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Welcome!  OK, first some friendly, authorish rules:  ♦♦ I cannot reveal 39 Clues or Seven Wonders spoilers, no matter how beautifully you ask.  Also, I’m not able to read/evaluate stories or excerpts from novels, as I am maxed out from tour and new writing projects. ♦♦ All answers given below. Unfortunately, you will not receive a notification when your question is answered, so keep checking back. Sorry!  Oh, and if you do NOT want your message recorded here, just let me know.  OK, now that that’s out of the way, please click the “Add Guestbook Entry” link, just below

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Peyton Noreen

<p>As expected I finished your book on my road trip to Montana.<br /> After I finished it, all I could do was stare out the window thinking "That krej!" But after awhile I realized I wasn't really disappointed at all. The ending was as satisfying as you could possibly make it, with me hanging on to every word.<br /> Whenever I finish a series, for the longest time I find myself clinging onto the magnificent world and characters that the author has created.<br /> But everything always has to end. I used to think endings were sad. But, I suppose, in a different light, they are also beautiful.<br /> So thank you. For the beautiful ending to a magnificent series that has grabbed me from the start and held on to this end.<br /> I hope this is the worst book you've ever written. Because if that's the case, it makes me all the more excited to read your next one, whatever it may be.<br /> You don't have to listen to me (And you're probably going to use these things in your writing anyways), but I just want to tell you what I love about your style and hope you keep using in your books.<br /> I love the comparisons for sake of description, my favorite from Legend of the Rift being "as if I asked him to dance naked on a stump" I really hope you use that one again. It's emosewa.<br /> The quirks you give your characters are always wacky and interesting. Cass' Backwardish for example.<br /> And of course, while they might make me feel like I'm tied to your website, waiting for the release date of your next book to come out, the cliffhangers are always an exciting twist on the last page.<br /> Thank you again for the gnizama series and writing encouragement.<br /> I hope we meet again sometime.</p>
<p>-Peyton (Rainbow Socks, Stormy, and Payton when people spell it wrong)</p>

Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 10:21:30 PM
Peter replied

Well, Peyton, I will take that lovely, warm sentiment with me into the snowy New York evening.  I’m truly delighted you liked the final book, particularly the ending, which was a real bear to write!  Thanks so much for coming to B&N.  It was a great pleasure to meet you, your sister, and your mom, and I too look forward to the next time.  Best wishes to you all!

Joey

Hi, I love to write comic books. I would just like to know some tips on how to be a better writer. You're awesome.

Friday, March 25, 2016 at 11:09:46 AM
Peter replied

Hi, Joey.  Thanks so much.  Well, here’s what I like to tell future writers.  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.

Jordyn

Hello, Peter!
I was one of the students at the Author Visit at Kinawa on the 21st. Anyway, I had a question and you didn't get the chance to call on me!
So, I'm still a child, but I'm a good writer. I've recently had an idea and I was asking your opinion on it. Here's the prologue:


Nothing is staying the same anymore. Humans are evolving. They know more. They can accomplish more. They have the right to ruin lives in the effort for research.
Seven soon-to-be mothers volunteered for their children to be in Project Amethyst. Each mother was given an injection, allowing their child to be born with clear blood.
Those children were born thirteen years ago. One has been modified with each blood color. Akeka got red, for the deadly chaos magic. Dominic got purple, for teleportation. Elijah received blue, for invisibility. Mirra was given pink, for kinetic energy. Jordan had been gifted with green, for extraordinary hacking skills. Xitizi had been chosen for black, for controlling the darkness in our world, and finally, Lola was given white for telepathy and telekinesis.
All of these children have been raised using these abilities, training every spare second. What they do not know is why they're actually doing this.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 10:11:44 PM
Peter replied

Hello, Jordyn!  And warm greetings to everyone in Kinawa.  I had a blast visiting your school!  And my opinion is that you have a GREAT idea and a wonderful imagination.  By all means, you should develop it.  Best of luck to you!

Philip

Mr. Lerangis, I just finished reading your Seven Wonders series. Don't get me wrong, it was great. I wish the ending was better though. Like, what happens with Jack and Aly? What about their 14th birthdays? I want more! Any chance you'll write anything, even if it is short?

Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 12:32:29 AM
Peter replied

Hi, Philip!  I’m delighted you enjoyed the books.  Sorry you thought the ending was too short.  I wanted to end on a mysterious twist and not give away too much.  For me as a reader, I like it when an author does that.  It allows me to spin out in my head my own continuations.  But I realize a lot of readers prefer things to be worked out, and I wish I could please everyone.  Ah well.  Maybe someday I will take up a sequel.  No plans as of now, but you never know …

tyler

Hi Peter, I am from ponderosa and am writing a letter to the govorment and would like so sujustins on what to write.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 11:14:56 PM
Peter replied

Hi, Tyler!  A letter to the government?  Well, I don’t know what you want to write about, so all I can suggest is to be very clear about what you want, and very polite!

Shell

Do you have any plans to make a scary book?

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 01:58:39 PM
Peter replied

Hi, Shell!  Well, no, not a horror book.  But the next two series I’m writing will have some really scary parts.  I wish I could tell you more but I’m sworn to secrecy!

Makayla

Do you every get tired of writing about awesome book Peter lerangis

Monday, March 14, 2016 at 09:04:23 PM
Peter replied

Oh, Makayla, that question brings a great big smile to my face!  The simple answer is NO WAY!  😎

Stacey Alonso-Marin

Thank you Mr. Lerangis for coming to visit our school! We enjoyed getting to learn how a real author writes.

Monday, March 14, 2016 at 03:04:24 PM
Peter replied

Thank YOU, Stacey!  I’m not sure which school you attend, but your IP address is from Little Rock, and I will always remember my school visits there, and my visit to Barnes and Noble.  It was a great welcome on my first visit ever to Arkansas, so thank YOU.

Luana Bessa

<p><p>Dear Mr. Lerangis:<br /> -Did you ever imagined Aly Black ending up with any character? Wich?<br /> -I just read the second book of The Seven Wondwers (Lost in the Babilon) (I'm portuguese, and actually, only the two first books are published, over here) and I know it was clear that Daria died, but... did she? I just really have to know...<br /> -COULD THESE BOOKS BECAME MOVIES!?<br /> -I'm in love with these books.<br /> -What was I supposed to writte in the "Homepage" part? I wrote Guestbook, but I'm not sure if that's what I should've done...<br /> -Would Daria and Marco actually have a serious relationship if... things were... diferent?<br /> -How did you got the inspiration to write these pieces of amazingness?</p></p>

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 07:03:50 PM
Peter replied

Hello again, Luana — and hello to my wonderful Portuguese readers!  Let’s see if I can answer all your questions:

 —  Yes, I kind of have my eye on Jack for Aly, but when you get to the end of the fifth book you’ll see there may be some new considerations.

 — In my mind, Daria did not die and may have made it through the underwater portal. 

 — I hope the books will be made into movies.  Lots of movie companies are looking at the series, but no solid offers yet.

 — Thank you so much!

 — It doesn’t really matter.  That’s just the way this guestbook module is set up.  If I could delete that, I would.

 — That’s a good question, and to be honest, I’m not sure.  What do you think?

 — By putting together three ideas that I thought were failures. (1) When I visited Greece I became obsessed with the Seven Wonders, but I thought I couldn’t write about them because I don’t write nonfiction; (2) I always wanted to write about Atlantis but I thought I could never think of anything new that a thousand other writers had already written about; and (3) when I started a story idea about kids trapped on an island in the middle of nowhere, I couldn’t figure out why they’d be there.  I was about ready to give up on (3) when I began putting those three supposedly “failed” ideas together and — wow! — I realized I had something fresh and exciting.  And the rest is history!

Luana Bessa

At first, have you ever though of Jack or Cass ending up with Ally?

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 06:26:48 PM
Peter replied

Hello, Luana!  Sure I have.  I have all kinds of ideas for what would happen in their lives.  Some of those ideas make it into the books, but not all!

Shawna

Mr. Lerangis,
I just finished the final Seven Wonders book and I'm really sad to have to say goodbye to these characters. So I wanted to thank you for being the one to write about them. I also have two questions. First, what are Jack, Aly, Marco, Cass, and Eloise's birthdays? Second, in Drow Lanif A you mentioned that the Seven Wonders series had been spread "to other countries' publishers (and book clubs and movie companies.)" Does that mean that there might be a Seven Wonders movie? Thanks again for giving me some of my favorite characters and for taking the time to read this.

Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 09:56:44 PM
Peter replied

Hi, Shawna! Thank you so much for your kind words.  I’m honored that the books meant so much to you.  Honestly, it’s been hard to let go of that world and those characters.  I dream about them!  Ah well.  Anyway, to answer your questions: Jack was born on July 19,  Aly on January 9, Marco on August 12, Cass on April 22, Eloise on November 13.  There have been about 17 foreign editions of the series, but so far no solid bites from a movie company — although we’re still trying!

Shreyas A.

I want to write a book, I have a great idea, and also have it all planned out. But when I want to write it my mind goes blank and nothing makes sense. Is there an effective way to write your books?

Friday, March 11, 2016 at 11:08:15 AM
Peter replied

Hello, Shreyas!  My advice would be to forget about the plot for a moment and spend some time with your characters.  Pretend you’ve just been put together with them at some kind of wilderness camp, where everyone has plenty of time to get to know one another.  Have some conversations.  Create some problems.  Footsteps outside the cabin, some kind of endurance contest.  Do this for one reason: to figure out WHAT EACH CHARACTER WANTS.  If one character is wealthy and another is poor, the poor character may need to figure out  how to get money from the other.  If one character is popular and the other shy, how does one manipulate the other?  Do this as a game, not as a scene to put in your book.  What you will be accomplishing is this: getting deep inside your characters’ heads, so that when you jump back into your book, your characters will come to life for you.  Because a plot doesn’t happen on its own; it is set into motion by what each character wants and needs.  If you have those in your mind, you may find that your book comes to life more easily!

Emily

Hi Mr. Lerangis!


Well so now that the Seven Wonders series is over (and I'm practically dying inside) what do you think you'll do next? What ideas for new books do you have? Or any way to extend the Seven Wonder (movies, plays, merchandise, etc.) Thank you!

Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 02:04:41 AM
Peter replied

Hello, Emily!  Thank you so much.  I am dying a little inside too.  But I am also beginning a new trilogy idea that is incredibly exciting.  And then another one after that.  More info on my site when I’m a little more solid on the plot details.

Eileen Parker

I love the Seven Wonders series as well as your 39 clues books. I have only read one of the Seven wonders and am on the second one. I have already found some flaws. In the first book, Jack does CPR many times and tells the reader that he has taken a course in CPR as well. In the second book when they find Marco, and he believes he needs to do CPR on him, Jack says he has no clue how to do CPR. He also wished he had taken a class, when in the first book he has already taken said class. There are some other flaws, but I fear of making you depressed. I love your books and your style of writing. I find them hilarious and would recommend them to a friend. I'm sure in the future you might hear more from me as I continue to read your works.

Sunday, March 06, 2016 at 01:56:57 AM
Peter replied

Hello, Eileen.  On the contrary, I am not DEpressed, I am IMpressed!  Yes, that would be a mistake, and what an eagle-eye you must possess to find it.  Have you thought of a job in publishing?  You would make a great editor.  With so many people reading my manuscripts (as well as me!), I wish one of us would have caught that.  I will see if we can make corrections in a subsequent printing.  Thank you.

Johnathan McClain

Hi Peter,


It's Johnathan McClain, aka the voice of Jack McKinley, et. al. Having narrated the Seven Wonders series, I'm actually a little embarrassed that it's taken me three years and five books to reach out and say hello. (But y'know, I'm very busy and extraordinarily popular.) But now that the ride is over I wanted to just take a moment to say:


It's been a privilege and and a joy.


Numerous times over the course of the series I found myself emotional and moved to tears (which you can hear occasionally if you know to listen), but never more so than upon reaching the conclusion of book 5. I was drained. I wandered around for the entire rest of that day in kind of a dull catatonia with a curious little smile on my face.


In addition to making me the coolest guy in my best friend's 14 year old son's world, you also gave me the chance to do my favorite thing - and what I'm here on this planet to do - take an audience on a journey. And in this case, a journey that I got to revisit over and over again. And ... well ... that's just baller.


So if a book tour or vacation or some such brings you to the LA area, please let me know so that I can say hello. Alternatively, I'm in NYC all the time and would love to buy you a coffee and/or tea. (I'm flexible.)


