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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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Shaswat

Hi Peter, i would like to ask you a question,who motivated/inspired you to be an author ?. I would be grateful if you answer this question.

Friday, February 05, 2016 at 08:43:37 AM
Peter replied

Hello, Shaswat!  I think I wanted to be an author when I read stories by people like Edgar Allen Poe, Jack London, and Ray Bradbury.  They had such wild imaginations and they made me feel things so deeply.  I thought if I could do that for other people, it would be a cool way to make a living.

Luv Kumar Lohano

Hi Peter.
I try to write some stories. I make so horrible stories even though i think a lot. can you tell me how do you make so good stories so even i can make also.

Thursday, February 04, 2016 at 10:51:55 AM
Peter replied

Hello, Luv Kumar!  Maybe your stories aren’t as horrible as you think.  You may want to talk about your story idea to a teacher and get some help.  They can ask you questions that may make your story come to life.  Start simple.  Figure out where the story takes place.  Invent a character or two,  and give one of the characters a big conflict that seems impossible to solve.  You need to figure out how to solve the problem, but don’t let the reader know until the end.  Sorry I can’t give you more advice.  That would take a workshop.  But I hope this gets you started.

Anmol

Hey Peter I am from the Rato Bangala school of Nepal remember telling us about your life . Now I will come to the real point so here is my question "Do you think that your seven wonder series were better or the 39 clues were better ? No offence and another question who do you think is better at writing between your two friends Rick Riordan and R.L. Stine .

Wednesday, February 03, 2016 at 01:59:29 PM
Peter replied

Hello, Anmol!  I am back in the States, with warm memories of my visit to Nepal.  As for favorites, well … I think I’d go with the Seven Wonders series, mainly because it’s all mine and I don’t have to share it with other authors!  And I can’t possibly pick a favorite from my two friends, because then I would end up with only one friend!

Grayden

Hi,
My name is Grayden and I am in the 3rd grade. I have just finished reading the Seven Wonders series. I really fell in love with the books! I really wanted to know if you are going to make these into a movie because they would be so cool to see come to life on the big screen? Also I would like for you to come to my school and talk about your books. I have told all my friends about your books and even gave my teacher a set of the seven wonders books for Christmas. Please come to my school it is Phoenix Academy in High Point, NC. Thanks for writing these books I can't wait to read more of your work.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016 at 02:31:54 PM
Peter replied

Hi, Grayden!  I really do hope that the Seven Wonders series is made into a movie.  We’re trying to get a movie company interested but nothing solid so far, so let’s cross our fingers.  I’m really touched and impressed that you gave your teacher a set of Seven Wonders books.  I’d be happy to visit your school, but I need to be invited by a teacher or librarian.  They can do that through the “Author Visits” link at the top of this page.

Panoss

Hi Peter! Happy new year! I know I'm late, although I was bussy all these days, studying and writing! I have wrote over 39,000 words in total. I need to write between 31,000 and 32,000 more words to finish the writting. I have write nearly 200 pages! I'm really excited to finish it! I also count the days until The Curse of the King release in Greece. I'll write here a review when I'll have read it.

Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 07:39:49 PM
Peter replied

Hello, Panoss!  Yes, you sure have been busy.  Congratulations on all the good work, and best of luck completing it.  I look forward to your review of The Curse of the King!

Carter Ward

On your next tour can you visit Wasatch High School in Wasatch County Heber Ut. USA?

Monday, January 11, 2016 at 01:29:59 AM
Peter replied

Hello again, Carter! I’d love to visit your school, but I have to be invited.  Any teacher or librarian can do that by clicking on the “Author Visits” tab of my website.

Carter Ward

Why is there only five books for Seven Wonders?

Monday, January 11, 2016 at 01:22:49 AM
Peter replied
Hi, Carter. The series is five books because that was the best length for the story to be told. I hope you agree when you read Book 5!
Polina

Hello, Peter Lerangis! I'm your reader. I'm 12 years old and I am from Russia. I know English a little. You are my best athor and I like your books 'Seven Wonders'. I'm waiting your folowing books and wil read that ones with pleasure!!! Thanks for adventures!

Wednesday, January 06, 2016 at 04:57:41 PM
Peter replied
Thank you, Polina. I am delighted you are enjoying the books all the way in Russia!
Maryellen

Hi Peter Lerangis!

We are your "LIBRARIAN" fans at Freeport Memorial Library! Next April, for National Library Week, we are having meet the authors....We want to focus our attention on the local authors of Freeport, and our neighboring communities. We would like to invite you to be our "STAR" author!

