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Dear Ms. Levine,

My school library has some new books, and luckily your three books - Ella Enchanted, The Two Princesses of Bamarre, and Ever - are on the shelves. So far I have read Ella Enchanted, and I am in the middle of The Two Princesses of Bamarre. Both are fantastic, I can tell. I wanted to write you a letter because I really like your books, and when I realized you wrote so much more, I really want to read them. I also checked out Ogre Enchanted from the library. I really hope you write more, because if you did, that would mean more reading for me. Today when I had free time at school, I almost lost myself in one of your books. I am ten years old and I always look forward to going to the library.

Your big fan,
Miranda
# 2716 - Miranda Hodges 11/08/2018 - 21:22 - City: Houston - State: TX - Country: USA
Dear Ms. Levine,

First, let me just say that I adore your work. Your characters and worlds are so rich and your language so vivid. Even as an adult, I feel drawn to your stories.

I discovered The Two Princesses of Bamarre quite by accident, back in 2003 as a third grader in my elementary school library. The cover caught my attention first, but the story caught my heart. As a shy young girl, I fell in love with Princess Addie and her transformation. I loved how much she loved Meryl and how she let love change her from timid to brave. She gave me courage to be brave too, and taught me that fear doesn't have to dictate who we are or what we can do. I can honestly say that her story has changed my foundationally and shaped who I am and how I live my life. I've read The Two Princesses over a dozen times since then, and I still get teary-eyed every time I read it. I even own the exact copy of the book that changed my life 15 years ago, thanks to an extremely kind librarian with whom I have maintained a friendship even to this day.

Today I am studying Illustration at Brigham Young University in Utah, with an emphasis in visual development for animated films, as well as pursuing a minor in English focusing on creative writing and YA literature. I graduate next spring, and I'm currently working on my senior capstone project for illustration. For my project, I decided to create a visual development package for The Two Princesses of Bamarre, including character, environment, and prop designs, as if the book were being adapted into an animated film. I chose to base my project on your book because this story has been my favorite since the third grade and has, as I've said, been an anchoring narrative for my life. I want to see my vision of this story come into tangible existence while simultaneously paying homage to this book.

I'm telling you this in part because I would like your blessing, so to speak, to work on this project. I'm also hoping that you might be willing to talk with me further about the story, your process for developing the plot and the characters how you envisioned the characters and locations, and any historical basis/time period/culture that may have influenced the aesthetic of the story. We may also need to discuss any usage rights, if that's an issue, even though I won't be selling any of the artwork and only using it for my portfolio. I just want to make sure I cover all my bases.

Truly, The Two Princesses have changed my life, and I am forever grateful for the world and characters that you created. You've given me a greater gift than you can ever know. Thank you so much for your stories, and also for taking time to read this note. I hope to hear from you, and as I mentioned, would love to talk with you further about the book.

Sincerely,

Amelia Hillebrant
# 2715 - Amelia Hillebrant - 11/07/2018 - 01:24 - City: Provo - State: UT - Country: United States
Ilsa--

Thank you!

1. Alas, STOLEN MAGIC sold so few copies that my publisher isn't willing to publish more in the series. I love the characters, and maybe something will change someday.

2. Ogre children don't come into my book, but I did think about them a little. Ogres don't want to make themselves extinct, so I'd guess they separate the children from adult ogres until they're old enough to fend for themselves. I don't know how the mechanics of this would work. Maybe they'd "persuade" humans or elves to care for ogre young. The caregivers would face an uncertain future!
# 2714 - Gail Carson Levine 11/06/2018 - 09:35 - City: - State: - Country:
Hello Ms. Carson Levine
I greatly enjoy reading your books (I won't list them all; seven at last count). Dialogue is lively and the complexity of your characters (protagonists and villains) gives the stories richness.
Two questions:
1. (I know this is unfair, but I'm going to ask anyway) Are you planning on writing any more books featuring Elodie and Mastress Meenore?
2. I finished reading "Ogre Enchanted" last week, and was fascinated by the story, especially the attempt to address Evie's divided consciousness. Given their lives as described in "Ogre Enchanted", I would think ogre children would have a difficult time surviving - not to be grim or scare kids reading the guest book, but it seems likely that they would be eaten, or starve, themselves, let alone having to deal with minimal or no understanding of cooperation and thus sharing and parenting. How do you think they manage to do so, if you have thought about the question. I look forward to your next book.
Ilsa :-D
# 2713 - Ilsa 10/27/2018 - 16:45 - City: - State: MA. - Country: USA
Kaisley--Thank you! You might try just writing notes about the stories you'd like to write. You can journal, jot down bits of dialogue you overhear. Writing ANYTHING may get you started again. Good luck!
# 2712 - Gail Carson Levine 10/23/2018 - 09:18 - City: - State: - Country:

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