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”

  1. 1
    A Reader Says:

    I will tottaly read your new book i cant wait! what book do you like more Picture perfect or Defying Diva?

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    D. Anne replies Says:

    Hi, It’s hard to pick one book over the other because they are very different. DIVA is about how Haley, with the help of new friends and a totally awesome guy gets her life back after a mean girl at school –the Diva, starts bad gossip about her. After you read it, you can write and let me know which one you liked best. Thanks for writing to me. I love hearing from my wonderful readers.

  3. 3
    A Reader Says:

    Hey Ms Love!
    I LOVED Picture perfect!
    It’s my most fave book in the world! I wished it will never end! you are the best writer ever! you should write more about Phoede and Nick it was really cool!

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    D. Anne Replies Says:

    Hey, I’m thrilled that you liked Phoebe and Nick. They were lots of fun to create, and they are still two of my favorite characters. I hope you’ll like the new book, Defying the Diva coming out in March, in which Haley falls in love with Evan….and with Harrison. Which guy is the right one for her? Which guy would YOU choose? Write and let me know. Cheers, D. Anne

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    A Reader Says:

    They book semiprecious is absolutly amazing. I love Garnet, and her sister. I love the book!

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    D. Anne Replies Says:

    Thank you so much! I love Garnet and Opal, too. It was really hard to let them go when I finished writing the book. I’m so glad you like them and that you took the time to tell me so.
    D. Anne

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    A Reader Says:

    Hey Ms Love i got Picture Perfect for Christmas and i love it so much i have already read it twice. I was wondering if you are writing another story about Phoebe and Nick.
    Bye! Catherine

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    D. Anne Replies Says:

    Hi Catherine, I’m glad you enjoyed the book. No plans to write more about Phoebe and Nick, but I hope you’ll look for my new book, Defying the Diva in March. My main character, Haley, falls in love with two guys–Evan and Harrison, while trying to figure out how to take back her life from Camilla Quinn, the high school diva. I had a lot of fun writing Haley’s story and I hope my readers will enjoy it. D. Anne

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    A Reader Says:

    im doing a book report on it and soo, what do u suggest i do?

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    D. Anne Replies Says:

    You didn’t say which book you chose for your report, so I can’t be specific, but here are some general ideas:
    Start with a bit of author background. You will find info about me on the “Biography” page of this website. Then click on “Inspirations” to find information about how I got the ideas for my books. Finally, you might write about questions such as: Which character did you like best and why? Did you agree of disagree with the decisions or actions of this character? Why or why not? What would you have done in the same situation?
    What is the theme of this book? Give examples that illustrate the theme. Discus the setting for the book. How does the setting contribute to the mood and feel of the story? How does the story end? Were you satisfied with the ending? Why or why not? Would you recommend this book to others? Why or why not? I hope this helps. Good luck!! D. Anne

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    A Reader Says:

    Hey, ijust finished Picture Perfect and LOVED every minute I spent reading it. Phoebe is awesome your my favorite writer. I can’t wait for Defying the Diva. Katie P.

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    D. Anne Replies Says:

    Hey Katie P: Thanks so much for writing. I’m glad you liked Phoebe’s story. I had fun writing it DIVA will be out in March of 2008; I hope you enjoy it, too. D. Anne

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    A Reader Says:

    Okay thank you I did not know that the puppeteers apprentice won an award that’s’ great that is the book I just read I now want to read picture perfect It sounds really great! I cant wait to start it
    Caitlin

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    D. Anne Replies Says:

    You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy Picture Perfect. Keep on reading! D. Anne

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    A Reader Says:

    have you ever won any awards for your books?

    If so what books
    Caitlin

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    D. Anne Replies Says:

    My books have been nominated for many awards, and have won a few. My Lone Star Summer won an award several years ago. The most recent book to win awards is The Puppeteer’s Apprentice. Semiprecious has been named to a couple of “Best Books” lists and is nominated for an award to be given in 2008.
    The best “awards” of all are letters I get from readers who have enjoyed my books. Thanks for writing. D. Anne

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    A Reader Says:

    hi, I have to do a research project on you, and need to know a few questions. That aren’t listed on your site..
    first of all,
    whats your culture ? and some interesting life experiences ?
    Also when were youu born ?
    the book I just read ” Semiprecious” I was wondering what the theme of the novel would be ?
    Thanks for taking the timee to write back…
    Kaitlyn..

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    D. Anne Replies Says:

    Hi Kaitlyn,

    I guess you’d describe my culture as small town southern. I grew up in the same town where my maternal grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins lived, so I had plenty of playmates in addition to my brothers. Many of my most interesting life experiences came as the result of travel to places such as New Zealand where I took a boat out to the Tasman Sea, hiked the forests, and explored the remains of a volcanic explosion. I’ve visited the sacred sites of the ancient Hawaiian people, ridden horses in Arizona on Christmas morning, traveled by ferry among the little towns in Bermuda. One year I visited the Cuna Indians of Panama and toured one of their villages. All of these experiences gave me a better understanding of other places and other people. Closer to home, I have worked with underprivileged preschoolers, performed Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Trial By Jury” in a local opera company, and once, I sang with a rock band. I was born in 1949.

    In writing Semiprecious, I wanted to explore the importance of families and the true meaning of home.These are the themes I intend for readers to take away from the book.

    I hope this helps with your research paper. Good luck. I hope you ace it!! D. Anne

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    A Reader Says:

    Hi Again! It’s Valerie. I just wanted to say thank you SO MUCH for helping me. You gave some really good advice. And I forgot to mention this before, but i LOVE semiprecious. Thanks so much for the advice, help, etc. ~Val

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    D. Anne replies Says:

    Hi Valerie,

    You are very welcome! Good luck with your writing. And thanks so much for the kind words about Semiprecious.
    All my best to you, D. Anne

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    A Reader Says:

    what helps you write the stories you do and what motivates you when you write.

    Tiara
    Cleveland,Ohio
    age 12

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    D. Anne replies Says:

    Hi Tiara,

    I depend a lot on memories and imagination. I’m motivated by the need to tell a good story story and by letters from my readers. It’s very satisfying when readers write to tell me how much they liked a certain book or certain characters.
    All my best, D. Anne

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    A Reader Says:

    I love the book Semiprecious because it makes you feel like you are in the book and you need tool protect Garnet from running away. I loved it so much that I have decided to read her new book Picture Perfect.

    Tiara
    Cleveland, Ohio
    age 12

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    D. Anne replies Says:

    Hi again Tiara,

    So glad you liked Semiprecious. I hope you will enjoy reading Picture Perfect, too. Cheers, D. Anne

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    A Reader Says:

    Hi im Anna and im 11 years…
    I loved the book Semi-Precious but i was wondering if you were going to make another Semi-Precious? I got so interested in that book i was dying to know if you were making another.

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    D. Anne replies Says:

    Hi Anna,

    Right now there are no plans for another Semiprecious book but I hope you will enjoy my other books. Thanks for writing.
    D. Anne

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    A Reader Says:

    Hi, This is Valerie. i want to be a writer, but i don’t mean like in a magazine, website or newspaper. I know people say “start small” but i’m almost fifteen, and I want to be able to walk into a local Barnes & Noble and see one of my books on the shelf. I’ve always wanted to be the “youngest writer ever” and i actually used to imagine myslef getting an award for it (this was in the third grade) and by now i know i won’t be the “youngest writer” obviously, but i still want to be able to see one of my books on the shelf. Thats like a dream to me. Do you have any advice. Thanks-Val

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    D. Anne replies Says:

    Hi Valerie,

    I can so totally relate to your letter because I grew up dreaming of being a published author. I was in third grade when I knew that I wanted to be a writer. I still remember the first time I walked into a bookstore and saw my first book on the shelf. I actually had to pop my hand over my mouth to keep from screaming with delight. It was such a fantastic feeling. After a dozen books, seeing the latest one on the shelf is still a huge thrill.

    The best advice I can give you is to read tons of books and pay attention to how the author uses characterization, dialog, plot, setting, to create a complete, believable world. Read all kinds of books–adventure, historical novels, fantasy, etc. Secondly, you should try to write every day. It may be a character sketch, an idea for a plot, an overheard conversation, or a few pages of an ongoing story, but you must get into the habit of writing regularly. Even when you don’t particularly feel like it. That’s what successful writers do. Polish your work. Take some writers workshops. Go to writers conferences and talk to other writers, editors, agents. Learn as much as you can about writing, and about the publishing business. Good luck, Valerie. My dearest wish for you is that your dream comes true. D. Anne

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    A Reader Says:

    I’m 14. I want to be a writer when I grow up. I’ve written an 164 page novel, along with some others. Is there any way I could get a book published now? Or am I too young?
    ~Natalie

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    D. Anne replies Says:

    Hi Natalie, I think it’s pretty hard to get a book contract until you are a bit older, but in the meantime, there are plenty of places you can get your work published–magazines, online sites, etc. If you will go to the “Links” page on this website, you will find links to some places that publish work by teens. In the meantime, keep writing and polishing your novel and when you are a bit older, go for it!! Good luck, Natalie.Keep me posted.
    All my best wishes, D. Anne

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    A Reader Says:

    Hi My name is Katie. I just finished Picture Perfect and I absolutely loved it. You are my favorite writer.

  32. 32
    D. Anne replies Says:

    Hi Katie, Thanks for writing. I’m glad you enjoyed Phoebe’s story. Keep reading! D. Anne

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    A Reader Says:

    Hi, I just started reading Picture Perfect last night and I can’t put it down. I love Phoebe. She is just like me when I see my crush. I can’t take my eyes off him. Anyways I can’t wait to finish the book and get your other books. Kerri

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    D. Anne replies Says:

    Hi Kerri, Glad you are liking the book. Ain’t love grand??
    D. Anne

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    A Reader Says:

    Hey Ms. Love,

    I just finished Picture Perfect and i think it’s the best book I ever read. You are an awesome author. I cant’ wait for Defying the Diva. Now I want to read Semiprecious too.
    A fan

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    D. Anne replies Says:

    Hey, Glad you liked the book. I had so much fun writing Phoebe’s story, especially her romance with Nick Harper.
    I hope you enjoy Semiprecious and Diva. My readers are awesome too. Thanks for writing. D. Anne

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    A Reader Says:

    I really enjoyed reading the end of DAKOTA SPRING when Graandma Abigal became to be nice.Also how did mama die or pass away in DAKOTA SPRING?

    from a forth grade student fan

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    D. Anne replies Says:

    Hi there,

    I’m glad you liked the way the story ended. Several of your classmates have asked how Mama died. I’ve put the answer into one of these replies. Thanks for writing to me. D. Anne

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    A Reader Says:

    Will you write a sequal to Dakota Spring called The Angry next Door Neighbor In Charleston?Something i liked about the book Dakota Spring is the word choice.Also I liked how you made Grandmother Ravnell.Hope you answer soon. From a fourth Grade thaks for talking.

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    D. Anne replies Says:

    Hi, I don’t have any plans to write a sequel. But you might enjoy reading another of my books about life in the Dakotas. It’s called A Year Without Rain. I enjoyed writing about Grandmother Ravenell. She was fun! Take care, D. Anne

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    Leanna Says:

    Hi! Can’t wait for Defying the Diva to come out!

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    kyra Says:

    i love this book so much i could read it a miillion & two times. I am 12 years old just like garnet i hope you get the meessages

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    Julianna Says:

    Hey loved your book Picture Perfect you should make a second book about it or make a moive about it but any how it was a grate book now i am reading your other books.

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Julianna,

    Thanks for writing. I’m glad you’re enjoying the books and I hope you’ll like DEFYING THE DIVA which comes out in a couple of weeks.

    Cheers,
    D. Anne

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Kyra,

    A million and two times! Wow, what a great compliment. Thanks for writing. I’m delighted that you love Semiprecious so much. I had a wonderful time writing that book.

    D. Anne

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    Julianna Says:

    So you should make a movie of picture perfect i would be a grate movie hope you make one then i would go and see it.

    Yours,
    Julianna

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Julianna,

    A movie would be fantastic. Maybe Steven Spielberg will read this and call me. Ha! While we are waiting for the movie to come out, I hope you enjoy DEFYING THE DIVA. Thanks a bunch for writing.
    D. Anne

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    Beau Harvey Says:

    Hello Ms. Love,

    Beau Harvey, here.

    My wife is a member of SCBWI and has written her first book.

    I would like to find a good publisher as close to Austin, as possible. Do you have a favorite?

    Thanks for any help you can give us.

    Beau Harvey.
    512-663-6448

    Please feel free to call me anytime if you wish, I would love to have a minute of your time.

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    sydney Says:

    hi, you should make a picture perfect 2 i read that book so many times i loved it.i thank you for being such a great writer!!!!!!!!!!!

    your,
    Sydney

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    Lily Says:

    I think that you are a great outhor and that your books are fun. I’ve started reading semiprecious and it is a very good book so far. It already captured me in.

    Hey, thanks for writing. I had so much frun writing Semiprecious and it’s great to hear from girls who enjoy Garnet’s story.

    D. Anne

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    Kyla Says:

    I Have Read Picture Perfect and loved, loved it. I think you should make a movie out of it. I would so go and see it. I really liked everything about the book. I saw the back cover of Picture Perfect a saw the Cover to Semiprecious. I can’t wait to read that book too.

    Love always/ Kyla

    Hi Kyla,

    Thanks for writing. I’m so glad you liked the books. Take a look at my latest one, DEFYING THE DIVA when you get a chance.

    All my best, D. Anne

  52. 52
    krystal siders Says:

    hi my name is krystal and i am doing a book report on semiprecious and i am also doing an author report on you because i have been reading a lot of your book and i think it would be grate for me as well as the rest of the class to know about you so if you could please contaked me at moonlightstar@yahoo.com that would be grate thanks well g2g

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    nicole Says:

    Hey wut up i am reading SEMIPRECIUSE it is a very good but sad to it is realy
    when her dad gets very hurt i am were she leves her anits.
    What is the first book u made and well SEMIPRECIOUS ever be mad to a movie?

