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I love the third 39 clues book! It's my favorite out of the 9 that are out. I've seen many reviews and say it's their favorite too!!! Everyone loves Ian and Amy... I'm curious to know how the authors of the 39 clues books writing sound somewhat the same (but with their own twist of course). I also wanted to know why you named the title of the seventh book The Vipers Nest. There's a brief mention at one part of a snake but... you know what I mean. I'd like to know the author's point of view.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 07:09:18 PM
Peter replied
Thanks so much, Jenna! Part of the reason for the consistent voices and styles comes from the fact that we were all picked in advance because the editors thought our natural writing styles matched -- we've all had lots of experience writing fast-paced action, adventure, mystery books with a big dose of humor. So a bit of that is built in from the start. Also, we each take care to read all the books that come before ours, so we can be sure not to introduce anything jarring or out of character. Beyond that, we all love adding our own personalities, our own brands of storytelling, character development, odd twists, etc. Each of us tends to identify with different characters, too. For some reason, I really connect with the character of Alastair. Gordon likes Jonah, Jude identified with Irina, and Pat enjoyed Hamilton Holt. So we tend to develop our favorite characters and introduce those new subplots into the mix. It gets pretty crazy -- each of us raising the bar just a bit more for the next author ... and making the Cahill story a bit more complex! Actually, we're all friends and we enjoy the challenge. As for the title of Book 7, I have to confess something: I am the world's worst title thinker-upper. I usually suggest dozens of potential titles, all of which are rejected! "The Viper's Nest" was my editor's suggestion, and at first I had your reaction -- hmm, no vipers in the story, really; but then the title grew on me. Dan and Amy are plunging into the heart of the Tomas world, the center of Cahill evil ... a viper's nest! It works symbolically and it has a cool sound. Hope that answers your question! Peter
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 at 09:01:36 PM
Peter replied
Hi, Nancy! I am indeed back now!
Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely loved your Spy X books and thought they would look great as movies! Are you planning on turning them into a movie? Maybe four separate ones, or even one big one?
Monday, May 31, 2010 at 11:35:06 PM
Peter replied
Thanks, Lauren! I'm delighted you enjoyed the Spy X books, and I agree they'd make great movies. So far there are no plans but we will keep trying. It helps that there are great fans out there who are excited about the series!
Wendy White
Hello Mr. Lerangis,
Your visit to Plum Valley ELementary school on May 18 was wonderful-our students thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. If it's possible, we were given your signed book marks but we are short 3. I talked with the librarian to see if she thought that would be a problem if 3 students didn't receive them but she said the kids have been asking for them so we are wondering if you could possible sign 3 more bookmarkers and send them to us direct. Also, if we were to mail you some large stickers, would you mind signing those also to the Plum Valley Library so that they can be placed in the 6 books that were purchased for our Library as they weren't autographed by you either and in the past we've requested that the author's signed the library edition.
Let me know if that will work for you.
Have a great memorial day weekend!
Wendy White
Business Manager
Plum Valley School
Paynes Creek, CA
(530) 597-2248
Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 08:20:33 PM
Peter replied
So great to hear from you -- of course I'd be happy to sign the bookmarks and the stickers. I will write you privately at your email address for details, so please check your inbox! Peter
Rachael Noven
Thanks SOOO much for the advice!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 07:59:21 PM
Peter replied
You're very welcome!
Brooke Lynskey
I'm halfway through "WTF" and its like the best book I've ever read !! I'm really excited to find out what happens next that I literally cannot put it down. My friend Rachael Noven suggested me the book and I'm glad she did. Are there any sequels to WTF ? Will their ever be ? Or are there anymore of your books like it ? Thanks !
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 06:05:52 AM
Peter replied
Thanks, Brooke -- I'm really glad you're enjoying the book, and thanks for your interest in other projects! Keep an eye on the "News/Book News" section of my site for upcoming books. Got to run; I'm heading for a gathering of Simon & Schuster writers and editors. Who knows? Maybe we'll come up with some new ideas there!
Rachael Noven
Cool, i was thinking of writing a book too . Ive already started it , any advice ?
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 05:35:16 AM
Peter replied
(1) Don't give up. Keep trying, a little bit each day. (2) Join a professional group that will have people who can read your work and give you advice. If you're writing a YA book, you can join the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators). Their site is (3) Be sure to read writers who inspire you. Ask "What is it about this person's writing that makes me want to keep on reading?" What kinds of words does this person use? What words does he or she NOT use? What makes the idea fly off the page? What about the characters/plot/setting/etc. keeps you interested. Steal from the best! (4) Keep trying. Did I say that already?
have you ever went to woodson in corning to tell about your life
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 08:13:26 PM
Peter replied
Yes, Woodson was the last school I visited when I was in Tehama County!
hey what r u doing r u making more books
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 08:08:01 PM
Peter replied
Hi, Mariana. Yup, I am always working on new books. Click on "News" above, and then "Book News," to see what's up. And I'll be making some new announcements this summer too! Thanks for asking.
hi peter its me kaylin.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 08:06:29 PM
Peter replied
Hello again, Kaylin!
Rachael Noven
This might be a silly question, but would you ever consider coming to New Zealand? I live there (:
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 05:55:22 AM
Peter replied
I've never been to New Zealand but I do hope to visit someday! It seems like a beautiful place.
Rachael Noven
Hello! Im 13 years old and I think your "wtf" book is AMAZING! Its truly the best book i have ever read (: I took it to school and the cover was so cool that my friends took it and read the first few pages and they are HOOKED! They want to read it after me, so i have 3 people waiting in line. I was reading it in bed and i though 'after this chapter i will go to sleep' but then you left it with such a good cliffhanger that i had to read another chapter! Well nayway, keep up the AWESOME writing coz i would love to see more! Thanks for the awesome books 😛
Monday, May 24, 2010 at 04:58:06 AM
Peter replied
Thanks so much for writing, Rachael. I'm delighted you and your friends enjoyed the book!
I think that it's really cool that you reply to kids' email.
Friday, May 21, 2010 at 10:17:28 PM
Peter replied
Thanks, Sara. It's my pleasure!
I am thinking about writing a book myself. I don't know what it will be about, but I'm working hard on it.
Friday, May 21, 2010 at 03:49:53 AM
Peter replied
That's great, Sara! Keep it up. I hope to see your name in print someday!
I thought you were great! You visited Plum Valley and I was there. I was the one that was the friend of the one that went crazy over you. He was the one that when you shook his hand, he told nobody to touch it. Well, anyway, I really like your books. They are really neat. Bye!
Friday, May 21, 2010 at 03:43:53 AM
Peter replied
Thank you, Sara! You guys were so fantastic. I really enjoyed visiting Plum Valley!
You know the girl that was with the girl who wanted her arm sighned wellllll, that was me.
Friday, May 21, 2010 at 03:03:55 AM
Peter replied
I remember!
how did you learn how to draw a neat superman?
Friday, May 21, 2010 at 03:00:20 AM
Peter replied
I studied those comic books VERY carefully!
i think it is so cool that you would come to a little town like corning to talk to our school. do you have family or friends here ?
Friday, May 21, 2010 at 01:30:32 AM
Peter replied
Thanks, Rafael! I don't have any family in Corning, but I like to think I have some new friends there now!
Hi i like how you spik fast it is osom i my sister is verey crazy.
Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 08:33:12 PM
Peter replied
Thanks, Berenise! And hi to your sister, too!
what was your favorite subject when you were in school?
Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 08:33:00 PM
Peter replied
Writing! (Big surprise, huh?)