BIG NEWS. I will now be releasing THREE books in 2021.

Here’s one side effect of the COVID-19 crisis: I have a lot more time to write.

Originally, I was going to be gone for several weeks between book tour for Tyrannosaurus Wrecks, spring book festivals and my kids’ spring break.  Instead, I have spent that time at home, writing.  Which means that I could make something happen that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.

Instead of releasing two books next year, I am going to release three.

The newcomer is the seventh FunJungle book, which is going to come out in May of 2021.  Charlie Thorne will now come out early in the year (I assume around February) while Spy School 9 will come out in the fall.

Obviously, I do not have titles for these books yet.  And I am not going to answer any questions about what the storylines are for a while.  That information — along with more accurate release dates, will be forthcoming.

In other exciting news, Spy School is finally coming out in Spanish!  If you’d like to preorder Escuela de Espias, click here.

Okay, that’s all I have time for.  I have lots of writing to do.

I hope that your isolation is going as well as can be.  Stay strong.  And keep reading.

438 thoughts on “BIG NEWS. I will now be releasing THREE books in 2021.

  1. Oreo –

    Some characters can be a little more fun to write than others, but for the most part, I do not have favorites.

  2. Stu-

    Why did you choose to do FunJungle and Spy School in first person, but did Charlie Thorne in third person?

  3. My school would be perfect for you to visit, since its literately called Gibbs School.

  4. Stu—
    When you started the Spy School series, did you have an idea in your mind about what the leadership would be like in the organization, or was it just on the fly?

  5. Hey Stu-

    I’ve never seen both you and Jon Stewart in the same room at the same time.

    Care to explain?

  6. many of your books are on zlibary did your publishing company give them Permission to distribute your books for free

  7. Zion –

    I had a very good idea of what the leadership would be like when I started the series.

  8. Siberian Yak –

    Jon Stewart and I are often in the same room. During non-virus times he drops by almost weekly to play Parcheesi.

  9. Hamin –

    I didn;t reallt decide to write mysteries. My mind just works that way. I sit down to write a story in space… and it becomes a mystery.

  10. Ben –

    No, zlibrary does not permission to have my books. In fact, zlibrary is a terrible site that steals from authors. Anyone offering free downloads of my books — or who downloads them — is stealing from me and thus impacting my ability to make a living and write more books. If you want to read my books for free, please use an actual library, not zlibrary.

  11. Stu
    I love all your books especially the FunJungle books. Do you think that one day you might make a book where the MBA, spy school, and FunJungle series combine together?

  12. Hey Stu, I have a quick question about your incredible books. I was wondering if they were all set in the same universe, because if they were, then they probably would have mentioned hearing about Charlie Thorne in a newspaper or something. I was also wondering if maybe since the MBA series was in 2041, we could here of an all grown up Teddy Fitzroy, or Ben Ripley. Charlie Thorne would have probably made it big with her brains!

  13. Stu–

    Why do people distribute books for free? Don’t people know how hard authors work to make their books?

  14. I always wondered what you’re deadline is for books. I know you say the release date around half a year early, but is the release date of the book your deadline. You obviously finish your book earlier than when it gets published, so I’m guessing the extra time is to print and make copies, publish, proofread, and make cover. Does Simon And Shuster force you to do all those things, or do they offer you an earlier deadline, and they do the rest of the work, them selves.

    -Me again

  15. Stu-
    If you have people stealing books can’t you and your publisher sue for theft of intellectual property?

  16. Hey Stu? I was wondering if all of your books, are set in the same universe? Also, do you think that if you ever were to continue the MBA series, there could be news of older versions of Teddy Fitzroy or Charlie Thorne. Ben Ripley probably would still be working with the CIA. If you have extra time to respond please do. P.S I think it would be cool if a book in the FunJungle series had something to do with Meerkats.

  17. Stu—

    Why did you choose to do FunJungle and Spy School in first person, but did Charlie Thorne in third person?

  18. Hi, I just looked at this for the first time since quarantine started now. Wow, that’s a lot of news. Sorry if I’ve been inactive.

  19. _ Stu
    Do you put the release date ahead of when the book is planned on being finished so you have a little wiggle room? Otherwise, why do books almost never end up being late.

  20. Huge Fan –

    I like to think that some of the series take place in the same universe — but not all of them.

  21. Evil Spy –

    Sadly, there are people out there who don’t seem to understand that taking a book for free is stealing it.

  22. Me again –

    I have multiple deadlines over the course of prepping a book. But the final draft has to be in about six months before publication. I am contractually obligated to try to get drafts in by certain dates.

  23. Tarzan –

    We can apply legal pressure to get the pirates to stop stealing. But it isn’t easy.

  24. Xavier G –

    Not all of the series are in the same universe.

    I love meerkats, but probably not enough to do a mystery about them.

  25. Oreo –

    FJ and SS simply worked better in first person, whereas Charlie worked better in third.

  26. Teddy Ripley –

    Yes, the release date is set well ahead of time so that there is plenty of wiggle room to finish the book.

  27. Stu-
    Since you obviously plan out your series, how do you figure out which story will be a CT adventure or an SS adventure? (Cause it seems like Ben could also go after an equation or something as well).

  28. Are SS and the Last Musketeer connected? In SSBI Orion dogs are named Porthos and Aramis.

  29. How many books do you think are gonna be in Fun Jungle as I love the series. Also, how do you balance writing one series from another?

  30. Teddy –

    It’s really not hard to figure out which book will be a CT or and SS. They are very different styles.

  31. Evil Spy –

    Yes, the books are connected. The dogs are the reincarnated versions of Porthos and Aramis, which Orion could sense and therefore gave their human names.

    Or maybe… he just named his dogs after the musketeers.

  32. Elephant Dancer –

    I don’t know how many FJ books there will be.

    It is not too hard to balance separate series. It’s nice to take a break from one to work on another.

  33. Your biggest fan,
    I never said Ashley was in SS ,I was simply talking about who’d play her if the series made it that far.

  34. Hi Mr. Gibbs,

    I really love your books. They are currently my go-to books whenever I have time to read even if I’ve already read them. I love how exhilarating and fast-paced they are. Please don’t ever stop writing your books. I can’t wait to see what you write next (after the upcoming spy school book)!

    Also, what has been your favorite place that you have traveled to so far?

  35. Meera –

    I love being on safari in Africa. It doesn’t matter where in Africa. Just being surrounded by all those animals is amazing.

  36. Oreo –
    I know Mr.Gibbs answered your question but I think that they wanted to show three things happening at the same time and there is no way Charlie can see all of that. Even if she does, it would make the book seem amateur. And FunJungle is a mystery so they can’t show the bad guy’s point of view because it would give the story away. SS is the same. So basically, Charlie Thorn is not a mystery, so they can show more sides of the story. FJ is a mystery and SS is partially a mystery.

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