Must pop into my sometimes overlooked blog to share what a fantastic week this has been.
First of all, if you have the opportunity to study with Patricia Lee Gauch, take it. I spent four days at a Highlights workshop and am still processing that fabulous time.
Then I returned home to two great Skype experiences. Thank you to the fun kids in Jonesboro, Arkansas, for reading MAKING FRIENDS WITH BILLY WONG and for your excellent questions.
(Aside: While we were Skyping, it started snowing. It doesn't snow every day in Arkansas! Which reminded me of my very first school librarian job in Atlanta. I had a group of kindergartners in the library when it snowed for the first time and they went crazy with excitement. So thank you for continuing to ask questions, kids!)
The next day, I spoke to a really lively and smart group of sixth graders in Worthington, Ohio.
They'd read a mix of my books and had some great questions, too.
Example: Why do your characters talk so country?
I truly LAUGHED OUT LOUD.
And then I explained that that's how southerners talk whether they live in a city or in the country.
That is, if they're natives.
And especially if it was a "while back."
(I always try to tell them about at least one book other than mine. Sometimes time doesn't allow too much other than Q&A though!)