This happened in real life. It happens in the book too!

PERILOUS JOURNEY

What is Perilous Journey? It’s my new novel, coming out in fall 2018.

Fall 2018? But that’s so long from now. Well, the story takes place in 1883, so it’s even longer for the characters.

What’s the book about? It’s about a couple of young inventors’ assistants who stumble across a dastardly plot that will ruin the World’s Fair.

Can you tell us anything else about the plot? Besides it being dastardly? I suppose it’s also diabolical.

This guy’s not in the book—but he’s awesome!

No, the plot of the book! Oh. It’s got a bunch of famous real-life historical people in it. Though they might not be depicted the way you imagine them (sort of like the fairy tale characters in the Hero’s Guide books).

Anything else? No, the plot’s a secret!

The plot in the book or the plot of the book? Both! But I’ll reveal more when I can.

 

 

THE WORST THING ABOUT SAVING THE WORLD

What is The Worst Thing About Saving the World? It’s another novel I’m working on, coming out sometime in the future. Even though it takes place in the present.

Wow, that sounds like time travel! Now you’re being silly.

But, wait! Hasn’t this book been listed on your website for, like, 57 years already? Yes, but it’s still not coming out until sometime after Perilous Journey.

How do you explain that? Time travel.

So what’s this Worst Thing book about? It’s about an average, everyday kid who saves the world and then finds it really difficult to go back to middle school and be normal.

If you’ve already written it, why do we have to wait until after Perilous Journey for it to come out? We’re not using printing presses for this one. Every copy will be individually handwritten by monks, like they did back in the Middle Ages.

That’s a joke, right? Yes.

Does the real answer have something to do with time travel? I wish! No, the real answer is that, though I finished my first draft of Worst Thing, there were still some plot holes that needed filling. And while I was stuck, thinking about how to fill them, I took a break to start work on another book idea—Perilous Journey. Except that one just kept going. Sometimes writers need to obey their brains.

 

 

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  1. After reading that, I had to make a comment! I burst out laughing after reading the answer to question 7, and continued laughing through the rest! Can’t wait for this book to come out!

    I absolutely loved books 1 and 2, and haven’t yet finished 3 of the Hero’s Guide series. Your characters are amazing!! They’re consistent, but not always predictable. I love that they’re so varied, and they play off each other so well! The dialogue is hilarious! You have quite a gift, Sir Healy! Thank you for using it, sir! 🙂

          1. I’m sorry to say no. I’m working on a new series to debut in 2017, but there will be a new Hero’s Guide short story this year as well.

              1. One more question: when is the next book out? We’ve read the trilogy at least five times each. No joke. We loooove them.

                  1. I would love to have a full fetched Hero’s Guide 4 though! I’m a really picky reader and there’s only been two series that I’ve even made it through the first book! Yours and Harry Potter. I’ve read Harry Potter through once and Hero’s guide several and I’ve just finished it again! Please please please have a fourth one and soon!

  2. I must say, Mr.H, that I am actually supposed to be doing homework right now, but I could not resist commenting.

    OMMMMMMMYYYYYYYYYYYYGUUUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *Waves arms around like Muppet* YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ahem….
    (Can I take your thesaurus…please???)
    Thank you so much. Seriously: OMYGUSH THANK YOU! I’VE BEEN DYIN OVAH HERE FOR ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR BOOKS!
    : )
    And yes you do have a seriously awesome gift that I kind of might want to borrow–and never return.
    : )
    Hehe just kidding.

  3. Will Bronson Pinchot be narrating this book as well? His voice compliments your writing so well. Did you have any input on choosing him as a narrator? Or was the choice purely made by the publishers? Also, who is your favorite character and or scene from The Hero’s Guide?

    1. It was one of my more exciting days as an author when I heard that Bronson Pinchot was going to narrate the Hero’s Guide audiobooks. I’ve been a fan of his for years. But I’m guessing they’ll go for a different narrator for The Worst Thing About Saving the World, since that book has first-person narration from an eighth-grader. (Not that Mr. Pinchot couldn’t pull it off if he wanted too, I’m sure.)