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    katie Says:

    hi i love your book semiprecious but that is the only one ive read so far and im going to get started on your next book picture perfect and i cant wait to read it and you are my inspiration to become a writer

    -katie-

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Katie,

    Thanks so much for writing. I hope you enjoy my other books, and I hope someday to read a book written by you!

    Cheers,
    D. Anne

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    pablo arimany Says:

    d.anne….

    y havent read any of your books, but, y will read my lone star summer.
    that book looks so interesting. and y love tennesse.
    y have read your biography, its really interesting.
    one last thing, when y grow up, y will be a writer.

    p.s. y live in guatemala city, and, y will like you to visit it.

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    loran Says:

    in picture perfect when there in vacation are they in charlston.

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    Janice Says:

    Miss D.anne,
    It is inspiring to learn from writers like you. Hopefull someday
    i can write too. I remember the alamo is catchy. hope to read it.
    Is having an imaginative mind helpful for ideas. Thanks for the
    stories you write

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    Jamye Whitehorn Says:

    I am not a teen or a tween, I am a mother and future teacher. I have just finished reading I Remember the Alamo. It was a great story. I plan to read some of your other books in the near future.

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    Kyla Says:

    Hey D. Anne Love,

    I have written you before, but I just wanted to say that I did finish SEMIPRECIUOS and I loved It. You should make a movie out of that book too! I just REALLY love this book as well as PICTURE PERFECT. you came to my school and signed my book, and I ‘am glad you did.
    Thanks,

    Love always/Kyla

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    Annie Says:

    hi! my name is annie. i just finished reading Semiprecious, and I loved that book. i was wondering if there was a second book about Garnet and Opus because i really liked those two characters. please respond!
    -annie

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    KM Says:

    Dear Ms. Love,

    I am in the middle of reading defying the Diva and I cannot put it down. I am bullyed at school too and this book is nice to read becuase I can relate 2 it. I really like how you incorporated the Hubbards from your other books and also, the emotions of the characters feel so true and real.

    <3
    -KM

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Annie,

    Thanks so much for writing. I’m delighted that you enjoyed Garnet’s and Opal’s story. There is not a second book about the Hubbard sisters, but if you read my latest book, DEFYING THE DIVA you will find out what happened to Opal when she grew up.

    All my best,
    D. Anne

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi K,

    I am so sorry you are dealing with a bully at school, but I’m glad my book is helping you cope.
    Please remember that you are not alone, and there are many places to get help.

    Take care,
    D. Anne

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    Celia R. Healy Says:

    You are an absolutely amazing author and teacher. I loved your class on publishing. YOUR AMAZING!!!!!!

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    jessica Says:

    for school i have to do a project on a summer book and i decided that i want to do it on semiprecious what should i do?
    PS it must be an art project

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Jessica,

    Remember in the story that Garnet learned about the Mexican muralists in her art class at school? Maybe you could make a mural that shows some of the important scenes in the novel such as Garnet and Opal in the chicken truck, or at the Christmas play, or at Charlie’s funeral. Or, you could make a set of worry dolls like the ones Charlie gave Garnet.

    Good luck with the project. Thanks for writing!!

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    Cate Says:

    Mrs. Love,
    I just finished reading semiprecious. It is my favorite book of all time, i love the era and the issuses that the charicters are facing! I would love to know about what happens after their dad comes to get them from their aunt Julia’s i think that a second book would make all the Semiprecious fans VERY happy. i am awear that there is a book called DEFYING THE DIVA with the charicter Opal in it and i am planning on reading it very soon!

    Thank you SO much for wrighting all of your wonderful books you are an insparation. I am proud to say that you are my favorite auther.

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    dorothy Says:

    Thank you so much! Maybe some day I will write another book about Garnet and Opal…meantime I hope you enjoy DEFYING THE DIVA.

    All my best,
    D. Anne

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    Shelly Steig Says:

    Hi Anne,

    I met you at the SCBWI conference in LA. I had to leave early so was not able to stay for the book signings. I wanted to encourage you to continue to write fiction for teens that makes them want to be better people. I was a little discouraged after the conference as I struggled with my feelings that there is no sense of responsibility toward teens and tweens. Of course this is coming from someone who has read Anne of Green Gables at least 10 times and still feels motivated to be better after I close the last page. So I will admit my bias.

    Anyway, best wishes as you continue your writing journey.

    Sincerely,

    Shelly Steig

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    Lacie Says:

    Hi, I clicked to send a private messege, but the pop up said that the page could not be displayed. Is there an email that I can write to? Thanks!

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Lacie,

    Thanks for writing. My email page is not working properly today, but I will have it fixed as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can try writing to me at Doro7@insight.rr.com.

    Talk to you later,
    D Anne

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    Maree Says:

    My daughter and I are enjoying The Puppeteer’s Apprentice. Can you tell us why the “goose women” have tar on their feet?
    Thanks!

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    Jessica K Says:

    i love your books i can connect to them very well!!! Your books grab my attention to whats happening in and out of the book im reading

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Jessica,

    Thank you sooo much for writing. It’s always great haring from my readers!

    Cheers,
    D. Anne

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Maree,

    I’m thrilled that you and your daughter are enjoying Mouses’s story. While researching “The Puppeteer’s Apprentice” I learned that the goosewomen, who often had to walk a long way to take their geese to market, coated their feet in tar to protect them. One of the many interesting tidbits I picked up during the writing of this story.

    Thanks so much for writing!

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    jessica Says:

    Hi thanks Dorthy i decied to make three worry dolls! I come from New York City where do you come from my email is ms.malleck@gmail.com

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    jessica Says:

    hi dorthy what music do you listen to when you writing i know that some other writers do

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Jessica,

    Most of the time I don’t have music playing while I work. I get caught up in singing along with the lyrics and forget what I wanted to write! But I always research the songs that were popular during the time when the story takes place. When I was working on Semiprecious for instance, I listened to Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, and a lot of country western singers such as Hank Williams, Conway Twitty, etc, because Garnet’s mother Melanie was obsessed with it.

    Right now i am working on a book about a girl who loves Beatles music, so I am listening to a lot of Beatles tunes. I saw Paul McCartney in concert a couple of years ago.

    When I am not writing I listen to The Fray, Maroon Five, Pat Green, Martina McBride, BB King, Etta James, Diana Krall, and The Eagles. I like almost every kind of music and I go to a lot of live concerts.

    Later,
    D. Anne

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    Adreanna Says:

    I just got done with semi preciuos and I loved it. Nathan reminded me of
    Someone I know named nathan so that part of the story truly sparked my
    Intrest. U left me hangin there at the with all nathan does is wave to garnet. I was wondering If you were planing on making a sequel I hope u are. If u do don’t forget about incorporating nathan. Maybe phone calls or letters. I love the book. Thanks soo much for making it

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    Kathy Says:

    hi anna i just wanted to say that i have read all your books and they are wounderful, and have brought me great joy! but i have to say that semiprecious is my #1 favorite! I LOVED IT! i would love to see a second book to semiprecious! thank you ofr all you work you are an insparation!

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    kathy Says:

    sorry i put anna i ment anne i was typing so fast.

    have a great day kathy

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey,

    I loved writing about Nathan and Garnet. I’m so glad you enjoyed their story. If I ever write a sequel, I’ll be sure to include Nathan’s letter to Garnet. Meantime, I hope you enjoy PICTURE PERFECT and DEFYING THE DIVA.

    All my best,
    D. Anne

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Kathy,

    Thank you so much for writing! I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying my books. I get MY inspiration from great readers like you!!

    All my best,
    D. Anne

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    Jessica K Says:

    Hi D. Anne,

    Its me jessica again, im am sorry for writing to you so much. but i am an insipring writer i have been writing for 9 years ( i just turned 15) any way, do you use a format while writing your books like climax, resloution, rising action, falling action, etc. because i am writing a book( nicknamed MTFC making the final cut) and it isnt a typical book with those themes or requirements i was wondering if you used them???

    Jessica K. Samp- practice of an authors name

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Jessica,

    Hey, it’s always great to hear from you. When I plot a story I begin with my main character– who she is, what she wants more than anything in the world, why she wants it, and what is standing in her way of getting it. The rising action is basically the actions that she takes in pursuit of her goal, the climax is the point in the story where she either reaches her goal or doesn’t, and the falling action shows the reader how the character has changed as a result. Is she wiser than before? Does she know more about herself, or about others, than before? Has she changed her opinion about something important?

    I hope this helps you with your story. Keep working on it, okay?

    D. Anne

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    Jessica Says:

    Hi D. Anne,

    if you are intersted about my writing you view the first chapter on my website- http://www.freewebs.com/jessikim101. When you first started writing did you write other things like poems or just stories? Also a poem is on my website as well that i wrote. The preview for of the stories i am writing is under my daily blog!!*

    Sincerly,

    Jessica K.

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    Mary Says:

    this book was awsome! I seriosly think that you should put the entire book ONLINE! I would love to read it again!

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Mary,

    Thanks a bunch for writing. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book.

    D. Anne

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    Jessica Says:

    When you first started writing did you write other things like poems or just stories? i wrote to and you ignored it how come???? it is one below mary!!!!

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Jessica,

    So sorry!!! I read your message, and then got distracted by a bunch of phone calls and forgot to answer your question. I tried to write poems, but I wasn’t any good at it. I think making good poems takes entirely different skills than writing stories and novels. So I gave up on ever being a poet, and concentrated on stories.

    D. Anne

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    Judy Says:

    I really do enjoy your books. I do have a question, though. I assume that the Trasks live in Texas. Where do they go to the beach? The Gullah people live along the coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Did they go that far to go to the beach?

  93. 93
    dorothy Says:

    Hi Judy,

    What an observant reader you are! Yes, the Trasks drive from Texas to the beach in SC…I love Kiawah Island, near Charleston. My husband and I vacation there every year, in a beach villa named “Windswept.” I look forward to it every year.

    Glad you enjoyed the book. I’m off to Nashville tomorrow to give a reading of DEFYING THE DIVA at the Southern Festival of Books. Should be fun!

    Thanks so much for writing,
    D. Anne

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    Emmy Says:

    D. Anne Love I plan to read all of your wonderfull books. I am 11 years of age.
    So far I read 1 of your books semiprecious. It was the best of all books
    i have read. Garnet a young girl and her sister are left at their aunts
    while their mother is trying to fulfill her dreams. But as soon as she
    their father is injured. This is a wonderfull book. I predict that the other books are too. PS keep writing. I love books that i can realate to.

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Emmy,

    Thanks so much for writing to me about SEMIPRECIOUS. I hope you enjoy all my other books.

    D. Anne

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    cassie Says:

    I will like to say is when you read picture perfect and you can not put it down that how good it is…………………………

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Cassie!

    Thanks so much for writing! I enjoyed writing about Phoebe and Nick and Zane and Shlya. I’m glad that you enjoyed PICTURE PERFECT.

    Cheers,
    D. Anne

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    Christina Hinton Says:

    hey, um, I went to the writing workshop in Clarksvilel during the summer where you taught…you may or may not remember me, but anyway, I just finished writing a really bug story I’ve been working on and I’ve been curious at what the next steps I need to take are. ..

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Christina,

    I sure do remember you, and the great book discussion we had about the Dean Koontz novel!
    It’s great to hear from you and to know you’ve been working. The next step is to polish your work,and then figure out where to send it, based on the length and the kind of story it is (funny, sci fi, horror, etc) There are several online sites that publish work by teen writers, as well as a few print magazines. Take a look at the latest edition of Writers Market to find the appropriate market for your work. Good luck, and keep me posted!! All my best, D Anne

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    Christina Hinton Says:

    Thank you very much! I’ll be sure to tell you how it goes!!

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    KARLA Says:

    HI. WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE A WRITER SUCH LIKE YOU.

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Karla,

    What a nice compliment! Thanks a bunch for writing to me. I hope one day to see your book on the bookstore shelf. Majorly cool!!

    D. Anne

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    ADRIANNA Says:

    I REALLY LOVE SEMMIPRECIOUS

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Adrianna,

    Thanks a bunch for writing. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed SEMIPRECIOUS. I loved writing Garnet’s story. She became so real to me that sometimes I still catch myself wondering about her and wondering what she’s doing. Take care!!

    D. Anne

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    Emmy Bour Says:

    hi remember me i missed talking to you well emailing you still havent read picture perfect of defing diva i told my friend to read semiprecious she finished it in a day thats how good it is and i loved it to. You rock………keep on writing please

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Emmy,

    I remember you. Hope you have a fun winter break from school. Keep on reading.

    D. Anne

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    colleen Says:

    dear D.anne,
    I watched your interview with Yadi on Meet Me At The Corner and heard about your “let’s talk” page and i am actually writing a book myself so far i have eight chapters but am having trouble finding a good title so i was wondering if you had a suggestion.

    thanks,
    Colleen

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Colleen,

    Wow, I’m impressed that you are writing a book and have already come so far. Titles are hard!
    You might try thinking of something that describes your main character, such as The Puppeteer’s Apprentice or The Secret Prince. Or think of a well known phrase that relates to your story, as I did with teen photographer Phoebe Trask in Picture Perfect.

    If you cant’ think of a good title right now, don’t worry about it. Finish the story first. The more you know about your character and your story, the easier it will become to create a great title.

    Good luck! D. Anne

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    Arnella, Cindy & Madge Says:

    We enjoyed dinner with you tonight and learning about your books. Your website is great. I (Arnella) look forward to sharing this information with my teacher daughter; I (Madge) look forward to sharing your books with my granddaughters. I (Cindy) says hi and happy writing. We hope your transition to San Antonio is wonderful. HAPPY NEW YEAR

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    Megan Says:

    Hello Anne!!! Oh my god i am such a big fan of you! I love your book Semiprecious!! It is my #1 favorite book!! I have’nt really read anymore but after that first book i am amazed of how well you can put a book together!! Please reply to my message!!!!

    ?#1 fan of Anne D. Love/Megan<333

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Megan,

    Thanks a bunch for writing!! I’m so glad you liked SEMIPRECIOUS. I hope you’ll check out my other books. If you read DEFYING THE DIVA you’ll find a clue about what happened to Opal when she grew up.

