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ruby ruby from From conversations I hear on the street, from things I see around the place where I live, from things my kids do, and sometimes from my own dreams. One day I saw a hawk attacking an empty water bottle, and I thought that image was so strange. I began wondering what the bird was thinking -- and a whole story came from that moment! My mind is always looking for stories to tell. Thanks for writing, Ruby! wrote on May 18, 2010 at 8:13 PM:
How do you get your ideas.
Donald Donald from At any bookstore, Donald! For example, the Barnes & Noble in Chico. Or you can order them on-line! wrote on May 18, 2010 at 8:12 PM:
Where can you buy The39clues
kaylin kaylin from Hi, Kaylin! I always loved to read books, and I loved to tell stories. But I remember one day reading a story by Jack London called "To Build a Fire" that was so realistic it made me shiver, even on a hot summer day. It was an awesome feeling, to be affected so much by the power of someone's words. I think that was when I began thinking I'd want to write books someday. I thought it would be great to be able to move people with my own words. I may not be Jack London, but I feel lucky to be doing what I love to do. wrote on May 18, 2010 at 8:10 PM:
What inspired you to write books?
Robert Robert from Hi, Robert! I'm glad you liked THE SWORD THIEF, and thanks for writing. The swords are important for two reasons: (1) the clue that led Dan and Amy to Japan were found on a sword at the end of Book 2, and (2) the mystery of the swords hidden by Hideyoshi is what leads them to find the big Clue at the end of the book. All I can say about Mr. McIntyre is ... keep reading! Books 9 and 10 are full of secrets and surprises, and I don't want to give them away. I'm happy to hear you like Dan -- yes, he's getting really good at figuring out clues, and I like him, too! Cheers, Peter Lerangis wrote on May 12, 2010 at 6:42 PM:
I like how you tell the action in the story.The setting is amazing.also The clues are hard to figure out.I have a few quistion to ask you.What does all of the sword have to do with the book?Also who is mr.mclnttyre?I like the story,because it has tons of action.I like dan,because he is smart at figureing out clues.
Tina Tina from Hi, Tina! Really glad you enjoyed WTF. I had way too much fun writing it! Honestly, I didn't know the name of the author of that teaser at the end of my book, so I looked it up -- it's Dan Elconin. Thanks for writing. Peter Lerangis wrote on May 2, 2010 at 4:34 PM:
Dear Mr. Lerangis, I just finished your book "WTF". It was an epic adventure reading it. I loved it. The cover was really creative and it caught my attention when I was browsing for a book. The end 😀 I was just wondering who the author was for the book " Never After" at the end of your book, "WTF". Thanks for your time! 🙂 I hope I hear back soon! Your reader, Tina
Justin Justin from Hi, Justin! Thanks so much for writing. For THE 39 CLUES, we writers had a master outline with suggestions for which part of Dan and Amy's adventures to investigate. For the seventh book, I was asked if I wanted to handle South Africa, and I said YES! Shaka Zulu, I think, is one of the most brilliant and ruthless military leaders in history. Also I've always been fascinated by Churchill and his involvement in WWII -- but as I researched South African history, I was amazed to read about his exploits in the Boer War, escaping prison, hiding out in mines, etc. I enjoyed finding the connection between Shaka and Churchill. I also love complex codes, so I was happy to be able to pack a few into the book. The biggest challenge: I've never been to South Africa, so I had to do a ton of research -- books, magazines, papers, Internet images, movie clips -- I even used GoogleEarth to find locations. While scoping out a location for the scene where Alistair Oh is in danger of being blown up, I found ... Boom Street! It's real -- and what better place to stage an explosion? As for Dan and Amy's branch, well, as you can imagine that was a HUGE secret among the 39 Clues gang, and I felt lucky to be the author with the job of revealing it! Hope this helps! Peter Lerangis wrote on May 1, 2010 at 3:02 PM:
Dear Mr. Lerangis, For a Language Arts project, I chose to review the seventh book in the "39 Clues" series, "The Viper's Nest"(obviously written by you!) For part of the book review, I have to get insight on the process of writing the book. I would very much like to know what inspired you to write certain parts, why Amy and Dan are in the branch they are in, and other information that can help me with my review. Thank you very much for taking the time to read my message. I hope that you will write back soon. Thanks again! Justin