You are quite a busy guy, but if you would want to stop by, send a note, or donate a book ..'autographed' of course, your thoughts and best wishes would be greatly appreciated! Keep up the good work, keep smiling, and always remember, "US LIBRARIANS ARE HERE FOR YOU!"

Monday, December 14, 2015 at 07:29:41 PM
Peter replied

Well, hi, Maryellen! What a nice note. I will send you an email, and we’ll work something out!

Panoss

<p>Hey Peter! Time for Christmas! "The Curse of the King" is going to release in less than two months in Greece and I am looking forward to read it (so close to the conclusion of the series)! As for my book, Easterland, I find the end. I am excited to finish the writing! Happy Holidays - oh, question: after Seven Wonders series, what else are you planning to do? Are you going to write any new series?</p>

Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 12:32:03 PM
Peter replied

Congratulations, Panoss!  Finished with EASTERLAND in time for Christmas!  This will be an especially festive season for you.  Yes, I am starting work on not one, but two new series.  Each will be a trilogy.  More news about those later.  Everything is in the beginning stages right now.  Happy holidays to you too!

William

<p>December 4, 2015<br /> Dear Mr. Lerangis,<br /> My name is William and I’m in 4th grade at Warsaw Elementary School. I love your book the 39 Clue`s Book 3: The Sword Thief. I love playing the game too!</p>
<p>1) Do you have children? (if so what are their names?)<br /> 2) Do you have pets? (if so what are their names and breed?)<br /> 3) Are you married? (If so what is your wife’s name?)<br /> 4) What is your next book going to be called?<br /> 5) How did you come up with the idea for Book 3: The Sword Thief?</p>
<p>When you have a chance please answer the questions. Thank you.<br /> Your #1 fan,<br /> William</p>

Friday, December 04, 2015 at 03:28:53 PM
Peter replied

Hello, William!  Glad you liked the SWORD THIEF.  As to your questions:

  1.  Yes, I do — two wonderful sons named Nick and Joe.  They are 28 and 25.
  2.  No pets now.  Our last pet was a guinea pig named Julia Caesar.
  3.  My wife’s name is Tina deVaron.
  4.  My next book will be the fifth and last book of the SEVEN WONDERS series.  It’s called THE LEGEND OF THE RIFT.
  5.  As you know, the 39 CLUES is a multi-author series.  We all needed to start working together, so the grand idea for the whole series had to be planned out in advance.  Rick Riordan and his Scholastic editor provided the rest of us with a rough idea for each of our books.  So even before I started writing, I knew my book would take place in Japan and involve Hideyoshi and the search for the swords.  Once I had that information, I did lots of research into Japanese history.  I became fascinated by the mysteries I was discovering — like the underground tunnels in Tokyo, Hideyoshi’s hiding of the swords that were never found, his travels to Korea — which got my own imagination going.  That was how I came up with the plot. 
Ellen jones

Peter, I just read your series The Lost Girls and I just cried my eyes out at the ending. I wanted to throw the book across the room. Haha but I wanted to really really really urge you to make these into some movies. The books were so good and gripping I read them all in 6 days. I could only imagine them made into movies. The world would go crazy over it! I don't want to sound too deprate but I am frankly, pleaseeeeeeeeee make some movies from The Lost Girls. If I can cry and imagine Scott's last breathe from the book I would cry so much more from seeing it in person!

Monday, November 16, 2015 at 09:08:27 PM
Peter replied

Ah, thanks, Ellen!  I would love to see a movie made of LOST GIRLS also.  So hey, if you know anyone in Hollywood (or if anyone is reading this), it’s available!