    Thanks for being a number one fan!!

    D. Anne

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Arnella, Cindy and Madge,

    I enjoyed sharing a table with all of you, and I hope each of you had a wonderful New Year’s.
    We are in the house in San Antonio, but not yet completely unpacked. Even so, it’s great to be home.

    Thanks for taking time to check out my website.

    All best for the new year,
    D Anne

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    kit cat 14 Says:

    when were you born and did you win any awards?

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey there kit cat,

    I was born Jan 12, many years ago..My books have won a few awards and have been nominated for many more, but the best award of all is receiving letters from girls who have read and enjoyed my books.

    Thanks a bunch for writing.

    D. Anne

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    Kit cat Says:

    what kind of award did you win?

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Kit Cat,

    Most recently, the Juvenile Fiction Prize from American Writers and the Teddy Award.

    Cheers,
    D. Anne

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    Nabeela Says:

    Heyy, i read your book semiprecious & really enjoyed it. I’m doing a book report for it in my 9th grade class. πŸ˜‰ just trying to find info about yu & yur books, got to yur page & decided to leave a sign!

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Nabeela,

    Thanks for checking in….good luck with the report. I hope you ace it!

    D. Anne

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    Maggie Says:

    Hey I LOVE the book Semiprecious!! It’s a fabulous book, and advice if you get the chance to read this book don’t say no because I kept reading and reading. At school, my friend Meaghan told me to come to lunch and I got grouchy with her because I didn’t want to go to lunch I wanted to read!! So I took the book to lunch and ended up barley eating! I could read this book again and again. Thank you D. Anne Love for spending weeks probably writing and publishing this book, because you are a very talented woman and when I get older I want to be a expert reader like you. I read the book a while ago and I am still telling my friends about it and family about it, so READ SEMIPRECIOUS! And also I had stayed up late because I didn’t want to put the masterpiece down! It was amazing and just please everybody read this wonderful boook. You won’t regret reading this wonderful book! I LOVE IT!

    ??
    Maggie May

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Maggie,

    Wow, what a fabulous fan letter! I’m blown away. Thanks so much for letting me know how much you liked SEMIPRECIOUS. I hope you’ll enjoy my other books as well. And I hope you you become a writer when you grow up. It’s the best job ever!

    All my best,
    D. Anne

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    Erin Says:

    Semiprecious is my favorite book ever! Is there going to be a sequel? There totally should be! I love that book so much! Now I want to read Picture Perfect, but I think Semiprecious should have a second book in the series! I am just like Garnet! I am 12, like her, and I also have a sister that is Opal’s age, and my personality is exactly like Garnet’s!

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Erin!

    I’m thrilled that you liked Garnet’s story. She is one of my all time favorite characters. Right now there are no plans for a sequel, but maybe I will write one someday. I hope you enjoy PICTURE PERFECT. If you read DEFYING THE DIVA you will find a clue about what happened to Opal when she grew up. Write back and let me know if you spot the clue!

    Thanks a bazillion for writing to me. It’s so much fun getting mail from my fabulous readers.

    All my best to you,
    D. Anne

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    ronda Says:

    Just wanted to touch base, auntie!!! I love reading your books. I am in the process of reading My Lone Star Summer to my fourth grade class right now! I hope your big brother is keeping you posted– I passed my test, so I am officially a school librarian (or should I say, School Media Specialist). Ben and Ethan say hello. Hope all goes well in San Antonio. Kiss the boys for me!! Ronda

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    Samantha Says:

    hi. i love your books. your a fabulous author. so far i have read picture perfect and defying the diva. picture perfect is so far my all time favorite. i love to write. if you have any tips please let me know. your my favorite author. πŸ™‚

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Samantha!

    Thanks so much for writing. I’m delighted that you liked the books, and even more delighted that you love to write. If you check out the “Writers Tips” page of this website, you’ll find a few ideas that might help, and links to some of my favorite sites for young writers.

    Keep reading, and keep writing, and someday I will be writing YOU a fan letter. How cool would that be?

    All my best,
    D Anne

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    Anonymous Says:

    I love Semiprecious!!! It is my all time favorite book!!!!! I am doing a Great Author report for my langauge arts class and I am doing you!! One of the things I need to know though is when your birthday is. Your a great author!!!!
    p.s. when’s your birthday???

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    Anonymous Says:

    What are some topics you base your books off of?

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi!

    I’m so glad you like Semiprecious and I am honored that you are writing a report about my books.

    My birthday is January 12. Which makes me a Capricorn. For my birthday this year, I went out for Italian food. which is my very favorite.

    Good luck on your report.

    D. Anne

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    dorothy Says:

    Hello,

    Thanks for your question about topics for my books. Sometimes I take an event that really happened to me or to someone I know, and change it up a little for use in my stories. In Semiprecious, the episode in which Melanie gets a vacuum cleaner for her birthday is a version of something that happened in real life when I was a kid. I get other ideas from talking with my teen writing students about what’s going on in their lives, and from reading newspapers and magazines, sometimes even from song lyrics. My topics usually involve families (Semiprecious and Picture Perfect) or school issues such as bullying (Defying the Diva).

    I hope this answers your question.

    Thanks for writing! D. Anne

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    adriene Says:

    do you have a writers note book?

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Adriene,

    Yes, I keep a notebook for each book that I write and a spare one in my backpack for writing down my thoughts and ideas when I am away from my desk. It helps me remember my ideas for characters, plots, etc. How about you? Are you a writer, too? Doyou keep a notebook?

    Thanks for writing!

    D. Anne

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    cassie Says:

    dear d. anne love i am adriene/ smadrienes best friend and she was so exited that you wrote her back and i read her message and thatwas cool thatyou have a writers notebook
    well we go to school together and we are in the same class in 4th grade and adriene has read the book semiprecious and told me all about it and then i started to read it and im on page 36 and so far it is great!and i love it. i used to live in missouri till i was seven yeatrs old
    and my mom and dad are devorced and my dad still lives in missouri and i see him once a month and i miss him a lot kind of like opal and garnet because they miss there dad and today at school is p.j. day so gotta go bye bye!

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    RUSSELL GRIMES Says:

    HI IM RUSSELL GRIMES

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    Anonymous Says:

    HELLO

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    Anonymous Says:

    DEAR D. ANNE im russell. Im also curious, do u have any kids if so how many and names

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    cassie Says:

    what is your adress because me and adriene wants to now please so me and adriene can send you letters ps bye bye

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    amy Says:

    did you ever get hurt?

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    amy Says:

    do you have kids?

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    amy Says:

    are u married?

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    cassie Says:

    Dear, d. anne love,
    im adrienes best friend and we are in the same class and in 4th grade and me and her have to do athor talks and that is why we are posting comments and adriene read the book semiprecious and told me it was her favorite book and told me that i should read it so i started reading it and im on page 36 and so far it is the best book Ive ever read
    and i wanted to share a little bit about myself well Ive lived in missouri till i was 7 years old
    and now me, my brother ,and my mom live in indiana and my mom got married to my step dad
    and i get to see my real dad once a month and i think its unfair but i can live with it and adriene says shye i going to write you again to night but i dont now if she will plus your my favorite author in the whole world
    love cassie

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    cassie Says:

    dear d anne love i for got to say that im kind of like opal and garnet . bye bye

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    bobby jack Says:

    how many books have you written?
    how old are you?
    when is your birthday?
    do you have kids?
    are you married?
    please reply

    love boby jack

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    jane Says:

    what college did you attend?you are my favorite auther.

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    jane Says:

    are you married and if you are do you have any kids?

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    Billy Bob Thorton Says:

    Hey Anne! I have read Picture Perfect,and Defying the Diva.You are an Exellent Writer .I wish that one day I could meet you.I’ve even started writing a book .Look for the book Called COMPLETLY UNITED.Its great .Its about a soldier who has to go to war ,he comes back and finds out his wife and son are missing then him and other freinds who lost their love ones get united and go through all these jorneys to save there famaily.

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    cassie Says:

    Dear d. anne love,
    ive all ready typed this note twice but its not working going on to your list and i hope it does this time because i realy want you to read it , but any way i read your book semiprecious
    and it was my favorite book in the world that ive read well i wanted to say im kind of like
    opal and gernet because live in indiana but when was 7 witch im ten now but my mom and dad are devorced now and my dad lives in missouri and now i have a step dad to and i get to see him once a month and i think it is realy unfair do you plus adriene/smadriene is my bff and we are in the same 4th grade class and our teacher calls us the two amigas or atached to the hip because we are allways together and me and adriene are doingan athor talk at school and we were doing reserch on you well please write back cassie,

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Cassie,

    I did get your message! Thanks so much for writing. I’m glad you and Adriene enjoyed Garnet and Opal’s story. Sometimes life can be unfair, as Garnet finds out, but if you have good friends, as you do in Adriene, they can make things way better.

    Keep reading! Good luck on your author report.

    D. Anne

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Billy Bob,

    It’s so amazing that your name is almost the same as the famous actor, Billy Bob Thornton!!
    Glad you liked Picture Perfect and Diva.

    Good luck with your story. It sounds exciting!

    D. Anne

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    dorothy Says:

    Hello to Russell, Amy, Jane, and Bobby Jack

    Since all of you asked the same questions, I’ll answer them here instead of repeating myself.

    I am married. My husband and I don’t have any human kids, but we have two golden retrievers who live with us and act like kids! Their names are Major and Jake and you can see their pictures here on my website.

    My birthday is January 12. I graduated from two universities, Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. I have published twelve books so far…more on the way.

    Thanks to all of you for writing to me. It’s great hearing from readers.

    D. Anne

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi to all my readers who requested an address for mailing letters to me.

    You can send them to my publishers, who will forward them to me. Be patient, sometimes it takes weeks to receive forwarded mail.

    Thanks for writing!

    D. Anne

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    Kylie Says:

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

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Kylie,

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

    D. Anne

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    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!

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    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

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    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,

    Samantha

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    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

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    sam Says:

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

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    4th Grade Student Says:

    I love your writing!

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    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,
    sincerly
    a fourth grade student

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    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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!***
    scincerely
    the 4th grade student
    p.s.is your real name Dorthey anne love? and pleese write a sequel to Dakota Spring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    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 books.you 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

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    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?
    sincerly,
    forth grade student

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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: )

    Thanks!!!
    – A very big fan of yours

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    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

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    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!!!!

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    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    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 dannelove.com 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

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    Nina Says:

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

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    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!!

    Cheers,
    D. Anne

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    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 πŸ™‚ thank you for writeing one of my favorite books!

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    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

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    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!
    Thanks!

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    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.

    Cheers!
    D. Anne

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    Meg Says:

    Hi
    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

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    Meg Says:

    Hi
    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

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    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

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    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!

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

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    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

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    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.

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

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    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

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    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?//

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    Sofia Says:

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

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    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

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    Sofia Says:

    Thank u Ms.love
    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

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Sofia,

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

    D Anne

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    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??

    Bye
    Katy

    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.

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    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!! πŸ™‚

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    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

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    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

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    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

    Meg

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    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

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    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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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Jill,

    Delighted to know that you like my books. Thanks for writing. I hope you found the information you needed for your talk by clicking on the “Biography” page on this website. If you need more info after you’ve read that page, please e-mail and I will be happy to answer any other questions you have.

    Have a great day!! D. Anne

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    Meg Says:

    D. Anne Love

    Hi again D. Anne! I just wanted to tell youthat I am now reading Picture Perfect and can not wait until I read Defying the Diva. I was just wondering how you got the titles for your books. Happy New Year and Hope your holiays were good

    Meg

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    Meg Says:

    D. Anne Love

    Hi again D. Anne! I just wanted to tell youthat I am now reading Picture Perfect and can not wait until I read Defying the Diva. I was just wondering how you got the titles for your books?

    Meg

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Meg,

    Happy New Year to you, too! My holidays were great–we spent them with family scattered across Texas. We were in Dallas on Christmas Eve and had a very unusual white Christmas! Snow and ice! How about you? Did you have a good time?

    Titles: For Picture Perfect, I wanted something that would tie in with Phoebe’s apparently perfect family, to contrast with the imperfections going on beneath the surface. The idea that what we see on the surface doesn’t always reflect the truth. Deciding on that title was pretty easy. DEFYING THE DIVA, though, was harder. When I was working on it, I called it A Little Rebellion but when I went to New York to talk to my editors, they said it sounded too much like a story taking place during the Revolutionary War. So we stood in the office there and talked about some other ideas, and as I thought about one of the characters in the story who is SUCH a diva, DEFYING THE DIVA seemed to fit.

    Have a fabulous 2010!!! D. Anne

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    Meg Says:

    Hi D Anne

    I just wanted to tell you that I erote a essay that had Semipecious in it nd here it is:

    Semiprecious V.S. The Lightening Thief

    Semiprecious and The Lightening Thief are two books that have been
    Read and enjoyed by many children around the world. Although they have some
    Similarities they have a lot of differences too. For instance one major difference
    is their genre. The Lightening Thief is a science-fiction book but Semiprecious is
    a realistic-fiction book.
    Semiprecious along with The Lightening Thief is fist person narration.
    This means that the main character tells and explains the story. In the same way
    both Percy Jackson, the main character from The Lightening Thief, and Garnet
    Hubbard, the main character from Semiprecious, have harder family lives than
    other children in the United States of America. My last way in which these books
    are similar is that in my opinion they are both intersecting and excellent books.
    The Lightening Thief was copyrighted in 2005 but on the other hand
    Semiprecious was copyrighted in 2006. Semiprecious, written by D. Anne Love,
    has 291 pages on the other hand The Lightening Thief, written by Rick Riodan,
    has 375 pages. Although these books are both first person narration
    Semiprecious is Garnet Hubbard, a girl talking, and The Lightening Thief is Percy
    Jackson, a boy talking. The Lightening Thief mostly takes place in California,
    New York City, and Camp Half Blood unlike Semiprecious that mostly takes
    place in Texas, Ohio and a little bit in Tennessee.
    Not only did Percy Jackson from The Lightening Thief not know his
    birth dad the whole story but he went from boarding school to boarding school
    and was attacked by monsters as Garnet Hubbard from Semiprecious knew her
    dad all her life and only went to two different public schools. Garnet sadly didn’t
    have a good relationship with her mom during the whole story and didn’t get to
    see her a lot but Percy was every close to his mom for the whole story and would
    be with her whenever he could. Percy was either staying at a boarding school,
    with his mom or at Camp Half Blood on the other hand Garnet always swayed
    with her Aunt Julia or her parents for the story. Garnet didn’t have any friends at
    her second public school but became friends with a boy named Nathan however
    Percy was friends with a satyr named Grover and a half blood named Annabeth
    for about three quarters of the book. The last contrast I have is that The
    Lightening Thief is a series book and Semiprecious is not a series book.
    Like many other books Semiprecious and The Lightening Thief are
    books that are in my opinion excellent books. They have many difference and
    similarities.

