Interview: Jeff Kinney

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Martha Thomases brought more comics to the attention of more people than anyone else in the industry. Her work promoting The Death of Superman made an entire nation share in the tragedy of one of our most iconic American heroes. As a freelance journalist, she has been published in the Village Voice, High Times, Spy, the National Lampoon, Metropolitan Home, and more. For Marvel comics she created the series Dakota North. Martha worked as a researcher and assistant for the author Norman Mailer on several of his books, including the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Executioner's Song, On Women and Their Elegance, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot's Ghost.

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34 Responses

  1. David Smith says:

    Hi Mr. Kinney,My english teacher asked for us to e-mail an auther of a book we resentley read. I have read your books "DIARY of a Wipy Kid" 1&2. I enjoyed both. My favorite gener is humor and satire. What made you think of writing this book?What suggustions do you have for young readers especially boys. I have a hard time starting a book and if I start reading a book I some times don't finish. If you respond to my e-mail I get an extra credit point Please write me back.I'm a six greader at Norfolk Collegiate School in Norfolk VA. Thank YouDavid

  2. Gordon Korman says:

    you suck jk

    • brandon says:

      Hi. I'm a fith grade student at Cunningham Elementery in Turlock, CA. My teacher is making us write to our favorite author, and I chose you. The only problem I am having is finding your address, or you're email. so pretty much, I cant contact you. I have also just finnished reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and I loved them. What's sad Is that there is no more Greg Heffley.

  3. zachary ball says:

    i just love your books you have wrote and the next book you write i am buying!please write back love your bigest fand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Jason Wagner-Jauregg says:

    Jeff,I am writing this for a school project and I have picked you as my favorite author. I'm 9 years old and I go to Oster Elementary School in San Jose, California. I really like your Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series. I have read your first and second books and I cannot wait to read the third. I have a question for you. Could you ever visit my school one day because almost everyone in the school loves your books? I like your Diary Of a Wimpy Kid series because it's funny and really cool From, Jason Wagner – Jauregg.

  5. Danielle Payne says:

    i love the blue book cover just finished it and is very gooood

  6. Anonymous says:

    your books r awesome

  7. Anonymous says:

    i love your books especially diary of a wimpy kid

  8. Anonymous says:

    i love your books

  9. Anonymous says:

    I have all your books and there awsome

  10. Anonymous says:

    I have all all of your diary of a wimpy kid books

  11. tasha says:

    heyKinney i am 14 years old and i love ur books. i am so addicted to them can u please write more about the wimpy kid. email me back at

  12. Anonymous says:

    hi Mr. Kinney I really like you bookes!!! Do you know when the movie is going to come out????

  13. Trolly Rolly says:

    is there only two books

  14. Leon Etrah says:

    Wow, your books are amazing, I read them over and over. I love the way the story unfolds; Keep up the good words :)

  15. Anonymous says:

    I love your book. I have read the first book and am now reading the sceond book. I'm Gettig your third book. I hope to read your third.

  16. person lol says:

    I LOVE your books there sooooo good to read…….there AMAZING!!

  17. katherine says:

    is it fun to be an auther?

  18. katherine says:

    I love diary of a wimpy kid series

  19. christopher says:

    i love your books i've read all of them

  20. nathaniel miller says:

    i am your best fan iread all you books your awesome

  21. Anonymous says:

    Hey Jeff Kinney i have read all of your books and right now i am doing a research paper for my English and hey give a link to your website and stuff Dawg so peace out! or whatever im not trying to splash in your koolaid.

  22. angel says:

    when are you going to have a signing line again and at what time is the way i have all 4 books that are out right now.sincerely your biggest 10 year old fan Angel .A.

  23. Anonymous says:

    hey i love your books their amazing i hope u right alot more so i can read them! i have already read your series three times this year i love the books plz write more soon thnx-meghan GA

  24. Michelle Visuano says:

    Mr Kinney,In the middle of 1st grade my son was diagnosed with ADHD and Aspergers syndrome. He always struggled with reading and writing and kept falling behind in these areas. By the middle of second grade, he still could not read or write a complete sentence. Spelling also did not click with him. His cousin who was a grade younger then him came home one day from school and asked his mother (my sister) to get him Diary of a Wimpy Kid, as his friend had it and he thought it looked like something he would be interested in. Within 3 days he was on page 62. My sister praised his reading (and rightfully so). I of course, wishing my son could also experience reading, yet knowing he couldn't…rushed right down to the store and purchased the book. Mainly so my son could carry it around and feel equal to his younger cousin. To my absolute shock, my son showed an immediate interest in this book. I read to him the first couple pages and he was hooked. The next day I walked into his bedroom and he was laying on his bed as if he was reading the book. I smiled believing that he was pretending to read the book, but really enjoying the comic pictures. That was until he started reading it out loud. I was flabberghasted. My heart was pounding, as he kept reading. My son can read!!! But not just read, he was reading independently. It just took one very special book to show this to him and to me. After that day, he carried the book to school every morning and read aprox. 9 pages each day during free reading time. He was proud of his progress. Everyday after school, he came to me and excitingly opened his book up at the place where he proudly displayed his bookmark, and showed me what page he was on. Thank You for writing this wonderful book, that changed our lives forever. My son is going to do great things in this world. He can read!!!

  25. Elaine Vila says:

    I am just beginning to fulfull my lifelong dream of writing and wanted to know if you can give advice on the best way to get published, advertisement, etc. I was looking at self publishing first or do you think an agent with traditional publishing is best? I love your series of books, so do my 6 grandchildren and they have given me inspiration as well as loads of good ideas to write about.

  26. Elaine Vila says:

    I love your series of books and so do my six grandchildren. They have inspired me to fulfill my life long dream of writing but I don't know how to begin. Is it best to self publish at first or go through and agent and traditional publisher? I don't know the best way to begin and advertise, etc.

  27. kristeen says:

    jeff kinney i love your books i just finished last straw now im on the do it your self one keep writing jeff

  28. Nikira Charlton says:

    i love the story rodrick rules OMG KEEP THE GOOD WORK UP

  29. luke says:

    how many will you make? cause we love them.

    • tommy hartnett says:

      hi Mr.Kinney i love your books and i do what Gregg does i use the do it yourself book and i write what i do in school and in the summer i call my book diary of a fourth grader because I’m in fourth grade and my favorite book i can say about yours is the first one most of all i like your pictures that you make does it take you a while to draw very good because i always say to my mom that I’m going to be like you when i grow up because your my hero i always look up to you please send me an email at

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