Blog Index

On this page you can find every blog post I’ve ever published. Happy reading!

Want to win an advanced reader copy of Spy School Goes North? Here’s how.

  My publisher, Simon & Schuster, is giving away 50 advanced reader copies of SSGN …

September 7, 2023
Evil Spy School the Graphic Novel is now available for pre-order

Evil Spy School the Graphic Novel is coming next spring.  It will be available on …

July 20, 2023
Here’s the cover, title and plot of Once Upon A Tim #4!

The release of the third book in the Tim series, Sea of Terror, is less …

May 4, 2023
The exclusive edition of Spy School Goes North is now available for pre-order from Barnes & Noble!

Hi everyone!  As has been the case with every Spy School novel since Evil Spy …

April 12, 2023
Looking for writing advice? Check out my free on-line video series, Mission: Write!

I am thrilled to finally announce a project that I have been working on with …

February 15, 2023
The reveal you’ve been waiting for: The title, cover and plot of Spy School 11

Lots and lots of people have been asking about this for the past few months. …

February 5, 2023
The exclusive edition of the Spy Camp Graphic Novel is now available for pre-order!

Once again, I have teamed up with Barnes & Noble to create an awesome exclusive …

January 9, 2023
I am releasing six books in 2023. Here’s the list.

2023 is going to be a big year for me.  I will have six books …

December 16, 2022
The exclusive edition of Whale Done is now available for preorder from Barnes & Noble

I am pleased to announce that Barnes & Noble is releasing an exclusive edition on …

October 21, 2022
Hope Wins now available!

I, along with many of my favorite writers (and probably yours), have contributed to this …

May 10, 2022
Once Upon A Tim just got a rave review from the New York Times

This should be pretty obvious from the title of this post, but Once Upon A …

February 25, 2022
I am pleased to announce I have joined the advisory council of Conservation Nation

As anyone who visits this site knows, I am a huge supporter of the conservation …

November 5, 2021
Stop Posting Spoilers — and Other Tips for Writing An On-Line Review

The last time I wrote a blog post about how to write and on line …

September 2, 2021
Bad news about the Spy School movie — for now

Hey everyone – I know you have been waiting a long time for an update …

February 16, 2021
Answers to all your questions about the Spy School Movie

Hi everyone – I have been getting a LOT of mail lately from people wanting …

December 15, 2020
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, …

October 10, 2020
Here’s why both the Moon Base Alpha series and the Last Musketeer series have ended

Hi everyone – The information in this post may be old news to many of …

July 3, 2020
New FunJungle mystery now available — in Super Puzzletastic Mysteries!

Hey everyone! Many of you have been writing to me, saying that you need a …

June 23, 2020
Today, May 18, 2020, is the tenth anniversary of Belly Up’s publication.

Ten years ago today, I became a published author. Belly Up was released by Simon …

May 18, 2020
Five reasons to start buying books from supports local businesses, which are having a very hard time right now. You will …

March 31, 2020
Book recommendations

Hey everyone – I am constantly being asked for recommendations for books to read, so …

March 16, 2020
The Last Musketeer is being re-released and repackaged and it looks amazing.

It’s been a long time since I posted about The Last Musketeer.  But there have …

January 16, 2019
The plot of Big Game comes true: Some awful person just really killed a rhino in a French zoo

For those of you who don’t know, the plot of my book Big Game is …

March 8, 2017
An answer to your burning question: Where do I get my ideas?

I get this question more than any other (except ‘When is your next Spy School/FunJungle/Moon …

January 12, 2016
This is Nola. She’s a northern white rhino. And her species is about to go extinct.

  EXCEPTIONALLY SAD UPDATE TO THIS POST: Shortly after I wrote this, Nola passed away. …

October 28, 2015
Space Case gets an awesome review from the New York Times!

