Your Comments and Questions

One of the things I love best about writing for teens and tweens is the chance to talk to my readers. If you have a question about my books, about writing and publishing in general, or if you just want to tell me what’s on your mind, this is the place. I’ll answer each message as soon as I can, but please remember that I travel quite a lot, and sometimes it may take a while for me to catch up. But I will write you back and you can read it here.

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410 Responses to “Your Comments and Questions”

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  1. 151
    Kylie Says:

    Hey D. Anne Love!
    i am doin a project for school about Semiprecious…but i dont have a here is my question: is SEMIPRECIOUS a fiction or nonfiction?

  2. 152
    dorothy Says:

    Hey Kylie,

    Semiprecious is fiction. Thanks for writing. Good luck on your report. I hope you ace it!

    D. Anne

  3. 153
    Hannah Says:

    hey D. Anne! i want to know what your current adress is so i can mail you! i am doing a project for my reading class and i am studying you!

  4. 154
    dorothy Says:

    Hi Hannah,

    Please send a private email (just click on the link on the Let’s Talk page) and I’ll be happy to answer your questions.

    Good luck with your project.

    D. Anne

  5. 155
    Sam Says:

    Dear D. Anne Love:

    I am reading Mr. Henshaw with my 4th grade class and teachers, Mrs. Draxler and Mrs. Edgar. In the book, the main character, Leigh Botts, writes letters to his favorite author, Mr. Henshaw. In 6th grade, Leigh’s teacher assigns a project that requires Leigh to ask Mr. Henshaw ten questions. Now my teacher has done the same thing. Will you (My favorite author) please answer my question and return them to me at my school. I am looking forward to hear from? Thank you!

    Do you still visit your uncle’s ranch in Texas?
    Are you married?
    What is your book Dakota Springs about?
    Do you have kids?
    What is your favorite book of yours?
    Do you still write books?
    Where did you get your ideas for the quilt book?

    Your fan,


  6. 156
    dorothy Says:

    Hi Samantha from Mrs. Draxler’s class!

    I’m happy to answer your questions for your school project. Ready? Here we go:

    Since my uncle died I don’t go to his place anymore but I have great memories of going there when I was your age.

    I’m married. My husband’s name is Ron. He likes books as much as I do, and we both like history. We collect antique maps and we travel every chance we get.

    Dakota Spring is about a 12 year old girl named Rachel who lives on a farm with her dad and little brother. When her dad is hurt, he sends for Rachel’s grandmother who does not like Rachel at all. The story is about how Rachel and her grandmother, her dad and brother make a new kind of family. It’s still one of my favorite books.

    We don’t have kids. We have two golden retrievers. Jake is almost two years old and does not like thunderstorms. When it storms, he jumps into the bed and hides under the covers. Major is almost nine years old and isn’t afraid of anything. They love to play chase and Frisbee in the back yard. Check out their pictures right here on the site. We think they are pretty cute.

    My favorite book is always the one I happen to be working on at the moment.

    I still write books. I am working on a new one now.

    After my husband’s mom died, we found a quilt top in her cedar chest. Ron remembered stories about several of the fabrics she’d used and I started thinking about the ways quilts can tell stories. The next thing I knew I was writing a story about a girl who makes a quilt to help her family. One of the greatest things about being a writer is discovering story ideas from all sorts of places.

    I hope this helps with your report, and I hope you get an A.

    Keep reading!

    D. Anne

  7. 157
    sam Says:

    Thanks, for answering my questions.
    you are an awsome author!

  8. 158
    4th Grade Student Says:

    I love your writing!

  9. 159
    forth grade student Says:

    Hi i am a forth grade student in Iowa. And i read Dakota Springs!And it was my forth time reading it, it was really good. I was very excited to talk to you i love reading and writing you just put out all your thoughts and write theam down. I want to be a writer when i grow up but I also want to be a lot of thing so I never know. Well if you don’t mind i going to ask acouple quiestions.out of the hole book who is your favorite charecter in Dakota spring? Well we are doing a readers therter of Dakota sping and i am being caroline but I was going to be Mrs. Ravenell. Ok ready for another question. When you wrote this book was this real or did it just pop in to your mind to write down? Well I do that some times well im going to ask you one more question and its going to be a hard one. What is your favorie book? Well i loved talking to you. Oh and if you have any ideals be sure to tell me.
    Thanks agin,
    a fourth grade student

  10. 160
    4th grade student Says:

