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Audrey Kohlman

May 17, 2017

Hello Mr. Pinkwater my name is Audrey and I wanted to ask what the most stressful part of writing books' is. When I grow up I want to be an author.

Hope you can reply!
Audrey

Daniel replies:

Audrey, that is really a fantastically great question. Not only is it a great question, it is a question that I deal with to this day, and almost every day. It is such a good question that I am going to give two answers, and an explanation. Answer #1: There is no stressful part of writing a book. Answer #2: There are many stressful parts of writing a book. Explanation #1: We enjoy doing things we do well. We particularly enjoy doing difficult things when we do them well. Everybody agrees that writing a book is hard. Many people start out to write one, and just aren't able to get all the way there--and it doesn't get finished. They think, "someday I'm going to finish that book," but they never do. If you discover that you have the ability to put a whole book together, you have the right to feel good about it, even if it isn't a great book, even if no one is ever going to read it...still, you did it, and you sort of knew you could do it, and having done it, you know you can do it again, and really, it's a sort of beautiful feeling. Writing, once you get to doing it is a completely enjoyable experience. I have traveled all over the world, and had all kinds of adventures, met unusual people, seen wonderful things--and writing is more fun than any of that. Explanation #2: All the stressful parts of writing a book have to do with thinking about other people, people who are not you, and not writing the book. Will anyone read my book? Will anyone like my book? Will some publisher publish my book? Is this going to be, (in the opinion of others), a good book? By that I mean wondering if your book will conform to the generally accepted, (that is, other people's), standard of what a book is supposed to be? Will my family and friends accept the idea that it is a good thing for me to spend all this time learning how, practicing, and trying to write instead of doing more usual and useful things? Stuff like that is stressful, and you have to guard against it, even when you are 75 years old.

Kevin Cheek

May 7, 2017

I really miss your weblishing. There was a great joy in reading your novels a chapter a week and chatting online with all the others sharing the experience. Is there any chance of this happening again?
Thank you,
Kevin

Daniel replies:

Well, to do that I'd have to finish a novel.  I have several incomplete ones, but they wouldn't do.  I seem not to be able to complete a book if there's no publisher, no money, at the end.  Up until quite recently there haven't been any prospects.  Now I have one, and as soon as I take care of some loose ends, and decide what book to write, there will be one, and I will be happy to weblish it, if the publisher agrees.  So, maybe in a year or a year and a bit?  Thanks for asking.

flo ellis

April 12, 2017

hello daniel…i am a retired elementary teacher of more than 25 years… i am a 72 year old grandma of a beutiful …just beginning to read five year old granddaughter for whom i am trying to put together a project about authors and their works. i am setting the project up according to author birthdays and my research shows you born both in november and december. now we all – including my five year old granddaughter know that cannot be true. could you please clarify for us so we can include you and your work properly in our project ..please please and thank you… flo ellis

Daniel replies:

I was born in November.  In December, I continued to have been born, but if you calculate from when I was first born, it's November.

Katie Olmstead

April 12, 2017

Dear Mr. Pinkwater,
Here I am, on the far side of middle age, and for the first time, I own my own home. No husband, no kids, just me and two little black cats, but they don’t get a say in how I have decorated my house. My inspiration was “The Big Orange Splot,” remembered from reading it over and over some 25 years ago to my daughters. I knew I wanted color, a lot of color. I took out library books on color and flipped through them over and over until I found the pages that made my heart sing. Jewel tones of burnished orange, teal, purple, deep rose, and one room was inspired by the black cat who wears a red collar. Black futon against a fire engine red wall. “My house is me and I am it. My house is where I like to be and it looks like all my dreams.” Mr. Plumbean and his neighbors would understand.

Daniel replies:

It is very nice to be thought of as having inspired something!

Christine

April 12, 2017

I just wanted to say Thank you for the Bear and Bunny books……..My son and his wife call each other bunny and bear. While looking for an anniversary present I found your books………….they are perfect. Do you have any plans to write more…………….maybe bear and bunny have an offspring?
thank you again for time and talent

Daniel replies:

I don't think the bear and bunny are a married couple, (but as a reader, you're entitled to your own interpretation).  I was going to do more, but the publisher didn't want any.  (They said they'd like to see something else, "just as good."  I'm looking for another publisher, just as good, or preferably better.)  I hope I get to work with Will Hillenbrand again.

Daniel replies:

I'm going to study these.  Thanks!

April 5, 2017

Is it possibly that you were a (my) 4th grade teacher in Skokie ok?

Daniel replies:

No, but I remember Skokie.

savanna Marie fishback

April 5, 2017

how long have you’ve been writing for and how old are you

Daniel replies:

64 years and 75 years.

Carmen

March 18, 2017

We are very fond of the Mrs. Noodlekugel books (Bear too) in our house and are wondering when we might see another delightful story published.

Yours truly, Carmen, Eliana (6) and Elijah (3).

Daniel replies:

Probably never.  Sorry.  Not my fault.  Publisher doesn't want any more.  No idea why--they seem to sell plenty.  Publishers are strange.  I will write some other things.

Eleni Trikou

March 12, 2017

Hi!
I am a 3rd grader, and I am doing an essay about you.
I have a question, can you please answer it?
What is your favorite hobby to do besides writing and drawing?

Daniel replies:

My favorite hobby is learning about dogs, training dogs, playing and walking with my dog.  I only have one dog at present, but maybe soon we will adopt another one.  At one time we had four dogs.  Dogs are interesting, and also nice.