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Lauren Compton
why did the 7 wonders series have to end?
Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 04:24:32 PM
Peter replied on Friday, October 18, 2019

Hi, Lauren! I know, right? I miss it too! Thank you. I had some other stories I really wanted to tell, so I went on to write the Max Tilt and Throwback series. I recommend those too (even though Throwback has only one book so far!).

how exactly do you come up with your ideas? I know i'm full of questions but I need to know.
Sunday, October 06, 2019 at 02:44:13 PM
Peter replied on Wednesday, October 09, 2019

I like to keep my eyes and ears open all the time for stories. Sometimes stories just come to me, like the time in the subway train I told you about. My mind collects conversations, interesting incidents, news events, odd things I see on the street, books I read, and just plain old daydreaming. I collect ideas, write them on scraps of paper, and tack them up to a corkboard. Then I take them down and read them days later. I throw away the ones that are the least interesting and try to develop the best ones. Sometimes I’ll remember something I forgot to write down. Usually a combination of these things will mash up together and surprise me as a good idea for a story. A couple of examples: One time I saw a hawk trying to fly away with an empty plastic Coke bottle in Central Park, and that became a short story about vampires in Central Park! Throwback is also a great example. It came from my experience on 9/11 finding my son, and I combined it with an idea that came to me while I was walking on a strange, cockeyed street in Greenwich Village. The two things came together in a time-travel story. Hope that helps!

Do you wright your books in quiet areas?
Saturday, October 05, 2019 at 04:42:35 PM
Peter replied on Sunday, October 06, 2019

Hi, Jack! Great question. Yes, I need absolute quiet. I am way too easily distracted, so if music is playing I just want to listen to it. I know other writers who are the opposite. They say they HAVE to listen to music. I have tried, but there’s no way I can do that!

hey peter it me that i ask for your websie i wish i can meet you.
Thursday, October 03, 2019 at 09:42:31 PM
Peter replied on Saturday, October 05, 2019

Thank you, Elaina! Unfortunately I’m writing this on a plane heading back to New York City, but I hope I’ll return to Wichita someday soon. It was my very first visit and I had a great time!

Mrs. Wise's Fourth Grade-Ferson Creek
Dear Mr. Lerangis,
We are so thankful for your visit today! We really enjoyed your presentation. You were so funny and entertaining. We can't wait to read your new book, Throwback. Thanks again!
Wednesday, October 02, 2019 at 01:07:30 PM
Peter replied on Saturday, October 05, 2019

Hi, Ms. Wise! Many thanks for your kind words, and for the warm reception from the amazing kids at Ferson Creek. I hope you all enjoy being among the very first readers of Throwback!

Melissa Baumann
Thank you Mr. Lerangis for your captivating presentation at East Middle School in Traverse City, MI. You are certainly adept at keeping the audience's attention, but it was your message that won the staff over! Including the image of your marked up manuscript while discussing the notion that "no one is qualified to judge his/her own work" was a very powerful moment. Thank you for addressing your failures just as much as your successes and for emphasizing the fact that the two go hand in hand. Bravo! Wishing you continued success!
Wednesday, October 02, 2019 at 01:04:00 PM
Peter replied on Saturday, October 05, 2019

Thank you so very much for those kind words, Melissa! It was a great pleasure to begin the week with such a warm reception from you and your AWESOME kids. Hope to see you all again sometime. I ♥ Traverse City and EMS!

Meaghanne Richmond
Dear Mr.Lerangis,
I was at your talk with cudahy middle school and I have 2 questions:
1. Is your new book coming to the CMS library?
2. What was the website for me to get a signed copy of your new book?

Tuesday, October 01, 2019 at 08:10:17 PM
Peter replied on Saturday, October 05, 2019

Hi, Meaghanne! I had a great time visiting Cudahy. You all were so kind to sing to Bobby. My whole family was grateful. I’m pretty sure I left some signed books for your library, so check with Ms. Schwabe. The place to get signed books is Boswell Books. Their store is in Milwaukee. If you pay them a visit, you can be sure to get a signed book from the shelves. You could also call them to order it, at (414) 332-1181, or order from their website. Here’s the page for Throwback. If you order on-line, you should make sure to tell them you want a signed copy. Their email address is

I am the kid that said why didn't you make 7 7 wonders books at cudahy middle school.Can you send me a pic of your 1 year old son i sang him happy birthday
Tuesday, October 01, 2019 at 03:43:26 PM
Peter replied on Friday, October 04, 2019
Hi, Andres. Here he is, Bobby at one year old! Everyone in the whole family loved the video of you all singing Happy Birthday. Thank you.