    Hi I am a fourth grade student in Iowa.And we read your book Dakota Spring. My favorite part of the book Dakota Spring is when the tornado hit. I like that part because it is exciting and a lot happens at once. Now i have a few questions for you.Has any of this happened to you and what if it has? is this really real? what made you think of all of your ideas and the tittle of your book? And i have one more, if you were to do a readers theter on your book what sceen would you do and why? thank you for you time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!***
    the 4th grade student your real name Dorthey anne love? and pleese write a sequel to Dakota Spring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. 161
    4th grade student Says:

    Hi I am a 4th grade student.I read your book Dakota spring it was awsome.I am looking forward to another one of your are a good writter.i also want to be a writer,artist,and singer.I liked how mrs.Ravenell got more nice at the end of the book.You had good charecters. I like Jess , Caroline ,Papa and mrs.ravenell.Now if you don’t mined i’ll ask some questions.what is your favorite scene?who is your favorite charecter?do you have have any pet’s? what is your favorite book?is this a true story?do you like all your books?how many books are you writting? I hope you publish another book. you are the best writer ever.
    Thanks for your time reading this,
    4th grade student

  12. 162
    fourth grade student Says:

    Hi my friends and I read your book, Dakota spring.It was really good! My favorite part was when Jess got lost in the tornato because it was cool how Sara and Mis.Ravenall looked for him.where doing a readers theders on Dakota spring and it is going to be cool. what is your favorte part? who is your favorite character mine is jess? are you going to write another book? I hope you do! Is this story happen in real life?Do you have any writing tips? I love to write. What do you do in your free time? I play sports! Do you like sports? If you do what kind and what team?
    forth grade student

  13. 163
    4th grade student Says:

    Hi my friends and I love your book Dakota Spring.What I like aout this book Dakota Spring it makes use all want to keep reading all the time. I love in the begging when you think your grandma didn’t come. Also when the storm came. We all just couldn’t stop reading. The last chapter was a leson to me. Always let out your feelings. I have some questions. What happend when your grandma left?Was your dad able to walk? Did your grandma ever visit again?PLease write back.

    sincerley,A 4th grade student.

  14. 164
    dorothy Says:

    HI there fourth graders from Iowa!

    So nice to hear from you. I’m glad you all enjoyed Dakota Spring. As for your questions: Dakota Spring is fiction, which as you know, means that I made it all up! So, each reader gets to imagine what happened when Grandmother Ravenell left, and whether Pa was able to walk, and whether Grandmother ever came back.

    Maybe you could write a sequel to my story, telling what YOU think happened next.

    Thanks for writing!

    D. Anne

  15. 165
    dorothy Says:

    Hello to another Iowa reader

    One of my favorite parts of Dakota Spring is the one where Mrs. Ravenell is scolding Jess about the dog, and all of a sudden, the dog sits up and starts to beg. I also like the part where Grandmother tells Jess and Caroline to call her “grandmother.”

    This story did not happen in real life, but it could have happened! Yes, I am always writing a new book. I have written 12 books so far. I love writing. You can find some tips for writers on this website.

    I do like sports. I played basketball when I was in middle school. I live in San ANtonio Texas so I cheer for the San ANtonio team. Go Spurs!!

    have fun with the readers theater.

    D. Anne

  16. 166
    dorothy Says:

    Hi to yet another Iowa reader!

    You guys stuffed my in box this morning. Thanks to all for writing to me. I’m delighted to know you are enjoying Dakota Spring. I had a great time writing that book.

    I’ave already answered the quetion about my favorite scene–Caroline is my favorite character because she is smart and brave and she likes to write.

    Pets: I have two golden retrievers, Major and Jake. Their pictures are on the biography page of this website. Take a look. I think they are very very cute!

    Favorite book: I have so many favorites it’s hard to pick just one. I love Charlotte’s Web quite a lot.

    Dakota Spring is a novel, which means it isn’t really true. But I am so glad it felt real to you!

    I’m working on a new book that will be my 13th one. I love writing!

    Keep reading,
    D. Anne

  17. 167
    dorothy Says:

    Hi to another Iowa reader!

    Did you know that I used to live in Iowa? One spring we had a tornado that narrowly missed our house. It destroyed seven or eight other houses and my husband’s office. It was very scary.

