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Friday May 17, 2013

Dear Alexandra, Alix, Joshua S., Tory, Garrett and Samantha-I get ideas from everywhere, even the newspaper!  Alix, the Bailey School Kids series is my favorite because I've Battle of the Best Friendswritten the most of them.  Alexandra, I'm glad you like Battle of the Best Friends.  Samantha, it is fun to write about monsters!  Tory, I've sold 158 stories to be made into books.
     Olivia, Allie, and Eric-your school seems awesome!  Elizabeth and Sydney, I like to read so I thought it would be cool to write something that someone else might like to read.  Jacob, a new hobby of mine is researching my ancestors.  For instance, I found out my direct ancestor, King John, signed a document called the Magna Carta. 
     Ethan and Madison, thanks for your fun ideas!  Ethan, I write my stories a little at a time. Jadon, Amanda, Emily, and Luke-I'm so glad you like my books.  Emily, I do have some other series ideas in the works.  Amanda, I'm glad you like Aliens Don't Wear Braces.  Hi Nalani. 
     Joshua S. and Robbie (I do like science!)-it is hard to pick one favorite story.   Jack, I do like sports and will play tennis later today.  Lizzie and Richard-my favorite character in The Ghosts Don't Eat Potato ChipsWorst Name in Third Grade is Bridget!  In any book, I'll have to pick Eddie.  Guess what Tyler and Garrett?  There really is a Bridget Butt!  Joshua S., it takes different amounts of time to write a book-the longest was eight years.  Sydney and John, it usually takes about a month to write a Bailey School Kids book, but Ghosts Don't Eat Potato Chips took two years!
     Darcy, my daughter and I wrote a book about a girl who broke her leg playing soccer.  Richard, my favorite color is blue and I do like blueberry pie.
     Rylan, so sorry I mispelled your name.  I was 27 when I sold my first book and I had been writing for about a year Mermaids Don't Run Trackand a half before that.  Michael and John, I do like being a writer and visiting schools.  Egypt is the farthest I've traveled for a school visit.  Right now, I am working on an outline for a book about lampreys, an interesting ocean creature.  Lauren, I'm glad you like Mermaids Don't Run Track.  If you live close to Watchung, NJ I hope you can come to the Watchung Booksellers on Monday at 4:00.  I'll be there!  Have a great weekend, Debbie

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Wednesday May 15, 2013

Dear Jessica, the wolf-fish is pretty creepy.  It has a huge head with really big teeth.  I think an even creepier-looking fish is the hairy angler.  It has a big mouth, but what's strange is that is has these long fin rays all over it's naked- looking body.  Check them out-I think they are both in my glossary.  Best, Debbie

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Tuesday May 14, 2013

Hi Jordan, Jessica, and Laren!  So glad you like my books.  Jessica, the lung fish is really interesting.  Have you ever Cupid Doesn't Flip Hamburgersseen a wolf fish?  It's pretty wild looking.  Kailey and Destiny, thanks for your fun ideas.  I'm glad you like Cupid Doesn't Flip Hamburgers.  My favorite part is the anti-love potion.  Charlize and Emilie, I submit my stories to an editor and if they like them, they get published.  If they don't like them, they don't.  So, I don't always get a choice.  Maybe you could write your ideas for fun, Debbie

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Monday May 13, 2013

Dear Rayna, it is amazing that you have read 65 of the Bailey Schools Kids books.  That is awesome.  Ryan, I think my favorite day is Christmas, but my birthday is good too.  I Aliens Don't Wear Bracesactually have one coming up this week.  Zac, I definitely still shoot hoops.  I have a basketball hoop in my yard.  Jason, your question is hard.  I am proud of all my books.  Whistler's Hollow and Cherokee Sister were the hardest to write though.  TJ, do you mean my favorite character?  Eddie is definitely fun to write about.
     Maddie, I think you can always write, even if it's not the best!  Jeffrey, I think chapter books are fun to write.  Emilie and Charlize, your suggestions sound like great fun!  I'm glad you both like Aliens Don't Wear Braces.  Kai, I do like mysteries.  Do you?  Alex, do you think we should write more Bailey School Kids books?
     Wow, I'm glad you guys are enjoying The Worst Name in Third Grade:  Bella, Emma, Kris, Victoria, Annika, Alex, Dennis, and Kimaya.  The dog is based on my dog, Bailey.    The Slime WarsShe is 17 years old and she is definitely slowing down.  Megan, I'm trying to think of another book like it.  I'm not sure!  Savannah, I think all stories need a problem-sometimes more than one.
     Andy, what kind of stuff would you like to see in a book?  John, I just found out that Emperor Casesar Augustus was my 47th grand uncle.  I think history is interesting.  Do you?
     Allison, Kyra, and Kartik-I'm so happy you like all my books!  Hello to Aaliyah. 
    David, Craig, Cameron, Melissa, Julie, Jonathan, it is hard to pick one favorite book from my 158.  Today, I'm partial to  The Slime Wars.  Felice and Jack R., do you have a favorite Bailey Schools Kids book?  Cameron, my favorite animal is Ghosts Be Gonedefinitely a dog.  Craig, I thought it would be fun to skydive to learn about it for a book, but I was pretty scared! 
     Alexander, it is so neat that The Ghostville Elementary series inspired you to write your own books!  Tiffany, I am rewriting a new Mermaid Tales book today.  It is called Royal Rescue.  Emily, I do prepare before I visit a school.  Sara, I get ideas from everywhere-even newspapers!  Brennen, I love to read, spend time with my family, and play tennis.  Victoria, I think I mostly wanted to write because I enjoy reading so much.  Dary, my daughter and I are working on a story together.  Hope you all have a wonderful Children's Book Week, Debbie
    

 

 

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Thursday May 9, 2013

Dear Aaliyah, writing is my job now, but I used to be a teacher and a librarian.  Ryan, Max, and Colleen (and your sister and brother), I am so glad you like the Bailey School Kids books.  Sarah and Alex, I love to read, do things with my Mummies Don't Coach Softballfamily, and play tennis.
     Yes, Katherine I did get frustrated at first with Nathan some when we wrote Slime Wars and Slime Time, but I think he was more frustrated with me.  But Gabrielle, we did end up having fun with the stories.  Dhruv, I get ideas from everywhere-even the newspaper!  Nikki, a friend with a strange name gave me the idea for The Worst Name in Third Grade.  Ryan, I also feel sorry for the man in your neighborhood.  I hope the kids stop teasing him!  Which character would I bring to life?  That is a tough question.  I must say it would be pretty cool to see This Side of Magic, Keyholders #1a real mermaid!
     Colby, Christopher, and Abby, it is hard to pick one book that is my favorite.  It depends on my mood and the time of year.  Since my family recently went to see the Philadelphia Phillies play, I am really liking Mummies Don't Coach Softball.  Cody, I think funny books are my favorite kind of writing.
     Christopher and Stacey, I am glad you enjoyed Inside the Magic.  Part of the idea came from where I live and a huge border of bushes and trees.  Claire, I must like being creative because my husband says I always like to change things to make them different.
     Sarah, I think longer stories are a weakness for me and I think the chapter book length it a strength for me.  As for writing tips, I hope you'll check out my writing page.  Maybe you'll like my silly writing movie.  I do love to read and my newest book is The Lost Princess.
     Cade and Kayla, I like to read so much I thought it would awesome to write something that someone else might enjoy.  If you live close to Doylestown, PA., I hope you'll come to my booksigning this Sat. at 2:00 at the Doylestown Bookshop.  Have a great weekend, Debbie
    

 

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