LO AND BEHOLD
Greetings and salutations! Been a while. Hope you’re happy and healthy! I’ve been hard at work on my latest project, a graphic novel called LO AND BEHOLD. It has to do with virtual reality, and moon trees, and lots more that will make sense if you read it (which should be sometime in 2022!). There will be some super-cool augmented reality parts to the book that I’m really excited about.
For anyone who has a copy of BOB…if you follow the instructions on the comic book page below, you’ll get a nice surprise! (click to put it on its own page, then click again to make it bigger/clearer).
As always, if you’d like a book personalized for the holidays (or any time), call my local bookstore (Sparta Books) at 973-729-6200. They’ll call me, I’ll come in and sign them, and off they go to you.
Back to work I go. (heigh ho)
Happy holidays to all!
Wow! I Can’t wait to read your new coming book. But 22 years in the making, is quite a lot! I LOVE Virtual reality so this would be a great book for me. 🙂
Hi, I’m so glad you like VR too! The writing part of the graphic novel is done so now the magic happens! Thanks for the encouragement 🙂 Wendy
!!!!! Soon as it comes out, i be all over it!!!!
Thanks so much, getting closer 🙂
I heard you are coming to our school, the UES, tommorow. see you feb 26!
Yes, it was such a great visit, one of my last before school shut down. xo
I just wanted to let you know a few things! So, first of all, Finally is one of my favorite books of all time. I love Rory like a friend and I love the message and I love that waiting is such an important factor in it. I’d like to tell you a few things that I’m personally waiting for (besides the whole world-to-be-normal-again thing). I’m waiting until I turn 18 this year, because, much like Rory, there are so many things that my parents have told me I can do when I turn 18! I can get a second piercing, I get my braces off, I get new glasses, I’m off to college… The list goes on.
But when I start to get impatient for these things, I re-read Finally. Rory’s personality is so pure and optimistic and she helps me remember to be content with where and who I am right now, while at the same time having big dreams and striving to be the best person I can be. You never know how one little act of kindness can show love and hope to a whole family!
It’s a book that I hold close to my heart because the first time I read it I was almost 12 and it seemed like you’d written a book about my life. Now, when I read it again, it’s like visiting an old friend who is full of wisdom… and it still feels like it’s about me. I will never outgrow it. I discover something new every time I read it. So, thank you, Wendy Mass, for writing a story that became part of me and is relevant to me even today. I pray you’re having a blessed day!
Hi Marian!! Thank you so much for your truly thoughtful and deep letter, it made my eyes swimmy! (and not in the way it did in the book when Rory tried contacts ;o). You can tell by the delay that I’ve been waiting for that “normal” feeling again, too. Finally surfacing and finding these letters (no pun intended on FINALLY!, but hey, it works!). I’d love to know how you’re doing now that all those milestones have been reached for you. Please reach back out if you see this. Sending hugs to you from me and Rory (poor girl, she got herself in some crazy situations that I still laugh about, but thank you for finding the deeper theme in that one. You rock!).
Hi,for summer reading I had to read a Wendy Mass book and since my sister had ALL of them and then gave them to me it was hard to choose! I started the birthday series and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM!!! I have read ALL your books and introduced them to my friends! Your my all-time favorite author,and I love writing to!
Hello Wendy! I’m a up-and-coming director and I was hoping my first movie could be 11 birthdays,if that’s okay with you
I’m a HUGE fan!! I’ve read the Willow Falls series 5 times each, Jeremey Fink and the Meaning of Life 4 times, Every soul a Star 3 times, and Pi in the Sky 3 times! (is that creepy? I hope that’s not creepy. I’m trying not to be creepy). I LOVE your books SO MUCH!! I heard that tomorrow, April 22nd is your B-day, so Happy Birthday, Wendy!! I can’t wait for your new books and can’t wait to read the Candymakers 2!!! Love you so much!
Your Biggest Fan,
You are so sweet for thinking of me. I’m sorry it took so long for me to see this; I’m not very good at posting these LOL. I’m honored that you read my books so many times and you sound so much like how my daughter would write to someone whose books she really likes. Thank you again for reading them and for being so awesome 🙂 Wendy
Hi! I really love the birthday books! My friend introduced me to them, she is your biggest fan. She told me that tomorrow is your birthday so I wanted to say “happy birthday!” You are really an inspiration to me. I am curious though, how do you come up with your books? I would really like to know, so, that is all. Happy Birthday again, bye!
