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Monday April 6, 2009

Easter basket Happy Easter to you!  That means summer will be here before you know it.  I guess I'd better get busy and finish up my beginning of the year goals.  How about you?  Did you make any goals for this year?  If so, how are you doing?  If not, you can make one now.  One of my goals was to start a reading program.  I found an amazing one that I'm helping with.  You can help too.  It's called WOW, Words on Wheels.  It's where there are books on a school bus and people read them.  Sometimes older kids read to the younger ones.  If you're interested, talk to your bus driver and put a box on your bus for book donations and then read the books!  If you have a long bus ride it's a great way to pass the time.  (Hopefully you don't get car sick!)                                                       Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots
     Sreehitha and Jonathan, my first book was Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots.  I've been writing since about 1990.  Dina and Angelina, I think that is a good name.  Your story was very intense!  A good place to start looking for a publisher is on the copyright page of books that you like.  That gives the publisher's address.   Unicorns Don't Give Sleigh ridesFatima, I'm so glad you liked Unicorns Don't Give Sleigh Rides.  I get inspiration from everywhere, even from people who write me letters!  Arnav, Ava, Bryanna, and Ashley-I'm happy you like the Bailey School Kids books.  Have you ever checked out the Trivia game on my website?  Sana, I am writing another book right now.  It's about time travel. 
     Srikant, I have felt like giving up at times.  I think Zombies Don't Play Soccerthat probably happens to everyone, especially when things get really tough.  To be a writer, I think you have to have a lot of persistence.  Maybe that's the key to succeeding at anything.  Megan, I'm glad you like Zombies Don't Play Soccer.  The soccer idea came from my kids.  A big hello to Tany and Ryan.  Drashay, Jillian, Angela, Bryanna, and Jamie thank you for your fun ideas.  Jamie, have a nice Passover.  Stephanie, it's fun being an author most of the time.  But it's hard when my stories are rejected.  I think rewriting is also very hard.  Mrs. Pfleeger's class, yes I often Ghosts don't Eat Potato Chipshave to do many rewrites.  Cherokee Sister is a book I rewrote for eight years (probably 200 times!)  Ghosts Don't Eat Potato Chips-Marcia and I rewrote for 2 years.  Audrey, I've written about 147 books.  Sana, one of my favs is The Worst Name in Third Grade
     Caitly and Drashya, I hope you'll check out my writing page for tips and idea podcasts. 
     Alaa, I don't know why I talked so much in elementary school.  I learned to control myself better by the time I got to high school, although I did get in trouble some then for talking to much too.  Annette, I have two great brothers, Frank and David.  My brother Frank owns a fantastic BBQ place in Henderson, Ky.  Crockett, I wish I knew how to make video games.  I'd make one right now!   Julian, maybe I can write the frankenstein teacher Frankenstein Doesn't Slam Hockey Pucksstory.  Have you ever seen Frankenstein Doesn't Slam  Hockey Pucks?  Victoria and Isabella, it takes different amounts of time to research different books.  I did tell Becky about the rejection.  She was not happy.  Sarah, I do like zebras.  
     The kid's names in my Keyholder series are Luke, Natalie, and Penny. Caitly and Mrs. Chapman's class had Keyholdersfunny guesses.  But our dragon's name is Dracula!  Isn't that a strange name for a dragon?  Jordain, when I was in school one way I made friends was to look around and see if there was someone who was lonely.  I would go up to them and start talking about school.  I hope you'll write me back.  I also hope all of you will check out my new Keyholder's page and try Luke's game.  More is on the way, Debbie

