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Will there be another book about Katie O’Rouke?
How did you come with up with all your ideas?
I love your books and I wonder when is your next book is coming out...
What book did you enjoy writing the most? Which one touched you the most?
Are the people you write about real?
Are any of your books going to be made into films in the near future?
In Mother Help Me Live, does Sarah end up getting a transplant?
I love your books and I just wanted to know if there was any other reason...
In your book “Angel of Hope” I keep reading this sentence over and over again...
How do I become a Pink Angel?

When are the next books in Angel in Pink going to come out?
When did you start writing and what inspired you to write?
On the cover of the book called "My Secret Boyfriend...
I was wondering if you could make another book about Lacey and Jeff's relationship.
I was just wondering if you will ever do any books that have happier endings?
I am from Norway and in my book club (tl stabenfelt) we get your books....
I am a big fan of yours and I was wondering where I could find your books.

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Will there be another book about Katie O’Rouke? Also, I was noticing in Reach for Tomorrow, you kept mentioning the diamond pendant and Amanda’s name. I thought the diamond earring was Jillian’s? - Susie of California

At this time, I've planned no other books about these characters. I wrote REACH FOR TOMORROW to sort of warp up all the loose ends of the ONE LAST WISH series. Your question about the diamond stumps me. I guess I've been too long away from those characters.

How did you come with up with all your ideas? Did you experience them or did you just think of them? Jessica, from Minnesota

Ideas are everywhere---in newspapers, real life, TV---sometimes I see or hear something and I begin to ask, "What if....?" And next thing I know, I have a plot for a new book cooking in my old brain.

Wow! I love your books and I wonder when is your next book is coming out “My Secret Boyfriend”. Will you let me know? - Latoya of Arkansas

MY SECRET BOYFRIEND is actually a very old book that I wrote for another publisher years ago. They have been re-issuing these older titles---that one can be special ordered at your favorite bookstore or online. I think that I've learned a lot about crafting a better novel since those old titles were written, so my new books for Random House are the best work I do.

What book did you enjoy writing the most? Which one touched you the most? - Rachel of Iowa

I loved writing GARDEN OF ANGELS and still think it's the best book I've written to date!

Are the people you write about real? - Cara of Michigan

No, the characters are all made up in my stories. But meeting and knowing a wide variety of people HELPS me create interesting characters. That's why letters from my readers are so special to me: I get to "meet" a huge number of teens through my fan mail!

Are any of your books going to be made into films in the near future? - Nicole of Wisconsin

Not that I know about....but any day my phone could ring and Hollywood might be calling! I'll post such cool information on my websites if it happens! My Random House book DON'T DIE, MY LOVE, was made into a TV movie a few years back. The makers re-titled it for broadcast and now Lifetime Cable TV sometimes shows it under the title of "Shattered Hearts."

I have been dying to ask you this question! In Mother Help Me Live, does Sarah end up getting a transplant? Please tell me! - Christine of British of Columbia

I honestly don't know. If she does have a BMT, it will have to be from an unrelated donor, which means that the chance of success is much lower---but at least, it's a chance. That's why having a National bone morrow bank is so important for our country. The more people who donate a blood sample and sign up for the registry, the better the odds that people like Sarah will find a match outside of their relatives---especially minorities. I signed up years ago.

I love your books and I just wanted to know if there was any other reason other that your son’s illness that make you start writing books like this for teenagers? Also what tips would you give a young writer in their teens writing their first book? - Erika of Massachusetts

Sean's diabetes was the sole reason for me to begin writing the medical/inspirational novels that I write. Teens who want to be writers need to get a good education, take an interest in what's going on in the world, read,read, read, keep journals and/or blogs (practice writing poems, stories, etc.), work on your school newspapers and yearbooks, look around for writing classes at local colleges, etc and take a course. Remember, the talent for writing is a gift from God. The craft of writing is learned. The more you know, the better your chances to get publish.

In your book “Angel of Hope” I keep reading this sentence over and over again. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”. What does that mean? - Melissa of Ontario

That phrase comes from Genesis 4:9...and occurs when God asks Cain the whereabouts of his brother, Abel. In this chapter of Genesis, Cain becomes jealous of Abel and murders him. Of course, God knows this already, but still asks, "Where is your brother Abel?" And Cain lies by replying, "I don't know. Am I my brother's keeper?" (meaning, why should I be responsible for his whereabouts?) Today this question has become a universal question that makes us think about our personal responsibility toward others. Do we think of others? Or only about ourselves? Do we try and help those who have little or nothing (as Heather went off to Africa to do), or do we close our eyes to the needs and wants of others? How we feel and think about our "brothers" (others in the world), often determines the quality of our own existence.

How do I become a Pink Angel? - Ilene of Michigan

Anyone interested in hospital volunteer work should contact their local hospital and ask about their specific programs. Teen volunteers are much appreciated!


When are the next books in Angel in Pink going to come out? I thought that it was in January and March 2005! Plus, I'm a really, really, great fan of yours. I absolutely love your books. - Simone of California

ANGELS IN PINK series is set for KATHLEEN (in stores now), RAINA (May 2005), HOLLY (Oct 2005), plus GARDEN OF ANGELS is available in paperback, Jan 11.

When did you start writing and what inspired you to write? - Brianna of Maine

My personal website, www.eclectics.com/lurlenemcdaniel has lots of personal info about me, check it out.

On the cover of the book called "My Secret Boyfriend" the picture shows a boy with black hair but the boy in the story has blond. Who is the person on the cover. Who's the girl? - Morgan of California

Cover art is often out of my control, as in SECRET BOYFRIEND (written years ago before I wrote for to Random House!) It would be great if such facts as hair and eye color were double checked before books are sent to the art department for cover treatment, but often that's not the case. Which makes me very happy that Random House does double check and always gives me a sneak peek at covers for my comments! Now, isn't that nice?

Howdy Mrs. Lurlene!!
I was wondering if you could make another book about Lacey and Jeff's relationship. I have a little book club with my friends and we'd all like to read more about Lacey and Jeff. - Rachel, Barbara, and Pooja of Maryland

Many of you seem to want more books about Lacey and Jeff, Leah and Ethan, Katie and Josh (and also Julie and Luke from DON'T DIE MY LOVE). Frankly, I've moved on to other characters and hardly give a thought to the characters left behind because I'm too busy creating new ones for new stories. I leave it up to each reader to think up stories of their own for these favorite characters. This way, you can create any ending you'd like for them---it's something I used to do when I was growing up and wanted more about favorite characters in favorite books. And look what happened to me! I ended up becoming a writer with a head and heart full of stories and ideas.

Lurlene, I was just wondering if you will ever do any books that have happier endings? - Leticia of Utah

I know sad stories aren't for every reader, but it's the kind of story that most of my readers like from me. When I write "happy" books, many readers complain. So I focus on what I do best---stories that might bring a tear, but that focus on real life (where happily ever after rarely occurs). And while the books may not have "happy" endings, I try to give readers a satisfying ending---life is full of trouble and matters out of our control. How we deal with troubles determines our own character.

Hello. I am from Norway and in my book club (tl stabenfelt) we get your books. I love them so much that (there are) not words for it! - Ina of Norway

I love hearing from my readers in other countries! Thanks for your kind words.

Hi. I am a big fan of yours and I was wondering where I could find your books. I've been looking for your books and I can't find them so I have to check them out in the library and the library only has some of your books.
Also thank you for helping me get into reading. - Bianca of Arizona

All/any of my titles can be special ordered at your favorite book store, or online at www.barnesandnoble.com, or www.amazon.com


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