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Adicia Bathon
Hello Mr. Lerangis! I am writing to ask how I can obtain an autograph or perhaps a signed book? I am part of a "Dream Team" for foster children in Tampa, FL. I am planning a birthday party for Patrick, who turns 18 on 9/7 before he "ages out" of the foster system as he has not yet been adopted. He LOVES reading, science fiction novels, and especially your Watchers series. Can I mail you a book or a birthday card to sign for him? I can include a stamped return envelope. Here is a link to his adoption video (his younger brother is also in it) so you can see what a special guy he is and why he deserves to have a special and inspiring birthday before he heads out into the world as an "adult." https://youtu.be/XMUuELoiHK4
Thank you so much for already being a great part of his life through your novels!
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 09:12:27 AM
Peter replied on Friday, August 25, 2017

Hi, Adicia,

Yes, I would love to sign a book for Patrick.  What a great kid!  Would you mind sending me a private e-mail message at info@peterlerangis.com and we can make mailing arrangements? Many thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Jedd
I really loved reading your books and I was wondering have you have ever thought about making a movie on the books? I would love to watch them.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 03:43:16 PM
Peter replied on Friday, August 25, 2017

Hi, Jedd!  I think about it all the time!  In fact, I really do have to stop thinking about it, I’m driving myself crazy.  Seriously, I would love to have any of my books made into a movie, and I hope some filmmakers will soon agree to do it!

Anna
Dear Mr. Lerangis,
I have been wanting to become a writer for a very long time, but don't really know where to start. Do you have any advice for me?
Also, I wanted to say thank you for writing the Seven Wonders books. I have had a lot of fun reading them.
Monday, July 03, 2017 at 08:28:21 PM
Peter replied on Friday, August 25, 2017

Hi, Anna.  Many thanks for your kind words about the Seven Wonders series.  I’ve moved on to other projects, but boy do I miss it.  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.

Anna Purtle
Dear Mr. Lerangis,
Since I started reading your books, I noticed a lot of references to Bible stories, and have been wondering if you are a Christian. Thank you for reading this.
Monday, June 26, 2017 at 11:25:27 AM
Peter replied on Friday, August 25, 2017

Hello, Anna!  I grew up going to the Greek Orthodox Church but I’m afraid I have lapsed from that branch, as the liturgy was always in a language I did not understand!  As for nowadays, I guess I’m a work in progress!

Sophia
Dear Peter Lerangis,

Hello! I am from Greece so forgive me if I make some mistakes. I am writing to tell you how much I admire your work. You are my favourite writer and I have loved Seven Wonders Of The World and 39 Clues! The way you write is amazing. Also, I have recommended Seven Wonders Of The World to my friends and they have loved these books too.

When I grow up, I want to be an author too and you are one of my inspirers to follow this profession. Have a very good day,

Your faithful reader
Friday, June 16, 2017 at 05:24:26 AM
Peter replied on Friday, August 25, 2017

Thank you so much (or should I say ευχαριστώ?).  I’m delighted you enjoyed the Seven Wonders series and also very happy you’ve spread the word to your friends.  My grandparents came to the States from Greece and I have a deep love for the country and the culture.  I hope to read your own books someday, and warmest wishes to you!

Mai-Linh Cummings
Dear Peter Lerangis:


I use to trust my friends all the time. Then they started to lie. I care for them and want them to keep them happy. I played football for the first time last year. I kept thinking of giving up every time we ran the laps. Every time at night I would read on comic.

To just think on what's going on in the comic???I listen to music to let me relax and listen to what the lyrics meaning is. I listen to old rock and modern. Every time I try to fall asleep I think of the world and what is going on in the world.I always tried not to give up, to help my friends.

Then I read the Seven Wonder series.

The start of the first book was slow for me. When I started get toward the end of the book it started to become a page turner. The best cliffhanger in the series was in at the end of the second book. The get their mission done and then he found out his mother was still alive! Another cliffhanger was in the third book it was a sad but good. The destroy the loculus of healing and they're about to die of G7W. Jack didn’t to leave his mom but couldn’t trust her.

In the fourth book was the latest book I have read. I started to trust my friend because jack found his mom not working for Massa. He never gave up on his mom through the book series. Jack never let his friends die. When they were fighting Zeus statue Jack didn't let Cass fall. My favorite scenes is when they are always in trouble and have to fight the protector of the locules.