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Sunday March 29, 2009

 It's raining, it's pouring, I feel like snoring!  Actually I think a rainy day is a great time to read a book, The Worst Name in Third Gradedon't you?  Ava, I'm glad you like Skeletons Don't Play Tubas.  Elly, I hope you'll enjoy The Worst Name in Third Grade.  Annette, I think you have a cool name!  I knew a really nice girl named Annette when I was growing up.  A big shout out to Vanessa, Kenterias, Annette, Tyler, Kimburley, Kaylee, Sausdy, Sanya, Michel, and Conner.  I'm so Ghosts Don't Eat Potato Chipsglad you like the Bailey School Kids books.  Shannen, did you know Ghosts Don't Eat Potato Chips was the hardest Bailey School Kids book to write?  It took us two years!  Colleen, Mrs. Jeepers brooch makes people behave.  Aren't you glad your teacher doesn't have one? 
     Riley, ask your local bookstore to order Frighting Like Cats and Dogs or check your local library.  Rima, Isabella, and Victoria it took me several years to write Whistler's Hollow.  I've been an Mummies Don't Coach Softballauthor since 1988.  It was nice meeting you guys.  You have a great school.  Alexis, good luck with your book report on Mummies Don't Coach Softball.  Sahiti, of course I love to read and write, but I also like scrapbooking and playing tennis.  Caroline, I think it's cool that we have the same birthday, May 18th.
      Hello Crockett Bears, you had some great questions.  Yes, I must admit sometimes it Mermaids Don't Run Track is hard to be a writer.  There has been some talk of making a Bailey School Kids movie.  I think that would be cool.  I get ideas from everywhere, even schools that I visit.  Madeline had a good idea-perhaps another mermaid book.
     Shea, many of my books have been published by Scholastic, but my new series is with Tor.  Maria and Malick, I'm fine.  How are you?  Kara, I look forward to meeting you on April 17th.  Eric, I'm glad you liked Mrs. Jeepers and the Secret Cave.  Many of the ideas for that book came from Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, which is where I'm from.  It's the longest cave system in the world.  Shea, greetings earthling.  Debbie Dadey rock starsAllison, I went to Western Kentucky University.  Emily, I'm glad you liked Leprechauns Don't Play Basketball
     Jhguy, Vivian, and Kory, you guys rock.  And so does everyone who guessed our dragon's Keyholder's Dragonname.  (He's allergic to turkberries and sneezes alot.  It's very bad when a dragon sneezes.  You never know what's going to come out-dragon snot or fire!)  Taylor, Rhys, Gabby, Madelynn, Drew, Trevor, Haley, Sam, Agust, Sophie, Wren, Jay, Rylie, Tyler, Cameron, Eric, Mark, Arya,  and Jamie had amazing guesses.  But we named our dragon something different . . . very different!  You can find out soon when the first two books come out . . . This Side of Magic and The Other Side of Magic.  (Actually, I'll let you know next week, so if you want to guess again, go ahead!) 
     Don't forget to play a silly April Fool's joke on Wednesday.  ttyl, Debbie

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Saturday March 21, 2009

 Happy Spring!  It's so pretty here today I went for aShadow in Debbie Dadey's office nice walk with Shadow.  (The doctor said she needs to loose weight, so I'm walking her as much as I can).  Here she is standing on my desk.
     Hey Vivian the great I would love to visit your school in Las Vegas.  Medaya, It'd be nice to meet you too.  Ask your teachers to check out my author visit page to see if it might work out. If not, we'll just write each other here.
     Victoria, I have lots of favorites, but Skeletons Don't Play Tubas is definitely one.  Skeletons Don't Play TubasJamie, I have never kissed the Blarney Stone, but I look forward to it!  Ashna, Rosy would be a funny name for a dragon.  Garett, excellent guess.  Stay cool and not too stinky.
brb, Debbie


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Monday March 16, 2009

 Happy Saint Patricks Day to everyone!  May the luck of the Irish be with you.  I personally have never Leprechauns Don't Play Fetchkissed the Blarney stone or been to Ireland, but I'd like to some day.  If you haven't been either, get a taste of the Irish in Leprechauns Don't Play Basketball and Leprechauns Don't Play Fetch?  Did you know that Leprechauns and Vampires are bitter enemies?  It's true, Marcia and I found out when we were writing those books.
     Congratulations to Shivangi, Elizabeth, and Mariah for your story writing.  I wish you the best luck.   Brittany, I read and write alot to try to write better.  Also, going to workshops or conferences can be very helpful.   Birney, I'm glad you liked the writer's workshop I did at your school.  All you writers out there, please check out my writing page for some useful tips.  There's a podcast first, but if you scroll down there's lots of ways to get inspired.  
      Jamie, thanks for your The Worst Name in Third Gradefunny idea.  Mrs. Snotgrass from The Worst Name in Third Grade is actually a real name, just like Eddie, Melody, Howie, and Liza.  I thought they'd be great names for my made-up characters.
     A big St. Patrick's Day greeting to Sarai, Manpreet, Mckenzie, Mckenzi, and Angelo!  Adam, I am fine.  How are you?  Sanya, the idea for the Bailey School Kids books came from a bad day at school where we thought if we turned into monster teachers all the kids would mind us!  Emily, I live in Pennsylvania near Philadelphia and my birthday is May 18th. 
     Allison, I'm glad you liked Trolls Don't Ride Trolls Don't Ride RollercoastersRollercoasters.  I am actually a chicken about rollercoasters, how about you? Ibrahim, one of my favorite books is Skeletons Don't Play Tubas.  Vivian the Great, my favorite color is blue and I love to read and be with my family.  Medaya, yes I remember Frankie.  Tell him I said hello.  I have gotten ideas from my family, but I've never written a book just about them.  I got the idea for Giants Don't Go Snowboarding from my snowboarding kids!  I think I do believe in ghosts, do you? gtg, Debbie