    Ideas: One day I was driving through South Dakota and I saw an old farmhouse with a wagon wheel leaned against the sagging porch. Sunlight streamed through the broken windows. I started to imagine a family who might have lived there many years ago. And that led me to my story. I titled it Dakota Spring because the story happens at that time of year, and because spring is the time of new beginnings. In the story, Jess and Caroline experience a new beginning with their grandmother.

    If I were doing a readers theater scene, I might choose the one in which Grandmother is helping Caroline get dressed for the Founders Day celebration and she gives Caroline the necklace. I loved writing that scene.

    Yes, my name is Dorothy Anne. Perhaps one day I will write another story about Jess and Caroline. In the meantime I hope you will enjoy my other books.

    Thanks for your letter!

    D. Anne

  18. 168
    dorothy Says:

    Hello, Iowa fourth grader!

    I’ve already answered the questions about my favorite character in Dakota Spring, and about how I came to write the story. I get ideas for stories from lots of places. Sometimes an idea does pop into my head, and other times, I start with a character and then figure out her story. This is what happened with SEMIPRECIOUS. The character of Garnet arrived in my head and then I had to tell her story.

    I have hundreds of favorite books, so it’s hard to name just one. I really like Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. Have you read it?

    Have fun with the readers’ theater. I wish I could be there to see you perform!

    D. Anne

  19. 169
    dorothy Says:

    Hi to yet another Iowa fourth grader

    Thank you for such a nice compliment!

    I hope you will enjoy my other books.

    D. Anne

  20. 170
    A very big fan of yours!! Says:

    Hi! I love your book so much I couldn’t put it down! I’m doing a book report on it and I have a really dumb question: Is Willow Flats a real town in Oklahoma or did you just make it up? I was also wondering: Did Opal, Garnet, and their dad go back to Texas or did they stay with Aunt Julia? What happened to Mama? Please reply a.s.a.p. because my book report is on June 1st and I’m just starting writing it now! I’m in trouble: )

    – A very big fan of yours

  21. 171
    dorothy Says:

    Hi Very Big Fan!!

    Willow Flats is a made up town…not a real place.

    If you read the last few pages of the book you will find out where Opal, Garnet, and their dad end up.

    Mama is still in Nashville, chasing her dream, about to go on tour with a bluegrass band…this, too, is shown in the last few pages of the book. Check it out!!

    Good luck with your report.

    D. Anne

  22. 172
    A very big fan of yours!! Says:

    Thank you so very much for the answers to my questions!!! I’ll use that in my report! You have a very good imagination. Is there a sequel to SEMIPRECIOUS? If so, I would love to read it!!!! Thank you so much for writing SEMIPRECIOUS! I really, really like it! Actually, I don’t like it. I LOVE it! It’s fantastic! You’re my favorite author!! Can’t wait to read the rest of your books!!! Have a great Memorial Day weekend!!!!!

    – A HUGE fan!!!!

  23. 173
    A very big fan of yours!! Says:

    I read your biography on your website and saw that you visit schools a lot. Is that just locally, or all around the country? If it’s all around the country, I was wondering if you’d ever be in Hillsboro, Oregon, where I live. I would love to meet you and get tips from you. I’m thinking about being a writer when I grow up. I’ve been to the Oregon Writing Festival twice in a row, and only 6 kids from my school were picked!!! I was one of them!!!! (There’s only 700 kids in my elementary school. I’m in 5th grade-almost 6th) I would love to meet you because you are truly my favorite author!!! I love all of your books! What are the names of the books you’ve written? How many books are you working on right now? What is the name of the book/books you’re working on (I mean, if you don’t mind my asking). Love to meet you soon!!!!!!

    Thanks for your time!
    – A HUGE FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. 174
    dorothy Says:

    Hello again to my reader in Hillsboro Oregon!

    I’m absolutely thrilled that you want to be a writer. It’s the best, most fun job ever! Congrats on getting picked for the writing festival. What an honor.

    I travel to schools all around the country. Maybe I’ll be coming to Oregon next year–you never know.

    Most of my recent book titles are shown here on my website. I am working on a new book right now, but I am superstitious about talking about works in progress…so you’ll just have to keep checking in here at and I’ll post the new info here when the book is done.

    I hope to meet you soon as well. Thanks for writing!
    D. Anne

  25. 175
    Nina Says:

    Hello, I was just wondering which is the first book, picture perfect or Semiprecious?

  26. 176
    dorothy Says:

    Hi Nina!

    SEMIPRECIOUS came out first….then Picture Perfect, and last spring, Defying the Diva.
    This fall, SEMIPRECIOUS will be published for the first time in paperback. The cover is almost the same as for the hardcover. Can’t wait to see it.

