Saturday, March 08, 2014

The Unicorn's Secret and me.

I wrote these books years ago because I wanted to share the amazing dreams I had in 3rd and 4th grade. For almost two years I would get into bed each night, close my eyes and become the girl named Heart. Her adventures, her long journey home, was my journey, too. Every night I was Heart. Every morning I went to sleep in the dream, then immediately woke up in my own bed, with my mother telling me it was time to get ready for school

...I talked about the books on FB the other day and was amazed at how many people still love them, people of all ages who had shared them with their parents, children and grand children. Amazon carries them and any bookstore can get them. Simon & Schuster is the publisher. May all your dreams be amazing!


Anonymous said...

Dear Kathleen Duey,
I am in fifth grade and I still LOVE your Unicorn's Secret series. They make me feel all happy inside. The characters are so awesome and well developed. I also love the story as a whole. I, too wish to become a writer and was wondering if you could give me some tips. I could also send you one of my short pieces. My teacher says I'm the best in my class. ( I made her read your books and she loved them) My mom loves your books too. It would be really nice if you would respond...
- Paige

kathleen duey said...


Hello and thank you for reading my books! I am thrilled that you like them. Here is my very best advice for young writers:
Read everything you can.
When a book makes your laugh aloud, or cry or worry about the people in the story, reread the pages and pay attention:

Why did the character seem real to you? How did the writer let you know they were worth caring about?
There are many ways of making characters. The thing to remember is that we all have good and bad inside us. Here is a small example::: You can show a bully on his way to school with a wadded up piece of toast in his pocket that he gives to a stray dog along the way... and the reader will know that he might be a bully but that isn't all he is...and the reader will keep reading to find out why...

All best wishes!! And tell your mother and your teacher hello from me!

Anonymous said...

Dear Kathleen Duey,
Thank you sooooo much for responding!!!! An idea pooled at the back of my mind while I waited for your response. I have the perfect idea! Why not write about writing to some of my favorite authors?! The thought of it makes me full of charisma. I'd ask them how they write so well and ask them for tips. Just like I asked you! It would be a fun way to learn how to write for kids who want to write like me. Thanks again!!!!!!!!!!
P.S. My mom loved what good advise you gave me. And I have never written to a writer who I love before so this is a big deal for me!

kathleen duey said...

Paige....Thanks for all the kind words. I hope you keep writing. Your energy and enthusiasm are wonderful!

And now I have to get back offline and writewritewrite!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Kathleen,

I read these books when I was in second and third grade and I remember using a flashlight at night to read more when I was supposed to be asleep! I donated my books to my library a long time ago, but I can still remember some of the passages I read over and over again. Now, I am in my first year of college as an English major in part because of how much this series touched me.

Thank you so much for writing such an excellent book series for young readers!


kathleen duey said...


I have no excuse for not writing back to you long before this. I apologize! Thank you so much for the kind words about my writing. I LOVE this series, they are a part of my life, my growing up,and my love of reading and writing. Thank you!!!