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Olivia wrote on August 15, 2018:
Dear Mr. Coville,
I really enjoyed reading JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER. I admire Tiamat. She's so pretty. I've been wondering how long have you been writing books?

Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Olivia -

I'm so glad you liked JEREMY THATCHER. I have been publishing books for 40 years now . . . but I have been writing them for even longer, because it usually takes quite a while to get your first book published. I started writing when I was about 18 and I am now 68.

isaac wrote on August 15, 2018:
Dear Mr. Coville,

I read your book JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER and I loved it. It was the best. My favorite part was Mr. Kravitz and his foot.
I do have some questions. Why would Tiamat get hurt in the portal, and why are they still connected? Thank you for writing such an exciting book.
A reader
Reply by Bruce Coville
Dear Reader -

Thanks for your message - I'm so glad you enjoyed JEREMY THATCHER!

The reason Tiamat would get hurt in the portal was that she was caught between two worlds. If the portal closed while she was stuck that way . . . well, let's just say it wouldn't have been pretty.

Jeremy and Ti are still connected for many reasons - including that tooth that you may remember from the final scene in the magic shop.

Stella wrote on August 15, 2018:
Dear Mr. Coville,
I really enjoyed the book JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER. I have a question. How old were you when you wrote JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER?
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Stella -

I'm very glad you enjoyed JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER.

I wrote the book when I was 40 - but I first got the idea for it when I was 32!

Maggie wrote on August 15, 2018:
Dear Mr. Coville,
The book JEREMY THATCHER,DRAGON HATCHER was exciting. I love dragon so much. I love the book. How did you come up with JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER? How did you come with the dragon's name, Tiamat?

Thank you,
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Maggie -

Thanks for letting me know how much you liked JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER. I, too, love dragons!

Tiamat's name comes from Babylonian mythology. Even though the book is a fantasy, I did a great deal of research while writing it.

Sophia piña from Salem Oregon wrote on August 10, 2018:
I found you by looking up when Nancy Drew and the secret of the old clock was made and one of your books was listed under similar books. I went to your website and I couldn't find your first book to read. can you please add "from oldest" in how you want the books listed part?
Sorry if is sounded kind of confusing:-)
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Sophia -

That's an interesting idea. I've been writing for 40 years now, and many of the earlier books are no longer in print (though most are now available as e-books).

My first three books were THE FOOLISH GIANT, SARAH'S UNICORN, and THE MONSTER'S RING. The first two of those are picture books. MONSTER'S RING is my first published novel, and it is still in print.

The books that would be most like Nancy Drew would be the three Nina Tanleven stories: THE GHOST IN THE THIRD ROW, THE GHOST WORE GRAY, and THE GHOST IN THE BIG BRASS BED. They are no longer in print, but you can get them as ebooks, or buy used copies on Amazon.

Happy Reading!

Bruce Coville
Karen Tran from Fairport wrote on June 5, 2018:
Bruce, it was so great to work with you at the Teen Book Festival this year! You are as wonderful a person as you are a writer. My daughter and I loved getting to meet you and spend time with you.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Thanks, Karen. It's a fantastic event and I really enjoyed working with you and your daughter!

Amc wrote on June 4, 2018:
What was your first book called?
Reply by Bruce Coville
The Foolish Giant. It was published in 1978.
Megan Gaida from Hackettstown wrote on April 17, 2018:
Hi, I absolutely love your series The Unicorn Chronicles and I was wondering if you were going to continue the series. Also, I'm doing an author study project on you and was wondering if you could give me information about you. Thank You!!!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Oh, this is a bit of a sore topic for me. I designed the series concept for the Unicorn Chronicles with the hope that I could work in this world for the rest of my life. But, to my own shame, it took me a long time to finish the first series of books. And by the time I had finished the first sequence the publisher was no longer interested in more.

The good news is, the publisher has returned the rights to me. I am working to get the stories back in print, first as ebooks and then, I hope, in print editions. If they are successful, I would love continuing to write stories about Luster for as long as I live.

As far as information about me, there is a bio on the website that is the best place to start.

All best,

Megan from Buffalo, NY wrote on April 7, 2018:
I have been reading through your guestbook and am so pleased to see that you now have the rights to the Unicorn Chronicles! I devoured that series as a child, and that series, and many of Tamora Pierce's books inspired me to write. I have been wanting to reread the series, but my collection is incomplete as I must have purchased a couple of them at scholastic book fairs and then read the others as library books. I'm missing book one. At any rate, I would LOVE if they were republished as e-books (and print too) and would promote the heck out of them!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Megan - Sorry not to get back to you more promptly. The website is supposed to notify me when someone signs the guestbook, but this seems to have slipped through its webby little fingers!

I'm hoping to have the first ebook out before the end of May - with a bit of luck, even earlier. Glad to know that the books will have an eager audience.

It delights me that so many of my fans are also fans of Tamora Pierce's books, as Tammy is one of my dearest friends. We get together on a regular basis to read our works in progress out loud to each other !

All best,

Sarah wrote on April 2, 2018:
Hi! I've been a fan of the Unicorn Chronicles since I was a little girl (I'm not so little any longer, but I still love the books)

Unfortunately, I've never been able to read the last one - is there any recent news on a reprint?