  4. Hello Mr. Healy…Um…I am a HUGE FAN of your Hero’s Guide books, and I was thinking “Man, wouldn’t it be awesome if Christopher Healy wrote something like “A Hero’s Guide To The World Of The 13 Kingdoms”. For instance, you could have a bunch of information about all of the characters, maybe a timeline of history for the 5 main kingdoms, you know, Sylvaria, Harmonia, Sturmhagen, Erinthia and Avondell…(Sorry if i spelled those wrong, I’ve only listened to your audiobooks, and they are so boss) and maybe include a short (but preferably long) story about the children of [SPOILERS] and make them go on an adventure. And also, I REALLY want you to write another book about the princes.

    Sincerely,
    Your Biggest Fan

    1. Congratulations, Dash! You spelled the names of all the kingdoms correctly. Very impressive with only the audiobook to go by. Anyway, your idea about a Hero’s Guide Guide is a very good one–such a good one, in fact, that I’ve already considered the prospect. Nothing is currently in the works, but I wouldn’t rule it out. By the way, sorry I had to cover up a few words from your post, but I want to make sure that anybody who hasn’t read the books yet doesn’t accidentally find out that [SPOILER] and [SPOILER] get [SPOILER]. Or that [SPOILER] happens to [SPOILER] and [SPOILER]. But I agree that those would be very good [SPOILERS].(P.S.–My son is named Dash! Great name!)

        1. Smimf is not based on my son. Smimf is more based on me as a teenager. If I had been fast. Which I wasn’t. Nor did I call everybody “sir.” So, actually… No, probably not based on me either.

  5. It’s so great that you reply to everyone, Mr. Healy! It means a lot to us readers! 🙂

    I hope you don’t mind if I ask you a question: In the second book, Little Taylor says “I killed seven with one blow!” or something along those lines. Is that a reference to Disney’s “The Brave Little Tailor”? And when Lila says that she and Liam are related to someone named “Humperdinck”, is that a nod to “The Princess Bride”? Were these films inspirations in your writing?

    Also, were any of the Disney films inspirational in the look and dress of the characters? Frederick’s suit with the tassels is so like the one worn by Cinderella’s Disney Prince Charming!

    1. The “seven with one blow” line is indeed a reference–as is Little Taylor’s name. Though my intention is to reference the original Grimm Brothers fairy tale, “The Brave Little Tailor,” rather than the animated Disney version of that tale. There are classic fairy tale references throughout the Hero’s Guide series, some very obvious, some perhaps a bit less so. (The Seven-League Boots, for instance, come straight out of old fairy tales.) Humperdinck, though? Yes, that is a direct reference to one of my favorite movies of all time.

      1. It makes me happy that The Princess Bride is one of your favorite movies. It should be one of everyone’s favorite movies.

  6. My 8y.o. daughter, Kelsey, just finished The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw. She loved it! She enjoyed all three in the series so much that she’s told all her friends about them. She’s really sad that there are no more and begs you to write a fourth Hero’s Guide book. She wonders if there is a possibility that there will be a movie made? She is also wondering if your new book will be appropriate for her age group?

    1. First of all… Thank you, Kelsey, for being so awesome. As Duncan would say, you’re the soup! The good news is that, yes, there IS a possibility that a movie will be made. And yes, my new book will be appropriate for her age group. As for a fourth Hero’s Guide book though, well, there’s nothing in the works right now. However, if enough readers were to demand it… I certainly wouldn’t rule it out.

      1. Oh, I’m demanding it all right!
        I want to be a writer someday. You’re great inspiration.

        STRUUUUUUM – HAAAAAAAA – GEEEEENNNNNNN!

        My favorite.

        Galadriel

        1. Chapter 17 Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw-
          Liam said the same thing over and over in his mind. “Please don’t yell ‘Sturmhagen’ and charge at them. Please don’t yell ‘Sturmhagen and charge at them.” To Gustav’s credit, he didn’t. He yelled, “PIIIIIIRAAATE HUUUUNNNNTERRRS!” and charged at them.
          xD That may be my favorite quote of all time. Right above, “You’re not afraid of heights, you’re afraid of falling. On the ground. And if you’re afraid of the ground, we need to get you up high immediately.” Random comment! Anyway, that makes me laugh every time. And I’m demanding it too.

