Monday March 8, 2010
You guys have such awesome and funny ideas! Thanks Gina, Vanessa, Roshni, Sara, Rylie, Drake, Lauren, Kristin, Maggie, and Isabel, and Richy. Tyler, sometimes people suggest ideas and sometimes I get them from something that happens or I simply brainstorm. A big hello to Ava, Mia, Dillion, and Dylan. Dillion, some books are harder to write than others. Jacob, I'm hoping there will be a Keyholders #5, but my editor is still thinking about it. If all you want to help, you all can write her and tell her you'd like more Keyholders. You can write to her at Keyholders Editor 175 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10010. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Nick, Keyholders #3 and 4 are my most recent books. Casey, I did write the Ghostville books with Marcia Jones. Yes, I have been lucky enough to travel out of the country to places like Mexico, Bahamas, Germany, Austria, Bermuda, Scotland, England, France, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, and Croatia. Some of them I went to by myself to visit schools, others with my family.
Gina, Gianna, Nate, Meghan, and Olivia I wish you good luck with your writing. I'm so glad I inspired you Gianna and Gina. Nate, you inspired me to do more on my website for writing. In fact, next week I hope to have a brand new video up about writing. You and Bridget might like to take a careful look at all the things on my writing page. Scott, the hardest Bailey School Kids book to write was Ghosts Don't Eat Potato Chips. Sarah and Izzy, you can tell what's it like to be an author from the pictures there. I also tell a lot about the steps to writing. Sarah, I hope you'll like The Worst Name in Third Grade. Meghan, of course you can write a book! I told Becky about your good wishes. She said thanks! Gianna, I do have some games you guys might like to try on my Swamp Page. One of my favorites is the trivia game. Play it to see how well you know the Bailey School Kids. Grace, Cameron, and Connor, there are 51 numbered Bailey School Kids books. There are more Super Specials and Holiday specials. Avyn, I guess I've had a lot of practice writing. I just keep trying! Soumyaa, I do practice tennis as well, but just for fun. Lauren M., I hope you'll read Whistler's Hollow to find out what happens at the end. Danielle, I'll send your school a copy. Ally, I hope you'll like Slime Wars and Slime Time. Megan, I hope to make more books. I'd love to visit your school. Ask your librarian or principal to contact me. Meghan, my first book came out in 1990. Kara, Damiya, and Nick would you believe me if I said I was a thousand years old? I am married and my favorite color is blue. Sam, I think we first thought of Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots on a Wednesday. Andrea, that was my first book. Brianna, I have three dogs. Journi, I like to play tennis. Aiden, I'm glad you like my books. Brock, I have been thinking about presidents lately. Chloe, I have watched Jumanji. Have you read the book? Izzy and Hope, Happy Saint Patrick's Day to you too. I hope you'll enjoy Leprechauns Don't Play Basketball. The honey bee waltz is my favorite part. Brittany, I hope you have fun at your school dance and I'm glad you like Sea Monsters Don't Ride Motorcycles. Did you know my husband has a big red Harley and I have a little bitty scooter? It's beautiful weather here where I live in Bucks County PA. It's like spring and the sun is shining. I love it! ttyl, Debbie
Monday March 1, 2010
Faith, I think I need a unicorn and a sleigh to help me get through all the snow that's been coming down around my house. I'm glad you liked Unicorns Don't Give Sleigh Rides. Janel, I am amazed that you bought a case of books for your class. That was really nice of you. Rosalie, I think starting your story in the middle of some action is a good way to begin. Eeluiah, you make chapter books just like you make any story, only you break the story up into chapters. Check out my writing page for tips that might be helpful.
