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Jacob
Remember when you went to Hunt Valley Elementary School? I was there! You even signed my "The Colossus Rises" and "Lost in Babylon"! You were very funny. 🙂
Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 08:45:23 PM
Peter replied on Monday, November 13, 2017
I sure do remember! Thanks, Jacob!
Peter Lerangis
Hi! i'm your your clone. 🙂
Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 08:39:24 PM
Peter replied on Monday, November 13, 2017

Well … hi, me!

LORD VOLDEMORT
Is max tilt just one book or are there more to come?

(I love your work!!!)
Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 05:40:04 AM
Peter replied on Sunday, November 12, 2017

Dear He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named 🙂 ,  Thank you!  Yes, I’m planning to write three Max Tilt books.

Jacob
You are the best author of all time. Better than Jules Verne, J.K Rowling, Stephen King, William Shakespeare, Charlees Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, J.R.R Tolkien and the dude who wrote Sherlock Holmes. 🙂
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 06:22:57 PM
Peter replied on Sunday, November 12, 2017

Well, wow! Thank you so much, Jacob — that’s some company!

Connor
How many books did you write?
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 07:39:10 AM
Peter replied on Saturday, November 11, 2017

Hi, Connor! A little embarrassed to say, but I’ve lost count off the top of my head. It’s somewhere around 175. Yup.

Mother of a 13 year old fan
Hello! My son is an avid reader and loves your books. We met you at the Miami Book Fair two years ago and you kindly signed all of his books, while chatting with us prior to your presentation. We planned to go again this year to support you but noticed that the age range stops at 12 years old. You still have readers who are older now! Good luck to you and maybe we'll see you next week in Miami.
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 08:24:06 AM
Peter replied on Friday, November 10, 2017
By all means, come again! I don’t believe in any age limits. I think they do that for marketing reasons, and I can’t imagine they would enforce. If they do, I’ll bring you in personally! Hope to see you again. I really enjoy the Miami Book Fair!
Sallie
Hey Peter

I thoroughly enjoyed myself in the authors section today at sharjah book fair. It was so funny and I really loved the way you were talking With us and I can totally not forget the Oow Oow.....😂. Even the presentation was really cute and funny with the rap and the baby pictures. ❤️
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 at 01:14:21 PM
Peter replied on Friday, November 10, 2017
Ha! That was the first time I ever tried beat-boxing, Sallie. And I know it won’t be the last. I’m delighted you enjoyed the presentation, and I hope I have the chance to return to the beautiful UAE someday. Enjoy the rest of the school year!
anonymous
hey! I was at the book fair today. i just wanted to say that you did an amazing job and that i'm totally inspired. one day when i become an author (which will hopefully happen) i'll make sure to mention where i got the push that i needed. thankyou
(ps: I'll make sure to read you books)

also any tips for begginers? 🙂
thanks in advance.
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 at 09:00:52 AM
Peter replied on Friday, November 10, 2017

Thank you so much, I was honored to have been given that opportunity to speak to you, and I am delighted that you were inspired! Yes, I do have some words of advice. Here’s some advice I usually give people who are serious about writing books:

1. You have to want it more than anything else in the world. You have to be the kind of person who doesn’t settle for no.

2. Reading voraciously — all the time — is the single best training to become a writer.

3. It helps to be intensely curious about how your favorite authors make their work so good. What kind of words do they use? What kind of words do they leave out?

4. You need to practice. Like a musical instrument or a sport, writing gets better with constant work. Write some things for yourself, pieces that no one else sees. Also write stories that you show to people you respect — teachers, librarians, parents, siblings, other authors, etc. Listen to their feedback. Learn to recognize useful and useless feedback. Useful feedback is your best friend, even though it may feel painful.

5. You must collect ideas. Write them down. A pad or a writer’s notebook is great, but anything will do, even a receipt or a scrap of paper. Collect your ideas from conversations, things you observe in everyday life, dreams, other books and movies, etc. When you have a bunch of them, read them over and decide which is the best. Which one makes you the most excited? Start working on that one. If you like it, chances are your readers will too.

6. You need to recognize that the stakes in your story must be super-high. Even in stories about everyday life, there must be some dilemma that seems impossible to solve, something the readers will hang on to until the very end.

7. Regarding step 6, think hard about what you want to leave out of your story. That’s the thing that will pull your readers in.

8. Live life to the fullest. It’s easier to write compelling stories if you’ve experienced compelling events in your life.

