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Audrey Mutscheller

<p>Hi! Mr. Lerangis I'm a big fan! and I freaked out to find that Aly Black is just like me in almost every way, but I don't dye my hair. I read as much as I can of my favorite writers to get ideas for my books. If I ever publish them I hope you will have time to read them. I also with I could act in a movie. I just don't know how to audition! 🙁 I just feel my life isn't complete without acting... And I really wish I could act as Aly, or another character from a book I have read. I saw from one of your posts that you used to act in movies?! How did you start acting? How do you find auditions?</p>
<p>-Audrey (12)</p>

Tuesday, July 05, 2016 at 12:43:05 AM
Peter replied

Hi, Audrey!  Yes, I did act, but mostly on stage, not in movies.  I live in New York City and there are plenty of places where you can find listings of auditions.  That’s about it.  You answer the casting calls, show up, and show them your talent!  If you’re serious, it would be best to look up talent agents who handle kids and teens.  There are a lot of them out there.

Kevin fu

Hey Peter it's me again. Last message I sent is a request on a companion series to 7 Wonders. This one is just my feeling and thought towards the series. To be honest I JUST finished the last book today. And I'm just sooooo overwhelmed by it. A part of me is so happy that the series end in such a peaceful and beautiful way. But the other part of me screams for more of it. I just can't stop thinking about what would happen to the selects and what would happen on their 14th birthday and I'm not getting an answer. I'm having such a hard of getting over the feeling and thoughts towards the characters. It's so hard to say goodbye to a series that you like so much. But despite that, the 7 Wonders is just one of the most attractive series to me and I really do hope there will be a second series followed by the original plot. Thank you so much for coming up with an amazing journey. Please answer my first message as well. I'm dying to know.

Monday, July 04, 2016 at 06:04:06 AM
Peter replied

Thanks so much again, Kevin.  What a beautiful note.  I’m about to leave on summer vacation and it puts a big smile on my face.  I’ve got commitments to write two other trilogies in the next few years, but it would be great to revisit the world of the Seven Wonders.  I miss it too, and I will definitely bring it up with my publisher.  So glad you were along on the ride.  I’m still recovering!

Kevin Fu

Hey Peter! I just finished your Seven Wonders series adn it's just awesome. I really like the plot and i really appreciate the effort adn heart u have put into the book!! There's just one thing that IM NOT satisfied with is that no fuition of the romantic relationship between Jack and Aly :(. Which is such a shame that I've been expecting ti so bad through out the series. So here's my question for you, and also a request: Will you write a companion series of 7 wonders also based on the view of Jack?? I would LOOOOVE to see the two's relationship get to an end and also longing BADLY for more epic actions!! Please give me an answer on the page and please consider te request of a companion series. (Of course, Im not trying to force you or threaten or anything. But it doesnt hurt to consider)

Monday, July 04, 2016 at 02:18:29 AM
Peter replied

Hi, Kevin!  Ha!  That would be fun, wouldn’t it?  I’ll have to talk to my publisher about it.  One never knows …

Anthea

Hi Mr. Lerangis! I just finished The Legend of the Rift and it was AMAZING!!! You are a wonderful author! In school, I'm doing a project on writing, and I was wondering if you could give me some tips on writing novels?
Thanks,
Anthea

Friday, July 01, 2016 at 04:53:31 PM
Peter replied

Hi, Anthea!  Thanks for writing.  I am delighted you enjoyed Legend of the Rift!  Good luck with your writing project (although by now you’re probably on vacation!).  I’m not sure how far along you are on your writing journey, but here are some tips I like to give about writing in general:

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.

Rayna

Dear Mr Lerangis, Hi! I'm a 4th grade student from Burr Intermediate School. You were doing Q and A and I didn't get to ask my question. Are you going to write another series besides the 7 Wonders? If so, what would the name be?

Monday, June 20, 2016 at 12:09:10 AM
Peter replied

Hi, Rayna! Sorry I didn’t get to your question at Burr!  Yes, I’m working on a new series now but we haven’t agreed on the title yet.  Soon, though!  I will tell you it involves some sci-fi and lots of adventure and travel!