          1. Hey Natasha!!! Would you like to help me write a pile of letters to Walden Pond Press and ask them very nicely with sugar on top if they’ll publish another Hero’s Guide book?

        2. Hay Galadriel!!! Do you want to help me write a pile of letters to Walden Pond Press to ask very nicely with sugar on top for them to publish another Hero’s Guide book?

  7. Hello sir Healy,
    I’m on chapter 14 of Being an outlaw.
    I’m sorry but I need to know Does Ruff survive I really NEED TO KNOW it’s been bothering me.It’s an honner you answer your fans questens. Sorry when I type I’m horrible at spelling and bouncing around where I go.I love your books and I recomend it to every friend i know

    1. Thank you, Lady Sophie! While I appreciate your note and applaud you for recommending the series to friends, I hope you’ll understand that I can’t tell you what happens in the end. It would be a spoiler for anyone else to reads my website. So I apologize, but you’ll just have to read on. But thanks again! You rule!

  8. OMG MR. H your books are so totally epic! I really really really loved them! But I gotta know, will you come out with another book? I’m really intrested to see if Ruffian the Blues daughter is still alive, (is it Ella?) and if Lila can find her…….
    Thanks so much, sir, your really great, sir!

    1. Hi, Lila! Great name! Wow, the quest for Ruffian’s daughter is definitely the most requested future Hero’s Guide plotline. And should my publisher, HarperCollins, decide they want a fourth Hero’s Guide book, that quest would definitely be a big part of the tale. So maybe if you all let HarperCollins know you want to read it…

    2. Hey Lila!!! (Lila’s not actually my real name.) I was wondering if you wanted to write a pile of letters with me to Walden Pond Press asking them if they’ll publish another Hero’s Guide book if it were to be written.

  9. I’m asspiring to be an author some day and your books are an insparation! I’m eagerly awating for The Worst thing about Saving the World to come out!

  10. Mr.H,
    let me begin by saying that you are very very awesome. I own the whole hero’s guide series and am in the process of reading it over for the fourth time. I am totally looking forward to your next book and will totally buy your next hero’s guide book if and when comes out. i also wanted to know how you came up with the idea of Briar Rose being a not-so-nice person considering the Disney animated and nonanimated films. and just asking who was your inspiration for Deeb Rauber. 🙂

    1. Well, I figured that if Sleeping Beauty was a rich princess, and her parents hid her from a curse for her whole childhood, they probably would have set her up with tons of servants to take care of her through that time. And I also figured that anyone brought up that way might end up being kinda spoiled. So that’s how I got to my Briar Rose. As for Deeb Rauber, it was my own son who got me thinking that a little kid villain would be pretty cool.

  11. I can’t wait for The Worst Thing About Saving the World to come out! I am a huge fan of the Hero’s Guide series (along with my whole family). I have recommended them to a lot of people. Unfortunately, one of my best friends refuses to read them. I think I pestered him too much. One of the many great things about the Hero’s Guide is that it is not extremely well known, and I love finding books that I din’t know were going to be amazing before I read them. I am an aspiring authoress, and my friend and I are co- writing a novella.

  12. Hi, Mr. Healy! Do you prefer that or Mr. H?
    You said that if enough people asked you to write another Hero’s Guide book you would think harder about doing it. So I’m asking. I know that if I tell you what to write, it’s less likely for you to write so I’m just wondering if you actually might possibly write something about Beauty and the Beast. I’m not saying you should, but I just wondered. I suppose you shouldn’t give out any spoilers.
    I very much admire that you use the REAL versions of stories and not the made up Disney ones. (Take ‘Tangled’ for example.)
    Signed,
    Lila (Let’s just say that’s my pen name)

    P.S. I’m sorry I used three periods on my name. I shouldn’t have wasted so many.

    P.P.S. My mom, dad, and four siblings also want another book, so that ups the total number of votes to eleven.