jeffrey sharza jeffrey sharza from Hi, Jeffrey! Thanks so much for writing. It was easy to find inspiration for this book. How often do you run across a character like Hideyoshi, the Bald Rat -- a guy who was powerful enough to unite a whole nation yet thought he had to confiscate every single citizen's swords? His story amazed me. I think history is a series of mysteries, and the story of the missing swords is one of my favorites. As I dug deeper, I came across a report about some possible secret tunnels under Tokyo. I put the two great mysteries together, and began writing THE SWORD THIEF! During the writing I began feeling connected to Alistair Oh, so I decided to go further into his life and bring the story to Seoul. I liked every part of writing this book. The research was fascinating, the writing was fun, and touring around the country to talk about the book was magical. (Not to mention receiving kind letters from people who enjoyed the book, like you!) Hope this helps. Cheers, Peter Lerangis wrote on April 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM:
Dear Mr. Lerangis, My name is Jeffrey Sharza. I am a fifth grader at Canandaigua Elementary School. I read "The 39 Clues, Book 3, The Sword Thief" for my monthly book report project. It was awesome. My assignment is to write to the author of the book which is you. I chose the book because my friend had Book 1 and I thought it was interesting so I chose another one in the series. What inspired you to write this story and what part did you like the most? I liked the book because it made me feel like I was in the story. It was like having an interactive adventure with the characters. This is the most awesome book I ever used for a book project. It would be great if you could write back. Sincerely, Jeffrey Sharza
Kai Weiss Kai Weiss from Hello, Kai! Thanks, I received your e-mail and will be sending you a response. I look forward to "Brain Wash" also -- it will be very exciting to finally publish something written 20 years ago, and I'm delighted there are so many "Die Drei ???" fans in Germany. I believe Kosmos will be publishing a German-language translation, but not the English edition. They have been very enthusiastic and supportive, and I hope to be able to visit Stuttgart in 2011 to celebrate the publication. Cheers, Peter wrote on April 21, 2010 at 7:35 PM:
Dear Mr Lerangis, I've already sent an e-mail to the address you gave me. Thanks a lot and I do look forward to reading your book "Brain Wash" in spring 2011. I'm very happy to hear that there could be reached an agreement so that all the fans in Germany waiting for a book for such a long time can enjoy the book. Do you already know whether "Kosmos", the German factory, also wants to publish the original English version or do they just want to publish the translated one? Many greetings, Kai
Kai Weiss Kai Weiss from Hello, Kai! How great to hear from a fan all the way in Deutschland! Dein Englisch ist ausgezeichnet (mein Deutsch nicht so gut...) Of course, I'd be delighted to send an autograph if you send me your mailing address. I'd recommend emailing me directly at to keep your address private. Cheers, Peter Lerangis wrote on April 20, 2010 at 4:15 PM:
Dear Mr Lerangis, my name is Kai Weiss and I am 17 years old. Although I've been learning English at school for seven years it is still possible that I make some mistakes. Sorry for that. Now I#d like to ask you a question: Is ist mybe possible to receive an autograph of you? I would be very happy especially because I am a very big fan of the "Die drei ???" ("The three Investigators" in English); the series you once wrote for. I look forward to hearinf from you. Yours sincerely, Kai
Leanne F. Leanne F. from Many thanks for writing! I am already arranging dates for the 2010-11 school year, so you're not too late! Best idea is to contact Stephanie Nooney at For more detailed info about school visits, please visit my author visits page. I'll look forward to meeting you and your class! Peter wrote on February 14, 2010 at 7:16 PM:
Have heard so many amazing things about your school visits and was wondering about your availability for the 2010-2011 school year. Our school is in Michigan. Thanks, Leanne F.
Sam Korn Sam Korn from Thanks, Sam! At the moment, tour plans are scheduled for NY, NJ, AZ, NC, OH, and KY -- so regrets for now. But my schedule's always evolving, and I'm always lobbying for the Boston area! I'm also happy to visit schools who contact me through (surprisingly enough) my Contact page. So keep an eye on my upcoming events page (click on "Author Visits" and then "Where I'm Going"), and let's hope... wrote on February 7, 2010 at 2:53 PM:
Hey, Peter. I love ALL of your books. I got hooked on your stories when I read Spy X years ago. I can't wait to read Viper's Nest from The 39 Clues. Will you ever be coming to Boston anytime soon?