Tuesday February 26, 2008
Brrr from the frozen North! I couldn't even get home Friday night from my school visit because it was snowing too hard in Philadelphia. Luckily, I was able to get home on Saturday morning for a very important occasion, my daughter's comfirmation. Congratulations Becky!
Whitney, I usually write every day. Yes, Nicca, I do like to write because anything can happen in a story. Ella, I usually write one or two chapters a day at the most.
Catherine, believe it or not I was taking belly dancing classes! LIndsay, my Grandmother Bailey was so special to me. That must be why there are wonderful Grandmothers in Whistler's Hollow and Cherokee Sister. Katie, you should be able to get that book through my site (the book section) or get your local bookstore to order it for you, with your parent's help of course. Gig, I have three dogs. You can see them on the about me page. Tyul, I also have three wonderful kids and a fantastic husband named Eric. He's a chemist. He works to make new medicines to help people who are really sick.
Yes, Emily, I do like writing with my family. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Becky and I can get our book published. Hunter, Mummies Don't Coach Softball is the only BSK book about baseball. Shelby, I did have fun at your school.
Kevin, I think you had a good idea about Eddie learning the times table. Good luck with yours! Carlithia did you know you can print this page? It's sort of like a diary. I did want to skydive at first, but then I got scared. Has that ever happened to you?
Nikki, you can look on the swamp page for info about me and also on the events page. I hope Rose can find three interesting things there. On March the 12th, I will be in Ottawa, KS. Hopefully that is close to you Emily. If not, get your teacher to email me and I'll see what I can do about visiting your school. You sound like a wonderful girl. Perhaps you should give a bit of your money to the American Heart Association, buy books with a bit, and then save a bit.
I like unicorns too Karen. In fact, Marcia Jones and I just finished a book that will come out next spring that has a very smarty-pants unicorn in it. Yes, TaDymah, I did write Mrs. Jeepers Batty Vacation.
Many happy greetings to Chad, Helen, Mollie, Bri'shell, Jhaejaun, Tyler, Kyle, Caitlyn, Samuel, Hailee, Catherine C., Catherine, Catherine H. and Sidney. I hope life is good for you today. If not, then remember what my dad told me once. You are as happy as you want to be. There had been times in my life when bad things have happened to me, but I got through them and so will you. I wish you the best, Debbie
Tuesday February 19, 2008
Howdy to Judit, Madison, Braydon, Kaitlyn, Dylon, and Megan. Braydon, Marcia Jones and I write all the Bailey School Kids books. Yes, Emily it would be cool if they made a Bailey School Kids movie. I'm glad you like the Worst Name in Third Grade. Don't you think that would make a fun TV show?
Caroline, the new Bailey School illustrator is Nathan Hale. Whistler's Hollow was a Young Adult Children's Choice book. It is based on something that happened to my grandmother when she was young.
Elaine, you sound like a fabulous reader. Say hi to your mom for me. Carmen, I'd be happy to donate. Write to me in care of Scholastic, Inc. 557 Broadway NY, NY 10012.
Ivy, I'll see you at the Literature Festival. Rose, my favorite color is blue. My favorite candy is butterscotch and I definitely do not like rollercoasters!
Katie, we can't write a Tarzan book because it is copyrighted. Take care, Debbie
Wednesday February 13, 2008
Happy Valentine's Day. You are all very special to me and I thank you for writing.
Kaitlyn, you're cool too! My first book came out in 1990. Thanks for your funny title idea. Allison, the craziest research I've done for a book is sky-diving (click here!) and going to Space Camp. Teonna and Haley, I just finished a Snow Monster book which is perfect for today. In Pennslyvania where I live it's snowy. I didn't get home from my school visit to Louisana until 2:30 last night so I'm a bit pooped. But I did get to visit a very fun school!
Hi to Bobina, Taylor, Kevin, Destiny, Dylon, Jazmine and her sister, Ariel, Megan, Emily, Jade, and Monet. You guys rock! Monet and Amber, check out the Swamp Club for stuff about me for your reports. Let me know if you need anything else.
