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Hannah from Los Angeles, California USA wrote on February 25, 2013:
Hello my name is Hannah.I am from the U.S.A ,and I am from the great state of California.I live in Abuja. I am African-American. I have never read one of your books ,but I would like to know some of them. I heard that some of your books have aliens in them. That is so cool because I love books about aliens. Please write back to me!!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Hannah -

I have enjoyed visiting your school in Abuja.

I do indeed have aliens in many of my books. In fact I have written over twenty-five books that have aliens!

Sophie from Munich, Germany wrote on February 25, 2013:
Hello my name is Sophie. I from Germany but I live in Nigeria and I go to Aisa in Abuja I saw you today. I have blond hair and white peach skin. How many books do you write in a year? I was happy to saw you. I want to read a book from you.Please write back to me!
Your Friend,
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Sophie -

I had a wonderful time at your school. It's a terrific place.

How many books do I write a year? It depends on what kind of books I'm writing, how long and/or complicated they are, and how many other things (like traveling) I am doing. I try to write at least two books a year, but I do not always accomplish it.

All best,

Hiba from Abuja, FCT Nigeria wrote on February 25, 2013:
Hi.Sometimes i think some author just want to try to finish the book, but when my teacher read your book i really felt that you took the time to actually took the time for ideas.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Hiba -

Thank you for this nice compliment. I never want to be one of those authors who just wants to get to the end! So I appreciate you saying this!

princess from Abuja, Nigeria wrote on February 25, 2013:
Hi Mr.Coviville
I want to know how you get your ideas of these characters and what made you experience to be an author? Your books are absolutely wonderful and amazing, especially Biscuits of Glory.
Your awesome. P.S. you have a pretty wife.I will meet you at A.I.S.A school library today.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Princess -

The reason I wrote "Biscuits of Glory" was that a friend of mine was putting together a collection of stories called HAUNTED HOUSE and she wanted me to write a story for her. The rule was that it had to be a ghost story in a specific room of the house, and I volunteered to do the kitchen!

moesha from abuja, nigeria wrote on February 25, 2013:
hi Bruce conville i love your book Biscuits of Glory I just read it this morning
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Moesha -

Glad you liked BISCUITS. That one was fun to write!

Laura from Lagos Nigeria wrote on February 25, 2013:
Dear Bruce,
Does the main character in a story always have to solve the problem on his own or can someone else help him?
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Laura -

Good question! The main character can definitely have help, but really should handle the hardest part of whatever the solution is. If it involves making a decision, others can advise him or her, but the character must finally make the choice.

Sophia from Nouakchott, Mauritania wrote on February 24, 2013:
Hi there Mr. Coville!
My class enjoyed attending your talk. Thanks for gracing Nouakchott with your presence. And yes! I am using your acronym (GSIGSO).
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Sophia -

Thanks for this. Always good to know that a class enjoyed my yammerings! ;> And I'm delighted to know that you've added GSIGSO to the classroom vocabulary!


Grace Rossi from akron, OH USA wrote on February 24, 2013:
Dear Mr. Coville,(or should I call you Bruce?)
I read always october and fell in love. I got so many kids I know stuck on it. I liked it so much that I came up with a sequel called "never november." In it Jake and Lily return to Always October to find it's been taken over ( by guess who) and turned into a place where all the monsters are humans. It's up to Jake and Lily to save Always October again. Or will they be to late? So what do you think? If you like it, you should know I'm 11 on feb. 26 2013.
from, Grace
P.S. I played Freya in "The Theft of Thor's Hammer" last year.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Grace -

Firstly, you should feel free to call me Bruce.

Secondly, I'm delighted that you loved Always October. As my 100th book, it holds a special place in my heart.

Thirdly, I think Never November is a brilliant idea for a title to a sequel. Sadly, right now it seems as if a sequel is unlikely, since my editor for OCTOBER has gone to a different publishing house, and the new editors do not seem to be interested in a follow-up. It's too bad, because I loved writing about Jake and Lily.

And, finally . . . SOOOO cool that you got to play Freya. She's a great character and I bet you had a lot of fun doing it!

Thanks for writing!

Zaynah Folawiyo from Lagos, Lagos Nigeria wrote on February 23, 2013:
I love your book my teacher is an alien. You came to aisl to see 3rd grade students and I am one of them. I really like the good writing ideas you have.
Yours truly, Zaynah
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Zaynah -

I had a great time visiting your school! I'm glad you enjoyed my presentation. You guys were a blast to talk to.

Judy from Boston, MA USA wrote on February 23, 2013:
Hi Bruce,
I just finished reading Almost October last night and loved it! As an adult (a couple years younger than you) my guilty pleasure is reading kids books. This is one of the best I've read in quite a while. Thank you for writing such a great story.
p.s. I'm originally from Rochester, NY - nice to know someone from my neck of the woods is such a great author. Please keep writing!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Judy -

Oh, many thanks for this! Always October is very new, so I'm really delighted to get feedback on it. So pleased to know that you enjoyed it.

Glad you want me to keep writing, as I have every intention of doing so! ;>