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Thursday November 12, 2009

     Happy Birthday to my mom Rebecca Gibson!  Hope you guys will join me on Friday the 13th at the Harleysville Bookstore in Harleysville, PA. for a This Side of Magicbooksigning at 4:30.  I'll be signing my new series, The Keyholders (as well as my other books).  Ethan, Sarah, Josiah, Eli, Ian, Shai, and Samantha I'm so glad you like This Side of Magic.  Ryan, David, William, and James, the  new Keyholders (#3 and #4) are my newest books.  Jamie and Matthew they just came out last week.  Do you think Friday the 13th is haunted?  If so, you'd better be careful this Friday!  Hannah, Marcia and I write the Keyholders books together.  Donovan, I bet Marcia would love your school. Daniel and David, I do like to play tennis. 
Aliens Don't Wear Braces     Grace, I'm glad you like Aliens Don't Wear BracesNatalie, it would be cool to write more Bailey School Kids books.  Brayden, of course I love your last name.  Thanks to Garrett, Julia, Nick, Noah, Lydia, Nathaniel, Aaron, Connor, Mary, Trevor, Orron, Bobby, Ryan, Riley, Jada, Emily, and Grace for all their cool and funny ideas.  Jaden, you see that title ideas can come from anywhere-even the Internet!  Tamer, I didn't get ideas from RL Stine, but Marcia has met him.  Josiah, we've written over 100 books together. Tye, my first book was rejected twice before it Bigfoot Doesn't Square Dancewas purchased.  Simon , it was published in 1990 and Nathan, I was around 27 years old thenJackson, Whistler's Hollow is the book you were thinking of.  I'm glad you like Bigfoot Doesn't Square DanceChase, hi to you and your little brother!  Kayla, lots of kids get nosebleeds just like Liza.  Lucy, I've always wanted to write a fairy book.  Hello to Nike,  Mallory, Brad, Andrew, Matthew, John, Zachary, Brian B., Sebastian, Kaleb, Andrew, Julana, Destiny, Abi, Jack, Meghan, Madison, Rachel, Lexi, Ryan, Cara, Madison, Will, Bryce, Tanner, Evan, Maddie, Sara, Melanie and cousin, Anna, Mystery, Elena, Syd, Michael, and Kemaj!  Alexcia, Audrey, Dakota, Gavin, Chad, Emily, Cael, Narkebam and Jefferson, I'm glad you enjoyed my skidiving video.  I landed in Colorado.  It might be fun to write a book about it.  I was scared and it was awesome!   Slime WarsAbi, I choose names that I think are a bit like my characters.  I also try to choose ones that aren't too common.  Faith, I've written three books with my children.  (Brandon - no other kids) Two with Nathan and one with Becky (we're still hoping to get that one published.)  Slime Wars is one of my favorite books, Piper and Tessa-I think that's my favorite brainstorming tooKiaia, Anything can happen in a story-even a slime war!  Elyse, I think that's why I'm hooked on writing.  Janis, I like to do both-read and write my Swamp Monsters Don't Chase Wild Turkeysstories.  Anne and Lincoln, it's just fun to write about magical and scary things.  Try it-you might like it!  Hadley and Michael, I hope you'll check out my writing page.  Scroll down for tips for writing.  Daisy, I like writing about new creatures, but I do have a soft spot for swamp monsters, like in the Swamp Monster in Third Grade and Swamp Monsters Don't Chase Wild Turkeys.  Madison and Jake , I've written about 147 total (I like all the Keyholders characters).
     Grant, I have never been to Maine, Oregon, or Washington.  I would love to go there!  I have only written one non-fiction book about writingCameron and Adam, you sound like awesome readers.  I'm so glad you both like Trolls Don't Ride Roller CoastersJeremy, we definitely celebrated Trolls Don't Ride Roller Coasterswhen we sold our first book-wouldn't you?  Sara, it takes different amounts of time to write a story form 1 week to eight years for me!  Jack, I've written about 150 books.  Jeff and Wyatt, I get ideas from everywhere-even from schools that I visit.  Avery, Kayli, and Connor, your school rocks!  Megan, I guess I should cheer for the Eagles since I live close to Philadelphia.  Unfortunately they aren't doing very well right now.   Joanna/Yianna, I was about 27 when my first book came Sea Monsters Don't Ride Motorcyclesout.   Ethan and Skylar, I'm so glad you like Sea Monsters Don't Ride MotorcyclesIreland, Anna, Alysa, and Liam I have three dogs: Bailey, Skip, and Shadow.  Check them out at the bottom of my about me page.  Congratulations to Ben for winnning the bookmark contest-no slime was used in the making of Slime Wars!  Stay cool-anyone looking forward to Thanksgiving vacation?  I am, Debbie
      