I have never trusted my friends until I read this book series.I don’t give and care for my friends. What will you write after you finish this amazing book series? How would you end this book series even if it’s so good? Thank you for making this book series that had a big impact on my life.

Yours truly,
Ricky Spinello
Dedham Middle School
Thursday, June 01, 2017 at 02:10:39 PM
Peter replied on Friday, August 25, 2017

Thank you, Ricky.  I’m glad you enjoyed the Seven Wonders series, and I really do hope you also find friends you can trust!  They’re important to have in your life.  I’ve started working on a new series, a trilogy called Max Tilt.  The first book, Fire the Depths, will be released on October 3.  It’s a science-fiction/adventure series based on the book Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. I think it may be the best book I’ve ever written, and I hope you’ll enjoy that one, too!

Wesley Wallace
Hello Mr. Lerangis, my name is Wesley Wallace and it is a pleasure speaking with you today. I wanted to contact you in regards to scheduling a possible phone meeting or phone discussion to discuss the possibility of turning the Seven Wonders Book Series into a motion picture as myself attached to portray the lead character of Jack McKinley. As a young emerging teen actor I have auditioned for Hollywood casting directors and projects. I continue to be managed by Discover Management in California. I would love to further discuss the project over the phone so please feel free to email me if interested. Thank you and have a nice day.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:24:14 PM
Peter replied on Friday, August 25, 2017

Hi, Wesley!  Thanks for your enthusiasm, I really appreciate it.  As of now the movie rights to the Seven Wonders series are still held by HarperCollins and any interested producer would need to contact them directly. Good luck to you!

Blake Heal
Dear Peter,
What is your inspiration to become a great author
Monday, May 15, 2017 at 10:40:14 AM
Peter replied on Monday, May 15, 2017
Hi, Blake.  It’s because I was really, really bad at being a waiter, so I had to do something else.  Well, that’s just partially true.  I always wanted to be a writer. Honestly, I don’t even remember not wanting to write.  As the oldest kid in my family, I liked to entertain my younger siblings and cousins with stories, imitations, etc., so I was always a storyteller. But I began thinking more seriously about being a professional writer when I was a bit older, maybe 12 or so.  On one hot summer night 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.
Aidenn Boe
Have you ever ate a taco ?
Friday, May 12, 2017 at 11:15:58 AM
Peter replied on Friday, May 12, 2017
Too many!  And you?
Blake Heal
What inspired you to become a writer for the 39 clues
Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10:53:48 AM
Peter replied on Friday, May 12, 2017
It was the easiest thing in the world.  After Rick Riordan wrote the first book, the editors at Scholastic went on a search to find authors to write the next ones.  They called Gordon Korman, Jude Watson, and me down to their office and showed us what the series would be about.  They hoped we liked the idea and asked us if we wanted to write a couple of books each.  All I had to do was say yes!
Joshua Pass
Dear Peter Lerangis,
I have to say," Emosewa Seven Wonder Series!!!" I have never read a greater series! I have one question, why did you stop at number five? Please make another book that continues the last one. I have an idea of what might happen in the next book.
Your faithful reader,
Joshua Pass
Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 07:59:34 PM
Peter replied on Saturday, May 06, 2017
Uoy knaht! Thanks so much for that comment, it made my day! It’s so great to know you wanted the series to continue, and I’m sorry to disappoint (but don’t forget the Seven Wonders Journals, there are four of them!). But at this point, I’m already deep into two other series. Max Tilt is debuting in October, and I think it may be the best thing I’ve written. So I hope that will make up for the end of the Seven Wonders. (Truth to tell, I miss it too!)
Tabitha
Hi Peter!
I think I wrote a message before this one; thanks for replying by the way! My Friend says she just wrote a story and wants to send it to a publisher. Can you reccomend some publishers to send the story to?
Thanks!
Tabitha
P.s. We're from Singapore, so a Singapore based publisher would be good
Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 11:44:20 AM
Peter replied
Hi, Tabitha! Great to hear from you, and congrats to your friend. I wish I could help, but honestly I don’t know any Singaporean publishers. My last visit to Singapore was through the Singapore Writers Festival, which was set up, I believe, by the National Arts Council of Singapore. Maybe one of those groups might be able to direct you to the right kind of resources. I know they’re dedicated to promoting emerging local writers, so who knows?
Roaring Brook School, Chappaqua NY

Thank you for visiting Roaring Brook School. We enjoyed the presentation and especially liked listening to the stories. We are wondering if you were not an author, what would you be?