Thank you for the birthday wishes even though I didn’t see this on time LOL. My ideas usually come from something that I see so I come up with the plot before the characters. Every writer approaches stories a little differently, but that’s how it usually works for me. Thanks so much for the kind words and hugs to you and your friend 🙂 Wendy
I’m living in a COVID world at the bottom of the world… New Zealand. I am a primary school teacher and my school, in fact my country is in lockdown. We have been for the past 7 weeks!
Good news though! We are going back to school next week. I am so excited and so are the 29 learners in my class. I was on a Zoom meeting today with my class and I was asking for recommendations for what book we could read. A lovely 10 year old, Eileen recommended your book – ‘A Mango Shaped Space.’ She described it, and talked about it in such high regard, I myself was excited. So excited, I’ve tried to purchase it, however… I can’t find a copy in NZ and I have discovered that I can’t buy an E-book. The problem with wondering it from Amazon/ Book Depository is that is not a lot of freight coming into NZ (our borders are closed) and it will take weeks. We begin school on Monday the 18th of May.
Is there any chance that I can purchase an ebook from you?
I hope you are safe and well in what we in Nz call you ‘bubble’
Hi Charlotte! I’m so sorry that I just saw this now! I think we may have connected through regular email, but if not, please reach back out and I’ll get you a copy if you haven’t already. All my best to you and students, sending long distance hugs!!
Here’s a quick story on how you’ve (Wendy Mass) changed my life. When I was 8 I went on a camping trip with my cousin. She’s 2 years older than me. She lent me her copy of 11 Birthdays. I have read that book so many times since then. Now I am 14. Two years ago she committed suicide. Now when I read your book I can remember when she gave it to me. I remember all the fun times we had together. Thank you for giving me something to have so I can remember her. Thank you for writing such an amazing book. I love every single one of your books although the Willow Falls series are my favorite.
First, I am so very sorry to hear about your cousin and what you all must have gone through. I am honored the book has been able to help you keep a part of her with you. I’m glad it launched you on a trip through Willow Falls and provided companionship through some dark days. Thank you so much for sharing your story and I will be thinking of you and sending you and your family a really long hug. Love, Wendy
Thank you for writing The Last Present. We liked the characters. Katrina liked how Amanda took part in the action and also narrated the story.
Ivy liked how the series changes who the main character is – she read all of the series through The Last Present and knows that the perspective changes from Amanda, to Rory, to Amanda, then Grace.
Ivy’s favorite character is Rory, because it’s a funny book and a lot of abstract things happen to Rory, like the devil bunny.
Thank you again, Katrina and Ivy
Poor Rory, she was really a trooper LOL. I had a lot of fun with that one. Having the different narrators let me focus on different parts of the stories but it was fun for me to return to Amanda once she was a few years older. It was a little harder to write Grace because she was the youngest of all of them, but also maybe the wisest 😉 Thanks so much for sharing! All my best to you both. 🙂 Wendy
Wendy, thank you for writing Every Soul a Star. We really hope you write a sequel. We have so many questions. We wonder: how does Allie do in school? How does Jack do in school after the summer at the camp? What happens to Bree, when she’s stuck on the campsite? Does her inner geek ruin her life?
We read your book this summer as part of summer reading. Your book was the first!
We look forward to hearing from you! Katrina and Maggie
Hi guys! I’m honored that you read the book for summer reading and I love all your questions! I thought about making a sequel but wound up writing new books instead. I did, however, sneak those characters into another one of my books called The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase. So if you read that book, you’ll get a few answers, I think. I hope that helps and that you guys remember to look up at the night sky sometimes. (But not while crossing a street LOL) xo, Wendy
I’m a former ESL teacher and more importantly Grandma to 19 grandchildren. During this virus, I needed a project so I created a bookclub for my 6 granddaughters. They live in CA, MD, and NJ.
We met on zoom every Sunday at 4:00. I absolutely loved your book, The Candymakers. We made homemade chocolates(those gals who lived near me). Your life lessons were a springboard for thought provoking discussions. One was did an adult every lie to you? Your character development and mysterious, cliff handing chapter endings only encouraged my readers to learn more. In looking back at this wonderful making memory experience, I got more out this bookclub! I grew closer to my granddaughters and gleaned more in depth understanding of their lives. Our youngest was 9 and the oldest 14. ‘Thank you, Wendy!
