(This was one of my free Skypes, 15 minutes or so of Q&A with students who've read my book. Easy Peasy, I do it whenever I can.)
But y'all, I wanted to talk all day to these two.
Their teacher had gently cautioned me that they might need a little extra time. There would be an interpreter signing my answers. The boys were nervous about meeting an author in "real life."
Because really we're pretty scary!
Their questions about GLORY BE were thought-provoking; I'm still pondering my answers.
They wanted to see my office. (I showed them the palm trees out my window. I know, mean. They were cold up there. I'm pretty warm down here.)
They wanted to know why there's no "Glory Be 2." (I get that a lot.)
They made a movie signing GLORY- a first! Their teacher explained that they used the sign for "laughing" because they think a lot of what she does is fun!
They sent me a thank-you letter. Which cracks me up. I hope my sister sees it.
This is truly why authors spend all those hours figuring out their stories. Mining our characters for depth and emotion, ARCS and DIALOG and INNER WISDOM.
And then you send that book into the universe and you get this back. Kind of makes it all worthwhile, no?