THANK YOU AGAIN!!!!! We loved having you, come back soon.

Saturday, April 08, 2017 at 04:35:05 PM
Peter replied
Thank YOU! I had such an amazing time at Roaring Brook. What a bright and engaging group of third- and fourth-graders! And it may come as a shock to you all, but if I were not a writer, I think I’d probably be a stage actor! (Or at least try.)
Sam from Roaring Brook

Hi I have an idea about a new book series that you could write. I'm thinking about it being in the old medieval times about these four kids who have a brother who gets taken by a wizard and he tests them. So three kids are trying to get their brother back but they have to go through games aka tests and if they fail the game they don't get their brother back. And they have never done any of the challenges but they get told the rules of the game by the wizard.

Friday, April 07, 2017 at 09:29:55 PM
Peter replied

Hey, Sam! It was great to spend some time with you guys today. I had a fantastic time. And I think your idea has some great potential for an exciting story. I haven’t written a wizard story but I may try to keep it in mind. Meanwhile, you may want to think about trying your own hand at it, when you have some time! Have a great spring break!

JC Gabriel

Dear Mr. Lerangis,


Good day! I have read your book “The Colossus Rises” and am now in the middle of “Lost in Babylon”. To put it bluntly, I truly enjoyed the book and I really am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.


Putting the books aside, I do have some questions. How do you know that you have finished writing a book? Is it based on number of pages? When the arc is complete? Or just because you feel like it is already finished? Also, as an author, I’m sure that there are one or two times that you get stuck in writing your story. My question is, what do you often do (like activities or such) to get ideas for your book so that you can continue writing it? In the series “The Seven Wonders”, who does the illustration? Do you draw those pictures?


I was informed that Jack and Aly never became a couple until the end, why? I really thought there was a thing between them so I rooted for them to be together. I also loved how you named the four of them as soldier sailor, tinker, and tailor. It was such an imaginative way of naming them based on their abilities.


Anyway, thank you for reading my mail. I am hoping to that you would write a reply if you have time.

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 08:50:00 AM
Peter replied

Hi, JC! Thanks so much for that perceptive message, and for all your kind words.  I’m really happy you’re enjoying COLOSSUS and BABYLON.  And I’ll do my best to answer your questions. 

I plan out most of my books in advance, with an outline that’s fifteen or so single-spaced pages.  I don’t always follow the outline strictly.  In fact, I change it quite a lot as I get along.  But having an idea of where the story goes, and where it ends, helps me a lot.  It’s always fun when I know I’m coming close to the end.  The ideas come so fast that my fingers can barely keep up.  Sometimes I’ll write 30 or 40 pages in that last day as I’m barreling to a close.

When I get stuck (which is often), I do a bunch of different things.  Sometimes I take long walks in nature and try to think out my plot problems.  I once thought up an entire short story in one walk.  Or I take my laptop to another venue, like a coffee shop, just for a change of scenery from my office.  Or I go for a long run, not to think but to clear my mind.  Other times I just go into the kitchen and eat myself silly.  But mostly I sit in front of my screen, moan, feel frustrated, convince myself that I’ll never write another coherent word again, fall asleep, and just stay there stubbornly until something good comes up.

I don’t do the illustrations for The Seven Wonders, thank goodness.  I’m a pretty terrible artist.  The cover artist, Torstein Norstrand, comes up with the ideas himself.  But I give instructions for the interior artist, Joe Merkel, for what I’d like him to do.

Hmmm, not sure I can answer the question about Jack and Aly before you finish reading the books!   😎

Michelle

My students and I absolutely LOVE your books. In effort of working smarter not harder, I was wondering if you have any lessons, questions, and/or activities that align with your Spy X series that you would be willing to share?


