I spent yesterday morning with a group of home schooled students in Williston, Vermont. They ranged in age from six to fourteen — something that usually makes me a little nervous when I’m presenting, but with this group, it worked. The younger students were incredibly well-informed, and the older ones were generous and patient and had great questions of their own. I gave one of my newer presentations: Firing Cannons and Kissing Frogs: The Truth About Author Research, and I’ve decided this might be my new favorite because it talks about all the different kinds of research authors do and allows me to look back on just how many fun and challenging and downright strange things I’ve done in the name of research for all my books.
Best part of the day? After my presentation, as I was winding cords and shutting down my laptop, one of the younger boys came up to me with a huge smile on his face.
"Thanks!" he said. "That was a LOT more fun than I thought it was going to be."
I was very happy to have surprised him.
Thanks, kids (and parents!) for such a great morning with your group!