    1. Here’s the truth about the situation, Lila (if that is your real name)–I’d love to write a bunch more Hero’s Guide books. So I’m not really the one who needs to be convinced. If my publisher–Walden Pond Press, a division of HarperCollins–happened to get a pile of letters about it, though… Well, who knows? I’m not saying it would definitely happen. And I’m not saying you should send any. But if you did… Uh-oh, I’m using up too many precious periods. Must stop typing. Oh, and Mr. H is just more fun.

      1. Hey guess what!!!
        They discovered a new period mine in Barbuda!
        I think I might just write a letter to your publisher. Do you know where I could find there address?
        -Charity (That’s my real name):)

        1. Hey, if you–or any of my other fans–would like to write a letter to the publisher, feel free to do so. My comments about it were sort of half joking, but I love that some of you really want to do it. You can find the address on the HarperCollins website. But please be polite in your requests. 🙂 And to be completely honest with all of you, while letters certainly aren’t going to hurt, the only way to really ensure the publication of new Hero’s Guide books is for more copies of the first three to get sold. Therefore, recommending the series to friends and family can actually be far better than letters. It’s not really the publisher who needs to hear from you, it’s kids, parents, teachers, and librarians who haven’t yet read the series. Whatever you choose to do, though, know this: I have the best fans in the world. I am so grateful for you all every day. And I love how much you all want to support these books. Thank you!!! You guys are awesome!

  13. is the Hero’s guide Audio-books available in Cd format? That would be great to listen to on car trips!
    do you know yet, who is going to illustrate “the Worst thing about saving the world” yet? when will the cover for it be released? i can’t wait!

    1. Why, yes, it is! All three Hero’s Guide books are available in audiobook format, narrated by the wonderful Bronson Pinchot. Look for them wherever audiobooks are sold!

  14. I’ll try to use as little periods as possible. But do the dots on, say exclamation points or question marks contribute to the period shortage? Or are they a whole other variety of punctuation dot? Punctuation issues and shortages aside, your new book looks awesome and I can’t wait to read it!! Definitely going to be looking for it when it comes out!! 🙂

    1. Yes, unfortunately the dots all come from the same place. So if we run out, the exclamation points will need to try to find work as 1’s or lower case l’s. What can the question mark’s do, though? They might need to try to be fishing hooks or tiny shepherd staffs.

      1. Yeah, at least the exclamation points have options, the question marks are pretty much out of luck if they want to stay in the punctuation business. Though what’s up with commas? I wonder if they’re just like reject periods because they grew wrong but nobody wanted to waste them.

        1. Hey, maybe your right. I never thought of that. I herd on the radio, though, that they’re finding punctuation mines all over the Caribbean. The newest one was in Saint Lusia.

          P.S. What about Lila the Lilac.

  15. We want more Hero’s books. We just finished book 3 and the kids want more. Also, wanted to let you know that the narrator for the audio books is awesome!

    1. Thanks! I think Bronson Pinchot is a pretty awesome narrator, too. He’s been nominated for an Audie Award this year (the audiobook awards) for Best Male Solo Narration for The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw. I know I’ll be rooting for him. Stay tuned for the award results this spring!

    1. I’m seriously dying over here. I HAVE NO PATIENCE! *sobs in corner at the prospect of having to wait so long*

  16. This book looks exciting. I can feel my feet tapping and my hair rising with excitement the way it does when I’m destined to shortly enjoy a luscious chocolate muffin.

  17. What’s all this about a punctuation shortage? And WHAT WILL LILA’S COLOR BE?!? I mean, she is a bounty hunter now… Sorry about the periods, if there really is a punctuation shortage.
    All the best,
    Bellatrix ( That is, let us say, my pen name. My friend, who’s name, coincidentally, really is Ella, said that my liking dark colors made me a dark lord. She mentioned Voldemort, but I said that I’d be more like Bellatrix, being a young woman. I actually also offered Rundark- is that spelled right?)
    P.S. IS it mongoose or is it mongeese, as Eric the Mauve says?
    P.P.S. Baribunda! Baribunda! FuzzymcStripehead! (that was a chipmunk I saw out the window)

    1. Oh, yes. The punctuation shortage is very serious. I’ve had to start breaking up colons in order to make periods out of them. (And it takes more than just liking dark colors to make you a dark lord. There’s also the evil. Don’t forget the evil.)

