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I won’t know the situation with the possible movie for The House of the Scorpion until the middle of March.  It’s possible that the company will simply drop the option if they haven’t found anyone who is interested.

Right now I am working on a middle-grade book called Fifteen Miles to Snockum Town.  It is a contemporary novel  placed in the Bootheel area of New Mexico, a place where there are more ghost towns than live people towns.  The title is based on a game my brother used to play on long car trips when we were kids.  Our car only went 30 miles an hour which, in 110 degree heat in Arizona, was unbearable.  My sister would get ratty and my brother would entertain her with stories of Snockum Town where there was ice cream and cold drinks and a swimming pool with a waterfall, etc.  He would keep it up until she was almost rabid with the desire to get there.  Unfortunately Snockum Town was ALWAYS fifteen miles away no matter how fast you traveled.

The most interesting event recently was the appearance of a coati on the front porch.  (see pictures)  He is supposed to be a wild animal, but sure doesn’t act like it.  Coatis are intelligent like raccoons.  They figure out quickly who is a threat and who isn’t.  He was trying to climb the ramada outside to get a suet block I put out for the birds.  He could smell it.  I threw a handful of shelled sunflower seeds outside and voila!  Instant friend.  I had to close the door to keep him out.  Harold and I left the house to interview a professional rattlesnake milker for the new book.  I expected the coati to be gone by the time we returned, but no.  He came running up to us.   I got him an apple.  The apple didn’t go over well.  It was sour.

I didn’t feed him anything else because I didn’t want him lurking outside.  Coatis have very sharp teeth.  He wandered off and I assumed he was hunting a mate, which is what coatis do this time of year.  The females live in groups and the males are solitary.  Most of the males I’ve seen look like they’ve been in a bar room brawl and are nearly hairless and scarred.  This coati was fluffy and fat.  He came by a few days later and looked in the window. I got him a slice of bread and a handful of sunflower seeds.  Harold took more photos, and he said that when I went inside the coati put his paws against the door and tried to open it.  He came by a third time and I gave him some stale raisin bran cereal.  Not popular.  This animal has fancy tastes, which leads me to believe he makes the rounds of houses.

The javelinas showed up later and fought over the stale raisin bran.  They aren’t a bit fussy and will eat prickly pear cactuses and deadly nightshade.

Our son Daniel (in the Navy) was up in Eureka, California, to see whether his ship was seaworthy (it isn’t).  The captain wouldn’t let anyone off the ship in groups less than four because of the big, dangerous homeless encampment next to the dock.  What kind of homeless encampment WAS this?

We used to live in Arcata, next door to Eureka, at a time when we were desperately poor.  The high point of the month was when we got a 2-for-one hamburger coupon from Toni’s Restaurant.  It was a big event.  We got the two hamburgers and divided them into three parts.  It was the only place we could afford to eat out, except for (I’d better not name it because it’s still there) where we got the cha-chas after eating the bargain burrito.  Well, Toni found out that Daniel was in Eureka.  She drove out to the dock and fed him and his friends a huge dinner.  There are really nice people out there.

Here is a Christmas card someone sent me of patriotic bugs that live in Arizona.

Emilia
3/8/2014 01:41:00 pm

Hi Nancy! I'll be at the Book Fair in a week to meet you, can't wait! In the mean time is there anything I can do to help improve the chances of the movie getting selected? I REALLY want the movie to happen!!! Let me know if there is anything I can do!!!!

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Lolly
3/21/2014 01:35:19 pm

Do you know if you'll write another Sea of Trolls book? I know you had mentioned it could be a possibility.

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4/5/2014 12:16:31 am

Sorry to contact you this way, but I could not figure out an alternative. Here is the text from a returned email:
I just wanted tell you how much I enjoyed reading your young adult books!!!

I'm only 66. My wife graduated from UC and my dad from Reed.

I wrote mostly non-fiction books nd taught spec ed. Retired now for some time.

If interested I ran across a great sci-fi UFO plot. It asks the only worthy question: why have aliens visited so much but refuse to make contact?

I would be honored to share it with you.

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Nigel
4/23/2014 06:36:45 am

I love the "House Of The Scorpion" and i would love to see a movie. It really stinks you might not be able to make a movie. :( But i still think the new book, "Fifteen Miles to Snockum Town" sounds cool. But if i had enough money i would put it ALL into making a "House Of The Scorpion" movie. :) Thanks Again, Nigel

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kate
4/23/2014 09:02:51 am

Hi, I really enjoy your books I think you're a phenomenal writer.
I have an odd question about Maria Mendoza. I just wanted to know what her features were like besides the pale skin and black hair (like is her hair short or long). I don't mean to sound weird and demanding. I have a funny habit when I read books. I have to know exactly what the character looks like or else I can't focus on the book.
-kate
p.s. I think "Fifteen Miles to Snockum Town" would be cool. Also, I've been thinking about writing a short story (or book), but it takes place in a different region: Latin America (I'm from Georgia). How can I get an authentic feel for the place without going there?

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Lise Mandes
5/9/2014 11:26:09 pm

I love your books! I've come to reading your fiction late, but everything you write is so wonderful and I feel transported when I'm in your stories. I love the whole Sea of Trolls series so much, and I just read A Girl Named Disaster. What a terrific book! I'm a 7th grade English teacher, and it thrills me to see my students carrying around your books, borrowed either from my classroom library or the school library, and excitedly talking about your characters. Thank you for giving us all so much wonderful literature!

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Dear Nancy farmer-the best writer I have ever seen!^^
HI! I'm Korean(age 13) and my hobby is reading long English fiction novels. I wasn't able to contact with you so forgive me for writing here.Well, I've read 'the house of the scorpion'and 'the lord of opium'so far.It seems that I cannot resist liking Matt's thinking for others.I just have a question about Matt.
WHY IS HE SICK SO OFTEN?
I was wondering about this all week!I hope you read this and maybe answer my question?Bye~Yours truly,Annalise(MEANING:Gift from god)P.S.:I hope to be a writer someday so would you mind to tell me the abilities required to be a writer?

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