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.

May 1999


Hi K.A,
I love reading your books, I think there the best. Anyway here are my questions:
1) What other kinds of Chronicles are you going to write?
2) Besides the Animorphs and any other book you've written what's your favorite book?
3) I love writing, so do you have any advice for me? Your biggest fan (REALLY!!)

Hi, Jennifer:
1) I don't really know. VISSER is coming out fairly soon. I may try Taxxons or Ellimists. Someone suggested the Pemalites/Chee. I'll run out of backstory here before long.
2) I'm very fond of Charlotte's Web. I like Ann Tyler's books. But I'm so busy writing lately I don't have time for much reading. It's very sad.
3) First and foremost, do a lot of reading. Second, do a lot of writing. I know that's the most predictable advice in the world, but writing is a job. Like any job it's easier if you have some experience. Any time you write you add to your experience. It's great to take classes and read how-to books but actually putting words on paper is what the job's about. So put words on paper. Then rewrite them several times. Rewrite them till you think they're perfect, then rewrite them again. Oh, and be careful about agents.


Hi K.A.
I LOVE your books. I have a few questions.
1. I was wondering if you think you are going to not write Animorphs as much because of your new series Everworld. Are you worried that people will stop reading Animorphs and start only getting interested in Everworld? I'm worried about this!
2. In MM2 the Nesk got off the planet before it got hit by the comet. Will they ever appear in another book?
3. At the time of say, book 30, how long has it been since the Animorphs got their powers?
Your #1 fan,

Hi, Justin:
1) I actually think the two series work to make each other better. Because I'm trying to write EVERWORLD in a different way, using a different style, I think I'm learning and adding skills. I do not think ANIMORPH readers will defect en masse to EVERWORLD. The two series are very different. Really. Trust me on that. I think some people will like one and not the other, and others will like both. And, of course, some poor, benighted souls won't like either. The heathen.
2) What happened to The Nesk? Been to a picnic lately?
3) At that point it's been, oh, let's see, about 30 books.


Hi K.A.
There is this kid I know who is also an Animorphs fan, but he even believes in it. He claims that he is an Andalite and that he is trap in a human morph. He also says that the Animorphs T.V. show is real. He believes that Jake, Cassie, Marco, Rachel, Tobias and Ax are real in the show. How can I make him stop believing it, and he is 10 years old. I'm an Animorphs fan also.

Hi, Anthony:
What are you talking about? It is real. All of it is real. RUN FOR YOUR LIIIIIFE! The Yeerks are among us!


Hi K.A.A.,
My name is Teresa, and I have read every one of the Animorphs, including Meet the stars. I would really appreciate it if you answer my two q's, thanx.
#1. How come Ax could make a mix of Rachel, Cassie, Marco, and Jake for his hu-man morph, so why don't the Animorphs make a mix of animals to make then even stronger? You know, a Grizzly bear as fast as a cheetah or something like that?
#2. in MM2 they morphed dinosaurs, right, so how come they don't morph a T-Rex and stomp all the Yeerks?
Thanx for your time =)
Your #1 fan Teresa

Hi, Teresa:
1) Because it isn't that easy. You know, evolution has been working on all of this for quite some time. Billions of years. So animals are the way they are for a reason: survivability. If you just come in and start tinkering with it all, mixing a little of this and a little of that, you'd have a mess. It's like mixing a Toyota and a space shuttle. What would you have? Something that neither gets good gas mileage nor flies into space. You can't fool Mother Nature, Teresa. And now, having said all that, let me flip flop entirely and tell you that in an upcoming ANIMORPHS, Marco will essentially mix animals.
2) As I said in the book: ask Ax. He tried to explain it to me, but it was way over my head.


Dear K.A.A
I have one little question: How long do Andalites live? By the way I love the Animorphs series, Keep those books comm'n!!

Hi, Nameless One:
It all depends. Now, if they avoid smoking, (pretty easy since they have no mouth), get plenty of exercise, eat a well-balanced diet high in grass and twigs, they may live quite a while. How long exactly? Hmm. Let's say 87 human years. 87 years and six days. That's a nice, long life, don't you think? However, if they lie around all day watching TV and live on junk food, well, in that case it's just 87 years and one day.


I have a question and some comments.
1. I would like to know how it could be in book 4 that Marco could not swim, but in book 15 he jumps in the pool to morph shark?
2. I think it would be a good idea if Tobias & Rachel had a falling out and decide to just be friends. Then someone like Marco & Rachel go out and you have that whole tension thing going (which could be resolved by Tobias saving Marco's life or vice-versa)
3. And lastly I would just like to say that your books RULE! It's like you jumped inside the head of a teenager! (by the way, I mean that as a compliment)
from Lu

Hi, Lu:
1) He learned to swim. Probably pretty easy after having been a dolphin.
2) So. Trying to make trouble for Rachel, eh? You'd better hope I don't tell her. (Actually, not a bad idea to mix up the romances.)
3) I think maybe I never jumped out of the head of a teenager into the head of an adult. I keep just being my normal self and people compliment me on being just like a teenager. Should I start to worry?


Dear K.A.A,
In #26 The Attack, Jake and Cassie kissed. Is there some future for them, and if so what is it. The Chee show emotions on their outer hologram, and in #10 The Android, Erek was sad about annihilating the human and Hork-Bajir controllers, but can the Chee have feelings. Is there going to be a Megamorphs 3, if so what is it going to be about. If you answer my questions, could you please keep them up for a while longer because I'm not allowed to go online that often. Thanks,

Hi, Boris:
1) Yes, there is a future for Cassie and Jake. I have looked deep, deep into the future, and I see them married, with three kids. Cassie will have a job at a zoo. Jake will be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. And their kids will be an attractive mix of wolf, tiger and skunk.
2) Sure the Chee have feelings. This ain't Star Trek, honey, we have a better class of android.
3) There already is a MEGAMORPHS #3 and there will eventually be a MEGAMORPHS #4.

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