Last weekend, as part of the Authors in the Schools program of the Kentucky Book Fair, I had the pleasure of visiting Elkhorn Middle School to talk to their eighth grade students about reading, writing, and storytelling. After reading a chapter from the book we had a delightful discussion about the creative process and the reasons why we read and write. It was a real pleasure to meet and speak with the students and I was pleasantly surprised by the insight they brought to the conversation. When asked why we read fiction, one boy answered, “Because even though the stuff that happens might be fake, there’s still something true about it if it’s a good book.” That’s one smart 8th grader.
The day after, I had the honor of being one of the authors hosted by the Kentucky Book Fair and had the opportunity to meet and talk with readers from across the state. I shared a table with two young adult authors, Emily Ecton and Jessica Verday, and spent the day signing books, regretting that I can’t actually play the fiddle I made, and trying to find my car keys which were lost for most of the afternoon. It was a lot of fun and meeting Emily and Jessica was delightful.