    I hope you like it ans yur okay with it um… I will tell u the grade when I get it

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Meg,

    Thanks for sharing your essay! Good luck. Keep me posted. I hope you get an A!

    D. Anne

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    killo Says:

    Hey would you recomend this book for 8th grade guys???
    Plz email me!

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Killo,

    I’m not sure which book you mean. Most of my books are about and for girls, although of course there are guy characters in all of them. Several years ago I wrote THE SECRET PRINCE a fantasy adventure for and about boys.

    You may be able to find a copy in your local library.

    Thanks for writing to me.

    D. Anne

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    Beth Says:

    Hey!

    I absolutely love your books. I’m finishing up Picture Perfect, I just have one one question. Do you write any other tween or teen books? I hope you keep on writing. πŸ™‚ Thanks, Beth.

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Beth,

    Thank you so much for your kind words! At present I am working on a couple of things, but it may take a while, as I have some other deadlines to meet. I have written a total of 12 books for teens and tweens. The older titles, mostly for tweens, aren’t listed here on the site, because they are out of print, but you can often find them at your library or at online bookstores such as Powell’s. Here are the titles. The hardcover editions were published at Holiday House, New York, and the paperback editions by Random House (Dell Yearling)

    A Year Without Rain–Rachel and her younger brother John Wesley must deal with drought on the prairie, a summer with their aunt, and their father’s new wife.

    Three Against the Tide–When Federal troops invade their South Carolina island home, Susanna must get her two young brothers to safety and find their father, who is on a mission for General Robert E. Lee

    I Remember the Alamo–The McCann family moves from Kentucky to Texas just in time to get caught up in the fight for Texas liberty. Jessie, her mother and younger brother take refuge in the Alamo.

    My Lone Star Summer–Jill looks forward to summer on her grandmother’s Texas ranch and to reuniting with her best friend BJ. But BJ has changed. She’s become a cheerleader who cares only about boys, especially Trey, the cute new guy in town. This is a story about friendship, and the inevitable growing apart that comes with growing up. Winner of the Friends of American Writers Juvenile Fiction Prize.

    Dakota Spring–When their father is injured on their farm, Caroline and Jess meet the grandmother they never knew and learn about what it means to be a family.

    Bess’s Log Cabin Quilt–a young girl settles in Oregon with her mother and must find a way to save her family’s farm.

    Thanks again for writing, Beth. Happy reading!!
    D. Anne

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    Beth Says:

    Oh good, you need to write more of those tween books! They are to die for. I love how you like to communicate with your fans. That is super sweet. You’r books keep me up at night with the flashlight. HAHA. I love Picture Perfect, you should write more about Phoebe and Nick. Also, do you do any book signings? I would LOVE to meet you.

    Beth

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Beth,

    Nice to hear from you again! I usually hold book signings when a new book comes out, or when I am invited to book fairs and festivals around the country. I try to post these events here on the site..so please visit again.

    I’m glad you like Phoebe. I gave her a small role in my newest book, DEFYING THE DIVA.

    I’d love to meet you, too!

    Best,
    D. Anne

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    Beth Says:

    Oh, well I live in Miami, FL so hopefully you will come on down and enjoy the beautiful weather. But it is a tad chilly out this week. It is quite a funny story how I found your books. One day I was at my school library, and I saw the cover of Defying the Diva, with the young girl in water. And I’m a swimmer, so it caught my eye. I read it, and LOVED it. I will recommend to all of my friends!

    Beth

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Beth,

    Lucky you! I guess Miami is one of the only cities in America that isn’t snowed in today. I was in Florida a couple of years ago, doing a book signing in Coral Gables and visiting a school in Vero Beach. Hope I get a chance to come back one of these days. I’m a beach lover and I really enjoyed Florida.

    Meantime, thank you so much for all your nice emails, and for recommending DIVA to your friends.

    Cheers,
    D. Anne

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    Beth Says:

    IN CORAL GABLES?!?! Oh my, I live about 2 avenues east of Coral Gables, but if it was a couple of years ago, I would be at least 8 or 9. Anyways, I will continue reading your site and I will definitely be at your book signings if you come on down.

    Cheers,
    Beth Anne.

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    Beth Says:

    I have one question. Why do you write D. instead of Dorothy?

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Beth,

    When I first started writing, an agent told me that “Dorothy” was too old fashioned a name. I so agreed with him! Couldnt’ believe my parents gave me such an old lady name. When I was a teenager I wanted to change my name to Pamela. So when I became a writer I shortened my name to D Anne.

    I’ll keep you posted here on the site if I’m ever headed back to Coral Gables…they have a fabulous bookstore.

    Best,
    D

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    Beth Says:

    Oh, thats funny. I love the name Dorothy. It is very nice. Keep writing.

    Beth

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    Chyanne Sargent Says:

    Dear Ms. D. Anne. Love,
    I previously just finished your book Semi Precious, and let me tell you, that is one of my all time favorite books. Everytime I see your name as the author,I just have to see the book. You are very good at keeping your reader entertained through out the whole book. I especially like the part in Semi Precious where the one youngest daughter goes to Nashville to visit her mom and see how she was doing. That part just seems to draw my attention more.
    The reason I wrote your letter was to beg and pleed for you to write a sequel to the book Semi Precious. It would be very cool if you did. The sequel could be about the daughters moving in with their mother in Nashville. This sequel could be a very good book, and it could possibly draw more readers.
    Your number 1 reader,
    Chyanne Sargent

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Chyanne,

    Wow, what a great letter. Thanks so much for writing. I had great fun writing Garnet’s and Opal’s story, and I would love to write a sequel to Semiprecious someday. In the meantime I hope you will enjoy my other books.

    All my best,
    D. Anne

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    cassie Says:

    dear d. anne. love ive replied to you before about a year ago you may not remember me
    but im cassie and i have a qestion do you have a writers notebook? i g2g bye

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Cassie,

    I do remember you. So nice to hear from you again. Yes, I have a writer’s notebook. I keep all kinds of stuff in it. Ideas for stories, websites where I can do research, possible names for characters, bits of overheard conversations that might be useful when I’m writing dialog, photos of places I’m writing about. Once I finish a story I put all the pages from my writer’s notebook into a three ring binder with the name of the book on the spine. That helps me if I ever need to go back and check on anything.

    I hope your school year is going well and that you are looking forward to a fabulous summer!

    D. Anne

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    Meg Says:

    Hi D. Anne Love

    It has been s long since I have talk to you. How are you? Any new books published and having a debut in stores soon? I hope so, then I can read it. I finished reading Picture Perfect awhile ago. It was a shocker and had a lot of sapense(if that is how you spell it:]). I wasn’t expecting a lot of it but it was AMAZING. I am not going to say my favorite part because then every reader would now and well that would spoil a part of the book. I went to the book part of the website. i love your new covers fr Semiprecious and Picture Perfect. Do you make the covers yourself?
    Oh and I will try to find out what I got on the essay I forgotwhat it was since it has been soooo long. I must go now and study though. So, good bye I hope to talk or type to you again soon.

    – Meg
    P.S.: Have you ever met any other authors? If so who?

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    Meg Says:

    Hi
    Sorry I forgot to ask to you ever go on tours to bookstores? If so where are you headed?

    -Meg

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Meg,

    So great to hear from you! I’m glad you enjoyed Picture Perfect, and thanks for not giving the plot away! I love the new cover, too, and no, I don’t make them myself. The very talented people at Simon and Schuster do that. Right now I’m working on some books for older readers, so I don’t have another new teen book coming out for a while. I have been a writer fora long time, and I’ve met many many authors, including Rachel Cohn, Libba Bray, Karen Cushman, Kirby Larson, Richard Peck, Bruce Coville, Cynthia Leitich Smith….and many more.

    No book signings scheduled for now, but I’ll keep you posted. Take care!!

    D Anne

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    Meg Says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for answering my questions. I got my grade back on the compare and Contrast Essay and I got the highest grade an A. Probally because I used you book. πŸ™‚
    Bye And keep writing

    -Meg

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    dorothy Says:

    Fantastic, Meg!! Good for you!!

    Thanks for letting me know you got an A.

    D Anne

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    Rodaba Rahim Says:

    I really like your books

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Rodaba,

    Thanks so much for writing! I’m happy that you like the books.

    Keep on reading!

    D. Anne

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    Meg Says:

    Hi again

    I just wanted to ask if you had to choose a book of yours to make a movie which one would you pick? Also would you like for one of your books to be a movie ? Do you think one will?

    Meg

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Meg,

    Did you see the very sad story in the news this week about the high school girl in MA who killed herself because others at school were bullying her? This made me so angry and so sad…stories like this is the reason I wrote DEFYING THE DIVA. To show girls who are being bullied that they are not alone and that there are places they can go to get help. If I had to pick one of my books to become a movie, I’d pick DIVA. If the movie saved only one person, that alone would be worth it.

    On a happier note, I think SEMIPRECIOUS would make a fun movie….are you listening, Hollywood??

    Happy Easter, Meg.

    D. Anne

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    Rodaba Rahim Says:

    I love your book I remember the Alamo.I have read it and loved it.I loved the ending best.

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Rodaba,

    Thank you so much! I enjoyed writing Jessie’s story. I live in San Antonio, where the story takes place, and sometimes when I visit the Alamo, I imagine Jessie and Colonel Travis and all the rest….it’s a very special book to me and I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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    mary clair Says:

    Hi,
    Good to find you. We moved from LeMars in 2002. Love to talk and catch up. Ann, Laurie and Isaac all live here as well.

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    dorothy Says:

    Mary, hi!

    Good to hear from you. Please go to the top of this page to send me a private email. Lots to catch up on….

    D

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    Meg Says:

    Hi again
    I am glad that you want to help make a difference with your writing. I agree semiprecious is a movie I would see. Happy Easter I hope Hollywood was listening

    Hahahaha

    Meg

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    Rodaba Rahim Says:

    I have never been to san antonio.I live in ohio.

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    Anonymous Says:

    hi my name is paige and well at my school we have to pick a fav.author and I don’t read alot but right now I’m almost done with one of your books well i would talk more but the bell is going to ring bye for now thanks hope you write back paige(:

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Paige,

    I’m glad you discovered one of my books! I hope you enjoyed reading it. Thanks so much for writing to me.

    D. Anne

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    faith m. Says:

    I’M IN LOVE WITH ALL YOUR BOOK’S THEY ARE SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!I CAN RELATE TO ALL YOUR BOOKS. HOPE YOU WRIGHT SOME MORE!!!!

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Faith,

    I THINK IT’S SO COOL THAT YOU THINK MY BOOKS ARE COOL!! THANKS A BUNCH FOR WRITING TO ME.

    CHEERS,
    D.ANNE

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    Julie Hill Says:

    Thank you so much fir giving me the opportunity to photograph you today. I very much enjoyed our session today. From the little time we spent today I can see not only the enjoyment you get from writing but also helping our young ones in the society we live in.
    I soooo enjoyed also the company of your boys! I got the best pics of them.
    Thank you!
    Julie Hill

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Julie,

    I enjoyed it, too. The boys can be a challenge sometimes, but I can’t imagine life without them.
    I’m looking forward to seeing the photos.

    Thanks so much for writing. Talk to you soon!

    D. Anne

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    Rodaba Rahim Says:

    i love your books and i have a few questions. Where do you get ideas for your books? Are any of your books based on something that has happened to you.

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Rodaba,

    I’m glad you enjoy my books. Some of my ideas come from readers, others come from things that happened to me or my friends. When I was 14 I had to move to a new state, a new school, and it was hard and scary. I used some of those memories to write Semiprecious.

    Some of my readers suggested that I write about bullying in high school because it’s a problem, and that was what led me to write Defying the Diva.

    Thanks a bunch for writing to me.

    Cheers,
    D Anne

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    Astrid Maldonado Says:

    Hi!
    We had to pick an author to write about for my 6th grade biography, and i will pick you over and over and over! ! Also i figured out something cool. I read DEFYING THE DIVE after i read SEMIPRECIOUS and PICTURE PERFECT, and you like the name’s Phoebe, Melanie, and Opal, right? Because in SEMIPRECIOUS, the mom’s name was Melanie and the sister’s name was Opal, and in Picture Perfect the main character is Phoebe. And in DEFYING THE DIVA, there were girls named Phoebe, Melanie, and Opal! And they were also from Texas, which is were PICTURE PERFECT and SEMIPRECIOUS take place!!

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Astrid,

    Thanks so much for your email! And it’s so cool that you figured out about the names in my books. I think it’s so much fun to read about a character and then find her in another story, don’t you? It’s like running into an old friend somewhere when you weren’t expecting it.

    I hope you have a fantastic summer!

