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Hey everyone. Thanks for stopping by and asking me your questions about Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I'm looking forward to discussing the book with you all.

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Hey everyone. Thanks for stopping by and asking me your questions about Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I'm looking forward to discussing the book with you all.


Good morning, Ransom. There are a bunch of questions waiting for you in the previous posts – you've created quite a frenzy here in the forums with Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children – congratulations!

 

Paul

"There never can be a man so lost as one who is lost in the vast and intricate corridors of his own lonely mind, where none may reach and none may save..." – Isaac Asimov, Pebble in the Sky
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Love this book! I have been telling everyone about. I have the Black and White Nook and the pictures come out great. I hope there will be an educators guide for this book.

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I loved your book!   It was so different and interesting.  I've been recommending it to friends.

My question is will there be a follow up book?  Or will your next book be entirely different? 

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The picture on the cover pulled me in first. And from everyone talking on the board here about the pictures inside and how the story related hooked me. When I was young as a family we would take pictures that were an illusion, like the fish bigger than the kid. So this book was one I had to read. I loved it.

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1.The picutures came first. The story is: I started collecting pictures a couple of years ago and I kept finding creepy pictures of kids and I thought I needed to do something with them. I didn't know exactly what it was and I didn't their stories so I thought I'd need to make them up. And it was my editor who suggested that it should be a novel.

 

2. I have way too many books. There are all the books that are left over from college that I haven't been able to get myself to donate to the charity book shiop, maudlin Irish literature, a super-marked up copy of Ulysses that I read during a seminar with John Greene, a whole shelf devoted Cormac McCarthy, and a lot of dark non-fiction.

 

3. Yes.

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1. The first question has to be: what came first, the narrative or the illustrations? Where did the creative spark for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children first ignite?

 

The photos came first--and sparked Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

 

2. And a related question – tell us a little about Taking Pictures, a nonfiction work that will be published in 2012. The book trailer (below) for this was simply fascinating….

 

It's all photos. There's no writing except for the writing that is on the pictures themselves. Its a book of found snapshops but they pictures tell the story. They're confessional, funny, surprising, heartbreaking.



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My question is will there be a follow up book?  Or will your next book be entirely different? 

 

Yes there will be a follow-up to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children but my next book being published is Talking Pictures which is a non-fiction photo/ coffee table book out in February 2012.

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I loved Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I love old photographs and as a child I went with my grandparents to estate sales. I liked looking at the old black and white pics and creating stories about them.  I look forward to more of your work.

 What was your inspiration behind the peculiar children's home?

 Do you plan to continue the story?

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Ransom_Riggs wrote:

My question is will there be a follow up book?  Or will your next book be entirely different? 

 

Yes there will be a follow-up to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children...


Great news!

 

Will it be a similiar format? Same characters? Any teasers for us?

 

 

 

"There never can be a man so lost as one who is lost in the vast and intricate corridors of his own lonely mind, where none may reach and none may save..." – Isaac Asimov, Pebble in the Sky
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In my BN.com blog about your novel – Extraordinary-and-Terrible-Riggs-Peculiar-Debut-is-Timeless, Ageless – Simply Unforgettable – I was really impressed with not only the fantastical element but the "real world" storyline as well, especially the richly described scenes on the remote island that was Jake's grandfather’s home for years.

 

“It could be important for him… it’s a place that’s been so mythologized by his grandfather that visiting could only serve to demystify it. He’ll see that it’s just as normal and unmagical as anyplace else, and, by extension, his grandfather’s fantasies will lose their power…”

 

Have you actually ever been to said island off the coast of Wales? Does it even exist?

 

Paul

"There never can be a man so lost as one who is lost in the vast and intricate corridors of his own lonely mind, where none may reach and none may save..." – Isaac Asimov, Pebble in the Sky
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I loved Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I love old photographs and as a child I went with my grandparents to estate sales. I liked looking at the old black and white pics and creating stories about them.  I look forward to more of your work.

 What was your inspiration behind the peculiar children's home?

 Do you plan to continue the story?



I'm glad to hear that you loved the photos.

 

There will be a sequel to Miss Peregrine and the inspiration for the book started wtih the images. When I saw all of the photos of the children together, I wondered what it would be like if they were all in one place and a home seemed to be a good fit.

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No, its too early for teasers. There will be more photos to accompany thes tory. Actually, right now, I'm collecting photos for the next book and they're in my backpack.

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In my BN.com blog about your novel – Extraordinary-and-Terrible-Riggs-Peculiar-Debut-is-Timeless, Ageless – Simply Unforgettable – I was really impressed with not only the fantastical element but the "real world" storyline as well, especially the richly described scenes on the remote island that was Jake's grandfather’s home for years.

 

“It could be important for him… it’s a place that’s been so mythologized by his grandfather that visiting could only serve to demystify it. He’ll see that it’s just as normal and unmagical as anyplace else, and, by extension, his grandfather’s fantasies will lose their power…”

 

Have you actually ever been to said island off the coast of Wales? Does it even exist?

 

Paul



It is a totally fictional island. I have actually been to Wales to  the tiny town of St David's but it wasn't the inspiration. Visually one of the islands that made me think of Cairnholm is St. Kilda's which is a remote island off the coast of Scotland.

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Visually one of the islands that made me think of Cairnholm is St. Kilda's which is a remote island off the coast of Scotland.


Man, I just googled St. Kilda and – wow – some amazing images:

 

 

 

 

 

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How did it feel when you found out that you were a "NYT Bestselling Author"?

 

What are your most memorable moments thus far pertaining to Miss Peregrine's? Any crazy stories from book signings?

"There never can be a man so lost as one who is lost in the vast and intricate corridors of his own lonely mind, where none may reach and none may save..." – Isaac Asimov, Pebble in the Sky
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I don't know of any plans for an educator's version or for discussion questions -- yet -- but if enough people bug the folks at Quirk Books about it, one might appear!  In any case, thanks for spreading the word about my book.

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It's beautiful, isn't it?  I'd love to visit one day, but it's something like eight stomach-churning hours from mainland Scotland -- rather a serious time commitment!  I'm generally fascinated by remote islands, and Cairnholm is a bit of an amalgam of many that I've read about -- and dreamed about -- over the years.  (In many ways, the little suburban town where I grew up felt like a remote island, and in that sense, at least, Jacob leaves one island only to be marooned on another.)

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I was blown away, honestly.  This was my first novel, and I'd worked on it for so long by myself, really only talking the details of its story over with one person, my editor, that for so many people to suddenly be asking me about Jacob and the kids felt extremely strange.  It's like you can all see inside my brain!  (Be thankful that you can't really.)

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I bought your book for my nook color based mostly on the title and liked it so much I bought a hard copy. I'm an English teacher and have a wide range of reading interests. I've recommended your book to several people. I try to get my students to understand that writing requires work. How much revision and re-writing did you do before Miss Peregrine's was published?

 

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