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Laura Nicely from Lagos, Nigeria wrote on February 22, 2013:
Hey Bruce,
How could you write My teacher is an Alien as if you were a young girl in 6th grade so well? It must be so hard. Do you cracking codes if you had the key? I love to.
-Laura
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Laura -

I'm glad you think that Susan's first person narration in MY TEACHER works so well. I was a teacher for a long time, and I paid very close attention to the kids in my classes. All that observation paid off when it came time to write the book. That's one of the main things a writer must do . . . watch people at all times.

BC
Laura Nicely from Lagos, Nigeria wrote on February 22, 2013:
Hi Mr. Coville,
How do you get inspired about the fantasy part of your books? Do your ideas only come from the real world or dreams? Do you sometimes get scared about the reviews for your books?
Sincerely,
Laura
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Laura -

Much of the fantasy in my books is inspired by endless reading of myth, legend, folklore, and fairy tales.

I don't generally get ideas from dreams, though I do get them from the time I am drifting off to sleep, or coming out of sleep.

Reviews don't generally scare me, though they sometimes annoy me! ;>

BC
Sara from Washington, DC, USA wrote on February 22, 2013:
Dear Mr. Coville,
I just wanted to send a special thank you for being such an inspiration to me growing up. I have always loved your stories, and the first book I remember my parents reading to me was Sarahs Unicorn. This book has always been special to me, since my name is Sara too, and I always imagined myself in the main characters shoes with a friend like Oakhorn. I remember even writing him letters too, that I would leave in the kitchen, hoping he would somehow read them. In retrospect, it was silly, but my parents would often play along and write back as "Oakhorn the Unicorn," leaving the messages for me to find. I couldn't figure out how a unicorn could write letters with no hands, but attributed it to magic until I eventually realized that I recognized the handwriting... Go figure... ha ha. It WAS magic while it lasted though, and inspired me to start writing my own stories for fun.
When I was a little older, I read all the Space Brat books, as well as the My Teacher is an Alien series. I still have all the originals, and I practically devoured them when they were new. I have very fond memories of sitting in my room after I was supposed to be asleep, reading them. Plus, my brother loved them too!
Now that I am a "grown-up," (which is a relative term- I fear I will never completely be one) I am working in the science writing and communication fields, but would love to write a great fantasy or sci-fi novel one day too! ^_^
I hope you continue writing, and although I am no longer a little girl, I feel I will always enjoy your stories because they keep us young at heart. I will be sure to keep an eye out for new things from you. I'm so glad I found this site to tell you!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Dear Sara -

My deep thanks for this lovely message, and my deep apologies for not replying sooner. When you sent this I was on a speaking tour in Africa, and I am still catching up with all the desk/mail/email that I let slide while I was traveling.

I cannot tell you how much I love the thought of you writing letters to Oakhorn and of your parents providing replies. (Some mighty fine parenting going on there!)

Later this week I'll be performing a version of "Sarah's Unicorn" with Author's Readers Theatre (ART) a four person group created by the great children's author Avi. I wish you could be there to hear it.

Don't worry about the "grown up" thing - as long as you keep a child's heart alive in you it's all right. (I speak from experience.) And I wish you the very best of luck with your own writing. May you create something wonderful and well-loved!

With my very best wishes,

BC
osenke ohiwerei from lagos, lagos nigeria wrote on February 21, 2013:
bruce coville you are my favorite author i go to aisl have you met the librarian ms. riley she is very nice. do you like our school do you like lagos which is your favorite book you have written i have so many questions!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Osenke -

I'm delighted to know I am your favorite author!

I liked being in your school very much.

BC
Laura Nicely from Lagos, Nigeria wrote on February 21, 2013:
Dear Mr. Coville,
Today you went to my school (AISL) and I wanted to thank you for that. You know Grace in 5th grade, right? Well, she's my friend. I have always wanted to write books, but I'm too scared to show anyone. Can you help?
From,
Laura
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Laura -

I was delighted to visit AISL. And, yes, I exchanged many messages with Grace.

As to your books and stories - you need to find one good friend that you can trust to share them with.

BC
Grace from Lagos, You know where wrote on February 21, 2013:
Where are you going next?
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Grace -

My next stop was Abuja, then Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, then home to the states!

BC
Mihica from Lagos, Nigeria wrote on February 21, 2013:
Hello, Mr. Coville. You visited our school today (American International School Lagos) and talked to the fifth grade about yourself and your books. I am in Mrs. Baietto's class. I do believe that my friends and I presented you with a box of shortbread cookies. I hope you like them! My teacher has read us 2 books of yours: In Our Own Hands and Biscuits of Glory. I really enjoyed Biscuits of Glory. I have one question for you: How many schools have you visited in Africa?
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Mihica -

Thanks for this message . . . and thanks for the shortbread cookies! I did share some of them with the librarians (because it would not be polite to stuff my face in front of them!) I can tell you that they were delicious. Also, a very clever gift. I really appreciated it.

I visited 5 schools while I was in Africa. I am home now, but I am still savoring my time on your continent. It was a wonderful trip!

BC
Grace from Nigeria wrote on February 21, 2013:
You were funny when you talked to 5th grade. You are good at impursanations. Thanks for signing my bookmark. It was a pleassure to meet you.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Grace -

I'm glad you thought I was funny. I live to amuse!

BC
Sophie from lagos, lagos nigeria wrote on February 20, 2013:
Hello Bruce Coville,
I met you today at my school at the end of the day. I have some questions,
1, when did you start writing? 2, how many books did you write? 3, did you enjoy the school?
sophie 🙂
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Sophie -

Nice to hear from you. I started writing when I was in my teens, but I did not sell a book until I was 27. I have [published 101 books, but also written others that did not get published. And I loved - LOVED - visiting your school!

BC
Billy Elmore from Ruskin, Florida USA wrote on February 20, 2013:
Dear Bruce Coville,
I have became very fond of your books.My favorite series of your books is My Teacher Is An Alien. I am now reading The Fish In Room 11. Can you give me more information about your books? If any replys or more you can e-mail me at [billyelmore47@yahoo.com].
Thank you very much!
Sincerely,
Billy Elmore
billyelmore47@yahoo.com
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Billy -

Thanks for this message. I am sorry I did not respond more promptly - I was traveling in Africa when it arrived! (I spent almost a month there speaking in different schools.)

There is a ton of information about my books right on the website . . . go to the BOOKS section and you'll often find sneak previews, and sometimes even a message or an essay about the book.

BC