  18. First of all, Ella isn’t my real name. It is my pen name. However, I have a friend named Ella. But, I digress. All I was saying is that wonder if Liam will really marry Briar, or if he will marry Ella. I know already that, perhaps, Rapunzel will marry Frederick. But how should I know. I’m always the last to hear the news. I’ve also realized that the women are like versions of the men. Val=Gustav, Ella=Liam, Rapunzel=Frederick, and Snow (unsurprisingly)= Duncan.
    P.S. STRUUUUUUM – HAAAAAAAA – GEEEEENNNNNNN, as Gustav would say. In fact, my favorite quote is from book 3- Liam said the same thing over and over in his mind. “Please don’t yell ‘Sturmhagen’ and charge at them. Please don’t yell ‘Sturmhagen and charge at them.” To Gustav’s credit, he didn’t. He yelled, “PIIIIIIRAAATE HUUUUNNNNTERRRS!” and charged at them. Good greif, Gustav.

    1. I’m sorry that you are the last to hear the news. But if you were the first to hear the news, you would have to write the books. And then what would I do for a living?

  19. You know, there is a kid at my school who is kind of like Gustav. Actually, that is his middle name! He does a lot of random yelling, like the one in the books. I’ve mentioned the books to him several times, but he won’t listen. He never listens
    .

    1. If your Gustav anything like the prince Gustav, perhaps you can get him to take notice of the books by wrapping them in a slab of meat.

      1. That……is the best idea I have ever heard. (Wow, I need to cut back on the periods or we’ll have a shortage again!)

        1. Don’t worry… The shortage was finished during the summer. I think… Anyway, they discovered new mines… right? What am I saying? With all the ellipses, I am contributing to the shortage possibility. Also: commas. Purposeful or reject periods?

  20. Hello, Mr. Healy…I REALLY LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!!!!!!! oh wow, I’m going crazy, but they are just AWESOME! My friend let me borrow the second book (Without reading the first, but I eventually read that one, and the third one….SO AWESOME!) and I was totally hooked! I really relate to Ella and have a classmate who just switched schools who is (In good ways and bad) EXACTLY like Briar Rose! We are eagerly awaiting a fourth book (It better happen, or else you may have the whole of the Stumpy Boarhound pounding at your door) and the possible movie, too! Thanks for being the best author ever!
    🙂

  21. Hi,
    I just wanted to say that I LOVE YOUR BOOKS SO MUCH. I read The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom and that was kind of what got me started reading the new kind of fairy tales (adapted ones).
    I read through a bunch of the comments, and I realized that I really don’t have anything interesting to say, not like “I have a classmate who’s just like Ella (or fill in the blank with another of your awesome characters), though having a classmate who’s just like one of the characters, even one of the evil ones, would be cool.
    Thank you for using your gift to write smart, funny, entertaining books. I own a copy of the first book in the “Hero’s Guide” series, and it’s my go to book when I haven’ gone to the library in a while. Everyone should read your books!

    P.S. Asli isn’t my real name, but it actually means real in Turkish…I love irony.

  22. I am eagerly awaiting news on the release date and cover for THE WORST THING ABOUT SAVING THE WORLD and i really hope Todd Harris illustrates it! his drawings go so well with your stories? will it be coming out in 2015? or 2016? (if it’s 2016 i may go crazy!
    AAAAH!

    1. Hi, Ben! I am sorry to have to tell you that it will be 2016. But maybe I’ll be able to come up with a little something to keep you entertained until then. I’ll try my best!

        1. I saw that too so I searched on Amazon but couldn’t find it, which led me here. Goodread’s list of 2015 middle grade books says “Fall 2015” as well. 🙁

          1. Yes, I’m sorry to say that Fall 2015 is definitely not happening. The publication, that is. Not the season. The season is still happening. Starts on September 23rd, like usual.