    D Anne

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    Grace Says:

    hi,
    I just finished reading “defying the diva” its such a g itood book. I loved it all and I couldnt pick a favourite bit out of it because it was all GREAT!!! i think that franky was my favourite character in it because she is kind, friendly and puts others beffore herself. I think i like her too because she is a little bit like me. I also like vanessa. I also wanted to say that I have been bullied before (not as bad as halley though) and it is not a fun experience. It was in grade 6 where one of my best friends who betrayed my trust in her, emailed me saying that i had copyed her by getting the same phone as her. i was lucky because straight away I told my mum and we did something about it. then later in the year she started bullying me again by saying that i had ditched her to be with the “cool people” i had moved groups but only because i wanna to keep away from her, i emailed her back after what she said and told her that she hurt peoples feeling to make her feel good, which was the truth. she reacted back and said alot of hurtful things. in the end she got punished and suspeneded for a week. all of my friends were supportive and there for me all the time that it happened. well anyway we graduated and now i am in year 7 at a diffrent school from her. we both decided that it was best for us not to keep intouch and now we are both happier and loving our new school. defying the diva was a reall inspiration for me and i loved it. keep up the good work and i look forward to your next book.
    Good luck
    from Grace

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    Jenna Says:

    Hello,
    I just finshed reading SEMIPRECIOUS and i LOVED IT it is an amazing story. I have a question Would you ever write a second SEMIPRECIOUS because if you did that would be really cool

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    dorothy Says:

    Dear Grace,

    I am delighted that you liked DEFYING THE DIVA, and very glad indeed that your trouble with the bully is past you. Life is so hard sometimes, isn’t it? I But it sounds as if you handled it very well. Good for you!

    Thanks so much for writing to me!!

    Cheers,
    D. Anne

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    dorothy Says:

    Dear Jenna,

    SEMIPRECIOUS is a very special book to me, and it’s always so exciting to hear that my readers like it, too! Maybe some day I will write another book about Garnet and Opal. In the meantime, I hope you’ll look for my other books. Here on the website you can see the new cover for PICTURE PERFECT which is coming out this fall. I love it, and I hope my readers will, too.

    All my best,
    D. Anne

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    ciara Says:

    how does haley learn to stand up for herself during her summer??
    im doing a book review for english and i have to know to finish it
    i want it to be great!!!

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Ciara,

    I’m delighted that you’re doing a review of DIVA for your class. Take a look at the last three chapters to find the answer to your question.

    Good luck with your review. I’m sure it’ll be absolutely fantastic!!

    Cheers,
    D Anne

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    Meg Says:

    Hello D. Anne,

    It has been so long since I have commented. How’s your summer going? Have been working on any good books? To cut to the chase, during my summer vaction ,which is going to end on the 7th : (, I had to read a biography. I read an auto-biography “The child called It” by Dave Pelzer an d I was thinking about how good an auto-biography on you would be. So if you ever wrote one or had a biography done please let me know, if not you should think about. Have a nice year!

    – Meg

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    Meg Says:

    Hi again

    Looking over my grammar i realized it was bad. SORRY

    -Meg

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Meg!

    What a nice surprise to hear from you! Summer has been very busy, as I am working on a book for adults, and getting ready to go to a couple of writers conferences. I’m looking forward to hanging out with my writer friends and to meeting new ones.

    I haven’t written an auto biography—but if I ever do, I’ll announce it here on the site. I hope you’ve had a great summer and that you have a fabulous new year. My nephew started his senior year in high school last week. He’s into acting, and has already started rehearsals for their first production.

    Have a great year, my friend. It’ s always good to get your notes.

    Best,
    D Anne

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    Meg Says:

    Hey D. Anne,

    Just wanted to say that my sister has started her senior year too

    Meg

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    Dianne Swenson Koehnecke Says:

    Please do not post this e-mail. I am not sure how to contact you privately, but we have a good friend in common from the days you taught at LaMars. Iowa. In fact, our friend in common, just spent the week-end with me and suggested I contact you. I look forward to your response.

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    Maddie Says:

    Hi!!!!

    I read Defying the Diva….I really liked it!!!!!!!!!

    Do you hace any more books coming out soon?????

    Maddie C.

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    Sam Says:

    Hi i just read your book semiprecious and loved it! Can’t wait to read more of your books!

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Sam,

    thanks a bunch for writing! I’m glad you liked Semiprecious. It’s one of my favorites. πŸ™‚ Check out the new paperback cover of PICTURE PERFECT coming out in a few days. I LOVE it!!

    take care,
    D Anne

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Maddie,

    So happy you liked DIVA. It was fun to write, but sad, too, to know that real life girls face bullying at high school every day. I don’t have anything new coming out right away. I’m working on a series of books for older readers, but I hope to have a new YA in the works soon!
    If you haven’t read PICTURE PERFECT yet, check out the new paperback edition coming out now.

    Cheers,
    D Anne

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    Anonymous Says:

    hey whens your birthday???!!!!

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    Anonymous Says:

    when were you born???cause im doin a project on u !!!!!!!!!!!!:)

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    Lizzie Says:

    I LOVE YOUR BOOK PICTURE PERFECT!!!!!!!!! I think the new cover 4 it is really cool!!! I’m doing a book report on u and u can make any model u want i mean u can do anything do u have any ideas on what i can do 4 your book “picture perfect”?????

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    Anonymous Says:

    like I can do anything like I could make a seashell necklace if i wanted 2… but do u have any ideas??

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi,

    So cool that you like Picture Perfect. I had a blast writing it, and isn’t the new cover gorgeous?? I love it!!

    Like your idea for a seashell necklace. you could do that, or you could make a collage of pictures cut from magazines or downloaded from the net that illustrate scenes from the book. For instance the Howdy Dance, or Phoebe and Nick’s first date, or Zane at his swim meet, or Phoebe and Shyla buying shoes at happy feet….lots of possibilities. Good luck, have fun, and write back and let me know what you decided to do and how it turned out.

    All best,
    D Anne

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    wendy Says:

    i luv ur book.when i grow up i want be a write and my teacher and friends say im good at it .i just want u to read one off my story u think u could do it plz.im a big fan. um im 14 and im in 8 grade i went to skool late soo hi.plz read my book.

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    Faith Says:

    I loved the book Semipresious, and when was it published

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Faith,

    Glad you enjoyed Garnet’s story. Semiprecious was first published in 2006.

    Thanks for writing!

    D Anne

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    Anika Says:

    Anne,
    I just finished reading your book Defying The Diva and loved it! I hope more people will read it so they will realize that bullying happens everywhere and everyday. I hope you get to write more books like this one. Do you recommend what book I should read next of yours??

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Anika,

    I’m so pleased that you enjoyed DIVA. I,too, hope that it will help girls know that they are not alone. Have you read Picture Perfect? It just came out in paperback with a gorgeous new cover. I think you might like it. Remember in DIVA when Haley goes to sign up for movie night at the resort and a girl named Phoebe helps her? Phoebe is the main character in Picture Perfect. I had so much fun giving her a cameo role in DIVA.

    Thanks so much for writing. It’s such a joy to get mail from my readers.

    All best,
    D. Anne

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    Anisha Says:

    Dear D. Anne,
    I am a student of Miss.Hantman. She told me that you met her before and she also told me you are a FANTASTIC author. Do you remeber her? Miss.Hantman recomended a book written by you titled The Log Cabin Quilt. I LOVED the book. It helped me realize you should think POSITIVE, Just like Bess did. What inspired you to write books? Do you have any more GREAT books for me to read?
    Student of Miss.Hantman,
    Anisha

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Anisha,

    Of course I remember Miss Hantman! We met in Boca Raton, Florida when she was in sixth grade and I visited her school. Miss Hantman is a pretty fabulous writer herself!
    I’m so pleased you enjoyed Bess’s story. Here are the titles of a few more of my books you might find in your school library: THREE AGAINST THE TIDE, MY LONE STAR SUMMER, DAKOTA SPRING, A YEAR WITHOUT RAIN, I REMEMBER THE ALAMO, THE SECRET PRINCE, and THE PUPPETEER’S APPRENTICE.

    I was inspired to write by reading hundreds of wonderful books, and by a teacher who told me that I was good at writing stories. Thanks so much for writing to me. I hope you enjoy my other stories. Please tell Miss Hantman hello from me. And keep on reading!! Your friend, D. Anne

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    Umangi Says:

    I read da book Picture Perfect nd it is da best books I’ve ever read. I hope u make a movie 2 itt. I haven’t read Diva but tht will be my next book.

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    Umangi Says:

    I read da book Picture Perfect nd it is da best book I’ve ever read. I hope u make a movie 2 itt. I haven’t read Diva but tht will be my next book. πŸ™‚

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    Umangi Says:

    I read your book Picture Perfect nd it iz my favorite book eva. I hope u make a movie 2 itt. I heard bout da Diva nd i wanna read it so baddd. That’s goin’ 2 b my next booook. πŸ™‚

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    Anisha Says:

    Dear D Anne Love,
    What Are your favorite kind of books other then the Wonderful ones you write? Are you going to wrie another story soon? Same Anisha from miss.Hantman’s class.
    Sincerly,
    Anisha

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi there, Same Anisha!

    How are you today? I love many kinds of books—novels, biographies, history. One of my favorite authors is Karen Cushman. Have you read any of her books? Her newest one is called Alchemy and Meggie Swann and I love it! It just came out last spring, but your library might have a copy by now.

    Right now I am working on three books for grownups so it might be a while before I can write another book like The Puppeteer’s Apprentice or Bess’s Log Cabin Quilt. But maybe my other books will keep you busy reading for a while. Tell Miss Hantman I said hi.

    Your friend, D Anne

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Umangi,

    Yes, a movie would be totally cool! Glad you liked the book and hope you’ll enjoy DIVA, too.

    Best,
    D Anne

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    Anisha Says:

    Dear D Anne Love,
    It is Anisha AGAIN! I have a couple MORE fantastic questions to ask you. 1.Do you have any recent books you wrote that you admire?
    2. How long does it take you to put your books on publish?
    3. what advice would you give to people that want to be just like you, A great author?
    4. Do your books relate to your ancestors?
    5. What inspired you to write these WONDERFUL books?
    Student of Miss.Hantman,
    Anisha πŸ™‚

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey there Anisha,

    Recent books: I had so much fun writing SEMIPRECIOUS and PICTURE PERFECT. It’s up to others as to whether they should be admired. πŸ™‚ It usually takes about a year from the time I turn in a manuscript until the book is published. There are lots of steps in between such as designing a cover,(which my publisher does) writing the flap copy, writing revisions. Hard work, but it’s all very exciting.
    My best advice to young writers who want to publish someday is to read a lot of good books, and write something every day. Just like football players or musicians or dancers, writers improve with practice. So, write a short story, a poem, a profile of an interesting person. Keep a journal. It’s all good practice. My books don’t really relate to my ancestors. I find inspiration everywhere—from my readers, from my experiences. From a newspaper article, a conversation with a friend. I never know when inspiration will strike, but when it does, it’s always very exciting. Your friend, D Anne

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    Ronda Says:

    Hi!!! Hope all is well with you. I know Dad has told you that I am not a librarian. I love, love, love, my job. We are celebrating “Read Across America” next week (one week early because I am having a book fair the next week). I am ready My Lone Star Summer to one of my classes. It is a fourth grade class that has 24 students –all of whom are girls!! They love the book so far and I want to read Semiprecious next. In my next book order, I will be adding all of your books that are age appropriate for our school. Love you, Ronda C. Cooper

    By the way==The boys are great. The girls (Princess & Macy) are precious and the rest of the family is doing well. Keep in touch!!

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    Ronda Says:

    HA!!! Correction— I know Dad has told you that I am NOW a librarian!!!

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    Josie Says:

    Hello, I was just wondering if you have some information about anything that could help me with a research paper about your books or your life as an author or even in school. Well, you see im in the 5th grade and in our L.A class we are doing reports on aiuthors.Thanks for your time.

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Josie,

    I’m honored that you are doing a research paper on me and my books. Here on the website you will find a biography, and if you read the “inspirations” page you’ll find information about how I got the ideas for some of my books and why I chose to write them. If you still have a question or two after you have read everything here, I’ll be happy to answer them.

    Good luck with your paper!

    Sincerely, D. Anne

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    josie Says:

    Thank you so much for your time to answere a few questions. I really appriciate it.

    Sincerely,
    Josie

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    Josie Says:

    I have read Three Against the tide with my class, i was wondering if any of your characters ever time travled again in the boat?

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    Rayden Says:

    Dear D.anne,
    I was wondering if you were going to write anymore books. I was also not sure but, I am wondering if you made a sequel to Three Against the Tide?

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    Josie Says:

    I was wondering if you could refer me to one of your books to read i would like to find out more about the way you write and plus i want to read another one of your books they are amazing! πŸ™‚

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    Rayden Says:

    Hello D.Anne,
    I was not for sure if you did , but did you ever write a sequel to Three Against the Tide?

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Rayden,

    Thanks for writing to me! Right now I am working on some books for grownups, but you may find many of my other books in your school or town library. Some of the titles: Dakota Spring, Bess’s Log Cabin Quilt, The Secret Prince, I Remember the Alamo, and A Year Without Rain, plus all of the books you see here on my website. Those should keep you busy reading for a while!

    I didn’t write a sequel to Three Against the Tide. But I bet you can imagine what happened to Susannah, Neddie, and Sammy after the war was over. Maybe you will write that story yourself!

    Take care. Your friend, D Anne

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi again Josie!

    No. no time travel in a boat for my three intrepid kids from Three Against the Tide. That would be a completely different idea, wouldn’t it? As far as another of my books to read, I hope you will enjoy the others you see here on the website, especially Semiprecious and Picture Perfect.

    Check your school or town library for some of my earlier books such as Dakota Spring, I Remember the Alamo, The Secret Prince, My Lone Star Summer, and A Year Without Rain. I hope you will enjoy them.

    D. Anne

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    Josie Says:

    Did you ever write any more books on time travle? If more then 2 , then witch one would you perfer me to read first.

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    Rayden Says:

    Dear D.Anne,
    I think you are amazing! I love your books and I would like to comment on Josie because I`m in her class and I think she getting your books mixed up with another book called George Washington`s Socks, which is a book about 5 kids in present time who go camping in the woods (even though there not aloud) and find a boat. They get on the boat and go time traveling all the way back into the time period of the civil war.
    your friend,
    Rayden

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    josie Says:

    Yess shes right thank you Rayden i totally agree your amazing.

