Lately I’ve been getting some fan mail, and I’ve decided that some of it is too good not to share…

This entire note is good, but my name is the best, I think:


Dear Aline, (I might have gotten your name wrong, but we all understand, right? No one got Rump’s name right either!)

Thank you for your note and picture! I love your fairy. I like the part when Rump steps on poop, too. It always makes me laugh. I would love it if Rump could be Chicago’s #1 movie. Let me know if you know some movie makers, because I don’t.

All the best,



Dear Khary,

Thank you for your note. I take your question very seriously, so to answer I would like to say what I think makes a good title. I think a good title, along with a good cover, is something that give a reader a sense for what kind of story they’re about to read. The whole title for my story is RUMP: THE TRUE STORY OF RUMPELSTILTSKIN. This title tells the readers 1. It’s a retelling of the classic fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin. 2. It’s probably from the point-of-view of Rumpelstiltskin, which is different than most versions 3. For some reason Rumpelsitltksin is referred to as Rump in this story. 4. If he’s called Rump then this story is probably funny, and not quite as dark as the original Grimm’s version.

I hope this answers your question and makes you want to read the whole story!




Dear Khadijah,

Thank you so much for your sweet letter. It touched my heart. I do hope you had a better day after I came to visit. I remember bad days is school.Some days I really wished I didn’t have to go to school. Some days I got made fun of, like the time I got my hair cut short and everyone called me a boy. And I hate to admit it, but some days I made fun of other kids to try to make me feel better about myself, but it usually only made me feel worse. It’s hard to be a kid. It really is! I hope you’ll keep trying to have good days, and that you won’t give up on the hard days. I hope you do become an author someday and write about your experiences as a kid. Write them down now so you don’t forget!

Wishing you the best,



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