Lane B

Hi peter,
My name is Lane and I am ten years old boy. I read your first book of the seven wonders sieries. I LOVED it. I sugest that you can write a book about roman/greek mytholagy. If you could make another seiris and connect it with seven wonders (as in the charectars help each other) that would be amazing (as in a best selling 2 serieses) thank you!


Lane

Friday, June 03, 2016 at 06:43:51 PM
Peter replied

Thank you so much, Lane!  That is a great idea that I will have to take under consideration... *puts on thinking cap...*

Isaac Chin

What??? On page 421 it says Skokie IL, NO WAY... THAT'S WHERE I LIVE. WHAT'S GOING ON???

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 03:11:29 PM
Peter replied

Haha!  Secret author-reader GPS mind melding!  Or something like that.

Julian Brizzi

<p>Hey Mr. Peter Larangis! My name is Julian Brizzi. For a class project, I have researched your biography and think you have made a big change from your biochemistry days. I am currently reading The Colossus Rises. From the Seven Wonders Series. In the beginning of the book, I love how you hook the readers into reading more and more. I can't wait to finish the book, and read more books from that series!</p>

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 04:25:51 AM
Peter replied

Thanks, Julian!  Yes, it was a big change.  You can probably see how some of that training sneaks into the books.  I’m still pretty fascinated by genetics and numbers.  Glad you enjoyed Colossus Rises!

Sam Clifton

Dear Mr. Lerangis


I was wondering if you ever wanted to make a 7 wonders/Percy Jackson/Kane mashup? Rick Riordan and you are 2 of my favorite authors. I also wanted to say thank you for coming to Hagan School.

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 10:43:21 PM
Peter replied

You’re welcome, Sam!  I loved visiting Hagan!  And I think a mash-up would be amazing, but Rick and I are both pretty booked up for the next few years.  Hmm, a person can dream, though...

Dario

Hi Peter Lerangis,


it's me again. I finally found the time to read the last book of The Seven Wonders. First of all - I liked it. I thought I'd read it on the day of publishment but never really did it because I felt like I forgot everything that happend in the prevous book. However it was easy to go back to Atlantis once more. I liked it that you shortend the series (although another book would have been great of cause) because it gave this book a mass of content and some interesting changes. It was entertaining and an appropriate conclusion - especially the last chapter. I don't want to give spoilers to anyone reading this, so I won't say anything more about the content. The last luculi made sence because it was exactly what the Atlantian people needed after their island drowned. That's something Jack and his friends didn't seem to realize. It was funny to read some german words in this book too (although they were not perfectly correct :D) and you made use of great sketches again. Beghad I just say...

Please keep writing. despite the fact that I always claim your books aren't just children books, I would be happy to read a young adult book of you in the future too because I am nearly 17 now.


Kind regards


Dario


PS:Personally I prefer tragic endings (like in Maze Runner or His dark Materials) but youre peaceful solution was well done too!

Sunday, May 08, 2016 at 03:41:54 PM
Peter replied

Thank you so much, Dario! It’s been great to have you along on the ride.  (But come to think of it, I should have passed the German words by you first!)

Mrs. Smith's 4th Grade Class

Dear Mr. Lerangis,

We just finished reading book 4 in the Spy X series and were wondering why there is no book 5. It seemed like you left the option open for a book 5. We loved Spy X and want more!!! Spy X was awesome! Thanks for writing them.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Smith's 4th graders

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 03:47:12 PM
Peter replied
An entire class! I think this is the first time a whole class has written me. You rock. Oh, do I also wish there were a Book 5. Actually, the publisher had asked me to write a book 5 and book 6, and then they unexpectedly decided not to publish them. I never quite understood why, but there you have it. You now know as much about it as I do! I wish that hadn’t happened, but I am so glad you enjoyed the series!
Constantin de Lint

Dear Mr Lerandis,

I've been reading, 'The 39 Clues #3', The Sword Thief', during the holidays. I really like this book because there was always something happening to make me want to read on. I read the first book; I loved it, I read the second book; I loved it, I read the third book; I loved it and I wanted to read the fourth one. But, we were in Vienna, we went to the English library, and they DIDN'T have the book. "You dweebs," Amy would have said to the librarians. Exactly what I wanted to say.


