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I've enjoyed all of your books. I read the Princess Tales for fun, the Bamarre tales (The Two Princesses of Bamarre, The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre) when I feel a bit more serious, and I love Ella Enchanted for any time, it's in the running for my favorite book of all time. The others, I don't own, but check out from the library as much as I can.
But one of your books that I've found the most useful is Writing Magic. I write some, and I've found your tips so useful; I never begin a story without making character files. Sometimes I just make a cool character file and build a story around that. I'd like to thank you for all the help that you books have given me.

I must say... your books have just about everything..: magic, creativity, a pinch of romance, adventure... They're masterpieces.
# 2691 - Petra 07/10/2018 - 01:12 - City: Makaha - State: HI - Country: USA
Sophia--You've paid me the compliment a writer loves most. Thanks for letting me know! And good luck with your writing!

Kellie--I'm so glad you went back to TWO PRINCESSES when you were ready for it! Hope you enjoy THE LOST KINGDOM OF BAMARRE when it comes in! And I love your thoughtfulness about ELLA ENCHANTED.

Emily--These are wonderful questions to help your friend! They reflect the way writers approach their stories, certainly the way I do. You may want to consider using some of them yourself to create a story. You and your friend are sure to use them differently. Also, just saying, it may not be a bad thing for your friend to rely on Nancy Drew as a springboard for her own stories. My first writing came from the books I loved, and they helped me get going.
# 2690 - Gail Carson Levine 07/09/2018 - 09:11 - City: - State: - Country:
i have a question, if you wanted to give advice to a friend about being an author, and how to be one, what are some things you would tell them? because my one best friend in the entire world loves to write stories, but i want to help her make her stories from her own ideas. because she is using nancy drew to create her books, so i want to help her when i go on a sleepover with her. the only thing i could think of is to think of one small idea you want use to create a book, for example someone goes missing. well one thing comes to my mind is how does she goes missing, what kind of person is she, does she have a family and friends. if she does what are her friends or her family like, and are they the reason she goes missing. Another thing i think of is she found dead, or is she found alive and finds the culprit. i also would think of the town or city they live at, is it dirty, clean, populated with drug people, does murder cases or missing cases happen often there. so that is one thing i would think of, but i want to give my friend more advice. can you give me some?
# 2689 - emily 07/06/2018 - 22:59 - City: reading - State: pa - Country: United States
I wrote you many years ago begging for a movie from Ella Enchanted which was disappointing. I was raised by my father and didn't possess feminine qualities. The book is something I've read every single year due to the strong female character. Ella was the first female to save a man and I loved every moment of that book! I am currently a therapist and went completely against what was expected of me by getting a master's degree. I blame this book completely for pushing me to do what others thought was impossible. Thank you for the book!
# 2688 - Briana 06/30/2018 - 04:43 - City: West Chicago - State: IL - Country:
Dear Gail,
I've just finished reading The Two Princesses of Bamarre again. The last time I read it was several years ago when I was ten or so, and I remember having difficulty understanding the novel at that time. I initially read it after my mom read me Ella Enchanted the first time, and I wanted to explore your other books. I am so grateful Bamarre stuck in my head, because rereading it was a wonderful experience. I've just begun to get back into reading for pleasure, as a recent college graduate, and this was the perfect book to rope me back in to the magical worlds books create (I finished it in one sitting!) I will be reading Bamarre many more times, and will explore your other book set in the same world as soon as the library can get it!
I would also like to thank you for your first novel, Ella Enchanted. I've always been a fan of a good Cinderella story, especially Ever After and the Rogers and Hammerstein musical adaptation, but your variation of the story has always been my favorite. You don't even reveal the Cinderella part of it until the reader has already become completely invested in the plot, and you give some much-needed explanation of why the glass slipper, 1) never broke, and 2) couldn't fit any of the other maidens in the kingdom.
Ella Enchanted has been so consistent in my life--a book I've owned since childhood and one of the few novels I kept in my dorm rooms through college. My copy is now (more than) slightly tattered and well-loved, which just goes to show how often I take it out and read bits and pieces of it when I need to feel a bit of magic and hope.
Thank you again for the sparkle with which you've infused your books.
Sincerely,
Kellie
# 2687 - Kellie Asher 06/12/2018 - 22:35 - City: Minneapolis - State: Minnesota - Country:
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