Hi Mr. Lerangis!!! Can you explain how each main character looks in the series the seven wonders? Thanks!
Friday, September 27, 2019 at 05:41:25 PM
Peter replied on Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Hi, Rae! Wow, it’s been a few years since I wrote those books, so I may be remembering wrong, but here’s what I recall:

Jack: reddish-brown hair, a little scrawny but tall for his age, open and friendly face. 

Aly: dark hair, likes to dye it neon colors, slightly under average height, intense dark eyes, really confident and intelligent look

Marco: dark hair, tall, broad-shouldered, dimples, handsome, stubborn, blue-green eyes. 

Cass: curly hair, skinny, wide-eyed and a little confused-looking, always a little smile on his face. 

Bhegad: older, dresses in tweed, rough skin, bulbous nose, balding, thick glasses. 

Torquin: enormous shoulders, nearly seven feet tall, curly and unruly red hair, super-thick red beard. 

Does that match your picture of them?

Surprise Blitz McCarty
are your books ghostwritten?
please tell the truth.
i've heard that peter lerangis is a pen name.

again please tell the truth.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019 at 06:22:32 PM
Peter replied on Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Hi, Blitz. Nope, my books are written by the one and only me. Peter Lerangis is my real name. What you may have heard is that I used to be a ghostwriter. Many years ago I ghostwrote books for other authors. There’s more info about that on my bio page. 

Debbie Worthington
I love the Spy X series. I was glad Eve and Andrew found their mom. However, shouldn’t there be a #5 in Manhattan? That was the last clue Evie figured out from Mad Mike’s note. “See you in Manhattan.”
Have my fingers crossed! 😁
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 05:52:56 PM
Peter replied on Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Hi, Debbie! You’re right, I did set up another adventure, because there was supposed to be a book 5 and a book 6. But the publisher decided at the last moment to cancel publication. I never quite knew why. Maybe they’d had a tough year. Unfortunately, publishing can be unpredictable. ☹️

Hello Mr. Lerangis.
I just wanted to tell you that, when I was 12 your series "the Seven Wonders" was my favorite, I loved Aly and it was partly her character that made me want to study computer science. Now that I am 15, I had a sudden nostalgia and read the whole series again, I remembered why I loved those characters so much. But I still have a question; what happened with Cas and Elois(I hope I write her name right, I am sorry for my bad English) Were they separated again? In foster homes? Or did the Mckinleys adopted them again? I am sorry if I bother you with the questions. Thank you for giving me a great childhood
Friday, August 16, 2019 at 06:25:19 PM
Peter replied on Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Renia, thank you so much for this lovely message! I am honored to have inspired you. I hope you have a spectacular career in computer science or whatever you set your mind to. Aly would wish that too!

I think Cass and Eloise would indeed meet each other again through the McKinleys. 😉

Hello, when they will be released in Brazil the continuation of the series the seven wonders? I'm waiting for release 4 and 5. Thank you.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 01:18:51 PM
Peter replied on Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Hi, Luciana! I just checked with my publisher, and sad to say, they tell me that the Brazilian publisher decided only to publish Books 1 through 3 and did not commit to 4 and 5. 🙁
Luke Poling
Hi Peter-

I am writing you as the co-host and producer of a podcast called Why?

Our show is inspired by and highlights people around the world who have fascinating and unique hobbies, jobs and passions. It is designed as an interview format where our guests can not only share their anecdotes, but also give listeners a peek into what inspired them to pursue their paths.

The spirit of the show is fun, informative and in the vein of bringing the world a little closer by understanding a bit more about one another. We would love to interview you about your work as a ghost writer and your other writing. I co-wrote & directed a film on George Plimpton, and am fascinated by your story.

My co-host is Heidi Hedquest. She's based in Detroit and I'm in Philadelphia, but we record on-line so, should you be interested, you can do so from anywhere! We have full reign of the show and you are welcome to mention any upcoming projects, adventures, plugs of anything you’d like.