            1. WHAT?!?!?! I JUST TOLD MY DAD THAT HE SHOULD LOOK INTO GETTING THAT FOR MY BIRTHDAY( the 22 of October) !!!!!!!! AND NOW IT’S NOT SHOWING UP UNTIL 2016?!?!! Oh, well. Just my luck. (My luck kind of stinks).

  23. In the next hero’s guide book, (assuming there will be one,) I really hope that Smimf makes the cover!
    I LOVE these books! (And Smimf!)

  24. The series was amazing Mr. Healy. I absolutely loved them. And u should know the heroes guide to saving ur kingdom is nominated for Texas Bluebonnet

      1. Mr.H. LOVED the Hero’s guide nooks and all the hilarity here in the comments! Picked up your books at the library thinking to resd to my twin 8 yr olds and got totally sucked in. I would like to purchase these and any future books to further the writing but Amazon only appears to carry audiobook. I listened to Bronson, he did a fair job, but I prefer my own voice and a physical book. Help!! Where can I buy these if not Amazon??? BnN?? Perhaps?
        Thank you so much for your writing, characters and stories. Total laugh out loud antics. – Zaubera’s cousin

        1. Hi, Terri! Thanks! Amazon should have the actual books as well as the audiobooks, but if for some reason, you can’t find them there, then, yes, B&N should also carry them. And I’m sure any local bookstore would order them for you if they were currently out of stock.

  25. So a boy saves the world and THEN the story starts. Does that mean that he’s going to have to do it again or something really bad happened?

      1. Thanks Mr. Healy. (she said slightly sarcastically). My sister wants me to tell you that her birthday is tomorrow. Sometimes I read the Hero’s Guide Series to her and she really likes them. She’s turning 9 tomorrow.

  26. Hey, Mr. H? The Worst Thing About Saving the World was supposed to come out in in fall of 2015 wasn’t it. I know you changed it into ‘some time in the future’ but if you have already written it……. Just make sure it didn’t get lost in the editing or anything. 🙂

    1. DON’T GET LOST IN EDITING!!! PLZ!!! I had a book that got lost in editing once. Mosly because I’m a terrible typer, but also because Microsoft Word stopped letting me edit my own document because ‘we don’t think this is really your account’. Or some stupid message like that.

  27. The worst thing about saving the world is…. that when you get home, your hose is being auctioned off to some relatives you hate, everyone thinks you’re dead, your possessions have all been sold, and some unpleasant distant family members have moved in. Or maybe the bad guys you thought you vanquished show up in your home town, your companions fight them off and get all the credit, and you’re left with nothing. Also, your town gets super messed up in the process. OR everyone knows , even after 19 years, and is annoying you and asking your kids nonsensical questions about you that they couldn’t possibly know the answers to. Yeah, those are all references. I challenge you to name the books/franchises.

      1. Lord of the Rings- The Scouring of the Shire- when Sauraman (or however you spell it- I haven’t read this in about a year) and Wormtounge show up in the Shire and mess it up. Then Merry and Pippin fight them off and become famous, and Frodo- who saved the world- gets 0% of the credit.

  28. The worst thing about saving the world is that when you finally get a book made about you, the cover is cheesy computer font set to a blue background with no artwork, and the book itself got postponed. By the way, my pen name is a reference to my book (it’s a work in progress. No cover art yet. No title, even.)

  29. I figured out a way to make sure I edit my Nano book. I just will outlaw myself from reading The Worst Thing About Saving The World until I do. And I definitely want to read it as soon as it comes out, so I’ll be working on that.
    Jokes though, I’m going to read it whether or not I’m done editing. Which I won’t be. I hate editing. It’s the middle of March and all that I’ve done is edit the first chapter once. SOMEDAY!!!

  30. Is Saving Your Kingdom your first book? How did you go about getting it published? I would love to know the story.

    1. Saving Your Kingdom was my first novel. (Prior to that, I’d written a nonfiction book for new dads.) The story of its publication isn’t very exciting, I’m afraid. I took the standard route of having my literary agent send the manuscript out to different publishers until one of them wanted it. It probably helped that, as a reviewer for various magazines and websites, I’d been writing ABOUT children’s books for years before that.