I'm excited to read more of your books and I hope that some other '39 Clues' are written by you and your fantastic imagination. I would really appreciate a response.


Kind regards,


Constantin

Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 08:32:52 AM
Peter replied

What?? How DARE they not have that book, Constantin! I think it was secret plot by the Kabras. Thanks so much for your kind words. I did indeed write another book in the series, Book 7 (also a part of Book 11, and the third book of the sequel series, Cahills v. Vespers).

Leo

Mr. Lerangis,


I love your books and I can't wait to read another.


From,

Leo (Age 8)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 01:08:49 AM
Peter replied
Hello, Leo! Thank you so much for your kind words. I’ll keep on writing if you keep on reading!
Joey

Hello, yet again, Mr. Lerangis, sorry for taking up so much of your time I just have so much to ask you. Thank you very much for the tips, this will help me as a writer. I love writing.

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:57:33 PM
Peter replied
You’re welcome, Joey, that’s very thoughtful of you. Always happy to help a young author. Good luck to you. Keep writing!
Joey

<p>Hi again Mr. Lerangis, thank you for the tips. I will use them everyday. I just got your new book. I was wondering how to make beginnings not so awkward when writing them and what to do when you are stuck. Thank you! </p>
<p> P.S You are my idol -Joey</p>

Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 12:53:11 AM
Peter replied

Thank you, Joey. That is very kind of you. As for writing the beginning of a story, well, that’s the hardest part. For me, sometimes it takes days just to write that first page. It's all about getting the right voice. Think about your main character. What’s unusual about him or her? You may want to start your story by describing a trait that gives you a good idea of the unusual way your character’s mind works.  “David Smith woke up on a Saturday morning before sunrise and scratched his head only to find there was no hair there.”  Is your setting the interesting part?  Then you may want to create an unusual atmosphere.  “Not every school is built over a graveyard, but Glume Elementary was not every school.”  Try to find something in your story that gives the reader a little twist right at the beginning.  Write a lot. Don’t be afraid to try a lot of different beginnings. Don’t be afraid to throw things out. To get a good first chapter I delete dozens of pages, and some of the passages are truly dreadful. Before long you get a feeling for the voices of the characters, and your own writer’s voice.  And when that happens, an amazing momentum will start to build.

Lydia Reinsel (again)

Hi Mr.Lerangis it's me Lydia again! I would like to thank you for replying to my previous comments. It really meant a lot to me! I was just wondering if you were serious about that casting call? Sorry to bother you about this again, it's just I REALLY love acting and drama! Plus, I really love Aly who is my favorite character, next to Jack and Torquin. But, even if I don't get that casting call, I still would really like to see the movies. I hope you get an offer soon for ALL THE BOOKS in this series! I'm starting book 4 this week, and I have a feeling it's going to be an amazing story. Since our school is starting PSSA's this week, I'll have a chance to finish this book series up! Though I want to finish this series, I really just want this series to go on and on! Thank you so much for writing these book. And if you stop writing this series and another author tries to finish it, I want you to know you would probably kick the other authors butt! Thanks again and even though I'm pretty sure you said you stopped writing these books, I could read them over and over (which I probably will). Good luck on that bid and solid offers for the movie(s)! Thanks! 🙂

Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 11:40:50 PM
Peter replied
Lydia, thank you so much for this lovely note. I am moved by how much you enjoy the series. As for the possible future casting call (if it were ever to happen!), well, that would be something the movie or TV company would announce and administer. I would have nothing to do with it, unfortunately. But as a former actor myself, I kept an eye out for auditions all the time, and hey, if professional acting is in your future, you should do the same!
Thanasis

<p>Hi again Mr. Lerangis ^_^,<br /> I wanna thank you for answering to my message about Greece and i am really happy to know that you are from Greece and you actually love her too.Sorry for taking up that much of your time and i wrote to thank you from the buttom of my heart (well...i cant help it you are my favorite author ) for writting your beautiful books and publishing them for us to read ^_^.I also wanted to tell you that i really loved the idea of the 7 wonders to be turned into a movie (or more than one..well actually the more the movies are the better ). I cant wait to write to you again when i read the fifth and last book.<br /> Yours sincerely,<br /> Thanasis ^_^</p>

Friday, April 08, 2016 at 08:23:29 PM
Peter replied

Thank you, Thanasis.  I look forward to hearing what you think about Legend of the Rift.

