Here’s Why I Can’t Answer Certain Questions You Have About My Books

Hi everyone –

I have been deluged with questions since Spy School Revolution came out, and while I have been doing my best to answer them, I have noticed that there are categories of questions that come up again and again.  So rather than answering them repeatedly, I figured I’d try to address them in a blog post.

Category One:  Questions about what is going to happen in future books

This is the type of question I get asked the most and there’s a simple reason why I feel it would be better not to answer them: Because it will ruin future surprises in the books for you — and this ruin some of the fun of reading those books.

You hate spoilers, right?  Well, asking me to tell you who Ben Ripley will end up with — or whether or not a character you like is going to reappear in a future book — or really anything about the future of any series — is asking me to spoil something for you.  I know you want to find out what’s in store, but I promise you, the less you know about what’s coming, the more fun the read will be.

Category Two: Questions about things that didn’t get answered in the books

If I didn’t share a piece of information with you in the book, that wasn’t an oversight.  It’s because I didn’t want to share that piece of information.  Often, this is because I’m saving it to reveal in another book.

For example, I know there are some questions left at the end of SSR.  But if I had wanted to answer those questions, I would have.  I promise, they will eventually be answered — although I think most of you could probably make very educated guesses about what happened.

Category Three: Questions about obscure things

And author can’t possibly tell you every single thing that happened to every single character over the course of their lives.  Honestly, we can’t possibly even imagine all those things.  We have to leave many things out of the story.  So if you’re writing to ask what happened to a character after the Moon Base Alpha series ended — or what a character likes for breakfast — or whether someone likes cats or dogs better — the answer is honestly: I don’t know.  Whatever you imagine the answer to be is good enough for me.

Category Four: Questions about what my characters look like

I get a lot of requests to specifically describe characters which is because I didn’t specifically describe many of them in my books.  That’s because, frankly, I don’t think extremely specific character descriptions are very helpful.  My own experience is that, no matter how specifically a character is described, I probably imagine them the way I want to anyhow.  So I’m pretty sure that you do the same.  Therefore, whatever you imagine a character to look like is what they look like.

Now, this doesn’t really work for graphic novels or movies.  You will very obviously see the characters in the graphic novels, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that is the only way they can look.  It’s just one version.  The chances are very slim that any character will look exactly as you imagined them in the graphic novel — or the movie.  There is nothing i or anyone else can do about this.  That’s just the way things are.  Try not to be disappointed.

And finally, this is probably the question I get asked more than any other, even though it is answered elsewhere on this site:

Category Five: Questions about how many books will be in each series

I can’t answer a question I don’t know the answer to.  And right now, I do not know how long each series will go.  Sorry.


914 thoughts on “Here’s Why I Can’t Answer Certain Questions You Have About My Books

  1. bob cheeseburger –

    I will start doing school visits again when it is safe and everyone is vaccinated, which is probably going to be at least a year.

  2. Hmm also MR.Gibbs do u know wat schools you will be visiting (as in like wat state or somthing like that)

  3. Stu can u update your site ?
    Sorry but it’s sooooo boring
    The comments are all out of order
    Do you know if u do these things there might be a lot of more viewers and readers!
    Or the guy who are a spy school fan can make a club that would be awesome
    I can help?

  4. Dead lover ?

    I have to say, I find comments like yours really upsetting.

    You do know that I am an author, right? My day job is to write books, not to manage a website? I take a lot of time every day to try to answer fan questions and keep this up to date, so for you to come along and get on me for not updating my site enough and call it boring??? That’s really not cool. In fact, it’s insulting.

    There are plenty of professional authors out there who don’t respond to their fans at all and do zero website maintenance. I am doing my best while still trying to write several books a year and take care of my family.

    I encourage you to think about the words you choose before you post them.

  5. Rachel Boyle –

    Yes, there will be more books. For future reference, upcoming releases are listed in the right hand column of every single page of this website.

  6. Hey Mr. Gibbs I recently reread Percy Jackson Series and was wondering if you got some of your ideas from that series because they seemed so similar, for example-
    Luke Castellan=Joshua Hallal
    Rachel Dare=Zoe Zibbel
    Percy Jackson=Ben Ripley
    Annabeth Chase=Erica Hale
    Chiron=Cyrus Hale
    But also I dont even know if you ever have read this book before so I’m not sure thanks for taking time to answer this question and for being a great author and stay safe from this Covid.

  7. Ben’s twin brother Aiden –

    No, I did not take ideas from Rick Riordan to write my books. I did read the first book, but Ben Ripley and Erica Hale, besides being a boy and a girl, are very different from Percy Jackson and Annabeth as I recall. I don’t even remember who the other characters you mention are.

    Just a word of advice here, but… asking an author if they got ideas from another author is kind of offensive. Authors work very hard to come up with original characters. We don’t steal them from other authors.

  8. Let me just say that I am a huge fan. I’ve read MBA, Spy school and Charlie Thorne. Your work is absolutely amazing. I completely respect your books and have never been disappointed. Keep on writing your books.

  9. I’m literally gonna die. Stu has made it seem as if Erica has won but he’s too convincing…
    to be true. I’m scared because I need Berica. But I’m very confused.

  10. Is Tina a double agent because in ssbi Mr E’s checklist, read
    1. order bullets
    2.wish happy birthday to Tina
    3.kill ben ripley.

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