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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!

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.