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Monday January 25, 2021

Dear Jonathan, I have so many favorites! Right now, I'm very partial to Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots

Vampires Don't Wear Polka DotsIt was my first published book. I co-authored it with my friend, Marcia Thornton Jones. It's exciting that it's been optioned for a live TV series and in audio development, but I've also some other good news that I hope to be able to announce soon! 
     Ella L, I can't wait either! That's one of the hardest parts about being a traditional author. Usually it takes years before books come out. It takes time for good edits, finding an illustrator, and the illustrator's actual work, and then the publishing. As far as I know there hasn't been an illustrator selected yet. The art director and my editor will look at estatblished children's illustrators for work that they like. Any suggestions? I'm hoping there will be more Mermaid Tales (after #22) and that Aqua will be a part of the adventures. As with all publishing, it depends on the sales of the current books. Have a super fintastic week! Your friend, Debbie

 

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Friday January 22, 2021

Danger in the Deep Blue SeaDear Ella, Aqua is younger than Kiki so they probably wouldn't share a dorm room, but they do become friends in the second Mini Mermaid Tales book. In fact, Kiki teaches her to speak to dolphins. I'll tell you a secret, in Mermaid Tales #22 Kiki does get a new roommate.(Unless it is changed-both of those books don't come out unti next year). I'm glad you like Wanda. Pearl can be a stinker, but I like to think that deep deep down she is nice! Have a great weekend, Debbie

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Thursday January 21, 2021

Dear Ella, Aqua will actually be featured in the Mermaids Don't Run Tracksecond Mini Mermaid Tales book, but she'll be introduced in the first one (unless my editor wants to change things.) 
     My grandmother, Lillie Bailey, was an amazing seamstress. She even sewed Barbie doll clothes for me. Maybe I got a little bit of her talent! The Bailey School Kids books I wrote with Marcia T. Jones were named after my grandmother. Stay safe and wear a mask in public, Debbie

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Wednesday January 20, 2021

Hey Ella, I actually made my mermaid tail myself, but I need to make a new one. It was damaged a while back. Guess what? In Mermaid Tales #22 (if my editor likes the manuscript), our merfriends have a close call with humans! I'm told they will probably pick a new illustrator, but I love Tatevik! She is awesome, so I would be happy for her to do the new series as well. You had great questions! Stay safe and wear a mask, Debbie

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Tuesday January 19, 2021

Dear Autumn, I love writing books about mermaids, Debbie as a nermaidThe Winter Princessbut I'm pretty sure I'm not a mermaid. Are you? Do you have a favorite Mermaid Tales book?
     Ella, I've actually been having fun learning about the lady responsible for the covid vaccine. Dr. Katalin Kariko wouldn't give up on the idea behind the molecule mRNA and it's ability to help people. If she hadn't  kept trying in spite of everyone thinking she was nuts, we wouldn't have the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine! Stay safe and wear a mask, Debbie

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