Giana, you can find out what Bridgett's last name is in the book The Worst Name in Third Grade. Marissa, I'm glad you like that story. Sarah, I hope Becky and I will write another story together. Molly and Emily, thanks for your funny, creative ideas! Satya, when my hand gets tired, I just take a break. Amber, I try to practice writing everyday. I do get ideas from everyone, even from kids who write me here. Jordan, I think the books I wrote with the most characters would be the Ghostville Elementary books. Of course, some of the characters were ghosts! Jaison, I can't write a batman book to sell because someone owns the batman copyright and they would get mad if I used it. Rachel, Nathan and I only wrote Slime Wars and Slime Time together. I wrote Giants Don't Go Snowboarding with Marcia Jones. Dakota and Frances, I've never made a dinosaur or a jungle book. Do you think I should? Nicholas, I've written about 147 books. Monica, Zachary, and Peyton, Slime Wars is one of my favorites. Jame, one of my favorite books that I didn't write is The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything. Caiden, I love to read so I've read lots of books. Liza, I have three wonderful children.
Zoraida, Chelsea, and Alexander, the answer to your question is on my book report page. Vanessa, you might like to look there as well for help with your report. There's another picture of Carrie in the Cupid magazine. I'm glad you like Cupids Don't Flip Hamburgers. Jalynn, I became an author by simply writing stories and asking a publisher if they'd like to make them into books. My son got his ideas for Slime Wars from things that happened to him at school. Kimberli, I can't juggle! Lauren, I'm so glad you like The Other Side of Magic. Owen, I have written a story where someone goes sky-diving. I hope it will be published. Yes Max, I was definitely scared when I went sky-diving. You can watch me by clicking here. Hakimah, I like the title of your story. You can write me at kid's talk. Nicholas, I've never counted up how many schools I've visted, but it's been quite a few. I'm going to two next week if the snow doesn't cancel school. My kids are so happy because they had a snow day on Friday. We had chocolate chip muffins and fruit for breakfast. Yum! Jackson and Shannon, I'm so glad you like my books. Shannon, your school is great! Thanks for letting me visit. Janel, I do love to read and write. Click here to listen to me read from my first book. Take care and remember that you are the only you in the entire world! Best, Debbie
Saturday February 20, 2010
Hi everyone! Alan, I like funny books too. Hopefully we'll get to do more Bailey School Kids books. We have a proposal into Scholastic right now. Tifany, John Steven Gurney is the original illustrator of the Bailey School Kids books. Nathan Hale has done the newer covers. For instance, on the right is John Steven Gurney's and on the left is Nathan Hale's cover of Zombies Don't Play Soccer. Thanks for your funny idea.
Melissa, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the book that Becky and I wrote together too! I hope you'll enjoy Keyholders. Britany and Lauren, I'm glad you like the Keyholders series. Cadee, the Keyholder books are my newest. Lauren, thanks for your fun idea. Allison, I've wanted to write a fairy story for a while. I keep thinking about it. I get ideas from lots of places, like from you and from my kids and even from TV.
Terri, Brianna, and Brooke, the idea for my first book (Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots)came from a bad day. I wrote it with my friend Marcia in two weeks. Scholastic bought it as an individual book and it grew into a series. Ellie, I do love writing. I also love tennis. Sometimes when I'm playing tennis it's hard and I'm disappointed when I miss an easy shot. Afterwards, I think how much fun I had playing. It's the same way with writing. Sometimes it's really hard when I'm in the middle of writing something. Then, afterwards I smile and think, 'man, that was fun!' So, yes Brooke, I am writing something right now. Actually, I'm rewriting right now. I'm changing a story to make it better-which is the hardest part of writing for me. Ellie, please tell your friend Jolene I said hello and thanks! Megan, I would recommend that you just write and have fun with it. Olivia, I wish you good luck with your writing too. Farley sounds awesome. You might like to check out my writing page.