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Rayden,

    I’m glad you wrote and cleared that up, because I was a bit confused about the time travel in a boat thing. In Three Against the Tide, my three characters take a boat on a dangerous journey to find their missing father during the Civil War, but there is no time travel involved.

    George Washington’s Socks sounds like a great book, though. I’ll look for it in my library.

    Thanks a bunch for writing. I’m so happy to know you enjoy my books.

    Your friend, D Anne

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Josie!

    My readers are pretty amazing, too. Thanks for writing. Have a great weekend.

    Your friend,
    D Anne

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    Calissa :) Says:

    Hello! πŸ™‚ ur books are amazing im doing a report on u because i think ur the best author ever can u tell me about ur husband what he does for a living if he even works because i would love 2 know!

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    April Says:

    hiya i love ur books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Calissa,

    Thanks for writing. To help with your report: my husband works in the insurance field helping business owners protect their property from fires and such.

    Good luck with your report.

    D Anne

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    dorothy Says:

    Hiya, April!

    So glad to know you love the books. I had a great time writing them. Keep on reading!!

    Your friend,
    D Anne

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    Meg Says:

    Hey D. Anne,

    How have you been? I have not written in sooo long. So sorry about that. Are you writing anymore books anytime soon????? Are you ever going to write another one with Garent and Opal???????

    Meg

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Meg,

    Nice to hear from you. Hope all is well with you.

    Right now I am busy writing three books for adult readers. The first one is coming out in June and I am revising the second one right now, and then I have to write the third one by November 1st. Very busy!! So it may be a while before I can write more books for teens. I would LOVE to write another book about Garnet and Opal—SEMIPRECIOUS is one of my favorites, but the publisher is not interested in my doing so right now. Maybe someday….

    All best,
    D Anne

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    Umangi :) Says:

    Hi! When u wrote Picture Perfect and Semiprecious, which one did u like better??? Haven’t read Semiprecious but I’m bout 2!! Has Defying the Diva come out yet..bcuz i never saw it!? It was nice writing to u! BYE! πŸ™‚

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi!

    Hard to say which book I liked better. I had fund writing them both. DIVA has been out for a while. You should be able to find it in libraries or on Amazon.com or at your local bookstore.

    Thanks for writing!

    D Anne

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    Maria Says:

    Hello!!

    I just really need to know your address for a project i have in my english class. By the way i loved the book Defying the Diva.

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Maria,

    I’m delighted that you enjoyed DIVA. I hope it will help girls who are bullied and feel alone.

    The address you can use for your project is: D Anne Love, Author mail/ McElderry books/Simon and Schuster Publishing 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020

    Good luck with your project! I hope you ace it.

    D Anne

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    Stella Says:

    Hi,
    I know this is a lot to ask and I probably sound really wierd, but I would LOVE it if you could write a new book. I have read every single book of yours and would read them over and over again! My favorite book of yours is Semi-Precious. I just finished Picture Perfect and Defying The Diva. Love your books once again and would love for you to write more. Thanks for listening!

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Stella,

    What a sweet letter. Thank you so much for writing, and for being such a fan of my work. I would LOVE to write more books for you, and I hope someday I can. Right now I am getting ready to publish 3 books for adult readers and they keep me pretty busy!

    In the meantime, you might enjoy books written by a friend of mine, Frances O Rourke
    Dowell. Look for her books in your library, and let me know what you think. And be sure to look for a novel called The Loud Silence of Francine Green by my friend Karen Cushman. It’s partly funny and partly serious….I think you will enjoy it, too.

    All my best to you, Stella,
    D Anne

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    An Invitation To All My Readers | D Anne Love Says:

    […] course you can still write to me here, too. Just go to the “Let’s Talk” page. I’ll write you back, as I always have, just as soon as possible. As IΒ  head off on […]

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    Umangi :) Says:

    Sorryy,but it’z Umangi once again! But anywayz I’m reading Semiprecious so I can meet my A.R. Goal!! Hope u knw wht tht is!! Umm..I’m on page 201 on Semiprecious!! I’m almost done with the book and I juz got it on Friday plus i dnt read on weekends or at home and I read like 100 pages today at school!!

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi again Umangi!

    So glad you are reading SEMIPRECIOUS. AR=accelerated reader, right?
    I hope you meet your goal and that you enjoy Garnet’s story.

    Thanks for writing.

    D Anne

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    Meg Says:

    Hi D. Anne,
    It is me, Meg. I haven’t been on the chat for a while so I came to say hi. Today I was cleaning out my bookcase and getting rid of some books when I came across Semiprecious. Seeing the book but a smile on my face a brought back some great memories. I kept the book, because I could never throw out a book that was so beautifully written and that also tells sych an amazing story. Thank you for writing.
    – Meg

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Meg,

    So great to hear from you!! Thanks for your sweet comments about SEMIPRECIOUS. It’s still one of my favorite books. I hope you’re having a fabulous summer!

    D Anne

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    Umangi :) Says:

    Hey..You are a wonderful author..I just wish I could see you in real life…Are there any new books coming out this month or year..or any new books that has already came out? Well, it was nice talking to you..I will reply back whenever you do. πŸ™‚ Byee!

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Umangi,

    How nice to hear from you! Glad you enjoyed my books. As you can see on the home page of my website, I am working on some new books for older readers. You can learn about them at my new website: http://www.DorothyLoveBooks.com

    I hope you had a great summer!!

    D. Anne

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    sarah Says:

    hi, i love your books!!!!! i think your a great rider!!!

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    sarah Says:

    i mean great writer!!!!!!!!!

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Sarah,

    Thank you so much! I got your second note in which you corrected “rider” to “writer.” Good for you for catching your mistake. It’s so easy to make them when one is typing fast.
    Always happy to hear from my wonderful readers. I hope your new school year is going well. Take care, D. Anne

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    Anisha Says:

    D. Anne Love,
    I don’t know if you remeber me writing to use a couple months ago…. But i was telling you about how I was a student of Miss.Hantman. She is an inspiring teacher!! Anyways, Do have anymore books out yet. If not, Are you working on one? Could you give me a sneak peek?
    Love,
    Anisha πŸ˜‰

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Anisha,

    So glad to hear from you. Miss Hantman is an amazing teacher, writer, and person. I am so glad you’re in her class. I have a new book out for older readers called Beyond All Measure. If you enjoy reading about romance in a long ago time, just visit my other website and click on the “Books” button to see the cover and read what the book is about. Here is the web address: http://www.DorothyLoveBooks.com.

    Thanks for writing. Tell Miss Hantman hello from me.

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    Rodaba Rahim Says:

    Hello!! Do you remmeber me? It’s been along time hasn’t it! Well I had a question I’ve been dying to ask you! So here’s the thing I have to read 20 books by the end of the school year and I was thinking I could read one of your books! I want you to tell me which books you would reccamend to me!

    P.S I probably spelled some things wrong! To bad your website doesn’t have spell check

    Love
    Rodaba

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Rodaba,

    Of course I remember you! How wonderful to hear from you. As to which of my books to recommend to you, I think it depends on the kinds of stories you enjoy reading. I think when we met in New York I had just published The Puppeteer’s Apprentice. I love that book, but you are older now and might prefer some of my later books. Many girls tell me that SEMIPRECIOUS is their favorite of all my books, and others have enjoyed PICTURE PERFECT. My newest book, DEFYING THE DIVA is about high school bullying. It contains one or two words that some moms dont’ approve of. SO if your mom is one of those, then I’d recommend SEMIPRECIOUS or PICTURE PERFECT.

    I hope you’ll write again and keep in touch. Tell me what is going on in your life these days…

    Love to you,
    D Anne

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    Rodaba Rahim Says:

    Thanks for the reccomendations! I think I’ll read all of them! My mom does not mind about bad words in books because she thinks that books are books and the writer writes what she feels like writing! Just a very quick question! I’m doing a survey for my computer class and I wanted to survey you!
    So what is your Favorite Ice Cream

    Vanilla
    Chocolate
    Cookies and creme
    Cookie dough
    Other
    Let me know ASAP

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Rodaba

    Vanilla!!!! πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy the books.

    All my best,
    D Anne

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    Rodaba Rahim Says:

    Thanks! Also I just wanted to tell you about an exciting thing that happened to me this summer! I almost got published! Almost though! So this is how it happened! So last year I wrote a short story that turned out to be longer than I expected and I thought it was so good I wanted to enter it into a contest! So I went on google and tryed to find a good contest! I found a good one and made sure it was safe and found out the prize was to be published!!! So of course I entered! About 3 months later I got a letter saying I was a finalist!!!!! I was so excited! I read the letter and it said winners will be anoouced a month later! Enfortunatley I got another letter saying that I didn’t make it! But I was proud of my self for making the finalists and there was only 9 finalists total!!! On the bright side the publisher told me they were holding another contest in december! It’s bacically the same contest and hopefully I win. Then you will be the one reading my books instead of me reading your books! We’ll swicth places!!

    Rodaba

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    dorothy Says:

    This is wonderful news, Rodaba. Congratulations on making the finals!! Becoming a published writer takes a lot of hard work and patience. One of my friends wrote a book that was rejected 45 times!!! But she kept at it, and the book was finally published and won awards.

    I do hope you win next time. Be sure and let me know! I’d LOVE to read your books one day. Wouldn’t that be just the coolest thing ever??

    Keep me posted!
    D Anne

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    Rodaba Rahim Says:

    Thanks! I’m already half way through my next piece!It’s called tears of the roses! It’s about the world ending! It will be so cool if this book gets published!!! I told my friends about the contest and now I have some competition! My friends have been writing their own stories and they’re submitting their entries!! I’m still going to try to win though!!!

    Rodaba

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    Rodaba Rahim Says:

    I just started reading Picture Perfect yesterday and I’m already on chapter 8! I’m really enjoying the book!!! I read it for 2 hours straight last night!! I’m loving it!!!!

    Rodabs

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    dorothy Says:

    Yay!!! So glad you are enjoying Phoebe’s story. I really loved writing about her romance with Nick. He’s such a cool guy. πŸ™‚

    D Anne

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    Rodaba Rahim Says:

    I just finished Picture Perfect!!!! I loved it!! Phoebe’s romance with Nick was my favorite part!!! I hate that Nick had to move though!! But I loved the book!!! It was very inspiring!!! But my brother is 2 years older than me but, he doesn’t treat me as good Pheobe’s brother Zane treats her!! Pheobe and Zane are practically best friends and my brother and I are like enimies!!! I’m just starting Defying The Diva!!! Can’t wait!!

    Rodaba

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    dorothy Says:

    Wow, that was fast! I loved Nick and Phoebe’s romance, too. And I had fun writing about Zane’s crush on Ginger Threadgill. πŸ™‚ Anyway, DIVA is more serious kind of book but I hope you will like it, too.

    D Anne

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    Rodaba Rahim Says:

    I’m on chapter 12 in Diva and it’s really good! I can tell why you think that this book is a little more for higher level teenager’s but I’m still enjoying it!! I’m only 12 but I still understand the high school feelings of Haley. I was to bullyed alot in elementry school but I managed to get through it without geting adults involved! It was me and these 3 other girls me and one girl Jay’da had a more bound because we were friends the year before and then I made friends with these 2 other new girls Isabella and Oma and they both shared a bound with each other more than with me! The 4 of us started a group friendship but it didn’t work out! Jay’da was starting to become a bully to all of us! Isabella and Oma would ignore me more because Jay’da would always be following me! Me and Jay’da would always get into fights! Oma and Isabella would leave off and leave me to deal with her! i was always scared to tell Jay’da how I feel but one day I managed to telll her the truth and she cryed!!! Then she ignored me and found other friends! Now that I moved up to middle school Jayda and Oma are in the same middle school and me and Isabella are in another middle school together! Jayda is finally out of my life! Even when she see’s me see try’s not to talk to me! Sure other people bullyed me but they stopped when I was elected mayor of 5th grade!

    Rodaba

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    dorothy Says:

    Good for you, Sweetie! And congratulations on being elected mayor of fifth grade. that’s fantastic. Enjoy the rest of DIVA!

    D Anne

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    Rodaba Rahim Says:

    Thanks!! I’m on the last chapter of Diva and am so anxious to see what happens next!!!I’m only on my 3rd day of reading Diva! I’m going to read semiprecious next! As you can see when I get drawn into a book I can’t stop!! The same thing happened to me with the hunger games series!!!I couldn’t stop! I read the whole series in 1 month!! I’m a very fast reader! So that’s what inspired me to write! I wrote about my dream land and what I wanted to happen even though I know It will never happen to me and that was the book that I entered in the contest!

    Rodaba

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    dorothy Says:

    Wow, you are ARE a fast reader. I hope you enjoy SEMIPRECIOUS.

    D. Anne

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    Rodaba Rahim Says:

    I’m going to start Semiprecious tommorrow and I just went to the library and got the book today!!! I’m excited to read it but I’m not starting today because I know i’m going to get caught up in it and read till the end!! I just can’t controll myself!! I just wanted to make sure but, is Semiprcious historical fiction? Also do you have any other reccomendations for me?

    Rodaba

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Rodaba,

    Semiprecious takes place in the 1960’s….so not really historical, just a time a few decades before you were born. In 1960, I was about the same age as Garnet, my main character.

    I’ll have to think about what books to recommend to you next. Now that I”m writing novels for adult readers, I’m not as familiar with what is begin published for girls your age. I do hope you enjoy SEMIPRECIOUS.

    D. Anne

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    Rodaba Rahim Says:

    I’m enjoying Semiprecius but I’m always closed to tears because what is happening to Garnet is NOT FAIR!!! I think I’m going to enjoy this book!!

    Rodaba

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    Rodaba Rahim Says:

    Good News!!!! I tryed out for 2 talent shows and I auditioned!!!! I just found out today I have made it into both talent shows!! I’m SO excited!!!!

    Rodaba

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    dorothy Says:

    Woo hoo!!!! Fabulous news. Good for you. Have fun in the talent shows.

