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Dear Mrs. Levine,
I have watched the movie of your book, Ella Enchanted and I enjoyed it! I am eleven and I look up to you and hope to be a writer when I grow up. So I was wondering if you can answer a few of my questions.
1. How do I know if it will be a short story or a two hundred page novel?
2. If my story ends out to be just a short story how do you make it longer?
I have also read your two guides to writing, WRITING MAGIC and WRITER TO WRITER. they helped me out I love the prompts and sentence starters you put in them. So if I do publish a book about pigeons and doves remember this; I used one of YOUR sentence starters.

yours, Caitlin S.
# 2760 - Caitlin 07/28/2019 - 19:47 - City: Elizabethtown - State: PA - Country: United States
Hi, Gail. The Two Princesses of Bamarre feels like an old friend to me. I must have picked it up in my early teens and rediscovered it while going through my things in college. Now, in my late twenties, I'm in law school and sometimes feel paralyzed by fear. I recently listened to a podcast about how girls are not taught to be brave, we're taught to be perfect. Well, I do have a long-running streak of perfectionism, but I did have at least some training for bravery - Princess Addie. And I so appreciate it. Thank you.
# 2759 - Laura 07/23/2019 - 11:02 - City: New York - State: New York - Country: U.S.A.
Dear Mrs. Levine,

As a long time fan of The Two Princess of Bamarre and Ella Enchanted, I just wanted to express how much I loved The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre and Ogre Enchanted! As devastating as it was to see Eleanor's love story in Ogre, I adored learning about young Drualt in The Lost Kingdom. Re-reading The Two Princesses recently, I also realized how Drualt gave the idea of making an ogre an ambassador, and how this was seen later in The Two Castles. I love all these intricate details woven into your series!

I was wondering if you would ever do a novel about Drualt and Freya? I would love to read more about their adventures!
# 2758 - Jun 07/22/2019 - 16:25 - City: - State: - Country:
I read all your books growing up and they made me want to be a writer. But my favorite was always Ella Enchanted. No matter where I moved in the world I brought my copy with me as a comfort from home, and I have a good portion of it memorized. Recently, I read it to my little cousin who has been struggling with language arts in school. She loved it. By the end of the first day she was mimicking Dame Olga and saying how absolutely "desolate" she was to be going home. And I was struck by how beautifully it is written. The pacing is excellent, the vocabulary is challenging, and the story telling is unrivaled in children's literature. It remains, truly, one of the best stories I have ever read. Thank you.
# 2757 - Maria 07/21/2019 - 22:40 - City: Akron - State: OH - Country: United States
Linden–Thank you! THE KING’S CURE was never published. I’m not sure I know where I put the manuscript. Thanks for the interest–but it really wasn’t publishable.

elle–Oh, my! Thanks for letting me know.

Kristen–Thank you! I would welcome another ELLA movie, but that isn’t up to me. A studio would need to want to do it, because movie-making is expensive! Just to set the record straight, ELLA ENCHANTED is a retelling of the Grimm fairy tale, not of the Disney version, which is also a retelling.

Macy–Thank you!

Mika L.–Thanks for your thoughtful comments. I made the ogres the way I did, because I found them interesting with those characteristics. And I made Ella be punished for her disobedience so that the story would be exciting. It’s my job to make my main characters suffer!

I would be happy to write a book from another character’s perspective, but I haven’t thought of a way to do that. If I do, I will certainly write it.

Abby–Thank you! I’m so glad you couldn’t wait!
# 2756 - Gail Carson Levine 06/28/2019 - 15:17 - City: - State: - Country:

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