Lydia Reinsel

Hi I'm Lydia Reinsel. I just fished the first book in the series "Seven Wonders." It was such a fabulous book! I can't wait to read the next book "Lost In Babylon." I've read a little so far and its great! I think this book would be perfect as a movie. All of the special effects and characters would make the movie very enjoyable! Thank you so much for writing these wonderful stories! In fact I used your book in one of my school projects and I can't wait until my teacher sees it! Thanks again,


Lydia Reinsel
4th Grade


P.S. if this is going to be a movie, I think you should contact me to be Aly 🙂

Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 01:11:27 AM
Peter replied

Hello, Lydia!  Thank you so much.  I hope you’re enjoying Book 2.  Hang on, it’s quite a ride!  I agree with you 100% about the movie prospects.  I’ve got my fingers crossed.  A whole bunch of movie studios have seen the Seven Wonders series, but no solid offers yet.  I hope it’s soon, so you can catch that casting call!

Tracy Lay

<p><p>Hi Peter,<br /> I am a parent volunteer for Ponderosa Elementary's school newspaper in Sunnyvale, CA. Thank you so much for coming out recently to speak with our students and for allowing our newspaper staff member, Josie, to interview you. </p><br /> <p>Both my kids thought that your talk was the best author talk they've been to and I agree. It was very entertaining while also containing some great life lessons about persistence, grabbing opportunities, failing, and just looking around and noting the world around you.</p><br /> <p>Thanks again,<br /> Tracy Lay</p></p>

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 08:51:17 PM
Peter replied

Hello, Tracy!  Thank you so much.  It was an enjoyable interview and a great visit.  I will not soon forget the awesome welcome I got at Ponderosa: from the great interview, to the amazing artwork both outside the auditorium and in, to the warm response from the kids.  I hope to return again someday!  Please convey my thanks to Josie — awesome job!

Thanasis

Hello,
My name is Thanasis and I am a 15-year-old student from Greece.I am also a huge fan of your Seven Wonders Books I have enjoyed this series a lot in fact it is my favourite book series among every other i have read till now (and I am a fanatic book-guy,i have finished every book except of the fifth in about 2 days each).The reason why I am writting to you is the fourth book of your series named''The Curse of the King'', i was really excited when i saw that you have included Greece in your book because i am from Greece, but I have to say that the way you described the place, the taxi guy and the little Bohemian girl was kinda..um..irritating,after everything i have read in your book I am sure that you have visited Greece but im not sure weather you enjoyed it or not. All in all, i believe that you should give Greece a second chance to show you her beautiful and friendly side. Also I can't wait to read your fifth and final book''The Legend of the Rift''(i wish there were more) and i hope you will keep up the good work. ^_^
Yours sincerely,
Thanasis
(by the way i would like to apologise for any spelling or grammar mistakes in this message since im not from England and my english are not that good).

Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 12:14:05 PM
Peter replied

Hello, Thanasis!  Thank you for writing.  I’m delighted you’re enjoying the series and I think you will love Book 5.  Yes, I have indeed visited Greece.  My entire family, both sides, are Greek, and I LOVE Greece dearly.  I’m truly sorry that you felt irritated about those aspects of the book.  I meant them to be playful and humorous, not for them to stand as a blanket characterization of an entire beautiful country and its wonderful people.  When I write stories that take place in the U.S., for example, I’ll often use techniques of exaggeration to create comic moments that lampoon aspects of small villages, large cities, etc.  Maybe I went too far, but please know that I have nothing but great affection for Greeks and Greece.  I have to.  It’s my own heritage!  And by the way, (a) I do promise to keep up the good work and (b) your English is very clear, not to worry!