Dipin

Hello Mr.Peter I am Dipin Kapila from Nevada Mendive Middle School and I wanted to share how much I loved The Colossus rises. I loved it so much that I am going to make my novel project after it. So I loved the conflict it was unique and very inventive but also keeping in the laws of physics it was integrating all book there was not one part in which I wanted to put the book down. The characters of the book were The character that is most important in this book is Jack because we get a first person perspective from him and also he is the “courage” and the leader of the group.Next we have Aly, Marco, and Cass. Cass is the human GPS he retraces path like a actual map so when this squad has to go somewhere he is the first on everybody listens to. Then is Aly, Aly Is a computer wiz she can hack any sort of technology in a very short period of time, so when the kids were trying to get out of the Karari Institute she hacked the security cameras as well as the force fields. Next we have Marco, Marco is the brawn over brain of the group he keeps everybody laughing with his stupidity and whenever in a fight he sacrifices himself first. So know the people know about the character so I want to give a brief summary to them as well without the conflict. Jack was a normal child in the beginning of the book. He had a dad and his mom sadly passed away. But one day Jack fell down and almost got in a coma. When he fortunately woke up he found himself in the Karari Institute. He first thought it was a hospital for people who were surely to die but it turned out to be a lab for people who have G7W (You four posses what we call G7W) pg 53 said Beghad. G7W was a kind of disses that is known to kill you in age 14 but it also open supernatural powers in your brain. The people who have this are also called the “Select”. There are 3 more kids that have this and survived this,Marco,Aly,and Cass also Jack. Beghad which is the owner of this institute “tells” the Select to find the Loculus later on. To discover what the Loculus is they had to go on a quest.Suddenly when they come back a Griffin which is supposed to protect the loculus and is very dangerous takes away Cass which then leads the select to a monastery where the loculus is hidden “ His fingers just grazed the bottom of Casse’s Shoe) pg 259 this means that she was taken away. On the contrary it makes a giant colossus because that where the Loculus is supposed to be hidden. Then they had to battle of two gigantic creatures the Griffin and the colossus. They did it very dramatically because Jack was almost going to die but then found out that the loculus makes them fly this shows when Jack had no option left but to die “It knew it finally had me.” which was the Griffin.. They found Cass and then stayed in a hotel . When they came back the Loculus was gone and so was Marco. The others went in an airplane and 1 part was with the book saying “you two come with me” showing another mission After Beghad asked for Aly and Jack to retrieve Marco”Bring him back before he has done any damage” pg 348. The most important thing that made me wonder was the “Soldier,Sailor,Tinker,Tailor” pg 348 . The theme was so inspirational it showed what true friendship meant and it is OK to make sacrifices for other people and not to be selfish. The setting totally fitted the book it showed Greece(The Rhodes) which personally I am a fan of I really like the Monk and temple society feel overall but especially in a book which focuses on historical facts as well as sci-fi elements. The perspective was kind of first person and third person because I loved the way of how you showed the contrast between the two and took it above the norm and tried to make the book unique. If you guys did not know the plot conflict from the summary here it is.There are these 4 kids that have a disease that makes them supernatural in a way but also it makes them more susceptible to death it is called G7W. The kids that have it are Jack,Cass,Aly, and Marco. Aly is a computer wiz and can hack just about anything. Next is Cass he is a human map and his memory is through the roof, Marco is really strong and is funny he is the physical one in the group. Jack is a really good leader he always thinks up solutions to problems really quick. So what these kids have to do is to get the loculus from a place where the “ Colossus to be” the only problem is that there is a bad group of “enemies” who is also trying to get it so they have to see if they survive or not. I absolutely loved this book it is definitely one of the best books I have ever read. It has a good suspense a great amount of detail. I recommend this book to anybody that likes history or anything related to it. This is the first book I can not wait to get the second one as soon as possible. Keep making the good books Mr.Peter thank you for your time.

Friday, November 06, 2015 at 10:47:23 PM
Peter replied

Wow, Dipin, just wow.  Thank YOU for your time, and for that very impressive, detailed summary.  I am so happy you enjoyed the book.  You can bet I will indeed keep writing as long as I have great readers like you.

Logan

Wednesday, October 28 , 2015

Dear Mr. Peter.,


I know you made a lot of books. If you don’t know who I am I am a Gr 4 student from Janet Johnstone school. I love your books so much. It reminds me of those other books where you solve mysteries. So I guess you made 9 books. How old are your books?. How old are you?


From Logan.

Thursday, November 05, 2015 at 09:25:38 PM
Peter replied

Hello, Logan! So sorry it took this long to get back to you.  Some of my books are new.  The SEVEN WONDERS series began in 2013 and will end in 2016.  My books in the 39 CLUES series were published from 2009 to 2012.  But my very first book was published, I believe, in 1983!  So I’ve been doing this a long time. 

Joshua

Hello Mr. Lerangis

Recently in my school, we had an assignment in Language Arts to write our own Science Fiction story. I LOVE writing and consider it as one of my favorite hobbies. But the problem is, is that my teacher put a limit saying that it can only be up to 5 pages long MAX. Despite this, I wrote my story, (which in my opinion seems really good). However I went beyond the page limit of 5 pages. Waaaaaayyyy Beyond. I wrote a whopping 25 pages for my story, and I'm a bit nervous whether I'll get points off because of it's length. Just yesterday, I did ask my teacher if going over 5 pages was ok, but she simply replied with "All i care about is quality,not quantitiy". So I'm asking you Mr. Lerangis, do you think that I should try to cut down my story? And also what are your thoughts on writing A LOT (in terms of pages) and over certain limits? Is writing A LOT a problem that I should fix when writing?

