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830 entries.
DANIELLE from stathmore, alberta canada wrote on January 16, 2013:
THANK U FOR ANSWERING MY MESAGE I WANTED TO ASK YOU IF YOU COULD MAKE SOME UNICORN CRONICAL BOOKMARKS?
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Danielle -

Usually bookmarks are made by the publisher, as part of their work in promoting a book. However I will think about the request, as it might be nice to have some.

All best,

BC
danielle from strathmore, alberta canada wrote on January 15, 2013:
hey bruce i am a new fan of you work and i wanted to inform you that i want to be a writer like you and my favorite book of yours is the unicorn cronicals
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Danielle -

Thank you for this lovely message. I think often of the writers who inspired me to want to write, and it means a lot to me to think that I am helping to pass that torch along. I wish you much luck and joy in your own writing endeavors!

BC
Chrissy from NY USA wrote on January 15, 2013:
I finished Book of Magic today. I was surprised--and delighted--to see a Magic Shop story that was never mentioned on this website! We didn't get to see the shop but it still was a really good story!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Chrissy -

Glad you liked the Magic Shop story. It is actually available on the website now as a download. It was the first story I wrote to perform with the Syracuse Symphony, and we had such a glorious response to it that it will always have a warm place in my heart.

BC
brianna from manahawkin, Nj USA wrote on January 12, 2013:
NINA IS A GREAT BOOK FOR EVERYONE TO READ ARE YOU MAKING MORE
Reply by Bruce Coville
Thanks, Brianna! There are three Nina Tanleven books in all. I have been working on a fourth one, off an on, but the publisher decided they didn't want it. I am not sure what I will do with it now.

Those books are particular favorites of mine, since I based Nina and Chris on my daughter and her best friend!

BC
Chrissy from NY USA wrote on January 10, 2013:
I read Book of Monsters today. I liked the way you expanded the first story when you made it into Always October...but why did you change the main character's name?
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Chrissy -

Glad you enjoyed ALWAYS OCTOBER. As to "why did you change the main character's name?" . . . well, that's a good question, and I'm not sure I have a good answer. I think the most likely reason is that I was struggling to break out from the short story (I had to let go of sooooo much from the story when I made it into a novel) and changing the name of the main boy helped me feel like it was a new story.

All best,

BC
Samantha Coville from Kissimmee, FL USA wrote on January 8, 2013:
You're such an inspiration to me! Having someone with the same last name to look up to is great. Not only do I now own a successful book review site but I'm also in the editing process of my first novel! The world of writing is for me and you led me to it. Thank you a million times. 🙂
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Samantha -

Given what little I know of our family name, it is almost a certainty that we are related in some way. There aren't that many of us! I am delighted to know that I have been an inspiration to you, and I wish you the absolute best of luck in pursuing your writing. Maybe someday we'll be doing a signing together!

BC
Nathan from San Diego, Californa USA wrote on January 7, 2013:
Ur books r sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo AWSOME
Reply by Bruce Coville
Thaaaaaaaaaanks, Nathan!!

BC
Mr.Read-A-Lot,and Mr.Thank-You,a.k.a Duke from Bentonville, AR USA wrote on January 5, 2013:
Dear Bruce,
Thank you.You are one of the first authors whos kind of my friend.Thanks to you and other authors inspiered me to be an author.Whenever I got Jeremy,I hoped it would be a good book.And it was!So I want to send you and your wife 1,000 thank you's.
Your friend[x 2]
Duke
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hey, Duke -

Glad to be of service! Very glad that you liked JEREMY. If I had to guess which of my books is most likely to live on after I am gone, that would be the one!

All best,

BC
Mr.Read-A-Lot from ?, ? ? wrote on January 4, 2013:
Dear Mr.Coville,
I planed on buying some of your books,but I didn't know if there's tax.So tell me,is there tax on your books?I went to Barnes and Noble,but they only had "Jeremy"!!
Hopeing a good new year to you,
Mr.Read-A-Lot 😀
Reply by Bruce Coville
Dear Mr. Read-A-Lot -

Sales tax on books is a state-by-state matter, so it depends on where you are. If you buy from my website and you live in NY, we have to charge tax, because that's where we're located. If you're in some other state, we don't.

By the way, though your Barnes and Noble only had JEREMY on the shelf, any B&N should be able to order any book you request of them.

Happy reading!

BC
Kenia from milpitas, california USA wrote on January 2, 2013:
Hi my brotner here,Isaac wants to know how old you are.:-) ( it's okay if you don't tell how old are 🙂 ):-)
Sincerely ,
Kenia and Isaac
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Kenia and Isaac -

I was born in May of 1950. If you do the math, you can figure out how old I am! ;>

BC