      1. excuse me Mr. Healy after you finish writing the hero’s guide trilogy what other story ideas do you have planned are you planning to write a trilogy a mermaid novels where a human enters a mermaid city under the ocean befriending a mermaid princess or even a trilogy of your own wacky version of the Arabian nights stories with aladdin, sinbad the sailor and ali baba and his 40 thieves in it with not a muscular genie dude but a voluptuous redheaded sultry genie lady

  31. I just did a oral book report on my favorite book – which is definetly the hero’s guide to being an outlaw, and almost everyone in my class asked me for the title of the book! U r so awesome. I’ve read a lot of books, but yours are always the best.

  32. I love your books so much! I’m so excited for this to come out! You are AMAZING!!!
    P.S. My name isn’t actually ‘girl with a loud shiny stick’, nor is it any of my friends’ names. Just wanted to clear that up.

      1. If you are Christopher Healy (the author) the author in disguise then who is Christopher Healy (the non author) in disguise.

  33. Wowowowowowowowowowowowowowow………….wow. These books are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! Ahhhhh! Oh no! Too many dots! We’re going to run out again!

  34. Dear Mr Healy, I’m a huge fan and aspiring writer. I love your books. They are action packed, hilarious and cleverly written. And I was wondering if I could ask you for some advice. I love to write stories and I have no shortage of story ideas. My only problem is that I can never seem to get past the first chapter when writing. I was wondering if you had and advice?

    1. What I do is outline an entire book, so I have a road map to follow as I start the actual writing of the story. It helps to keep me moving from chapter to chapter. But–and this is important–that map is just a suggestion, not a code of law that absolutely must be followed. If in the course of writing, I come across a side path that seems more interesting, I always allow myself to venture down that way and see what comes of it. I might end up retracing my steps back to the main road, or I might discover a whole new world that’s way more exciting than the one I was planning on visiting in the first place.

  35. Mr. H, I was wondering… Where is The Worst Thing About Savign The World?!?!
    It is Christmas of 2016 and I have not seen your new book on shelves at bookstores! 🙁
    When will it come out?
    Merry Christmas!
    P. S. I was Lila for Halloween last year 😉

    1. TWTASTW has been put on hold while I finish up the first book on another new series, Perilous Journey, which should be out later this year. (I need to update my web site.) Also, big thumbs on on the Halloween costume! Yay!

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  37. I love your “Hero’s Guide” books. I listened to them before my kids, and was very pleased that they were entirely kid-approprate. Thanks so much for that! We were even able to talk my 3 year old into laughing at the scary parts of book 2! I of course laughed at the entire thing. We are waiting a while for book 3, though I myself didn’t wait…makes my older kids kind of disgusted, but we’re filling in with Hank the Cowdog, another of our favorites. I totally think you need to write Ruffian and Lila’s search for his daughter. Of course they will find her! And thanks so much for letting you know who survive the you know what. I tried very hard to tell myself that I would still love the book if he didn’t, but it wouldn’t have been the same:)

    1. Thanks. I always try to you-know-what when you-know-who is you-know-whating you-know-when. I would have hated to make you you-know-what.

      1. If your already finished writing the worst thing about saving the world, why do you need to put it on hold.

        1. I only finished a first draft. The book will need to go through a lot of editing and revising before it’s ready for publication. But I’ve put it aside to work on the editing and revising of a completely different first draft that I’ve also finished: Perilous Journey, Book 1. Stay tuned for more on that.

  38. Okay, it is now June of 2017 and I have not seen any news on The Worst Thing About Saving the world. The cover art here is even still cheesy computer font! When is this book coming out?! Or has it already? I haven’t read these books in a few years, so I guess I don’t really know what I’m doing. (I’m rereading-uh, re-listening?- the books as I type)

    1. It’s complicated. But I will have a new book out next year. Not this one and not Hero’s Guide 4, but definitely a new book.

  39. Hello! I am a random 14 year old girl who posted awhile back when I was 13. I just want to say that I have re-read your books like 10000000000000000000000000000 times. No pressure, but… I AM DYING FOR ANOTHER HEROS GUIDE! I am a BIG reader and hate cliffhangers. Please write a 4th book before my head explodes. No pressure. My head won’t really explode. I can’t wait to read the other books coming out! They look awesome!!!