Wow, I’m honored that you chose my book for such a creative and lovely family event. I’m glad it gave you guys a lot to talk about and hopefully everyone had some candy handy during it. I love that question and it makes me think if there’s anything I’ve lied to my own children about – all in their best interests of course LOL. I felt bad for Phillip in the book but I think his dad’s lie is a real turning point for him to do some growing up and to stand up to him. Thank you again for choosing the book and may I say, 19 grandchildren, wow! #blessed! All my best to you and the gang, Wendy
Hi there! I am literally your biggest fan and I was wondering if you plan to do anymore Willow Falls books? They are the best books I have ever read and I love reading about Amanda and Leo. I highly suggest you write more of them they are truly the best books ever! Thanks! -your BIGGEST FAN
Wow thank you so much, I’m so glad you loved them; that means a lot to me. I loved writing those books and if I did write another one, it would be about their kids, but I’m still trying to think of a good-enough idea. Maybe one day there’ll be a film or TV show. But if there are any more books, I will let you know here! 🙂 Thanks again for reading them and for checking in. Big hugs, Wendy
Hi Wendy! I’m a huge fan of all of your books, my favorite being the willow falls series. Rory reminded me a lot of myself and she and the rest of team grace really helped me through my middle school years, (i am a freshman now!) Your books have inspired me to write and read, basically my love of books. Someday I want to be an amazing author just like you. I know that the series has been over for a little now. but I’m really wondering; will you ever make a movie of the willow falls series? Jeremy Fink and the meaning of life was an amazing movie/book and I really would love to see the willow falls gang get turned into a movie! Thank you for all that you’ve helped me through by reading your books! Please never stop writing<3 ~ Erinn
Wow, that was so lovely and moving. I’m honored that the books were able to be good companions for you, that means so much to me. Fingers crossed for a movie or TV show. I think a few different options have been considered and I will definitely post with any news. Big hugs to you and I hope you’re enjoying high school, as strange as it is in 2020. Hugs, Wendy
Dear Wendy Mass,
I can not wait for your new book “Lo and Behold”!
So far I have read ALL of your books and they are really Amazing!!
So I just wanted to say:
Sincirly Chloe E.
Thanks so much, the writing part is done and now the artist will get to work their magic. I’ll check back in in a few months with updates. Thanks so much for being excited about it! 🙂 xo, Wendy.
hello,will there be A third part of the candy maker book.
Hi Sunny! I’m currently writing a prequel but it will be in graphic-novel format, and Logan’s grandfather as a boy will be the main character. I’ll update my blog in a few months with more news on that. Thanks so much 🙂 Wendy
Hi Wendy Mass!
I am a huge fan of your the willow falls series! I love how the elements of each story connect to the other books!
I was wondering if you could try to work together with movie producers to make movies of these stories. I would love to see how that would work out!
I have a few questions. Please answer them!
Here they are!
1) If the Willow Falls series were filmed, where would you want to film it?
2) Who is your favorite character from the Willow Falls series?
I am really hoping you reply!
Thank you so much!
I’m so glad you enjoyed the series!
1) I’d be thrilled if Willow Falls became a film or TV show, and it would be great if it was a made in a quaint little magical town 😉
2) I’d guess I’d have to say Amanda because I know her the best. But poor Rory LOL. Thanks again for writing! xo, Wendy
My daughter, 10 yrs old, read “The Candymaker” and really loves it!
she is writing a letter to you and wants to mail it. Can you please let me know where I can mail it to?
Thank You for inspiring the next generation to read !
Hi, that’s so kind of you!! I have an email that’s normally just for teachers (email@example.com) but if you take a picture and email it there I’ll write her back. I’m currently working on a prequel! All my best to you both! :o) –Wendy
Hi, Wendy. I’m Xuanxi Wang from China. I am a eleven years girl. I’m currently reads your book . I’m a big fan of it!
I know most of the color of the words, numbers or names by their sound and meanings. But I actually can’t see them. They are just my imagine. One of my friends knows too. But we thought very different as the book says. For example, my English name is ”Wisy”. I think it is the blue of the Uranus. But in her mind, it was orange.
I’ll tell you a secret of mine. My family called me Mango since I born. Even my school teacher know it.
I’m really hoping your reply~
Hi, that is all such cool stuff!! The colors and the nickname and your friend too!! Thanks so much for writing to me and I hope all is well with you now! Hugs to you and your friend!
Hey, Wendy!! I do not know when you will see this (if you do) but I am doing a school project on you and wanted to know if there is any cool info about you that you would wanna share. Huge fan of your books, especially the willow falls series! Keep writing great books,
I’m honored about your school project! I guess one (opposite of cool) thing is that I didn’t see a bunch of comments until a year and a half later, ugh!! I hope it came out okay, and that you’re doing great!
All my best to you!!
I love your books! Thank you so much!!! Will there be another candymakers book?