    Thanks a bunch for writing!!

    D. Anne

  27. 177
    Kendra Says:

    hi, i read picture perfect last summer the week before i started high school. throughout the year i ran into several issues and events that seemed to relate to your story. i loved reading it so much 🙂 thank you for writeing one of my favorite books!

  28. 178
    dorothy Says:

    Dear Kendra,

    How thoughtful of you to write to me about PICTURE PERFECT!! I’m glad you enjoyed it.
    I hope you’ll check out my latest book, DEFYING THE DIVA.

    Thanks for writing!! I hope you have a great sophomore year.

    All my best,
    D. Anne

  29. 179
    Guddu Says:

    Hey! I just finished reading one of your books “Picture perfect” I LUV IT! I guess i chosed this book because of it’s suspenseful title and subtitle below the picture ” A picture…..” It is agreat book to read for any teenager facing family issues……It was Grrrreaaaattt!

  30. 180
    dorothy Says:

    Hey Guddu!

    Thrilled that you enjoyed Picture Perfect. I loved writing Phoebe’s story so much that I gave her a small scene in my new book, DEFYING THE DIVA.

    Thanks sooo much for writing to me. It’s always a thrill to hear from my readers.

    D. Anne

  31. 181
    Meg Says:

    I am a fan now and have been for a couple of weeks.(I know that isn’t a lot compared to others )
    Ever since I started Semiprecious. I am on page 187 and since this is the my first time on this website I just figured out that there two other books. But first I MUST FINSH SEMIPRECIOUS A.S.A.P. Love all your book. Keep writing D. Anne

  32. 182
    Meg Says:

    I am a fan now and have been for a couple of weeks.(I know that isn’t a lot compared to others )
    Ever since I started Semiprecious. I am on page 187 and since this is the my first time on this website I just figured out that there two other books. But first I MUST FINSH SEMIPRECIOUS A.S.A.P. Love all your book. Keep writing D. Anne

    P.S. Do PICTURE PERFECT and DEFYING THE DIVA have to do with Garent and Opal or nothing if not whatare they about

  33. 183
    dorothy Says:

    Hi Meg,

    Welcome to my new fan! I’m glad you found my website and my books. Picture Perfect is about a 14 year old girl who gets her first very cute boyfriend, has trouble with her mom, and with figuring out high school. Defying the Diva is about a girl who becomes the target of a mean girl in her school ,finds a summer job at a resort in the mountains, and falls in love twice! In Defying the Diva, both Opal from Semiprecious and Phoebe, from Picture Perfect have very small roles. I would love to write another book about Garnet someday. She is one of my all time favorites!

    Thanks so much for writing!! D. Anne

  34. 184
    katy Says:

    Hi! I’m a huge fan of your book semiprecious. But want to know what book should I read first Picture Perfect or Defying Diva. They both sound like really great books. And also do you have any books with Garnet and Opal in it? I love your books. Keep writing D.Anne Love!

    Do you have any other books other than Semiprecious,Picture Perfect, and Defying Diva?

  35. 185
    dorothy Says:

    Hey Katy,

    Great to hear from you! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed Semiprecious. It’s coming out in paperback for the first time this fall. It doesn’t matter which book you read first. Picture Perfect is about a girl struggling to keep her family from falling apart and to keep a secret for Nick, her first real boyfriend. Diva is about a girl who is the target of a high school bully and how she falls in love and takes her life back.

    I have written a number of other books including My Lone Star Summer, about two best friends growing up in Texas, and The Secret Prince, an adventure fantasy featuring a princess hiding in a convent, an evil dwarf, a boy who is half human, a seer, a two headed beast, and many other weird creatures. Very different from Semiprecious, Picture Perfect and Diva, but I love writing all kinds of stories and trying new things. I hope someday to write another book about Garnet and Opal….check back here on my site…you’ll be the first to know about any new books coming out! In the meantime I hope you enjoy my other books.

    Promise: I’ll keep writing, and you keep reading. Deal?? D. Anne

  36. 186
    Meg Says:

    Hello (again)!!!!!!