Jason, I'm glad you like Dracula Doesn't Drink Lemonade. Preston, I did write a skeleton book-Skeletons Don't Play Tubas. I hope you'll check it out. Jonathan, Shantel, Brooke and Kelsey I'm so glad you like the Bailey School Kids books. Rachel, thanks for your funny idea. I am working on a zombie book. Mr. Freeborn, thanks so much for your nice note. I think you have some great students. What's up back at you Shaelyn. I'm doing pretty well. Isabella, I'm so glad you liked Wolfman Don't Hula Dance and Hercules Doesn't Pull Teeth. Did you know that I did write a book about bigfoot? It's called Bigfoot Doesn't Square Dance. Yes, I have written other series. You can check them out on my book page. ttyl, Debbie
Saturday February 13, 2010
More snow? If you're snowed in I hope you have some good books and hot chocolate to snuggle up with. Olivia, I'm so glad you liked Elves Don't Wear Hard Hats. Tiffany, your magician idea was great. If you get a snow day, you might enjoy writing that story yourself. My writing page might give you some helpful suggestions. Brittany, I'm glad you liked the title of Ghosts Don't Eat Potato Chips. In that story, the kids go to an old west town where they have some adventures, including meeting up with a ghost! I hope you'll enjoy the story. Maggie, I'm glad you like Ghouls Don't Scoop Ice Cream. The chapter called Super Eddie is one of my favorites. Your ideas were amazing. Did you know there's a spaghetti story on my website? Adam, I like funny stories too. I'm so glad you like mine.
Maverick, I really like your name. I'm so happy you liked Sea Serpents Don't Juggle Water Balloons. Melissa, when Marcia and I wrote the first Bailey School Kids book, we told that Mrs. Jeepers was a vampire. Our editor thought that was too scary and asked us to make the endings the way they are. I'm delighted you enjoyed the series and I laughed at your hippi idea. I hope you'll try out the Keyholder or another one of my series. Kristen, I'm glad you liked book one of Keyholders, This Side of Magic. Your idea about a prequel was very interesting. Meanwhile, I hope you'll try books two through four. Megan, the illustrator of the Keyholders books is Adam Stover. I do get suggestions from fans. They have awesome ideas. Nina, thanks for your well wishes. I thought the book Becky and I wrote turned out really funny. It's with Hyperion (a Disney publisher) right now, so we'll see what happens. I do like the snow-I bet you enjoyed the snow days. I hope you have a great St. Valentine's Day. ttyl, Debbie
Saturday February 6, 2010
Wow, I can't believe the snow falling outside my office window. It's so pretty. My son can't wait to get outside and play in it, but we'll have to wait until the blizzard slows down. He wants to snowboard on this hill close to us, like in Giants Don't Go Snowboarding.
I hope you'll listen to the new podcast I just put up about The Wrong Side of Magic. Megan, it's fun to write about Eddie, Melody, Howie, and Liza. Marcia and I also have Carey and Howie in some of the stories. Brittany, I think your name would be good to put in a story. Did you know I wrote a book called Ghosts Don't Ride Wild Horses? I like horses too. I always thought it would be cool to have one, but I never have.
Jordan, Kenan, Annika, and Tiffany, I enjoyed your funny ideas. They made me laugh. Annika, I've written about 147 books. Tiffany, I like writing so I don't know how many stories I'll make. Happy birthday Elizabeth! I like your funny idea. I am fine. How are you? Mark, I have an idea for another pirate book I'd like to write someday. Did you know I've written two pirate books with my friend Marcia? We wrote Pirates Don't Wear Pink Sunglasses and Pirates Do Ride Scooters. Shane, I hope your book report went well. I liked your idea too. In fact, did you know Marcia and I did write a story about a kid/monster who has a pet monster? It's called Kilmer's Pet Monster. Sierra, I am 500,000 plus 6,050 plus 1,000,000 minus 1,506,000 years old. Shelby, I have been writing about twenty years! Samar, God bless you! Chloe and Srija, I'm so glad you like my stories. Srija, good luck with your fantasy. Shelby, I can't think of a time where that happened. ttyl, Debbie
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