Thanks so much!! Book 3 (a prequel!) in 2024! 🙂
Dear Wendy Mass,
My name is Matthew and I am 7 years old. I really love your Time Jumpers books. I just finished reading them with my mom. We have read them two times now. I am wondering what happened to the other four items in the suitcase? Who is The Collector? Will you please write more Time Jumpers books? Thank you!
Hi Matthew! I’m so glad you and your mom enjoyed the Time Jumpers books! I had fun imagining where they should go, and the trip to the future was especially fun to write. I’m honestly not sure what the other four objects are for, I was hoping to discover that myself in four more books (I knew they’d have something to do with the 4 elements of air/fire/earth/water), but as of now the series has ended at Book 4. Perhaps you’d like to write your own stories for what you think they would be, and who the Collector really is…that’d be great!
Sending my best wishes to you and your family,
I’m Joy. I wrote an email to you ’bout a year ago. Maybe you remember me? Anyhow, I’ve probably read The Willow Falls series more times than I can count, and you’ve inspired me so much! I want to be a writer, but there’s just one problem… I can’t finish a book, let alone get to the middle of it! 🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️ I’m tooooootally lost. Every time I write a chapter or two, I go back and read what I wrote and think, “This is terrible!” and I erase the whole thing. I’ve kept at this for about two years now 😑 I don’t know if this happens to every writer or I’m just weird. Please help!
also, a new book is coming out??????? Count me in!
I hope the writing has been going well and that you’ve stopped throwing things out. Really try to keep it, you never know when you’ll suddenly think of a way to move the story along, or at the very least you can take the parts you like and move them to another story. If you haven’t already, take a look at the article on Outlining that I have on my website under Resources. It’s the technique I use and hopefully it will help you to organize your thoughts as well. I saw your other comment/question about the Candymakers sequel’s ending but didn’t post it b/c it had a bunch of spoilers, so I hope it’s ok if I answer it here–basically I made sure to tie up the major storylines in the end, but with so many characters and scenes, a little bit of mystery is still there, tucked away in the corners. Just like real life!
Sending you hugs and writing vibes!
Will you please write more twice upon a time books? I love them so much!
Aw, thanks! I think Robin Hood was the last one in case you haven’t found that one yet, but I really loved doing those books too. I’ll let you know if any more are likely. Thanks!!
My family and I listened to the entire first Candymakers on our way home from Florida to Cleveland after winter break and were absolutely enthralled! Love the idea of the same story from different perspectives and how they all misunderstood each other at first. And a spy ring! What fun! Thanks and we are planning to listen to the second one on our next trip (if I can wait that long…). All the best.
HI! I love that about listening on the long family road trip! The Candymaker kids (and me!) are honored to have come along! My family and I did that with the Harry Potter books and now it’s hard to get them to listen to audiobooks unless they’re narrated by Jim Dale lol. I hope you enjoyed BOOK 2 if you took that next road trip. The Prequel will be out in 2024, but it’s a graphic novel. Should still be on audio though. I’ll need to look into how that works in terms of what the listener would miss without being able to see the panels where the art picks up the story. Hmm.
Wishing you and your family all the best!
Any new Time Jumpers books coming out soon? My kids love them!
Aw, thanks so much!! Alas, just those four. I’ll let you know if that changes though. All my best to you and the kids! -Wendy
We love your books The Candymakers and The Great Chocolate Chase!
Are you thinking of or have you already started a third book with the same characters?
We would love it!
Looking forward to your first graphic novel in 2022
Abby, Dylan, Michelle
Hi Abby, Dylan and Michelle!
The first graphic novel–Lo and behold–is now spring 2023, so it’s getting closer! Life is Sweet will have many of the same characters as the other CM books, but when they were kids! (so you won’t meet Logan, but you’ll find out how he got his name. ;o).
Hope that helps!
Best wishes to all!
Hi Wendy! I know this isn’t relevant to the post but I wasn’t sure where else to comment!
I am currently 21 years old, but I read 11 Birthdays when I was around 10 and it remains my favorite book to this day. I don’t usually reread books but I have read this one several times and I know it like the back of my hand. That being said, I think it could be really interesting to see 11 Birthdays written from Leo’s perspective. Is this something that you would ever consider?
Hi!! Thanks so much for reaching out (and wow on 10 times!). I really had fun writing that one (and the whole series). I have thought about doing it from Leo’s perspective but I feel like there probably isn’t enough differences from the storyline that is shown already to make it work. Maybe a prequel with a more distant character, or a sequel about the next generation…not sure!! You must be a writer to have had this idea. :o). All my best to you!!! Wendy
Dear Wendy, I babysit a 5th grader & we just finished reading Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life. We LOVED the book. It has so many twists and turns & the ending brought me (not the stoic 5th grader) to tears. We look forward to finding another one of your books to read soon. Thank you for being such a creative author!!