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Monday November 9, 2009

    Hey guys, stop by Wendys and ask if they have the kids's meal with Zombies Don't Play Soccer CD.  I just found out about it.  I hope you'll enjoy listening to it.Zombies CD  Hope you liked it Alyssa.
    Jayden, I have lots of favorites, including Zombies Don't Play Soccer.  I never got the chance to play soccer as a kid, so I've really enjoying watching my kids play.  Alex, I'm so glad you enjoyed Bruno's story.  Do you like The Wrong Side of Magicdogs?  I have three, so I like them a lot. Alexis, I have two new books out this month.  Inside the Magic and The Wrong Side of MagicHaley, I had a really nice neighbor named Penny.  Brooke, I think it's fun to write stories that have fantasy and magic in them.   Harshita and Jayden, I get ideas from everywhere-even from kids who write me letters!  Check out my writing page for podcasts Aliens Don't Wear Braces(just listening) on ways to get ideas. Julie, I'm glad you like Aliens Don't Wear BracesBailey, it would be fun to have a character named Bailey (you know I like that name!)  Chloe, I do like my characters.  To write about a character, I think you have to like them or you'd give up when the writing gets difficult.  Yes, you can write to Marcia in care of Scholastic 557 Broadway NY, Ny 10012.  And yes, I'd love to visit your school.  I will write to your teacher to see if we can work it out.  Jasmine, I hope you'll check out your library or bookstore for my books. 
     CJ and Nick, I hope you'll check Whistler's Hollow out of your library to find out what was in the attic.  Huntter and Jonah, it's hard to pick a favorite book. Whistler's Hollow Whistler's Hollow is special to me because it's about something that happened to my grandmother, Lily Bailey.   Nick, I'm glad you liked Werewolves Don't Go To Summer Camp.  I like to play tennis, so in the book I'm writing now one of my characters plays tennis.  Domanic, I've sold about 47 million copies.  Cailin, the one I've sold the most of is Vampires Don't Wear Vampires don't WEar Polka DotsPolka Dots.    Brad, I'm glad I went skydiving, but I don't think I'll do it again!  Greg, I'm not sure how many stories I've written that have never been published, but there have been a lot!  Alex, it was great visiting your school.  Becca, I didn't get to write a lot in elementary school, but I did (and still do) love to read.  Bethany, I'm not sure what I'll call my next book-it will be a surprise!  Devin, I get ideas from everywhere.  The idea for Bigfoot Doesn't Square Dance came from a newspaper The Abominable Snowman Doesn't Roast Marshmallowsarticle about bigfoot.  The idea for Abominable Snowman Doesn't Roast Marshmallows came from my youngest son-he loves to roast marshmallows!  I get a lot of inspiration from Marcia Jones, a great writer.  Alexcia, I write because it's fun!  A big hello to Kyle, Keith, Logan, Joshua, Rita, Jonah, Zachary, Dylan, Chelsea, Lucas, Raven, and Abby Ben, it's cool that you're drawing maps.  I had fun making the ones in the Keyholder Skeletons don't Play Tubasbooks.  Rica, good luck with your writing.  Hadley, I like your idea.  Perhaps you could name your story after the name of your street?  Pennie, I hope you liked Skeletons Don't Play Tubas.  I have never played a tuba, but I do like to play the piano.
       Have you tried wordle.com?  It's fun.   Thanks to the great Dallastown librarian for telling me about it.   ttyl, Debbie

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Saturday November 7, 2009

     fall leaves The trees outside my window are awesome looking-red, orange, and yellow.  My stomach is a bit upset from too much Halloween candy, so I'd better slow down!      
     Maya, Howie is just friends with Liza and Melody, except for course when magic comes into play like in Cupid Doesn't Flip Cupid Doesn't Flip HamburgersHamburgersEmillia, I'm so glad you like my books.  Do you have a favorite?  Gabriella, it is difficult to get published these days.  There is a book you can check out of the library called The Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market Guide.  In the back there are places were kids can get their stories published.  Maya, I live in Pennsylvania now.  Alex, you have to remember that Bruno is NOT a normal dog!  He can do lots of things that a normal animal could not do.  Isn't Inside the Magicthat the great thing about stories?  Anything can happen in a story.  I'm having great fun writing a story about a kid named Edmund.  Something happens to him that he'd never dreamed about. 
     Hurrah!  This week I have two new books coming out:  Inside the Magic and The Wrong Side of Magic.  I hope you'll check them out.   You can hear some of it in the Swamp Page on a podcast if you scroll down.  Denver, I'm so glad you like my Keyholders books. 
     Brittany, I'm glad to hear that you aren't boy crazy!  After all, boys are people too right?  Megan, Nathan is my awesome oldest son.  He had trouble learning to read at first, but now he's so smart he's getting his PhD!  It's like in my story with Edmund, you never know what will happen next.  Collin, when we wrote the first Bailey School Kids book Mrs. Jeepers did turn into a monster, but our editor asked Mermaids Don't Run Trackus to make it not so scary!  Daniel, how cool to be a hero.  Thanks!  A big hello to Jasmine, Dylan, Jasmine H., Bailey, Jadyn, and Brenda.  Your school is awesome.  Lily, I'm so glad you like Mermaids Don't Run Track.  I like the ending especially. 
      g2g to a soccer game, Debbie