    D Anne

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    Rodaba Rahim Says:

    Thanks!! I’ve also won the straight A award and the honor role award! The ceremony is also a talent show because they needed entertainment and so I auditioned! I’m going to be playing Dynamite on the flute!! I get to perform while recieving awards!! I can’t wait!!!!! SO many people auditioned but I was one of the few who made it!! My mom even bought a special dress just for the awards show!! Both talent shows are on the same day though! The other one is the school’s talent show!!! That’s an afterschool one but the judge was more picky in this audition but I made it!!!! I can’t wait for the talent show! I”M SO EXCITED THAT I CAN’T STOP JUMPING AND SKIPPING AROUND!! WHILE I’M TYPING THIS TO YOU I CAN’T SIT!! IT’S A MIRACLE I’M ACTUALLY ABLE TO TYPE THIS TO YOU!!!!

    ALWAYS EXCITED!!!!

    Rodaba

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    Rodaba Rahim Says:

    I just finished Semiprecious!!! It took a little longer because I didn’t have much time to read as I did last time. However I didn’t expect an ending with a hook though!!!! I don’t know why most fans hate ending with hooks!!! Though I totally get what authors are trying to say!! They want you to think of your own ending! It’s like a test! If you have the answers right in front of you than whats the point of the test? There’s a million possible ways Semiprecious could have ended! Whatever someone wants to think happened is right. There’s no wrong answer!! I liked the ending and the book!!!

    Rodaba

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Rodaba,

    So glad you liked SEMIPRECIOUS. It’s one of my favorites. I so enjoyed creating Garnet and Opal and Aunt Julia. πŸ™‚ I hope you have a blast at the talent shows! A new dress is always a great thing. πŸ™‚

    D Anne

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    Rodaba Rahim Says:

    I was actually crying at the part where Charlie died in the story!! Even though you didn’t mention him that much he had a special bond with Garnet.

    Rodaba

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    dorothy Says:

    Yes, Charlie was a good guy. πŸ™‚

    D Anne

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    Anisha Says:

    Hey,
    Long time no talk. How is everything? Any books you working on if so can i get the inside scoop?
    Love,
    Anisha (hantmans EX STUDENT)

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    Anonymous Says:

    Hey,
    I also wanted to know, Do you have any recomending books for me i read like 3 or 4 of your books already. i cant think of em’ now but…. please?!! And my favorate book by you is Dakota springs. Cant remeber too much about ( i read sooo many other books) Alls i remeber that it is a heart warming story. You are a very inspiring, great author. I’ve been thinking about reading Semiprecious. I hear its good, It looks really intersting. Anyways, Other then writting what do you like to do. My activities i do in my free time is, write about my days (maybe it will expand my vocab and help me have a better hand writing), Hanging with friends and family, and Guess what?! πŸ™‚ Im trying out for cheerleading on monday…. After school and you have to do the cheer they taught you and a toe touch and for extra credit only if you can and want you cand do a cart wheel or back flip. BUT Want to know something, I cant EVEN DO A CARTWHEEL!!

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey there Anisha,

    How are you? I’m working on some new books for older readers. Hoping to have time to write a new teen novel soon, but right now I am swamped with deadlines! How about you? How is school? Do you still see Miss Hantman?

    XOX
    DAnne

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    Anisha Says:

    Once again me Sorry about this,
    Blogging to an author is really cool ESPICALLY IF THEY WITE BACK!! I told my friends about you they say its auto typed some of them but most of them say When do you get time to write back. So, When DO YOU get time to write back and have fun? I mean i know authors sit for a while thinking, What story should i write about…… then if they come up with it they wont stop till they finish. Do you do that? When you were a kid did you join any activities? How do you come up with rwally great stories? Hope i can be an amazing author like you one day. Maybe ill come up with a story and tell you. But do you have an ideas what i shoukld write about?
    An inspired girl,
    Anisha (mz.Hantman EX student :DD)

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    Anisha Says:

    Hey,
    I also wanted to know, Do you have any recomendations of books for me That you wrote? I read like 2 or 3 of your books already. I cant think of em’ now but…. please?!! And my favorate book by you is Dakota springs. Cant remeber too much about ( i read sooo many other books) All I remeber that it is a heart warming story. You are a very inspiring, great author. I’ve been thinking about reading Semiprecious. I hear its good, It looks really intersting. Anyways, Other then writting what do you like to do? My activities I do in my free time is, write about my days a really longgg story like a diary in a pretty journal, I take it EVERYWHERE Basically (maybe it will expand my vocab and help me have a better hand writing), I also like Hanging with friends and family, and Guess what?! Im trying out for cheerleading on monday…. After school and you have to do the cheer they taught you and a toe touch and for extra credit only if you can and want you cand do a cart wheel or back flip. BUT Want to know something, I cant EVEN DO A CARTWHEEL!! I really hope i get in. Because if I do they will teach me how to do back flips and cheers and stuff. Ive always wanted to be a cheerleader but it was tooooo expensive! Wish me luck on that day!!
    Love,
    Anisha

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    dorothy Says:

    Oh no, my dear, NOTHING is autotyped. It’s little old me, sitting here every night answering my mail. πŸ™‚ I take time to write to my readers late at night after all my other work is done. It takes me several months to write the first draft of a story, and then I have to go back and write parts of it over again….so no, I don’t ork straight through. I usually work from 9 to 5 every day and try to take time for fun on the weekends. I like to go to musicals and concerts. And I like to take my two dogs on hikes in the parks. When I was a kid, I played basketball and later I worked on the school newspaper. I was in a couple of after school clubs. But mostly I read books!! You should write the kinds of books you most like to read. Do you like adventure stories, or science fiction, or stories about girls like you? Write what you love to read.

    Oh man, am I tired!

    Good night,
    D Anne

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    dorothy Says:

    I think you will like Semiprecious. After that you can read Picture Perfect. Good luck at tryouts!!

    D Anne

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    Anisha Says:

    Hello,
    I dont know if you will get to this before you go to bed (Goodnight bye the way) Butt I love to read comics and journal stories such as Diary of a wimpy kid. I also love History fiction books like you write! And adventure and comedy. Most books appeal me. You must be REALLY busy alot! I can tell. Have you ever heard of Jeff kiney he is another GREAT author he writes Diary of a wimpy kid series. Do you celebrate christmas? If you do what do you want from santa ( Yes, I still beilive but guess what im proud too say iht!) I know you probably knoo santa most adults doooo

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    Anisha Says:

    Deafr D. Anee Love,
    Do you collect anything? I do! I collect stuffed animals, espically build a bears from build a bear workshop! I have *.Plus 3 mini ones. At build a bear they come unstuffed for you to stuff. You choose the animal, stuff it, bathe it in a air shower while brushing it, then you choose any outfit and shoes to dress it, and then you make a birth certificate, and then take it home!! i love that place!! But it is rather expensive πŸ˜› I also collect diffrent states quarters. So far ihave 38 diffrent states. What is your favorate thingg about christmas?
    Love always~Anisha

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    Anisha Says:

    How come you did not get any of my other messages? Did you Idk. But can u pleases!!

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi,

    I got your messages; I’ve just had a very busy day! I have a collection of teddy bears too. πŸ™‚ My favorite thing about Christmas is seeing all my friends and family.

    D Anne

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    Anisha Says:

    Hey<
    Thats cool that you collect teddy bears! I LOVE ALL MINE. Sorry that i keep bohering you. I didnt get into cheerleading πŸ™ Sadly Do you know what i can write about You never answered when i told you I like, Comics, SOME history books, animal books, and adveures ad hueros ok!
    Love Anish

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Sweetie! I’m sorry I didn’t get to all your posts. I’ve been busy writing, and also getting ready for Christmas. I’m sorry that you didn’t get into cheerleading, but I know you are sweet and smart and you will find something else to do that you will like just as much. And you can always practice your cheers and try out again next year. Don’t give up! You should write about the things that you like to read about. For instance I love reading about how people lived way back in the 1800’s so I write stories that take place then. I like to read about strong women who reach their goals no matter what, so that’s the kind of woman who becomes the main character in my story. Remember how Garnet in SEMIPRECIOUS went after her mom, no matter how hard it was?

    I’m glad you like history books, and animals and adventures. I love those too! I don’t read comics now but I did when I was your age.

    For the next few weeks I will be finishing up some projects and doing my Christmas shopping. So I may not get to answer letters here on my website. Too much to do before Christmas!!

    Cheers,
    D Anne

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    Anisha Says:

    Dear D Anne love,
    If you do get back to this, Have an Merry Christmas and Happy New year! Whats your favorite thing about Christmas? Mine is Decorating the house and Opening Christmas presents πŸ™‚ But this Christmas i have to wake up extra early to open my presents because my sister has to work on Christmas πŸ™ From Santa Claus, this Christmas I want either and American Girl doll or Dsi. Can you believe Christmas is only 7 days away? What is your Christmas traditions? Mine is Me,my mom and sister wearing the same PJ’s on Christmas eve and opening Christmas gift! Christmas is the wonderful time of the year where you spend time with family that’s why Christmas is my favorite time of the year! Too bad it doesn’t snow where i live!
    Love,
    Anisha

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    allaura Says:

    hey πŸ™‚ i love your books. they draw me in. just thot id leave you a compliment while im researching you for my english class. πŸ™‚

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi there!! Wow, what a nice thing to do. i LOVE getting compliments from my readers. I’m delighted you like the books. I enjoyed writing them. Good luck on your research paper.

    Cheers,
    D Anne

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    Anisha Says:

    Hey πŸ™‚
    How was your Christmas and New year? Mine was great!! I recently started reading your book Semiprecious. I love it!
    Love,
    Anisha

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Anisha, I’m glad you had a wonderful Christmas. Mine was great, too. My husband gave me a new camera and a very pretty bracelet, and I contributed to several charities to help others. That was the best feeling of all! We decorated the house, our front door and fireplace mantel with garlands, ornaments, a wreath, and thousands of tiny white lights. Major, my older golden retriever, ate three of my ornaments!! Luckily they were made of paper so he didn’t get sick, but I was sad to lose those ornaments because I had had them for many many years.

    I’m glad you are enjoying SEMIPRECIOUS. I just found out that one of my older books, THE SECRET PRINCE is going to be published in paperback at the end of this month. If you missed that one, you can find it at Amazon. The main character is a boy, but his twin sister, who is a princess in hiding, has a big part in the story, too.

    Have a great new year! D. Anne

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    Anisha Says:

    Hey πŸ™‚
    That sucks your dog ate your ordements. One of our ordements broke in the box and we had an snowman ordement made from the pieces, it was all together and POOF the bottom half disappered! Im most defintiley checkout Secret Prince! All your books are SUPER good, so i know Ill like this one! I want to be a Lawyer when I grow up! πŸ™‚
    Love,
    Anisha πŸ™‚

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    dorothy Says:

    You will be a great lawyer!!! Good for you. Study hard. read a lot.

    Xox D Anne

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    Anisha Says:

    Do you know any other really good books, I should read? Guess what?! I wrote a poem and story, but do you have an email i could send a copy of it too? That way you could edit it or read it?
    Love, Anisha
    p.s. I got a hair cut!

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Anisha,

    Instead of giving you a list of books, here are a few of my favorite authors I think you will enjoy. Your librarian at school can help you find their books: Books by: Kimberly Willis Holt, Karen Cushman, Kate Di Camillo. I think you would LOVE Kate’s book called Because of Winn Dixie. It came out many years ago so maybe you have already read it. I’m delighted you are writing poems and stories and I wish I had time to read them, but I am swamped with work! One of my books for grownups is coming out March 1st, and I have a new one to write and turn in a few months. I’ll bet your teacher would LOVE to read you work and give you some ideas for editing.

    Have a great day!! D Anne

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    Anisha Says:

    Dear D. Anne Love,
    I will search thoose authors you recommended right now! I’ve read Because of Winn Dixie before in 4th grade as class read when we read together. It was such a SUPER book! Right now im reading along with Semiprecious, Holes. Its a good book. Im comparing to the movie! Im doijng my next book report on your book Semiprecious. You know your book a year without rain? Its also a song by Selena Gomez. My bithday is March 2nd! Im almost 12! Im having a sleepover birthday party! Maybe you could write a book called Overly protective!
    Love,
    Anisha

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    Dionna Says:

    Hi, I just recently started readind your books and finishes Semiprecious,Picture Perfect, and Defying Diva. I really enjoyed all of them but when I finshed Semiprecious i was thinking to myself that if there was a second book to Semiprecious that would be GREAT! I really love you and I tell all my friends and family to read your books. I connect alot on your books and im even doing a school project on one of them. I HOPE YOU WRITE BACK TO LET ME KNOW IF YOUR GOING TO WRITE A SECOND BOOK TO SEMIPRECIOUS because i really want to know what happenes with the mom and if their lives are somewhat the same in maribeau or if they decide to get a house in Oklahoma.

    Yours Truly,
    Dionna D.

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey there Dionna, I’m so glad you enjoyed the books. I had a blast writing them. And thank yo so much for recommending my books to your friends. Right now, there are no plans for a sequel to SEMIPRECIOUS but if it ever happens I’ll post the news right here on the website. Did you notice that Opal was mentioned in DIVA?? That gives you a clue about what happened to her when she grew up.

    I have always imagined that Opal and Garnet went home to Mirabeau with their dad. Maybe someday I will have the chance to tell the rest of their story.

    All my best,
    D Anne

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    Dionna Says:

    Hi again
    Im doing a scrapbook on Picture Perfect for a english project any tips that i can maybe use.

    Yous truly,
    Dionna

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    dorothy Says:

    hi Dionna,

    I’m sorry to be so long in answering your question. My brother is very sick and I have been out of town. If you are still working on your project, maybe you could put some photos of you and your friends in it, and write about how they reminded you of characters in the book. Or write about what a perfect family means to you.

    Sincerely,
    DAnne

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    Dionna Says:

    Hi Miss.Love i took some of your advice and got a 100 now my whole english class is reading Picture Perfect and we all enjoy and love it very much and the whole class is a fan of you and will read every book you write. We hope to see more preteen books by you so we can read them.