Thanks!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 08:24:50 PM
Peter replied

Hello, Ms. Lambert!  You must be an excellent teacher.  My first reaction was to give you the quickest answer, which is that the SPY X series has been out of print so long that all the enrichment material has long been taken down from the Scholastic site.  But your words “working smarter” inspired me to dig into the Wayback Machine, where lo and behold I found the long-defunct SPY X site that Scholastic had hosted once upon a time.  And it actually works.  So, no lesson plans that I can see, but definitely some fun spy-related activities, right here through this link.  Hope this helps!  And thanks for your kind words about my books.  My best regards to your students.  They rock, and so do you!

A well wisher

<p>Hi Peter, hope you're doing well :)</p>
<p>I remember you answering a question way back when about the Kanra poodles, though I can't seem to find the entry anymore. So I will re-ask and add my own question on the subject.</p>
<p>What are the poodles' names and what was their realationship like with Ian and Natalie? Did they spend a lot of time with the poodles growing up, did this change after coming home from the clue hunt/Vesper situation? Does Ian visit them every so often now that his sister has passed on? </p>
<p>I'm not sure the answers you come up with would be considered canon, and if not, it would be cool to hear - or I suppose read - your headcanons. I have so many questions on this, but these will do for now, hehe</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 08:10:17 PM
Peter replied

I can’t find that entry either! I think one of the poodles may have run away with it. And they’re homing, which means they may have brought the info back to the Kabras. It may have been the diabolical work of Asquith. Or maybe Phluph. Although it does sounds like something CumuloNimbo might do. Actually, I don’t know any of the poodle names. No idea. And as for Ian’s sister, Natalie … wait.  Passed away???  Clearly I have been away too long.   😥

zach

is the seven wonders series over?

Monday, January 23, 2017 at 02:36:44 AM
Peter replied

Yes, after five books, four Journals, and three-plus years, it finally is!

DankMemes

Yo!

So I was wondering, how does one develop a character? All the greatest stories ever written have amazing, striking characters. It's what makes the story interesting. Like my favorite anime, Assassination Classroom, had so many characters, but each had such a note-worthy personality that you could remember all of them.

But I kind of suck at creating characters. All of them are either really bland or too close to a different character from an actual story. How did you create your characters.

Also, what was with the lack of Jack and Aly romance moments. You made it a thing, but it never came true. My Jaly and Mass (don't judge) fanfics were suffering.

Anyway, thank-you!

Monday, January 02, 2017 at 02:27:59 AM
Peter replied

That’s a great question. There are a bunch of different ways to create a character. Your characters must be like real people to your readers. The emotions, reactions, decisions, etc., must feel true. The only way we know emotional truth is to feel it. So your characters, all of them, should start with you. They should start with the things YOU know and feel. Every one of those characters, good and bad, needs to have a piece of you inside. What makes you angry, furious, amused, ecstatic, snobby, greedy, generous, brave, afraid? Take those traits you know so well and and put them in your characters. But only some. Leave some out and make each character skew to a different angle of your own personality. Think about other people, people you know really well. Round out your characters with some personality and physical traits of those people. Throw these characters into your plot and see how they react. In acting class, teachers tell you that a good actor is one who makes a real reaction to an artificial situation. Your characters are this way too. Your plot, in a sense, is artificial; you’re making it up. When you put your characters into it they MUST react in a way that’s true to themselves. They can (and often do) force you to change your plot. They will refuse to do something you envisioned them doing back when you first devised your plot. And that’s OK. Sometimes the best parts of a book happen this way. Good characters will make the plot come alive, not necessarily the other way around.

Btw, I love the idea of Jaly and Mass fanfics!

Mia

Hello! I was writing to ask you write more Seven Wonders books. I LOVE your books and they tie with my other favorite book series, Percy Jackson. Rick Riordan is currently writing new books but there will be no new Seven Wonders books! This is a problem for me. To summarize, please write more Seven Wonders books!


-Mia

Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 03:50:47 AM
Peter replied
Hi, Mia! Well, I’m thrilled you enjoyed the Seven Wonders series. Don’t worry, I haven’t given up writing books. Like Rick, I’m moving on to some other ideas I’ve been dying to write about. I have a new series called MAX TILT coming out in a few months, and another trilogy launching about six months after that. Not 100% sure what it will be called yet, but we’re leaning toward THROWBACK.