According to K.A. Applegate

These were monthly columns that were held by Scholastic. Fans would send in questions to K.A. Applegate, and the Official Website would post them at the end of month with K.A's reply. Fans could either send their letters to K.A through an email form or through snail mail at:

K.A. Applegate, c/o Scholastic, 555 Broadway, New York, N.Y., 10012.

June 1999


My name is *****, and no-matter what anyone else says, I'm your #1 fan! I have some questions, though I don't expect them to be responded to because I'm one of millions, no billions of Animorphs (freaks!) fans!
#1 Do you ever speak at libraries in Chicago, or give talks to young writers?
#2 Did you ever expect that Animorphs would become what they are now?
#3 How long do you do research on a species of animal before you have the Animorphs 'become' that animal?
Please respond!
P.S. I think it's awesome you get to work with zoo keepers! My favorite things in the world are: Animals, Animorphs, and Animals!!
Your #1 fan,
(okay, I'm not paranoid! I'll tell you my name!) Bobby

Hi, Bobby:
1) I've tried speaking at libraries, but every time I do the librarians say "Shhhh!" Hah hah hah. Oh, that was too easy. Seriously, no, I do no public speaking.
2) No, I thought a few thousand smart kids would read them. Instead a few hundred thousand smart kids read them.
3) I do fast rather than thorough research. I try to jump in, find precisely what I need, and get back to work. My schedule doesn't allow much more, though I wish it did. On occasion I'll call on an expert because it's the quickest way to get the low down.


Hi! K.A
I've read all of your books. Here are my questions.
1) Will you ever introduce a new character that becomes an Animorphs and not get stuck as a rodent.
2) Why would a supposedly gorgeous girl like Rachel want to date a feather brained bird when she could have someone as good looking as Marco ( I would definitely choose Marco and yes I am jealous.
3) Are you a Yeerk who is trying to trick us into believing this whole thing is fake so you and Visser 3 can take over Earth if your not Visser 3 attitudequeen984 (you will not learn my real name cause I don't like worms and I definitely do not want to meet one who can take over my brain.)

Hi, Tude:
1) Yes. I will introduce a new character who will get stuck as an ungulate. No, that's just a joke. And not much of a joke at that. I am considering a new character but it won't be any time soon. I've just finished #35 and no new character so far.
2) I'm glad you like Marco. Lots of readers don't, but Marco is my favorite character to write for. My hardest, sometimes, but I like him anyway.
3) Wow, I've been wondering how long it would take for someone to realize that I am . . . Visser Two!


Hi, K.A.
I doubt that my questions will ever be posted but I am going to try anyway.
1. Let's say that this war between the Yeerks and the Animorphs last for 20-30 years. Nothing changes. The Animorphs fight and then the Yeerks with their Hork-Bajir, Taxxons and Gedds. Some die and others don't, just like now. By then, the Animorphs will probably be really elderly. What will they do when they get old?
2.How many Animorphs books do you plan on writing?
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.
Thanks Again,
P.S. That's not my name, the Yeerks are among us.

Hi, Dan:
1) Okay, back up. The Animorphs are teens now, and in 20 or 30 years they'll be "really elderly?" Hey, people in their forties are not elderly. People in their 40's are youthful and vibrant and with-it. Just because you're in your forties doesn't mean you can't appreciate the latest styles, the latest technology, the latest music. Why, I love the Hap Hup music and the Pong games and the whole preppie look. People in their 40's are just as sharp and mentally acute as . . . Um, what was I talking about?
Now, when the Animorphs get really old, say 70 (although I reserve the right to change that definition in 20 years or so) they will, of course buy big cars and drive really slow and use their morphing powers primarily to get extra tapioca at the Old Morphers home.
2) I don't know. I'm feeling so old right now . . . So tired . . . Has anyone seen my tapioca?


Hi K.A.!
I love ANIMORPHS! Okay! I know that you are busy to answer those questions... PLEASE answer couple of my questions!
1) I have an Idea.... I think that the Animorphs books should have a deaf kid find out about their secrets in an upcoming book. I'm saying this because a lot of deaf kids read your books.
2) Will David appear in a book again?
3) Will Animorphs morph Otter?
Please Please answer those questions! ! !
- Ace and Deaf Kid

Hi, Ace and DK:
1) I have thought repeatedly about questions like this but from a slightly different approach. I'm interested in the question of what one of the Animorphs would do if they were, for example, permanently confined to a wheelchair. Would they morph and become a nothlit to escape the handicap? It would let me get into a lot of interesting, and probably touchy, issues. As for a deaf kid learning the secret it would create the same kind of problem as would anyone learning their secret. It's not as if a deaf kid is automatically more trustworthy. A deaf kid could be a Controller. Hey! You could be a Controller. Still, it's an interesting question that causes me to go, "Hmmm . . ."
2) Maybe so. Not sure. You want more David, eh?
3) I love otters. Otters just look like they have the secret to permanent happiness, don't they? If I could come up with the right plot, yeah, I'd love to do otters.


Dear K.A. Applegate,
I already sent a letter to you but it wasn't answered. So I'm sending the questions again.
#1. Do you like writing Animorphs books?
#2. Why doesn't Visser Three read the books to track down the Animorphs team? (He could ask if any hosts had brothers named Jake, had friends named Marco, Cassie, Rachel, Tobias. Then destroy the Animorphs team.
#3. Are you going to add new characters in future? ( If so could you name him Jeremy?)
From Your # 1 fan
(Jeremy W.)

Hi, Jeremy:
1) Yes, I do. It's a great job and a great career. It's not quite as good as getting paid to sit around all day, but it's close.
2) Because we have cleverly hidden the books in the middle reader section of bookstores where adult Controllers seldom go.
3) I'm thinking more and more about that, actually. But I think if I do it might be another girl. We have four males and only two females.

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