So... In summary... Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this lovely and special journey. The honor has been mine.


Best wishes and all good things...


-J

Friday, March 04, 2016 at 11:47:13 PM
Peter replied

Wow, Johnathan, I hope you don't consider my month-long silence as an indication of anything other than my own stupidity in shutting down guestbook replies while on book tour — because this one rocks my world. YOU are the one to be thanked for putting your heart and soul into truly magnificent readings. I feel honored to have had my books placed in your capable uvula, and I'm really glad your catatonia did not lead to any freeway accidents or jaywalking tickets. Or maybe they did. And for that, I'm truly sorry. You captured the spirit of all those characters, and when we finally do meet, which will be soon, our table will contain multitudes. And we'll be the only ones who know that. Thank you so much for this note. Needless to say, it is even more moving to me for the fact that voice actors rarely do such a thing. The privilege is mine, and please do contact me when you're in NYC (which will most likely happen before I'm in L.A.) I will send contact info under separate cover.

Sean Holland

Hi I'm Sean, I'm doing an ESB project for English about authors. So I've chosen to do you because 7 Wonders is my favourite book series and I have 1 question about you before my ESB which is on the 16th of March. Why do you write? Or what made you want to write? Thank You.


Sincerely Sean

Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 04:06:49 PM
Peter replied

Hello, Sean! I always wanted to be a writer. Honestly, I don’t even remember not wanting to write.  I think part of the reason had to do with birth order (but only part of it!).  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 despite the sweltering heat. I found that experience so powerful. I began thinking I wanted to do THAT to other people someday — make them feel things with the power of words.

Annabeth

Hi Mr.Lerangis! I am working on a project in ELA about bullying, and I am asking multiple authors about their opinions on it. Can you give me your opinion please?

Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 12:03:34 AM
Peter replied
Hello, Annabeth! I HATE bullying. Well, I guess you’ll never find people who say they like bullying, so that’s too easy. I can say that as a kid I was bullied, mainly because I was unathletic, overweight, very family-oriented, and a voracious reader. I was called all sorts of names and even beat up, for no particular reason. I remember crying myself to sleep over this. It was terrible. But here’s the worse thing: When I got older and a bit less geeky, I went through a period when I teased another kid myself. And even my siblings. I was probably very frustrated at all those years of being bullied, and I was not mature enough to put myself in their shoes. That period didn’t last long, thankfully, and I became friends with that other student, and my siblings and I get along well as adults. But I always regret being mean to them, even to this day. Bullying is destructive and harmful to the victims, but it can also eat at the soul of the bully. So I’m glad there is so much awareness on this issue these days. Maybe your generation will really make a positive change! Keep up the good work.
Dichhya Shrestha

Hello my name is Dichhya and am from Rato Bangala I want to ask you that are your favourite books the seven wonders or the 39 clues

Friday, February 19, 2016 at 06:51:35 AM
Peter replied

Hello, Dichhya!  I would definitely say the Seven Wonders.  Mainly because it’s been the focus of my life for the past few years.  (The 39 Clues was the focus also, before that!)  But most of all, I must say I’m a big fan of the Rato Bangala School.  What a wonderful reception you all gave me!

Jacob S

My name is Jacob and I am 8 years old. I just finished reading Spy X Tunnel Vision, and I really liked the series. I was hoping if you would write another book. After I finished the 4th book, I was asking my mom if there was a 5th book. When she looked and there wasn't a 5th, I got very surprised because it felt like it didn't end.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016 at 09:09:54 PM
Peter replied

Hi, Jacob!  Yes, you’re right on two counts: there is no Book 5, and it didn’t feel like it ended.  That’s because I had planned to write a book 5 and 6 but the publisher decided to cancel those books.  I still don’t quite understand why, but there you have it!

Aaryan

dear peter lerangis,
i am from nepal. i know you have come to nepal and i need to ask you a very simple question, will you be writing stories about nepal?

Monday, February 08, 2016 at 05:18:09 PM
Peter replied

Hello, Aaryan!  I am back home, still overwhelmed at the amazing experience I had in Nepal.  I have a few new books that I’m obligated to write, and I planned them all before my trip, before I knew anything about Nepal.  But now I am indeed thinking about it!