Let me know what works for you and don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Thanks in advance,

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 05:20:26 PM
Peter replied on Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Hi, Luke! Sure, I’d love to do this! I’m pretty backed up until the fall, but that might be a good thing, because my new trilogy, Throwback, debuts in October. Would you mind contacting my publicist, Mitch Thorpe ( He’s the one in charge and I don’t want to create a scheduling conflict! Thanks for contacting me.
Grace Bondurant
Hello! I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate everything you've done. I'm currently reading the final book in the Seven Wonders series, and thought I should let you know how much I enjoyed, as well as sped through your books. The writing format you used was truly flawless, but also very unique. It took me a bit to get used to it, but once I did, I fell in love. My dream is to be an author, and people like you inspire me insanely. My favorite series is Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and I thought nothing could ever come close to the amazingness (not a word) of it, but yours sure did show me something new. In other words, it was an incredible experience. Thank you for everything and keep up your thrilling work!
~ Grace 🙂
Friday, June 14, 2019 at 04:51:10 PM
Peter replied on Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Thank you so much, Grace! I’m honored that my Seven Wonders books were such a part of your life. I will take this message into my day with a big, grateful smile! Best wishes to you.
Priscila Gibert
Dear Mr Lerangis,

My name is Priscila Gibert. I'm from Argentina, and I'm a translator.
I read the series "The 39 Clues" some years ago, and I liked it so much that I wanted my siblings and friends to read it, but they don't know English, and only the first two books were translated to Spanish. Since then, I had the idea of translating the rest of the series, but I wanted to ask for permission from the authors first.
My idea would be translating the rest of the books, starting with the one you wrote (The Sword Thief) and giving the authors the translations so they can publish it. It would be a paid work, of course, but my rate won't be high as I'm just looking for acknowledgement and being known to readers out there.
I think that the series would be deeply enjoyed by Spanish speakers all over the world.
Please talk about this with the other authors and whoever else who needs to know. I wait for your reply.
Hoping to hear from you soon.
Best regards,

Priscila Gibert
Monday, May 27, 2019 at 02:04:11 PM
Peter replied on Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Hello, Priscila! Thanks for writing, and I’m so delighted the 39 Clues books are being enjoyed in Brazil! I believe all of the books were indeed translated, but I may be wrong. Anyway, we writers do not control the translation rights. For that, you would have to write the publisher, Scholastic.

Alicia Klepeis
Just wanted to say it was great to meet you at Authors' Day this past Friday at Somers Intermediate School. Looking forward to reading more of your books!
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 04:36:04 PM
Peter replied on Thursday, May 23, 2019
The pleasure was mine, Alicia, and vice versa! Your books look wonderful!
Patrick McDermott
Dear Mr. Lerangis
Why did you do the ending of the 7 wonders series the way you did it was strange.
From Patrick
Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 11:02:44 AM
Peter replied on Thursday, May 23, 2019

Hi, Patrick! I love “twist” endings to stories and this was just the strange, unexpected twist I had always imagined for the series. Sounds like maybe it disappointed you. Did you have a different ending in mind?

Leeanna Arroyo and Julia Duzynski
Dear Peter Lerangis,
How are you? Today you came to the Somers Intermediate School Author's Day. We were wondering if you could give us some interesting facts about yourself to make an article. When are your next books coming out? We can't wait to hear from you!
Leeanna A. and Julia D.
Friday, May 17, 2019 at 03:57:48 PM
Peter replied on Thursday, May 23, 2019
Hi, Leeanna and Julia! I had a blast at Somers, and it was great to meet you! My next book, Throwback, comes out in October. Interesting facts, hmmm ... well, if you click on my bio page you can find some there. And if you have some specific questions, I’d be happy to answer them via email at!
Hi! my name is Maggie and I have a great question for you! In 80 days or die, Evelyn has a disease. 1) Does this disease actually exist? 2) Do you know anybody who actually has this disease that inspired you to write about it?
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 06:25:40 PM
Peter replied on Thursday, April 18, 2019
Hi, Maggie! Thank you for asking about this. Yes, scleroderma does exist, and yes, I do know someone who suffered from it. He was a professional musician, one of the best in his field, and he fought the disease bravely for years, right to the end. I was indeed thinking about him as I created the character of Evelyn.