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    dorothy Says:

    Wow, Dionna, you got a 100 on your paper? Fantastic!! Congratulations. πŸ™‚ I’m thrilled to know that your class is enjoying Phoebe’s story. I had a great time writing it. Say hi to your classmates and your teacher for me. And keep on reading!

    Sincerely,
    D Anne

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    Grace Says:

    Dear Miss Love,
    I have just now finished reading your book ‘Semiprecious’ that I checked out of my school library. I’m not quite sure what all to say, in fear of not saying enough or not saying the right things. But I will tell you I enjoyed the story of Garnet and her sister, Opal, and the book was very interesting and kept me reading.
    I plan on reading more of your books soon, and am very excited. I have many favorite authors, consisting of J.K. Rowling and Meg Cabot, and I have to say, you’re one of my favorites. I love the way you tell the story and the way you write.
    I’m not sure of what else to say, I’m not very good at this kind of thing. But I guess I’d just like to say thank you for writing books for preteens and teens.
    Oh, and one more thing… Do you have any tips on writing? I dream of becoming an author, too, and I’m not sure where to start. I can’t finish any of my stories, but my poetry is okay. I kind of want to go to Sarah Lawrence for college in New York state, but I’m not sure. What do you recommend?
    I’m sorry for the length of this letter, but I have so much to say and I really hope I worded and said everything right.
    Sincerely Yours,
    Grace

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi grace,

    Your letter was just perfect. Thanks so much for writing to me. As far as advice on writing, if you look here on the website, you will find a page of tips for writers. Click there for some ideas on how to get ideas for stories, etc. You can also check out m y blog called Writers Caffeine, whichh as all sorts of tips for writing. Go to my other website, http://www.DorothyLoveBooks.com click on Writers Caffeine. On the right hand side, you will find a way to access the archives for different posts. My brother is very sick and so I am not posting there this week, but there are tons of posts to choose from. I hope you will find it helpful.

    Sometimes it takes years to finish a novel, so don’t get discouraged! Just keep writing.

    As far as colleges go, Sarah Lawrence is an excellent choice. The University of Iowa in Iowa City has a nationally recognized program in writing. A number of famous authors including Pulitzer Prize winners, studied creative writing there. Getting in is very competitive, but worth the effort. Regardless of where you go to school, the most important thing is to study widely, travel broadly, read voraciously, and practice your craft every day by writing poetry, a novel, a short story, a play, a movie script. All of it is important to the mastery of storytelling.

    All my best,
    D Anne

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    Grace Says:

    Thank you very much for the advice. I really appreciate it, and the fact that you take time out of your day to talk to us (your fans).
    Also, my best wishes to your brother. I sincerely hope he gets better. My great-grandmother over came cancer a couple of years ago. What ever your brother has, I hope he’ll recover fast and healthy like her.

    Best Wishes,
    Grace

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    dorothy Says:

    Dear Grace, what a sweet and thoughtful note. Thank you. I am so glad your great grandmother got better. Unfortunately, my brother died yesterday morning. I really hope someday scientists can develop a vaccine that everyone can take, just like a flu shot, and no one will ever have to suffer from it again.

    warmest wishes to you,
    D Anne

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    Dionna Says:

    Dear Ms.love

    My english class finished the book and we all loved it and we all wanna know if theres going to be other books by you but similar the the ” Teenage life” like all the other kids/teen books you write? Also some of my classmates have been hearing your starting a sequal. Is it true?

    Love forever,
    Dionna D

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Dionna,

    So happy to hear from you and to know your class enjoyed my book. I am sad to tell you that as of right now, I don’t have a publishing contract to write more of my teen life books. But I hope that will change someday. I loved writing about Phoebe and Zane, about Garnet and Opal, about Haley and Harrison….and I would love to write more stories about them. Now, I have a question for you: How many of your classmates have a Kindle reader, or a Nook, or some other kind of e-book reader? I do have a new book written that’s called WILD ANGELS…..and I am thinking about publishing it as an electronic book. But only if my fans have a way to download it to a Kindle or some such….

    Love you guys back!
    D Anne

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    Anisha Says:

    Hey Long time no talk!
    Cant believe 6th grade is almost over! next is 7th grade! So any 7th grade book recommendations?

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Anisha, Wow, you are headed to 7th grade. Fantastic. As far as books to recommend, anything by Frances ORoark Dowell will be great. Start with her book called Dovey Coe. Dovey is a lot like Garnet in Semiprecious. I think you will like her, and her story. In the meantime, have a wonderful summer!

    D Anne

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    Nisha Says:

    Hey,
    I loved Garnet so im sure I will Love Dovey! I did my book report on Semiprecious back In January and got a 94% i guess I would have got a 100% but my handwriting I guess. Our End of the year field trip is to Disney World but its $105! So my dad made me choose between The field trip or a 3week vaction over the summer so I chose the sumer. Plus, I normally get books from the book store so I could get some of your books!

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi! Well, a 94 is very very good. You should be proud of yourself! I hope you have a fabulous summer filled with sun and fun and lots of wonderful books!

    D Anne

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    brooklynn Says:

    Im doing a liturature project what was the date d anne love was born?

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    dorothy Says:

    Hey Brooklyn, My birthday is January 12, 1949. Good luck on your project!!

    D Anne

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    Angela Says:

    Dear D. Anne Love,

    I loved Picture Perfect! It flowed so easily and I feel like I can read it over again and feel like the characters are old friends that need another visit after. i wanted to read Defying the Diva and your new historical fiction.

    thank you for writing!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Angela, thank YOU for being a reader!! I’m so glad you liked Phoebe and Nick’s story. I loved writing about them. When you read DEFYING THE DIVA, watch for Phoebe to have a small role in that story, too. πŸ™‚

    All my best,
    D Anne

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    Anisha Says:

    I read ALL your books! (not the adult ones though) LOL
    Love,
    Anisha

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    Anisha Says:

    Hey,
    my favorate book by you is Dakota springs. Cant remeber too much about ( i read sooo many other books) All I remember that it is a heart warming story. You are a very inspiring, great author. Anyways, Other then writting what do you like to do? Any plans for summer?
    LOve,
    Anisha

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Anisha,

    Happy summer!! I hope you have great plans. Thanks for being such a fan of my books. I loved writing Dakota Spring. Even though it had some sad parts. Other than writing, I love to read books, travel, take pictures, play with my two golden retrievers, go hiking, and most of all, hang out at the beach! So my plans for the summer include a beach vacation. I can’t wait to get there.

    D Annne

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    Anisha Says:

    Dear D. Anne Love,
    I read all your teen books!
    Love,
    Anisha

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    Monkayy12 Says:

    Can you please mail me the book Picture Perfect?? I love that book very much. I read it when i was in 4th grade and now I’m in 7th and they never had that book ANYWHERE. I tried so hard to find it but I just couldn’t. Can you please mail me the book??? PLease! I would read it everyday in the car if we went somewhere an I’ll keep it forever. I just love the book very much!!! Please!!! πŸ™‚ Thanks. πŸ™‚

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    Anisha Says:

    Hey D.anne,
    Happy Summer 2 u too! Its np for being a fan of your books. I should be the one who thanks YOU for your great books! You are very detailed in books! Have a great summer!
    XOXO
    Anisha

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    TC Hart Says:

    Dear D. Anne,

    Please help! We want to help prove that teens are ready for gay main characters in YA fiction. As Co-Authors of a newly published Young Adult e-book, Second Sight, we are hoping you will be willing to review our book. We are surprised at how many people think gay characters are not appropriate for YA books.
    Your talent as a writer and obvious sense of humanity would be a blessing to us! We also want to create positive change through literature.
    You can get free copy of the book at Smashwords.com. At the checkout enter the coupon code NT88H. It is good until Nov. 18.
    TC Hart

    Below is the blurb from Second Sight:

    Being gay in high school is not always easy, and now Kyle is having unexplained visions. His friend, Jenny, is convinced that he is psychic. When thefts occur at school, Kyle realizes that his visions may be trying to tell him something, if only he could figure them out!

    “So I’m both gay and psychic? Wow, that’s a lot for one high school guy to handle.”

    We have had several positive reviews. The links are listed below. However we are hoping to get support from you. As authors we strongly believe in the power of literature to improve young lives and ultimately change our world. If you would be willing to either review or give advice for our book please feel to contact us. We hope to hear back from you.
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    Sincerely yours,
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    TC Hart
    tc.hart@ymail.com

    Please like our FB page!
    Facebook URL http://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-TC-Hart/179180845543123?ref=ts
    Website URL http://tc-hart.com/
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    Review links:
    http://storytimebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/09/second-sight-review-and-giveaway.html
    http://paranormalreadsreviews.blogspot.com/
    http://andisyoungadult.blogspot.com

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    mimi Says:

    I appreciate the book and you inspire me :))

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    Meliah Says:

    I love your book bess’s Los cabin quilt

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    Meliah Says:

    Oops I mean log cabin quilt

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Meliah,

    Thanks for writing! I’m delighted that you enjoyed Bess’s story. I had a lot of fun writing it. Have a great day at school!

    D Anne

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    Lisa Says:

    Hi Ms. Love,
    I read your book “The Puppeteer’s Apprentice” 3 years ago in 6th grade, but it really stuck with me because of how detailed and realistic it seemed. I also really really loved the bittersweet storyline (I remember crying buckets when the Puppeteer died). I checked that book out again a few weeks ago and read it again-it was every bit as good as I remembered. If that book was just a small glimpse at your creative genius, I’d love to read more books authored by you! However, I still wish you’d write a sequel to “The Puppeteer’s Apprentice” (even though my reading level is now a little more advanced than it was in 6th grade, but who’s to say what I can or can’t read, right? I mean, I find myself stealing into my little sister’s room sometimes and reading Junie B. Jones and those Magic Tree House books from when I was little :). I was looking at your books, and I didn’t know that you’ve written books for teenagers too-I’ll read those next! This summer I’ll just have to buy a batch of them and read them all. Anyways, thanks again for penning such a fantastic novel. Do you have any big writing plans going on next? This summer, I’m going to try to sit down and write a novel. I’ve tried before but I’ve never finished, the most pages I’ve gotten to is around 75. Any tips on dedication? Haha, I’ll need them. I’ve got a few interesting ideas that I want to follow up on, including one about an allegory that I got the idea for recently in class because we’re currently reading Lord of the Flies. Anyways, I’m sorry for making this letter so long, but I guess you got a glimpse at my chatterbox and slightly ditzy personality from this letter.
    Thanks again,
    Lisa πŸ˜€

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I LOVED your letter and am delighted that you enjoyed The Puppeteer’s Apprentice a second time. I had such a great time writing that book and would love to write a sequel someday. In the meantime I hope you enjoy my other books. PICTURE PERFECT and DEFYING THE DIVA both have a high school freshman as a main character, going through all the boredom, excitement and fear of high school.
    SEMIPRECIOUS is about two sisters ages 13 and 15, and is set in Oklahoma in 1960. Sort of historical though of course not nearly so far back in time as our Puppeteer.

    Seventy five pages is a very good start on a story. MY best advice on how to finish is to write out a couple of sentences describing the events of each scene. I still do that when I write and it keeps me on track and from running out of ideas right in the big middle of everything. Some other authors I know write the ENDING first and then work backwards. there are many ways to work, and each author eventually settles on a method that works best. I hope you will keep experimenting and keep writing!

    The last few years Ive been writing some books for adults under the name Dorothy Love. Historical novels, which I love writing. You are old enough to read them if you like that sort of story. Each of the books has some romance, some history and a mystery….I have a separate website for those books. You can find it at http://www.DorothyLoveBooks.com

    Thanks for taking time to write. Hearing from readers who enjoy my books is the best thing about being a writer.

    D Anne

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    Mercedes Says:

    I love your books so much, where do you get the inspiration?

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    Lauren Says:

    Hi D Anne,
    I couldn’t seem to find your e-mail address (mine has changed so many times over the years). I’ve been browsing books to buy for my new 5th grade class, and of course, I thought of you! You have always been such an inspiration, and are a big reason why I love to teach literacy. I’d love to catch up, either here or through e-mail. I can see from your website that you’ve been busy. Congratulations! I can’t wait to check out your newest books!
    Love,
    Lauren

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    Ms. Hantman's Class Says:

    Dear D. Anne Love,

    We are students from Ms. Hantman’s class. We are reading Dakota Spring, and we have some questions for you. How did you get the idea for the grandmother? (Was your grandma like that?) Was one of your siblings like Jess? What was your inspiration for the book? Did you travel anywhere to write Dakota Spring?

    We heard that you visited many different schools, which is how you met Ms. Hantman. How many schools have you visited? If you ever have free time, can you visit us?

    We checked out your site and what you wrote. (We liked your two dogs!) Where is your favorite place to write? How many books have you written? How old were you when you wrote your first book? What kinds of challenges do you face when you write books? Do you have any other favorite writers or books? What was your childhood like? How many books do you hope to write throughout your career? (We were also wondering how you skinned your knee when you were 11 years old.)

    We have lots of questions! We can’t wait for your response! πŸ™‚
    Love,
    Ms. Hantman’s class (The Gators)

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    dorothy Says:

    HI there Gators!

    What a great letter. So many questions that the answers were too long to post here on the website. Ms Hantmann, please check your email! I just sent you all a long letter to your school email address.

    Thanks for writing. It’s such fun hearing from readers.

    D Anne

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    AnaLucy Says:

    Dear Ms.Love,
    I’ve read Picture Perfect and Defying the Diva. I LOVED, LOVED them so much! They are both my favorite, but if I had to choose, i’d choose Defying the Diva. I haven’t read semiprecious yet, but I will soon! You are such an amazing author and hope you keep writing more books. πŸ˜€ . But I have a single question. Will you be writing more books after you have already written and published Defying the Diva? Hope to hear from you!
    – AnaLucy

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    dorothy Says:

    Hi AnaLucy! Thanks so much for writing. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the books. I had a great time writing those stories. Right now I’m working on some books for older readers but I’d love to write more teen books some day. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Semiprecious. Have a great summer, D. Anne

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    AnaLucy Says:

    Thanks! And have a great summer to you, too. πŸ™‚

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