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Sunday March 8, 2009

 sun     Wow, the weather was so nice here that my husband took me for a long motorcyle ride yesterday.  I felt like I was flying!  I also took my three dogs for a long walk.  They sniffed and peed on everything they could!
     Sunny greetings to Druscilla, Marlee, Sanya, Megan, Danielle, Jamie, Nupur, and Jlanee.  Kamal, I'm so glad you liked Snow Monsters Do Drink Hot Chocolate.  Molly, I'm sure you understand why I can't give you my daughter's email online.  It is not a safe thing to do.  After all, there are a lot of crazy people out there in Internet land!  This Side of Magic logo
     Dhwani and Kaviik, my new series is called Keyholders.  It comes out in May.  Here's the logo for the first book. Haley, my very first book was Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots.  I was 27 when I wrote it with Marcia Jones.
     Monika and Rachel, I can't wait to hear your podcast about me.  How fun!  Reyna, Michaela, and Gabriella, I have lots of favorite books.  Slime Wars, Ghouls Don't Scoop Ice Cream, Whistler's Hollow, Skeletons Don't Swamp Monster in Third GradePlay Tubas, Swamp Monster in Third Grade, and The Worst Name in Third Grade are all favorites, along with many more!  Some people have told me that Ghosts Don't Eat Potato Chips was the scariest one.  You'll have to let me know what you think.  The neat thing about writing is that anything can happen in a story.  Akansha, I'm so glad you liked Angels Don't Know Karate and the Ghostville series.  Aashika, the skydiving book is with a publisher now.  I hope it will get published.  It is called Almost Normal.Ghosts Don't Eat Potato Chips  Arjun, the book Becky and I wrote together is with a different publisher.  I hope it gets published too!  (Nicole, the movie I wrote is with a Hollywood agent right now, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  It's called Princess Grace.) I'm not a teacher now, unless you count the times I visit schools to talk about reading and writing.
     Nikki, kids can get books and stories published.  There is a book called Children's Writer's and Illustrators Market Guide.  Ask for it at your local library or bookstore.  In the back of it, there are places where kids can get stories published.  Good luck!  Nikki, Martina, and Ahan might also like to check out my writing page for more writing advice.   Ashwin, I do like writing because you can make anything happen in a story.  Megan, I get ideas from everywhere-even the newspaper.  It takes different amounts of time to write a story, from two hours to eight years!  Eight years is how long it took me to write Cherokee Sister.
Cherokee Sister     Hi, I will probably not write a sequel to Cherokee Sister.  That book meant a lot to me (since I am part Cherokee) and I'm not sure I could write another, although many kids have asked.  Emily, I think a princess book would be great fun to write. Jackie, I've written about 147 books.  Sometimes it's hard and sometimes it easy.  James, what a cool idea about Mrs. Jeepers' first name!    Vivian the Great, I do like basketball.  After all, I grew up in Kentucky and basketball is tops there.  I even played on a team in Middle School.  Good luck to you as you try out.  Maybe Leprechauns Don't Play Basketball will inspire you.Leprechauns Don't Play Basketball
     Ashlynn, you sound like a fabulous reader.  I'm glad you liked Mrs. Jeepers on Vampire Island.  Mary, I think it's fun being an author most of the time.  Sometimes I do get discouraged when I write a story that my editor doesn't like, but every job has good things and bad things I guess.  Thank you all so much for writing.  I hope you have a blessed and happy week, Debbie

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