That’s SO nice that you shared the book in that way and lol on stoic 5th grader. You may have picked a new book by now but maybe Pi in the Sky could be a fun one to share (and educational ;o).
all my best to you both!
Can We have a Candymakers 3!!!
Prequel in 2024 🙂
I am trying to write a book about a girl whose dad is going out with the school bully’s mom. I haven’t gotten very far. Any tips? BTW LOVE THE WILLOW FALLS SERIES!!!
Hi, some fast tips are to try to outline the story first and then write the parts that you’re most excited about. I tend to write straight through rather than jumping around now, but that helped me earlier on. Have fun! Thanks re: Willow Falls!! :o) Wendy
Hi Wendy! I just want to say that I love your books! The willow falls series is my favorite, but every single one of your books is amazing. You’ve inspired me to keep writing and keep reading. Visiting willow falls has helped me through covid and not seeing my friends, so thanks for that. Thanks so much for writing and inspiring kids like me.
Hi E.K! Your post made my eyes get glassy ;o). The biggest reward from writing these books is hearing they provided comfort or companionship through these last few difficult years. Thank you for letting me know and I’m glad to hear you’re writing too! Sending big hugs across the miles! –w.
Hi, I was wondering when you’re newest novel LO AND BEHOLD will come out. Also, what is a moon tree? Been wondering that since you’re latest post. Oh, and remember you’re first book, A Mango-shaped Space? (why did I ask that, yeah you remember!) Well, I was wondering if Mia still hates, I’m sorry, STRONGLY DISLIKES Adam still. I think you’re books are SOOOOOO good and you are on my list of favorite authors EVER!
Hi, Wendy! Its 2022, and i think i’m a little late, but i have finished candymakers 1 and 2, i definitely couldn’t stop reading. I loved how you connected everyone’s point of view and i was stunned by how everyone shared their secrets, it was truly breathtaking, i loved all the little jokes you included to! Cant wait for a candymakers book 3 or prequel, And i would love to see something about Daisy and her spy school!
Hi, I’m Sara Rothenberg. I remember reading the book “Heaven Looks a Lot Like The Mall” when I was 11. I enjoyed it, but didn’t fully grasp its meaning until after I read it a few more times. After I did, it made me want to become a more mature person. That was surely a positive message. In fact, that scene where Nail Boy and Tessa speak to each other inside of that church made me want to truly become a Christian. I would be honored to play Eliza if they ever make a movie or miniseries based off of that story.
Hi Wendy! I’m Elise, I’m 13, and I just wanted to say that I love all of your books! Thank you so much for writing so many, I especially love The Candymakers and the Willow Falls series. They helped me so much going through covid as a 5th and 6th grader, and now as an 8th grader I STILL can’t stop reading them! As an aspiring writer, I definitely look up to you 🙂 I can’t wait for you to write another book, and I really hope that eventually we can get a movie or tv show adaptation. Once again, you are an amazing author and you seem like an amazing person in general as well. Hope you and your family are doing well!
I loooove all your books and wonder if you have any advice for writing one. Also I would like to know when your new book Lo & Behold is coming out. I adore the Willow Falls series and PLEASE CAN THERE BE A SIXTH BOOK!!! I send hugs across THE UNIVERSE! (cue the confetti and trumpets)
Dear Wendy Mass,
I haven’t read this book, but since you have not yet blogged about “A mango shaped space”, I decided to write this to you on your most recent post. My name is Sri Suktha and I live in Massachusetts. Your book “A Mango Shaped Space” is one of my favorites! It is a really nice feel-good book that is full of empathy. The description that you use in this book is absolutely fantastic. This book that you have written stirs a lot of emotions such as guilt, anger, happiness, confusion, etc. Overall, it is a light-hearted book. The overall experience is just utterly amazing. I especially love the ending of the book and how Mia’s cat Mango is almost ‘reborn’ as his kitten. As a reader, I love your books because of the descriptions. The way that you describe objects and different sensations in “A Mango Shaped Space” really helps me feel as if I can see everything that the character can. I also like many different genres, one of them being young-adult fiction. Another thing that appealed to me in this book is your character development. The change of Mia and how the people around her affected her was an adventure on its own. Thank you for writing this exemplary book and sharing a perspective of some people that many don’t know about.
Sarah W. Gibbons Middle School Srisukthat@gmail.com
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