    I know Katy and she was the one who told me about Semiprecious and i am so gald that she did. I just finished a couple of weeks ago. It was an amazing ending. I have a few new questions :1. Are you writing any new books at this time? 2. What was the most enjoyable book you have ever written? 3. What other books have you written? 4. Which is the best books sold? (sorry if i spelled anything wrong) Oh and I am asking to Picture Prefect and Diva for my birthday in a few days. Sorry this is so long I just have so many things to say. Thank you so much for writing back to me i really appericate it that was so so nic for you to take the time to do that and not just to me but everyone because some people would not ever do that. Once again sorry this is soooo long.

    P.S.: Plase keep writing D. Anne Love because your good at it really eally really really good.

  37. 187
    dorothy Says:

    Hey Meg,

    Every girl who writes to me is special and deserves a reply, so I try to keep up. I’m always happy to hear from you. Answers to your questions: I have just started writing a new book so it will be a while before it’s out. Most enjoyable? I’ve enjoyed them all for different reasons. I had fun with Picture Perfect even though it has some serious parts, too, and you already know how much I love Garnet and Opal. Other books are listed here on the website. Best books sold is hard to say because some are newer and it takes a while for sales to come in. Others have been published in paperback and in hardcover so those have sold more.

    Happy Birthday!! I hope all your b’day wishes come true!! D. Anne

  38. 188
    Sofia Says:

    heyy i am doing a book project and well i need to know the setting if defying the diva.i try to find it in the book but dont know and i mean the setting at her school like ridgview but what year what state?//

  39. 189
    Sofia Says:

    PLEASE ANSWER!!! i really need to knoww my above question

  40. 190
    dorothy Says:

    Hey Sofia,

    I didn’t mention specifically a state, I imagined Colorado, but for your report, you can say Defying the Diva is set in an unnamed mountain state. And it’s in present time, no specific year.

    I hope this helps. Good luck with your report.

    D Anne

  41. 191
    Sofia Says:

    Thank u
    that helped alot
    and i loved the book u are an amazing author
    I hoppe to read more of your books this year
    thankss a bunchh

  42. 192
    dorothy Says:

    Hi Sofia,

    You’re welcome. Glad you liked DEFYING THE DIVA. I loved writing it.

    D Anne

  43. 193
    Katy Says:

    Hi again!!
    I have a question are you writing any more books? Oh and you are you should write another book with the girls from Semiprecious. It could be the sequel. And for my birthday im asking for some books and im hoping one of them will be a book written by you. What is your favorite book you written??


    PS. I you are making a new book when it comes out me and meg will probably be one of the first to get it.

  44. 194
    Cleo Says:

    I have to do a report on your book “Defying the Diva”(by the way i loved it)
    and i was wondering if you could tell me what the theme was for that book, i was thinking about using revenge, it makes life hectic, but that just does not sound right. so i was wondering if you could tell me your perspective please. and thank you!! 🙂

  45. 195
    dorothy Says:

    Hey Katy,

    Hi again! I am working on a new book, but it’s taking longer than I planned, so I am not sure when it will come out, but I hope soon. As to my favorite book, it’s hard to pick one…I like them all for different reasons. I have gotten a lot of fan mail about Semiprecious, it’s coming out in paperback on Tuesday!! So I gotta love that one. Garnet and Opal are a couple of my favorite characters. But I also enjoyed writing about Phoebe from Picture Perfect, and Haley from Defying the Diva.

    I’ll keep you posted here on the site so you can be the first to get my latest book!

    D Anne

  46. 196
    dorothy Says:

    Hi Cleo,

    So thrilled that you liked Defying the Diva!! As to theme: although revenge is one possibility, I really hoped the book would be about courage. Haley finds the courage to stand up to Camilla and take back her life, and Harrison has the courage to pursue his dreams as a singer/songwriter. Hope this helps. Good luck with your report.

    D Anne

  47. 197
    Meg Says:

    Hey D.Anne Love,
    This is meg again. Katy told me in school that she wrote to you and that i should see it. So since i was looking and reading them i thought i should write. In your reponse to katy you said that you were writing another book aMegnd i was wondering if um you could share some info about the book and maybe the title


  48. 198
    dorothy Says:

    Hey Meg,

    So great to hear from you! How’s it going??

    The new book. Um….I am superstitious about talking too much about new work, afraid I’ll jinx it. But I can tell you this much: It’s about a girl named Piper who had something really horrible happen to her and she moved to a new school where no one knows her secret to start her life over. The title is KISS AND TELL.

    I’ll keep you posted! Thanks a bunch for writing to me. D Anne

  49. 199
    jill Says:

    love your books

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    jill Says:

    i am doing my book talk on you and looking for some biography

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