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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!

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!
Billy Elmore
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.

Zawad from Lagos, USA wrote on February 20, 2013:
Bruce coville, how do you make up all of these cool ideas for your books.i want to know? What is your favorite book? Oh and I am very excited that you are coming to AISL.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Zawad -

How do I make up all those cool ideas? I have WBS - that's "Weird Brain Syndrome"! ;>

I loved visiting at AISL.

Kally from Lagos wrote on February 20, 2013:
Hi! I am so excited, because tomorrow I am going to meet you! Here are some questions I will ask you tomorrow! Which is your favorite book that you have written? How many schools have you been too? Do you get stuck? How do you get inspired? Is it hard to get inspired? Do you like writing books and why?
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Kally -

I enjoyed my time in your school . . . I hope you enjoyed hearing my presentation.

I have been to more schools than I can count (I've been visiting schools for over 30 years now!) I love writing books, because at heart I am a storyteller.

Ejehi Okosun from USA wrote on February 20, 2013:
I love your books.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Thanks, Ejehi!
Grace from Nigeria wrote on February 19, 2013:
Are you ever stuck? Do you ever run out of things to write? In your previous books, have you ever wanted to stop and quit writing about whatever you were writing about?
Which book that you wrote is your favorite? Why? If you could switch characters with a person in one of your stories, who would it be? Do you prefer long stories or short stories?
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Grace -

Oh, gosh . . . too many questions to answer here. Sure, I get stuck sometimes. I think every writer does. The thing to do is just keep pressing on. And take walks. (WAlks are good for thinking . . .)

I prefer writing long stories, as that seems to be the way my brain works. Short stories are much harder for me!

Gabriel Diarra from Nouakchott, Mauritania wrote on February 18, 2013:
Thanks for your visit, and I hope you come back again.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Thank you, Gabriel. It was a great pleasure to chat with you at lunch yesterday. And I was very happy that you could join me in the workshop afterward.

I hope I come back again, too!

Grace from Nigeria wrote on February 18, 2013:
Dear Bruce,
Do you have any siblings? I do! My sister is Julie who also wrote to you. If you do, how many? I have 2. If you don't would you like one? If you have some are you the youngest or the oldest or the middle? I'm the middle child. I have 2 sisters one older and 1 younger. People say I talk too much and that I am a chatterbox. Is it bad if someone talks a lot?
(I asked my friend if I talked a lot. She said I talk VERY Very Very Very Very Very Very Very much)
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Grace -

I have two brothers and one sister. I am the oldest of the lot. My little sister is a chatterbox, too. Talking a lot is not a bad thing IF you are aware of the person you are talking to. Some chatterboxes do not take cues, do not realize when the other person has had enough. Conversation should be a two way street.

Byron Lee from Skaneateles, New York USA wrote on February 15, 2013:
hey Bruce! an opinion question if you don't mind.
in my book. not only does the Welterr empire have the brotherhood to help them, but they also have a strong military, including an army and navy.
i heard of two high navy ranks... Fleet Admiral, and Grand Admiral.
though i am going to use both ranks in the book, i had contemplation's of which rank should be higher. most of the people i talked to said Grand Admiral sounded higher than Fleet Admiral.
but i'd like your opinion as well. Out of Fleet Admiral and Grand Admiral, which one sounds like the higher rank to you?
thanks for everything!
Byron Lee
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Byron -

Ah, now we have hit an important point. Even when writing fantasy literature, you will be using real life things (such as the navy). Which means that you must do your research. Really, even a book that comes almost entirely from your imagination involves research. You're lucky, in that research is much easier now in the age of the internet than it was when I started.

In this case, the real question is not which rank sounds higher to me (that would be Grand Admiral) but which is really higher. So you need to study the structure of rank in the Navy.

This is a really important thing for a young writer to realize. Research is your friend!

All best

Grace from Lagos, Nigeria wrote on February 15, 2013:
Dear Mr. Coville,
My class loves you. We read your short story, the metamorphosis of Joe Jones. it was really good. I love your vivid titles and how they are very interesting. In fact, my whole class is assigned to make a cover of a book( we aren't really writing it) that use really vivid titles. Mine is the day all the numbers dissapeared. In fact, i even think the whole grade is doing that. That shows how much we show that you have awesome titles.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Grace -

Sorry for the blank message just before this. My computer did something goofy and I can't figure out how to undo it!

I'm delighted that you liked "Metamorphosis" - it's a story I'm particularly proud of. I think your "vivid title" book cover assignment sounds really interesting. Hope you have a great time doing it!