    ~Liza~

  40. hey its me again as I hope you can tell I am a super nerd. When I saw the beautiful cover for
    ” perilous journey ” a single tear ran down my check. I’m so happy!

  41. Just chiming in as another huge fan – I’ve now read all 3 Hero’s Guide books to my kids (Ella & Calum, aged 11 & 9) who keep asking me to “Do your Gustav voice, Dad!” at the most inopportune moments 🙂

    We all can’t wait for the next Hero’s Guide book, if you ever decide to do one – there was a big “awww” when I told them we’d just finished the last published one. In the meantime, we’re looking forward to seeing how we get on with your other upcoming books. Keep up the excellent work!

  42. Hello, Mr. Healy! I wrote you some months ago about what a great pleasure your books have been for me, and you kindly responded, mentioning your upcoming titles. Will they be in audio form at the same time, or does that have to wait? Just about the only time I have free to read is when I am driving, so I am hoping that the audio version will arrive soon. I know there are many talented readers out there, but I must say Mr. Pinchot, should he be an option, was an inspired choice for the Hero’s Guide books. Regardless, I am really glad that there is actually something to look forward to in these discouraging days! Thank you for that again! Very best regards, Melanie Miller

    1. I am happy to report that the audiobook version of A Perilous Journey of Danger & Mayhem is being recorded as we speak! (As we type?) I will post more details as they arrive.

  43. I just put a positive review on amazon, audible, Libby, books, and I am going to my Library today to tell her about it. I recommend it to all of my friends. I also sent a letter kindly asking for a book 4 to HarperCollins audio and publishers, and I am showing all of the support I can on this app . Will this help get a book 4?

  44. Is the periods shortage still serious mr Healy, because I’d so I will stop using the dots. Oh darn (period) I guess I (lowercase J) ust used 1(period) I w(lowercase I)ll stop us(lowercase I)ng them (per(lowercase I)od)

  45. Is the worst thing about saving the world actually going to be made? So like after perilous journey 3 you will write the worst thing about saving the world. And then what? (I strongly recommend writing hero’s guide 4)

  46. Ok. These are yes or no questions
    Will your next book be heroes guide?
    Will you write a hero’s guide book 4?
    Will you be writing another series?
    Ok. These are regular
    Will you be introducing more series? If so, what?
    Will the short story you wrote be included in the next hero’s guide?
    Can you update the “Upcoming titles” page?

    1. No, my very next book will be the last part of the Perilous Journey trilogy, out this fall. Yes, I plan to write a Hero’s Guide Book 4. Maybe I will write another series (definitely more book, but not necessarily series). No, the short story will not be part of the next Hero’s Guide. And yes, I can update the Upcoming Titles page.

      1. Like as in Red and Deeb will not be in the 4th book? that would be sad. I really loved both characters. Also, in your mind, has the time progressed in the 13 kingdoms (making lila about 20 or so, or is she only like 15 or is she still 14, but wait, if she would be 20 today that would make her like 17-18 during the short story, making deeb like 15-16. Woah. If that was true, he did not mature whatsoever. Well, I guess saving someone could be called maturity, but he did immediately return to being a robber. Woah, rauber is his last name. Is that a coincidence? I think not. Also, I just looked it up and Deeb means thief. Did you seriously name him thief robber? I love it.)

        Side note: I am 13 years old and the reagan who wrote the other comments with all the writing and stuff about genies and stuff. Because of ur help, I published my first book. It is a children’s book where the main character is named after whatever person orders it. i.e. if a kid named ryan bought it, it would be called ryan in miss sparks class, if a kid named sadie bought it, it would be called sadie in miss sparks class. So yeah, thanks for the tips. Hopefully in the future I can write books aimed at 10-13 year old’s.

        Tl/dr, has time progressed in your books? are red and deeb gonna be in a possible future book?

        1. Time progresses in the Thirteen Kingdoms, but not at the same speed as real world time. The short story, for instance, takes place only a month or two after the events of Being an Outlaw. So don’t worry, Lila will still be 14 the next time you see her.