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Sunday February 8, 2009

 heartsHappy Saint Valentine's Day (coming soon on Saturday), so if you haven't made your mom, dad, or someone a special card it's still not too late!  I must like Valentine's Day because I've written Cupid Doesn't Flip Hamburgersseveral books about it, like Cupid Doesn't Flip Hamburgers (love the anti-love potion) and Cupid Does Eat Chocolate Covered Snails (what's not to love about chocolate covered snails?).Cupid Does Eat Chocolate Covered Snails
Ashley, I'm glad you love my books.  Thanks so much for writing.  A big howdy to Lexi and Hanna, stay cool and hope you get some chocolate for Valentine's Day.  Jamie, it will be great to see you and your sister in April.  You must be an amazing reader.  I think Harry (in Snow Monsters do Drink Hot Chocolate) could do his cool tricks because he practiced a lot.  Vivian the Great, I'm not sure if the world is ready for a biography of me, but I did have great fun writing The Slime WarsThe Slime Wars with Nathan.  He's a totally cool son.  Did I tell you my daughter, Becky, and I finished the book we wrote together?  It was rejected, so we rewrote it.  I think it turned out totally fabulous so I hope we sell it.  It has several different titles, but one is Invisible.  Lily, Mrs. Jeepers house is haunted don't you think?  Liza played the saxophone in Skeletons don't Play Tubas.  Jason, I'm glad you enjoyed Bogeymen Don't Play Football.Bogeymen Don't Play Football  Did you see me watching the game?  I'm sitting in one of the crowd scenes with Marcia.
     About the goals that I set for myself at the beginning of January, I'm actually doing very well.  I've accomplished about half and I'm moving on the others.  I'm really into the time travel/historical fiction book that I'm writing now.  My character is shy and lost in another time.  I hope you have the most amazing week possible, Debbie

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Monday February 2, 2009

 Wow, two days in a row.  That must be a record for Debbie Dadey, John S. Gurney, and Marcia T. Jonesme.  Just had to say hurrah for the Steelers and boo for the groundhog.  The groundhog said that we have to wait six more weeks for spring.  I'm ready now!
     Alex, to answer your questions:1. How did you and Mrs. Jones meet?   We taught at the same school.  The picture here is of me, John Steven Gurney, and Marcia acting scared.  It was taken a while back.  2. What city and state does she live in? She lives in Lexington, KY.  3. Do you know any childhood struggles she had? Marcia was the youngest child, so that was tough sometimes.  4. How do you two come up with ideas for the books?  We get ideas from everywhere, even the newspaper.  5. How often do you two meet up to write books? We usually write via the Internet and only see each other a few times a year.  6. Who are some authors that you two looked up to when you were young? Beverly Cleary and Winston Rawls 7. What keeps you two attached to writing? Anything can happen in a story.  What makes reading and writing so fun? Again, anything can happen in a story and you can go anywhere and be anything!  
     Thanks to Nikki and Riley for writing.  Stay cool, Debbie
 

 

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Sunday February 1, 2009

      Anyone watching the Super Bowl tonight?  Of course, I'm rooting for the Steelers since I live in PA.  I'm also hoping the Groundhog cooperates this week and doesn't see his shadow so spring will come.  I'm ready for warmer weather.  How about you?  I feel sorry for my mom and brother in KY.  This week they were without power for about four days.  I think we get used to life with electricity.  What a shock to have no computer, Aliens Don't Wear Bracesno TV, and no heat!
     Greetings to Colin.  I'm so glad you liked Aliens Don't Wear Braces.  We got the idea from one of Marcia's students.  They were joking around and came up with the title.  WDracula Doesn't Rock and Rolle had a lot of fun writing
Dracula Doesn't Rock
and Roll
.  In fact, we were on such a roll that we wrote it in about a week!   Nikki and Riley-thanks for writing, you guys rock!
     Nikki, my daughter and I are working on a story about good girls and bad girls.  I hope it gets published, I think it's fun.  Jaeda, the inspiration for the first Bailey School Kids book came from a bad day at school.  We thought if we were monster teachers, all the kids would mind us!  Vivian, I've been to Las Vegas a few times, but I live in PA. 
      Riley and Kendra, thanks for your funny ideas!  I really liked the fairy named Cleo.  I used to have a great dog named Cleo.  Have a good week and be happy, Debbie

 

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Monday January 26, 2009

     Wow, this month is zooming by.  My kids and I painted at the Senior Center near us on Martin Luther King's birthday.  I hope the Seniors there like Wizards Don't Need Computerspink (okay coral)!        
     A big hello to Nikki, I'm glad you liked Wizards Don't Need Computers.  Of course I'd love to visit Canada.  I've only been there twice.  Once to Niagara Falls and once to Vancouver, after an Alaskan Cruise.  Shaye, you sound like an amazing reader.  Do you have a favorite book?  Michelle and Veronica, you can write me snail mail at 557 Broadway NY, NY 10012.  Courtney, I can ski but I think I'll stay away from snowboarding.  I hope you had fun and best The Worst Name in Third Gradewishes with your writing.  You might like to try the Scholastic website for their writing contest
     Hey Taylor, I'm glad you loved The Worst Name in Third Grade.  I had fun writing it.  I got the idea from someone I grew up with who had a name that wasn't so wonderful.  Vivian the Great, thanks for writing.  I hope you understand for safety's sake it's good not to give out your personal email on the Internet.  Bekah, it's awesome to have goals.  I'm still working on the ones I set at the beginning of this month.  I have some done, but some I haven't started yet.  I'd better get going!  Best, Debbie

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Monday January 19, 2009

Snow Monsters Do Drink Hot Chocolate Whew!  I'm feeling like a snow monster today.  These huge white flakes keep falling, just like a blizzard.  My kids are hoping for no school tomorrow, but they already had off today for Martin Luther King's birthday.  We were pretty bummed yesterday when the Philadelphia Eagles lost their playoff game (we live close to Philly), but we were glad when the Steelers won.  Big things are happening this week-with a new Wizards Don't Need Computerspresident!  
     Sony, I'm so glad you liked Wizards Don't Need Computers.  Did you know I used to be a librarian?  Lola, I love dogs.  I have three:  Bailey, Skip, and Shadow.  I have quite a few stories that have dogs in them.  The Worst Name in Third Grade has a girl and her dog.  Stephanie, I have lots of favorites.  Slime Wars is one of them.  I wrote it with my son, Nathan.
     Courtney, I haven't done Island Run yet.  I have to admit I've only done the easy ones!  Thanks for your funny titles.  I think Carey likes Eddie because she thinks he's cute!  Courtney in college, thanks for writing and watch out for your new English teacher-you never know!
     Kaitlyn, when I wrote The Bride of Frankenstein monster sledDoesn't Bake Cookies I wanted to eat cookies all the time.  Molina, hi to you and your son.  Good luck with your writing.  You might want to check out my writing page.  Vivian, I'd love to send you my autograph.  Just write me at Scholastic 557 Broadway  New York, NY 10012.  Hi and happy reading to Linda.  Congratulations on your story hot chocolateBrenton.  I wish you the best with Random House.  Now, I feel the strange need to go sledding; drink hot chocolate and eat cookies; and then fry pickles. gtg, Debbie

 

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