Wednesday, June 8, 2011

School Visits

When I get home from a school visit, I try to remember some of the questions the students ask me during the presentation. Time goes by so fast that most of the time I forget to write things down and then go on to do something else and I forget. But during a recent one, I wrote some of the questions down as soon as I got home. They went like this:

Q.: Do you only write picture books? A: No, I’m working on a middle-grade novel right now.
Q: When did you decide to become a writer? A: I’ve always been a writer at heart.
Q: Where do you get your ideas for a book? A: Sometimes articles in the paper, a life experience, a conversation, visual images, etc.
Q: Are you rich? A: No.
Q: Do you make a lot of money from your books? A: No.
Q: Then why do you write? A: Because of my love for writing.
Q: Do you draw the pictures in the book? A: No. The illustrator selected by the publisher does that.
Q: Do you get to meet famous authors? A: Yes. At conferences and workshops. 
Q: How old are you? A: Old enough.
Q: You used to work with airplanes. Why don’t you write about airplanes? A: Maybe I will.

These are just some of the few questions I get asked. What are some of yours?

"My never-fail secret to getting your book published ... Write it." -- Stephanie Gordon Tessler


  1. Love the airplane question! School visits must be fun--don't know myself--used to be the teacher on the other side listening in awe!

  2. I really enjoy doing school visits. Rejuvenates me. I truly appreciate the teachers when I see all the hard work they put in for their students. Takes a special person to be a teacher. I am in awe of teachers! Thanks for your comment, Catherine.