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Thursday October 29, 2009

Happy Halloween Happy Halloween!  Hope you're having a great week and have a great time trick or treating!  Stay safe.  I just got back from Wyoming and had fun at several schools there.  It was really pretty with the snow-covered mountains.
     Aliziaja, I'm so glad you like my books.  Do you have a favorite?  If you want something Happy Hauntinga bit creepy, you might like to try one of my Ghostville books like Happy Haunting!  When I was writing the Ghostville books with Marcia I had to keep checking under my bed to make sure there were no ghosts!  Do you believe in ghosts?  The custom of Halloween actually began with a harvest festival that was also a festival of the dead.  Supposedly spirits walked the earth then!  It was wise to be kind to all strangers who came to your door that night, because you never knew the slime Warswho that stranger might be.
     Megan (obsessed reader!), it's hard to say which book was the most fun to write because they've all been so much fun.  It was great writing Slime Wars and Slime Time with my son Nathan.  Gabriela, it varies when people stop loosing their teeth.  Usually around 3rd or 4th grade I think.  Vivian, my favorite subject in school was history (social studies).  Alex, I think Vampires Don't Wear Polka DotsBruno can fly, do you?  Monay, I think the problem in Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots is that they have a vampire for a teacher and they're worried that she's going to turn them into vampires.  Christina, I get ideas from everywhere, including people who write me letters.  You might like to scroll down on my writing page for some writing ideas.   There's also a podcast you can listen to about getting ideas. ttyl, Debbie 

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Thursday October 22, 2009

     Mrs. Manny's class, hello to you and everyone on this beautiful sunny day.  One of my favorite parts of being a writer is hearing from great kids like you.  I do love making up new Inside the Magicworlds and having adventures without ever leaving my chair.  I can be at the mercy of the evil Boggart Queen and her fire-breathing dragon one minute and sipping cocoa the next.  Ah, the writing life-it's awesome.  Of course, my least favorite part is when an editor rejects my story(kind of like when your teacher asks you to work on your homework again).  Hayden, I'm so glad you like The Keyholder series.  Inside the Magic and The Wrong Side of Magic come Aliens Don't carve jack-o-lanternsout on November the 3rd.  Marcia and I have had fun making the characters.    Curtisha, did you know that my picture is in several books (Marcia's too)?  I'm Ranger Lily.  My daughter Becky's picture is in several books as well.  She is Becky in Aliens Don't Carve Jack-o-Lanterns.  (Who knows, you may be in a book some day too!)  Kaylee I think Mrs. Jeepers husband is dead.  I think she just might have bitten a few people.  I think she is Mrs. Jeepersreally old-even older than me!  I think to make a Mrs. Jeepers costume you need a long red wig (unless you have red hair), a polka-dotted dress (purple is best and you can always cut out paper dots), a green brooch (a paper one will do), and bright red or green fingernails.  You might like to check out my Meet Mrs. Jeepers pageDayli, I think Mrs. Jeepers just might be a vampire, don't you?  Bryleigh, I don't have any plans to visit Tennessee right now, but it'd be great to visit your school.  Happy birthday to Bayleigh and my nephew, Adam!  I think the order forms are still good in the back of the books.  Frankenstein Doesn't Plant PetuniasYour parents can call the 800 number just to check.  A big hello to Kesho, Makayla, and NickJamie, I hope you'll enjoy Frankenstein Doesn't Plant Petunias.  Happy Halloween to you too!  Christian, so good to hear from you.  I hope things are going well in Colorado.  Wasn't that crazy about that boy in the balloon?  Chloe, I didn't really think about being an author when I was young.  I am friends with Marcia and like working with her.  I'll actually get to see her next week.  I hope you'll check out my writing page for ideas on what you can write about.  I get ideas from everywhere, even TV shows! Belle, my first book came out in 1990.  Debbie's first bookBrandon, you can check out my other books on my book page.  Thanks for writing.  Do you like having your name highlighted?   I thought it might make it easier to find your name.   A huge congrats to the Phillies on their big win last night.  World Series here we come!   ttyl, Debbie

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