Monday December 21, 2009
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Can you believe it's almost 2010? I hope this year brings you much happiness and lots of fun surprises. Hi to Jessica. Carina, I've written stories with Nathan and Becky, but not with Alex (yet). Becky and I hope to get our story published (I think it rocks).
Shannon, I get ideas from lots of places, even the newspaper. My children have given me lots of ideas. For instance, right now I'm working on a skateboarding story since my youngest son is into skateboarding. I wrote Angels Don't Know Karate because my two sons took karate lessons (I did too for a while). Marcia and I got the idea for Elves Don't Wear Hard Hats from a school near us where the parents and community got together to build a playground that the kids got to design. Alexis, I do like writing chapter books-they're fun. (I'm working on a skateboarding book.) Two new authors-good luck with your writing. I get character's names mostly from the phone book. Amarie, congrats on meeting your reading goal. That's awesome. I hope you'll like Whistler's Hollow. Harshini and Harika, my newest books are #3 and #4 of The Keyholder series, Inside the Magic and The Wrong Side of Magic. Harshini, please tell your little sister I said hello.
Bryleigh, the Bailey School Kids Junior books are Eddie, Melody, Howie, and Liza when they were in second grade. There are more pictures and the words are a bit easier to read. One of my favorite is Reindeer Do Wear Striped Underwear. The Swamp Monster in Third Grade is a series of four books. In the first one a boy swamp monster goes to school and spends the night in a human house. He can't sleep until he pours water on the pillow! Wait until you find out what changes him into a human-you'll never want to eat them again! Alex, Hilda is a bit magical in Snow Monster Mystery don't you think? (I did have fun for Christmas, did you?)
Brianna, unless someone asks me not to display a post, they are shown unless it's inappropriate. They can be traced or blocked if necessary. Hope all is well, Debbie
Friday December 18, 2009
MERRY CHRISTMAS! I hope everyone has a great holiday. Casey and Salma, I'm so glad you like my books. Casey, please tell your mom I said hello. Bryleigh, thanks for the information. I must admit I like Eddie too and I love red hair! I have no plans to come to TN in 2010, but maybe your school can invite me. Check with your teacher or librarian. It's easy, they can contact me on my event page.
Hannah, I think you are thinking of Whistler's Hollow. Colon, for this time of year Christmas stories are my favorites (like Mrs. Claus Doesn't Climb Telephone Poles because it has my daughter in it), but my first story was Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots. Josiah and Josiah, you might like to try out my writer's page (don't forget to scroll down for more info). One tip is that I wouldn't worry about the title first, sometimes a title will appear while you are writing your story or you can brainstorm it after you are finished with the story. To a kid: click here to get to the character sheet (it's on the writing page). Many blessings, Debbie
Thursday December 17, 2009
Hi Samantha and Kayla, I hope you'll enjoy Whistler's Hollow and Slime Wars. I gave the book to your librarian so you can find out what's in the attic in Whistler's Hollow. Michael, your story sounds cool. Go for it! Emily, I'm not sure if we will do more Ghostville books. Do you think we should? Samantha, I love your funny ideas! Mia, good luck with your writing. You and Michael might like to check out my writing page. Casey and Hannah, you might like to go there too for writing tips. Your dog story sounds very exciting.
Ashley, I'm so glad you liked Angels Don't Know Karate and Trolls Don't Ride Roller Coasters. I have lots of favorites and this time of year, Angels Don't Know Karate is definitely one of them. Rachael, my least favorite is probably Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express because of some of the changes my editor made without asking me, although I do like the story itself.
Ryan, I love your ideas, especially the ones for the Keyholders! Catelin, your idea was so funny. Your mom sounds totally cool. Lexi, what book did you mean? You and Hardika, should go to your school or public library. You can check books out there for free.
Kevin, it was awesome to hear from you. It's so strange, I was thinking about you and Brendan from Australia the other day-wondering how you guys were doing. How's fifth grade? A big hello to Larun.
Have you tried making your own comics at Comic Creator? You might like to try it over your winter vacation. It's fun. Hope you'll also enjoy snuggling up with one of my books over the holiday-maybe Unicorns Don't Give Sleigh Rides. Merry Christmas! Debbie
Monday December 14, 2009
Anyone ready for Winter Break? My kids certainly are. They have to go until the day before Christmas though.
Hi Jorja and Carlos, I'm so glad you like the Bailey School Kids books. Carlos, I like the name Dracula so much I named one of the characters in the Keyholder series Dracula. He's a dragon!
Hunter, I'm glad you enjoy both the Bailey School Kids books and the Ghostville Elementary stories. I am guessing that you read A Very Haunted Holiday. Am I right? Thank you for wishing me a Merry Christmas and I wish you a Merry Christmas too. For me, Christmas is a time to remember that God sent Jesus to us. In fact, to help me remember I put small Nativity scenes throughout my house. I have five of them: one in each bedroom and one in my dining room. The one in my dining room is special because my brother made it for me, but the one is my bedroom is the one that my grandmother had. It wasn't expensive (one still has a sticker from the dime store for 75 cents), but it was my grandmother's (Lillie Bailey) so to me it's priceless.
Eloise, I'm glad you enjoyed Aliens Don't Wear Braces. I was just at the orthodonist yesterday with my youngest son. I did not see any aliens there! Nikki, so good to hear from you. Maybe your Middle School librarian would like to get my new Keyholder series. It's a bit harder than the Bailey School Kids books. Bryleigh, I have been lucky enough to meet Judy Blume, but I don't believe I've ever met Barbara Park. Ashley, I think the Bailey School Kids and The Keyholders are tied for favorite series right now.
I hope you all have a lovely holiday and that the time you spend with your family is joyous (remember nobody is perfect), Debbie
P.S. To my friend who doesn't want her name revealed, I think being friends is the best way to go now. Best friends do make good boy friends though.
Sunday December 6, 2009
I'm putting up Christmas decorations and I love it! It's also the season for reading Christmas stories. Hope you'll check out Mrs. Claus Doesn't Climb Telephone Poles (my daughter Becky's picture is in the story).
Hi Dawson, I've written about 147 books. I am lucky to be friends with Marcia Jones. It's been fun writing with her. You can find out more about me in the about me section of events and in the book report section. Abigail, I'm so glad you enjoyed Mrs. Jeepers Scariest Halloween Ever. Allen, you sound like you really love to write. Wow, fifty books is amazing. Hazel, I think I wanted to be a writer because I enjoy reading so much. Anything can happen in a story! I'd love to see your bookmark. Surya, I know about getting in trouble for talking too much. Good luck! My newest books are Inside the Magic and The Wrong Side of Magic.
Matthew, you have a cool school-it's so big! Bananabites, you can find more information about Eddie in the swamp club in the meet the Bailey School Kids page. Carina, Becky and I have not sold our book yet, but I am hopeful. Crystal, Cole,Erin and Amanda, I am writing a dragon story next. What do you think I should call it? Megha, I like the mystery in Skeletons Don't Play Tubas. I also like the name Claude for a skeleton, don't you? My favorite part is in chapter nine when they are in the dark hallway and the skeleton is after them. I make books by writing what I hope are fun stories. I am reading the story I just finished out loud to my youngest son. He is giving me suggestions. Reading out loud is a great way to find things in your story that you want to change because they don't sound quite right. Susie, the three things in the savenger hunt in Triplet Trouble and the Class Trip are on page 23 and 24 (a mummy, mouse, and a quarter). Katelyn, my first book was Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots. Isabella, I'm so glad you like Werewovles Don't Go To Summer Camp. gtg put up more Christmas decorations (IT IS MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY!), Debbie
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