Wednesday, November 04, 2015 at 12:04:20 AM
Peter replied

Wow, first let me applaud you for your fertile imagination and your dedication!  If I were your teacher, I would be very impressed that you cared enough about your story to stick with it as long as it took to write it.  That said, without seeing your work, I can’t possibly evaluate its quality.  Some 25-page stories can be better told in far fewer pages (if the language is bloated with too many adverbs, for example, or with unnecessary detail), and others beg to be longer (if plot points are missing or glossed over, or if character development is incomplete, or if there is not enough detail).  I think I would take your teacher at her word.  If she truly only cares about quality, she will be fair.  And if she takes points off, you need to decide if those points were more important than your development as a storyteller.  People who are successful are almost always the ones who stick to their visions and work the hardest, not necessarily the ones who get the most points and heed all the rules.

Again, congrats to you for all that great work.  No matter what happens, never lose that passion to tell a good story.

Panoss

<p>Hey Peter! I am writting the eight chapter of my book "Easterland" and I think it's quite interesting as a book, with a lot of mystery in it. It's a fantasy fairy-tale thriller (yes, there is a dark beast called Easter Bunny that wants to take revenge from queen Spring, cause she closed him in the Dark Castle) and I would really like to send it to you (I need your email adress first) but it's all written on Greek, so... I don't know if you can read it.<br /> I want to ask you: what is your favourite book?</p>

Monday, November 02, 2015 at 10:46:56 AM
Peter replied

Hello again, Panoss!  Sorry, but I am far from fluent in Greek.  But alas, even if it were in English I would regretfully have to decline.  With various publishing projects, travel for school and bookstore visits, and family time, I barely have time to sleep!  As for a favorite book, that may well be the picture book FERDINAND THE BULL by Munro Leaf.  Brilliant.  (But I don’t know, ask me again in an hour and I might have a different favorite!)

I do like the title EASTERLAND and the concept of a dark beast called the Easter Bunny.  You must be super-excited to be racing toward the finish.  All my warmest wishes!

Panoss

Hi Peter! Have a nice month! While I'm waiting for some books to release in Greece, I saw the cover of "The Promise" journal, and it seems to be around the fifth book. So, there is not a journal around "The Course of the King"?

Also, here is my Top 3 fantasy-book series:

1. Seven Wonders (my favourite)

2. The Legend trilogy (by Marie Lu)

3. House of Secrets (by Chris Columbus + Ned Vizini)

Who are your favourite fantasy book series and your favourite book?

Sunday, November 01, 2015 at 03:08:44 PM
Peter replied

Hello, Panoss!  Thanks so much.  I’m honored to be at the top of your list.  Yes, you’re right, there will be four SEVEN WONDERS JOURNALS.  THE PROMISE will be the final book.  I can’t wait for you to read it.  February and March are going to be exciting months!

Tabitha

Hi Peter! I love your seven wonders books a lot. What countries are you going to for your tour when the next book comes out?

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 12:46:31 PM
Peter replied

Hi, Tabitha!  Thank you very much.  Working on tour plans now, but nothing is 100% definite yet. The tour won’t be starting until March, but I will post to my home page as soon as I know.

nina

Hello Mr Lerangis,
I am a greek teenager. I have read the first two books from your collection " The seven Wonders" and i think they are really great!!!! I was really excited to learn that you are greek. I think you have such a great talent. I loved your books and i am looking forward to read the whole other books!
I hope that you will read this text1

Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 01:55:54 PM
Peter replied

Hello, Nina.  Yes, I am Greek!  All four of my grandparents emigrated to the U.S.  On my father’s side, they were from the villages around Sparta, and on my mother’s side, they were from the island of Nysiros.  I’m delighted you’re enjoying the books!  Thanks for writing.

Julie Kelley

<p>Hi Peter,</p>
<p>No questions, just excitement over the 5th book of the series. Book Four was such a cliffhanger that I can't wait to see how you excel in writing the last story.</p>
<p>I wanted you to know that I am a 60 year old grandmother who can't put your books down. They take me back to the days when I first started learning to read. So enjoyable and educational.</p>
<p>Julie Kelley<br /> Keep up the excellent work!</p>

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 04:50:28 AM
Peter replied

Julie, thank you so much for writing this.  You have no idea how wonderful this makes me feel. And I can’t wait for you to read Book 5.  (It’s being copyedited right now … !)