Caroline, the screenplay is with an LA. agent right now. He called the idea delicious so I hope he likes it. I know it's a long shot, but hey that's what makes it exciting.
Soe, of course, I'd love to visit Singapore. Soe and Haley, ask your teachers to look on my events page to find out about having me come to your school. A few years ago I went to Egypt on a school visit and my son Nathan went with me. Ever since then my daughter has reminded me that she wants to go with me on a school visit to another country.
violewalk, firegirl, and mmaas I'm so glad you like my books. mmaas, I think Jasper disappeared because he was at peace.
April and Rosemarie, I have three fabulous kids, three sweet dogs, and one very nice husband. Cooper, sometimes it is hard to write stories. Sometimes I take a break and it helps me to look at my story with new eyes. But Ethan and Shyanne, I do love to write and I'm so thankful to God that I get to do it for a living. Kayla, I've written about 140 books. Abby B. I'm glad you like Dragons Don't Throw Snowballs because it's perfect for this snowy day here! ttyl, Debbie
Monday February 4, 2008
I was near New Orleans at two great schools last week. I even got to see two Mardi Gras parades while eating at Copelands in New Orleans. Then off to the Cafe DuMonde in the French Quarter for these really delicious French donuts. They had like three inches of sugar on top! They must buy powdered sugar by the truck load. Thanks to the schools for a fun time.
Did anyone see the Super Bowl? I must admit I was rooting for the Giants, since they were the underdogs. Just goes to show what never giving up will do for you. Congratulations to New Yorkers everywhere.
Libby, it takes different amounts of time to write different books. It has taken me from one week to eight years! Caressa, I'm glad you liked Cupids Doesn't Flip Hamburgers. Isn't this the perfect time of year for that book? Check out my book section for more Valentine books. Branden, I'm so glad you like Trolls Don't Ride Roller Coasters. Did you know I'm scared of roller coasters?
Skylynn and Ashely, thanks for your coooooool ideas. Emily, I get ideas from everywhere and I've written around 140 books. Mac, I'm really old. This year I'll be almost half a century old. I'll let you figure that one out.
Megan, Monifah and Lucas, you guys are totally cool. Caleigh, there's a section of my Swamp Club just for book reports. Check it out and good luck on your report.
Alyssa, you're right. I must like third grade and I think it's because I thought my third grade teacher was sooooooo mean. I got in trouble all the time for talking too much. Have you seen the Swamp Monster in Third Grade series?
Joey, check out the tips on writing on my home page link. Kevin did and he made a wild ending! Thanks to Emily, Nicholas, and Gabby for writing. Your schools are great. Nicholas, the new series Marcia and I are working on is mysterious, funny, and exciting. It will come out next year. Happy Mardi Gras! (For those who don't know, Mardi Gras is officially the day before Lent starts for Catholics. Lent is a time of trying to do good things before Easter. In New Orleans, they celebrate Mardis Gras with lots of parades and parties.) brb, Debbie
Tuesday January 29, 2008
Hi, another dream came true this week! I finished a screenplay. Now, whether it will ever become a movie remains to be seen. (This writing is a tough business!) But hey, I'm a dreamer! I"m keeping my fingers crossed that some day my movie may come to a TV or theatre near you!
Estefani, Ashley, Jessi, and Paige-I'm so glad you like my books. You guys are awesome.
Breaunna, I wrote my first story while living in Kentucky. Yes, Megan, I am writing a new series. I just rewrote the first two chapters yesterday. It was so much fun. It involved someone (not a girl) in a pink tutu!
Kevin!!-you finished the story in my new writer's section. You did a fabulous job. The Golden Knife is totally cool and I really wondered what would happen next. Thanks for the funny titles too. You are very creative.
Becky, you're great. Read a book!
Jennifer, I used to live in Morganhill, CA. Ask your teacher to check out the Events section of my website. Maybe I could come to your school next year. brb, Debbie
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