9. Don’t worry about getting published right away. Almost no one is published at a super-young age, and that’s OK.

10. Did I say practice?

11. Practice.

Jacob
I HAVE JUST FINISHED THE SEVEN WONDERS SERIES!!!!! Man, I am so happy! 🙂
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 at 12:37:00 PM
Peter replied on Friday, November 10, 2017
Yyyyesss! Congratulations, Jacob. I hope you enjoyed it!
Mustafa Adil
Hey Peter , how are you
I really enjoyed the presentation you did in my school , Our Own High School if you remember , do you remember signing my book which I got from the library it was the 2nd part in the Seven Wonders series ....... I couldn't get the first book cause everyone else took it.....looking forward to meeting you again
And yes .... you are now my favourite author.😃
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 at 09:36:41 AM
Peter replied on Friday, November 10, 2017
Aww, thank you, Mustafa! You guys were amazing. I had a wonderful time and was honored to have received such a polished and heartfelt introduction. I hope you’re able to get Book 1. Jashanmal Books has some autographed copies. Thanks for your kind words and I too hope we meet again.
Jacob
What does "The Song Of The Heptakiklos" sound like?
Monday, November 06, 2017 at 05:01:08 PM
Peter replied on Friday, November 10, 2017
Hi, Jacob! I imagine it to be an unearthly music, with high-pitched tones that you can barely hear, a bass drone so low that it rumbles the ground, and a kind of melodic buzz that enters not only through your ears but all your senses. It’s sweet like music, but also both chilling and sizzling like a competing weather front. I do not recommend that any band or orchestra attempt it.
Jacob
Hi Mr.Lerangis! I am fascinated by your work, especially the Seven Wonders Series. But my question is, what gave you the idea to start the Seven Wonders Series? P.S, I'm still reading The Legend Of The Rift, I can't wait to finish it!
Monday, November 06, 2017 at 02:25:42 PM
Peter replied on Friday, November 10, 2017

Hi, Jacob! I’m glad you’re enjoying the series so much. You know, for years I wanted to write a book where kids were stuck on an island, not knowing why they were there. The problem was, I couldn’t figure out why they were there either. When I visited Greece, two things happened: I went to the island of Rhodes and got really interested in the mystery of the Colossus. I also went to Crete, and I discovered that they believe the island of Atlantis sank off their northern coast. Because I don’t generally write nonfiction, I didn’t think I’d do a good job writing about the Wonders. I also was dying to write about Atlantis. But it had been the topic of so many books, I didn’t think I’d be able to think of anything fresh about it. But when I began combining those three things together, it was a BIG “Aha!” moment. And the rest is history!

Annanya Rakhesh
Hey Mr.Lerangis
How did you like our school(GMA)
Monday, November 06, 2017 at 08:56:33 AM
Peter replied on Friday, November 10, 2017

Hello, Annanya! I LOVED GMA!  <3 <3 <3  A very special place I will never forget.  That was a fun morning, and I enjoyed sharing some laughs and stories with you.  Thanks for being such an awesome group!

Eric Sheldon Dsouza
Hey Peter hoping to see you in Sharjah this Tuesday
Saturday, November 04, 2017 at 01:04:04 AM
Peter replied on Saturday, November 04, 2017
Me too, Eric. Please be sure to introduce yourself to me!
Elloree
Hello Mr. Lerangis.I have always thought authors were very serious. I was scared that if I was going to be an author, I couldn't have any fun. But you changed all that. Thank you so much for inspiring me so dearly. I am writing my first book and using all the techniques you went over at my school. Thank you so, so much!
-Elloree
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 02:47:52 PM
Peter replied on Friday, November 03, 2017

Hi, Elloree! I am thrilled to read this. Yeah, writers have to embrace fun. It’s one of the things that brings words to life. So go for it, allow yourself to have a great time. The process will not always be fun, especially when you get stuck, but in the long run it’s your sense of fun that will always carry you through. And it’s your passion and enthusiasm that will make your writing shine. Good luck and keep writing!

mia adames
what made you start riding book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 08:54:14 PM
Peter replied on Sunday, October 22, 2017
Hi, Mia! I always wanted to be a writer. You know, some kids want to be fire fighters or police or bankers or doctors, but writing is what I dreamed about. Honestly, I don’t even remember not wanting to write. On one hot summer night when I was about 11 or 12, I was reading a story called “To Build a Fire,” by Jack London — a survival tale set in the Arctic — and it was so vivid that I started shivering with cold in 90 degree heat! I was amazed that this author could practically change my body chemistry, just with words! I began thinking I wanted to do THAT to other people someday — make them feel things deeply with the power of writing.
jake
you where really funny when you said he saw a UFO he was not drunk!?!?
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 01:58:53 PM
Peter replied on Monday, October 16, 2017
Ha! I know, when I read that I laughed too. I didn’t remember writing it.
Hailey
I love when you showed the baby picturer
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 01:57:33 PM
Peter replied on Monday, October 16, 2017
WHAT baby picture???? 🙂 Glad you liked the presentation, Hailey.
Leisl hessel
I like your story's!!
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 01:52:27 PM
Peter replied on Monday, October 16, 2017
Thank you so much, Leisl!
Garrett
you are a amazing author!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 01:51:56 PM
Peter replied on Monday, October 16, 2017
Thanks, Garrett! There is a lot of amazingness among all of you, too!