When you want to be a writer, there are some things you dream about: Seeing …

December 19, 2014
Best research day ever

As much as I enjoy writing the Spy School series, the Belly Up series has …

February 13, 2014
Official Cool Dad Status

I will fully admit that I started writing middle grade fiction, in part, so that …

June 1, 2012
Famous works that Belly Up is actually rated higher than on Goodreads

In posting the following list, I do not mean to indicate in any way that …

October 28, 2011
Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful

So I read at the West Hollywood Book Fair this Sunday and while the fair …

September 28, 2010
Belly Up goes into space!

In my very first post, I mentioned the fact that I have a good friend …

August 9, 2010
Three launches in six days

Wow.  What a week. Launch #1: This website. But of course, you knew that.  You …

May 19, 2010
Belly Up in stores!!!

I’ve been writing ever since I was a kid. When I was young – maybe …

, May 12, 2010


181 thoughts on “Blog Index

  1. I mean, yes I guess that would be a way of taking them out of the story, but I kind of meant something a little bit more on the lines of being somebody being brought into the witness protection program for safety, or being brainwashed or something like that.

  2. Hi! I am a huge fan of all your books, especially the spy school series. How many more books do you think you will make of that series, if any? I know you probably are not sure, but do you have a guess?

  3. Mary –

    I try to visit as many of the places that I use as settings as I can. Visiting a place is a wonderful way to get inspired. If i can’t get there, I do a lot of research, but it’s not the same as being there.

  4. Luciana –

    I don’t know how many books will be in any of my series. The best guess I could make is: Less than twenty more, but more than one.

  5. Will you make a book on Erica’s perspective if you will, Will it be a series

  6. Jennifer Larimore –

    I am not planning to make a book from Erica’s POV. I explain why in a recent comment on this page.

  7. Dane –

    I do not know if I will ever write a Spy School preview. I am not planning one at this time.

  8. Luciana –

    I’m not sure which of the earlier comments you are referring to. Could you please be more specific with your question?

  9. How long do you think it will take you to make the spy school book following ssgn? Also, are you planning on making soy school into a series or movie in the future?

  10. I meant, when you said that you are planning on making less than 20 but more than 1 more book in your series, did you mean all the series you write or just the spy school series?

  11. SSFan!!!

    I am releasing a new SS book every year. So expect the next SS book a year after SSGN.

    I would love for SS to become a movie or a Tv series, but it hasn’t happened yet.

  12. Hi Mr. Gibbs!! I am such a fan of your SS books, what was your inspiration for your characters?

  13. Jerrett –

    Coming up with characters involves a great deal of brainstorming, just like coming up with a plot. When I develop the plot for a book, I also develop the characters. A few characters are inspired by real people, but most as entirely invented.

  14. Jerrett –

    I really have no idea what the reading level for the SS books is. I’m not sure how reading levels are even assessed.

  15. Omg I’m so excited for spy school goes north!!!
    It’s gonna be soooooooooooooooooo good!
    I can’t wait!

  16. Mr. Gibbs –

    What do you think the best qualities of each character are, or even your favorite qualities if you think that they are all great? Also when you nicknamed Erica Hale Ice Queen, did you mean to make it sort of a play on words since her last name is Hale, a homonym of hail, which is literally ice, so ice queen would kind of work both ways? Or is that just me looking way too deep into a nickname?

    – Sasha Rotko

  17. Sasha Rotko –

    You are looking a bit too deep into that nickname.

    I can’t really say what the greatest qualities of every character are specifically, but overall, my series honor characters who are smart, loyal and determined to do the right thing.

  18. Hello! I have two questions. How long do you think it will take you to release the next spy school book after goes north? And what is the age range for your books? Do you think that people ever become too old to read children’s books? I am going into high school which I know is a bit old for these books but I just love the story and the characters so much!

  19. Jaya –

    It will be around a year until the next SS novel comes out. I consider the age range for my books 7 & older — because I really try to write books that people will continue to enjoy as they get older. I hear from lots of college students that they have continued reading my books — and lots of adults who enjoy them. So no, I don’t think people ever become too old to enjoy them.

  20. Hello! Do you know what the storyline for the book after SSGN is going to be? And if so, have you already started writing it?

  21. Robin 0

    Given that SS12 comes out in about a year, I had to work out the storyline long ago and have already written several drafts.

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