until you visit us in May!
Mrs. Meehan and Lang. Arts class
Chestnutwold Elementary School
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Gang -

I am sooooo glad you read the whole series. Book 4 is really the pay off for all that goes before.

I am TOTALLY looking forward to seeing you this May!

BC
Theodora Ashcraft from USA wrote on February 27, 2013:
Hello, Mr. Coville,
I've been thinking about unicorns a lot lately--partly because I plan on re-reading your "Unicorn Chronicles" books, and partly because I'm working on a fantasy trilogy in which there are unicorns.
Something that always stood out to me was how you called a group of unicorns a 'glory'.
And I was wondering: is the term 'glory' copyrighted? For a little while, I thought it might be the actual term for a group of unicorns (like, a set term, such as wolf pack or pride of lions). But then I figured I should ask before I decide to use the term anywhere.
Thanks for your time, sir!
God bless,
Theodora Ashcraft
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Theodora -

Thanks for writing, and particularly for asking about the term "glory" as a name for a group of unicorns. Though it is a term that I came up with, it is not copyrighted. In fact, it is my hope that the word might someday become the commonly accepted term for a group of unicorns. So if you would like to use it in your own stories, please do so, with my blessing!

BC
Craig Acosta from WALKER, LA USA wrote on February 27, 2013:
Dear Mr. Coville,
I love your book, Book of Nightmares, Tales to make you scream. I am ordering the other 3 and can't wait to get them!
Your biggest fan ,
Craig
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Craig -

Delighted to know you loved BOOK OF NIGHTMARES. I think my own story in that book is the scariest one I ever wrote!

BC
L. from nj USA wrote on February 27, 2013:
hi! i was reading yoru guestbook and noticed that a good number of them were from older people, is that weird to you? do you like to read children's books too? what are your favorite author. did you really work as a gravedigger?
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, L. -

Well, I've been publishing books for about 35 years now, so it makes sense that I would get some messages from older readers. It actually delights me to know that people who are 35 or 40 still remember something of mine from when they were in school. I would be much sadder if they had completely forgotten me! ;>

I was indeed a gravedigger. I didn't have much choice - my grandfather ran the cemetery and he needed me to help him!

BC
Isabella from USA wrote on February 27, 2013:
Do you use a different publisher for all your books? Is it hard to find a publisher?
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Isabella -

I have published with many different companies. It is VERY hard to find a publisher when you start out. After you have had some success it generally gets easier.

BC