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Wednesday April 16, 2008

It's off to Maryland I go, hi-ho, hi-ho.  If you live in Maryland, you may be having a  subsititue teacher soon.  I'll be visiting with some teachers and talking with them about my books. Hopefully I'll sign some that your teacher can take back to your classroom.  Katie, I've written about 147 books.  Kyleigh, my first book came out in 1990 and I was married 25 years ago this coming June!

William, I was around 30 when my first book came out.  Brenton from Oz is much luckier-he's already published!  Way to go Brenton!  Jazmine, I get ideas from everywhere.  I just made a map of a fantasy land and I used my dad's name as one of the areas there.  I called it Voline Valley.  Now, I need to think of a name for the entire magic land.  Any ideas?  Magical greetings to Maye, Baylee (great Name), and Emily.

Bailey School Kids - EddieKasandra, I must admit Eddie is a bit on the wild side sometimes.  But the cool thing about writing is that anything can happen in a book.  Kids can be a little bit crazier in a story than in real life!  In a story, a girl can have the worst name in the world, like Butt.  But Sarah, perhaps there is a name that's even worse?    Ashley, I think that's why it is fun being an author-anything can happen!  One reason I wanted to be an author was because I like reading so much Kenny.  Jacob, I do like to read, but other hobbies include tennis and scrapbooking.

I liked third grade too Kevin-only I thought my teacher was mean!  I realized later that she probably wasn't mean-it's just that I liked to talk way too much!  Do you ever have that problem?  Take care and don't forget to check out Bridgett's Blog, Debbie

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Tuesday April 8, 2008

SunglassesSun The sun is shining!  Hurrah!  As you can see, my webmaster is back.  Welcome home!  Kyleigh, Amanda, Kasey, and Vanessa you can find out more about me on the Swamp page and on the Events page (About us).  Chrisson, I have been married 25 years.  Carley, I was born in Kentucky. My first book was Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots.  Jason from Ohio, I'm glad you liked Aliens Don't Wear Braces.  Kate, glad I got to go to the Literature Festival.  A special howdie to Odie, Aliayh, and Tom.

Juquashia and Corinne, it would be cool to come to your school next year.  Can you believe this school year is almost over?  How many weeks do you have left?  Kelly, it's cool that Marcia came to you school.

Crockett, yes, all the characters I write about I created (or if I wrote the book with Marcia or Nathan, we created them together.)  It takes different amounts of time to write different books.  Clay, thanks for the cool idea.

Brenton, tell me more about becoming a published author.  This is exciting!  I have one of your letters on my desk to answer.  Hey, Concetta.  I'm glad you liked Whistler's Hollow.  Look for the sunshine wherever you are!  ttyl, Debbie

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Monday April 7, 2008

Hope you're having a great week.  I'm heading for New York state and hope to have some fun.  Just to let Leon know, he can check out the Swamp Club for more information on me.  (Leon, did you know I can still do a cartwheel?) 

My webmaster is at a funeral this week, so if your email isn't posted, don't worry it will be when she gets back.  Take care of yourself.  You're the only you in the whole world!  Best, Debbie

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Monday March 31, 2008

Guess what?  I'm going to star in my own TV show!  It'll be called Dancing with Debbie!  April Fools!  Sorry, I thought I'd get a headstart on tomorrow's April Fool's Day.  But no fooling, Kasey I wish you continued success in Middle School and good luck with your boyfriend.  Just remember, you're cool whether you have a boyfriend or not.  April greetings to cool kids Vanessa, Alyssa, Megan, Concetta, Samantha, Sarah, Zoey, Jessica, and Nicole!

Jessica, I've written 21 books by myself and all the rest with writing partners.  I hope you'll enjoy Whistler's Hollow and also The Worst Name in Third Grade.  Debbie (great name!) the Keyholder's series comes out in April of next year.  It should be in all bookstores. 

Kerissa, I went to Western Kentucky University.  It takes different amounts of time to write a book Casey, from two weeks to eight years!  Julia, books that have taken over one year are:  Ghosts Don't Eat Potato Chips, Cherokee Sister, and Shooting Star.  Rahul, I loved your ending.  Katie, my birthday is May 18th. 

My first book was inspired by a bad day.  Jeremy, that book was Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots.  Christine, the Bailey School Kids Junior chapter book series has more pictures and a bit easier text than the regular series.  The chapter books are only available through the Scholastic book clubs and 1-800-Scholastic.  Some reps at that number cannot order from the clubs, but some can.  I am hoping that next year they will go into trade because I think they are a lot of fun.  The next title will be Caveman Do Drive School Buses, which comes out in September.  Take care, Debbie

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Tuesday March 25, 2008

www.DailyClipArt.net Happy Spring!  Can you believe it?  It's officially spring.  I can't wait for warmer weather, shorts, and playing outside.  Did you just get back from Spring Break?  My kids just had a really short break and are back to school today.  It was hard for them to wake up!  We had a great Easter and a nice break.  Yesterday, my youngest son and I went bowling.  He beat me the first game, but I beat him the second.  I couldn't believe it-I bowled 5 strikes and one spare! 

A very happy spring to Kegan, Brady, Yamilet, Abby, Loan, Brandon, Regan, Alexis, Tosha, and Lizzie!  Sean, I think elves had kids in stories.  Leanna, in My Mom The Frog, the characters names are Jason, mom, dad, Mary, Clyde, and the frog!  Andrew, I do like to write funny books.  The Triple A sounds really cool Lisa.

Wow!  Congrats to Braxton for reading 34 Bailey School Kids books!  Alexandra, best of luck with your writing.  Thanks to Kevin!!, Jada, Kaitlyn, and Caleb for your great ideas.  Kevin!! you can write to me at Scholastic 557 Broadway NY, NY 10012.

Ghostville Elementary Corinne, I'm glad you like Ghostville.  Jeff, look on my homepage for writing tips.  I have a link to a new writing page I guess the biggest tip is to write, write, write! 

Katie, I never know how many books I will sign at an event.  Sometimes around fifty, sometimes thousands!  It, of course, depends on the size of the event.  Marianna and Katie, I WAS scared to sky-dive.  Brandon, my next book is Cavemen DO Drive School Buses.  Yes, Eric, The Worst Name in Third Grade is out.

Clay, check out my photo album for pictures.  I hope to be adding more soon.  Alex, the first Keyholder (A brand new series!!) will come out in April of 2009.  b4n, Debbie

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