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Fan Mail Wednesday #177: Second-Grader Turns Into Reading Monster

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 Posted in Fan Mail, Scary Tales | No Comments »


Okay, gather round, people, nice and tight. Here's one from a proud mother in Indiana . . . Mr Preller, Oh boy, you have created a Monster at my home! My 2nd grader 8 yr old is hooked and In love with ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #176: The Video!

Monday, February 24th, 2014 Posted in A Pirates Guide (Series), Fan Mail | No Comments »


This one comes with a book trailer! Kelsey, who has her own blog, writes: I really enjoy your book. I am a student in edm 310 at the Univerity of South Alabama. My assignment this week was to make a book trailer. ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #175: Flip Over!

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 Posted in Fan Mail | No Comments »


This is more of an observation than my typical (and patented) letter-and-response combo. The absolute truth is that I have a long and sordid relationship with fan mail. I'm grateful for every letter, of course, and I do my best to ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #173: Sally from South Korea Asks About “BYSTANDER”

Friday, January 17th, 2014 Posted in Bystander, Fan Mail, bullying | No Comments »


Here we go, folks. Since this letter essentially consisted of questions, I broke format and inserted my answers directly beneath each question. For your reading pleasure! This is South Korean student reading your book, Bystander. I really enjoyed reading your book. ...

FAN MAIL WEDNESDAY #172: Leal Writes from Istanbul!

Monday, December 16th, 2013 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones, Scary Tales | No Comments »


Dear James Preller, My name is Leal. I'm 10 years old and I go to ______ School in Istanbul in Turkey. This year for our semester project, I read one of your books. It was "The Case of the Disappearing ...

FAN MAIL WEDNESDAY #171: Ten Questions and Answers (Mostly About My Book, BYSTANDER)

Monday, December 9th, 2013 Posted in Bystander, Fan Mail | No Comments »


- Okay, I'm reaching my arm deep into the giant barrel of letters I keep here in my office . . . I'm swirling my hand around . . . and what's this? . . . an email from Virginia! - How'd that ...

FAN MAIL WEDNESDAY #170: Seth from Iowa Is Scared & Happy About It

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 Posted in Fan Mail, Scary Tales, the writing process | 2 Comments »


Here we go, folks. It's time for Fan Mail Wednesday -- and it's actually Wednesday, a first for the entire staff here at Jamespreller.com! I'm reaching into the big box of letters . . . ah, here's one from Seth in ...

Fan Mail #169: Dressing Up Like James Preller!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones, Uncategorized | No Comments »


You may have noticed that I haven't done much here in the way of fan mail recently. It's a combination of getting less of it during the summer and, alas, finding my own answers a little perfunctory. But this one made ...

Fan Mail #168: Questions, Questions, Questions

Sunday, April 7th, 2013 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones, Uncategorized | 3 Comments »


Again, I'm beginning a blog entry with an apology. I haven't been keeping up with it lately, after five years of consistent effort. I have a few excuses, but really, who cares? I am not giving up this blog, but I ...

Fan Mail #167: My New Favorite Reader of All Time (w/ Artwork!)

Friday, March 15th, 2013 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones | No Comments »


Here's a sweet letter from a sweet letter-writer named Bridget. And, oh yes, she included original artwork that I can add to my Fabulous Gallery of Fame. My reply: Dear Bridget, Thank you so much for that lovely, well-written letter. I feel blessed ...