Blog Index

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

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
Here’s the cover, title and plot of Once Upon A Tim #3!

Once Upon A Tim book #2: The Labyrinth of Doom comes out next Tuesday (November …

October 28, 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
The exclusive edition of Spy School Project X is now available from Barnes & Noble!

Good news!  As has been the case with every Spy School novel since Evil Spy …

July 16, 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


138 thoughts on “Blog Index

  1. Nikhil –

    I don’t really feel that killing off a character in any of my books would be adding anything to the stories.

  2. Grant Kaplan –

    Ben and Erica are in their early teens. They’re not getting married any time soon.

  3. How do you make the front cover of your books? Also, how do you print and publish your books?

  4. Do you plan your books ahead of time? If so, how do you do it? or else how do you know about when your books are going to be released? (sorry for the overload of questions, just curious)

  5. LE McKenney –

    My covers are designed by Lucy Cummins, who works for my publisher. That same publisher handles all the printing, shipping and marketing.

  6. Agent 924011

    Yes, I plan my books out well ahead of time. I start brainstorming ideas and outlining uo to a year before i start writing.

    I work with my publisher on a release schedule up to two years ahead of time.

  7. Hello Mr. Gibbs!

    Just a quick question, where did you get your inspiration to write a series about spys?

  8. Agent 57129

    Please see my FAQ page for the inspiration stories for all of my series.

  9. Mr Gibbs,

    Have you ever gotten stuck writing and couldn’t come up with the plot. It’s happened to me before when I wrote my own book inspired by the funjungle series. But anyway how were you able to keep going?

  10. Seddy Fitzcracken –

    Everyone gets writer’s block now and then. I generally avoid much of it by spending a lot of time working out my stories and outlining before I ever start the writing process. If I still get stuck, then I go outline again — or take a walk to think about the story that i want to tell.

  11. Hi. I really love your books and I’m exited to see what comes next from all of your series. My favorite characters are Erica Hale, Porthos and Summer McCraken (I hope I spelled those all correctly). I’m would love to know any information about a movie you have. But I saw above that you don’t really have anything about that. And that’s okay. I would personally love to see a Spy School/Charlie Thorne or Funjungle movie. But I also think that they could work as a show with like 10 episodes or something like that. What are your thoughts on that? P.S. I hope I Didn’t distract you from writing some EPIC books just right now.

  12. Calebwhois13 –

    I am up for any version of my books being turned into a movie or Tv show.

  13. Mr.Gibbs my sister said that you came to my school I while ago. It is called The Pembroke Hill School in KC, Missouri. Have you been there?

    P.S. I know you probably don’t remember every school you visit.

  14. Hi Stuart. I’ve been reading your FunJungle books and I love them! But after I finished, I got sad because there were no more books to read. Can you please tell me when the next FunJungle book will be published? Thank you.

  15. FunJungly –

    If you look in the right hand column of every page of this website, you will find an Upcoming Releases box that has the answer to your question.

  16. Summer –

    My books are always available ANYWHERE books are sold. (Though I would prefer if you bought them from your local bookstore or If you visit my books page, there are always links to purchase them.

    Mr. Gibbs,
    When Ben and Mike meet El Diablo and he gives them clothes as they come out of the showers, he sees a shirt that says Snakes Alive on it. Is that a reference to the Snakes Alive that FunJungle was against in the FunJungle series? Was that an easter egg?

  18. Book –

    There could be an MBB book. But I am not planning one at this time.

  19. Hi Mr. Gibbs,
    I was wondering if there were any updates on the spy school movie. You are an amazing writer.

  20. Eden –

    Sadly, there are no updates on the SS movie. If I have anything to share, I will post it.

  21. Is Chloe Carter in the first Spy School book a typo or is Chloe Carter and Chloe Appel in the Revolution two different people.

  22. Typoist –

    Those are two different people. That’s why they have two different last names.

  23. Have you written any books that were supposed to be the next book in a big series like Spy School or FunJungle but got rejected by your editor or publisher? If so, could you share the titles of them? This may be classified though…

  24. KK –

    Once a series is going, what happens in the books is really up to me. If I want to do something, then I get to do it.

  25. Amanda –

    Since the SS series deals with relatively young kids and focuses on spy missions more than relationships, not everyone’s sexual orientation has been made part of the story. So there could be LGBTQ+ characters, but ehy’re simply not definitely by their sexual orientation.

  26. Mr. Gibbs-
    Do you approve the samples of SSPX on Apple Books and Amazon? Did you give them these samples, or where they leaked?

  27. Ruben G –

    I do not approve the samples on any sites. I have no idea how they get them.

    PS You do not have to post the same question on multiple pages. Just post it once. I will see it.

  28. Hi!
    I have read and enjoyed your books for a while. One thing that I have noticed is that you have very few LGBTQIA+ characters in your books (by my count, two). I was wondering if maybe it would be possible to add some LGBTQIA+ characters, especially in your “Spy School” series. Personally, Zoe gives me omnisexual vibes, and Erica always strikes me as demiromantic and demisexual, but that’s just me. It would also be great if you could add some non-binary characters as well. These is all my personal thoughts, and you definitely don’t have to follow them if you don’t have to, but I do that adding LGBTQIA+ characters would elevate the series. Nevertheless, you are an amazing author and your books are great!
    Thank you so much!!

  29. Sen –

    Actually, I have had four LGBTQA+ characters so far — but one could argue that’s only the number that I have blatantly declared to be LGBTQIA+. There are dozens of characters that haven’t declared any sexuality at all. Why? Because my books are generally not about relationships. I only have relationships come up when I feel that they are important to the plot. I recognize that it is important to have LGBTQIA+ representation in books, but I also think that I shouldn’t be declaring the sexual orientation of preteens just to define them one way or another. To me, the best way to deal with representation is to have it emerge naturally. As the books progress, you might see more of this happening, but I’m only going to do it if and when I feel that it works within the context of the story.

  30. Hi Stuart,
    My name is Alfonso.
    In a couple days I have a book report. And I chose the first Spy school book. One of the things they are also asking me for is Your authors life. So if you can send me info about your life. You have been one of my favorite authors so it would really help. Thanks


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