Since we're all talking books, I hope it's okay if I share this... (And if it's not, Amber, please tell me and I'll take it down, k?)
I write children's books. The current series is about a guinea pig and his owner, Zamboni and Billy. The big joke between me and Amber is that I get nightmares from the paranormal genre, and Amber gets nightmares from books about guinea pigs and little kids! LOL So not true on Amber's part, but definitely true on mine!
I feel so honored that Pedrito, the son of our sweet friends Paloma and Pedro, chose to use my book, Zamboni's Bath, as the basis for a school project. He invited me to watch his presentation. On Wednesday Emma (my 4-year-old granddaughter) and I drove to RI to celebrate Pedrito's project.
The event turned into an "Author's Visit." The teachers asked about my background, how I became an author, what my writing process is, etc. The kids asked lots of questions about being an author. Then they asked me to read my book. I have not read to a group of children since I quit teaching 8 years ago~and I must say that I've really missed it! They wanted to know all about my other Zamboni books waiting to be published. So I shared the titles and let them guess at the plots. It was so fun to hear their ideas! They were all so excited and begged me to come back when the next one is published. The whole thing made me feel so happy~watching children enjoy the book and feeling excited to write their own stories is a far greater reward
After I read the book, Pedrito did a fabulous job presenting his project. He used props that he made from clay to retell the story. I was quite impressed~especially since he's only six! Here we are with his copy of the book and his project.
The really hilarious part about all of this is that the kids think I am a celebrity! LOL They kept saying, "Wow! You're a real live author!" (Yes, I am thankful that I'm not a dead author! Ha ha!) They really think I am famous. They have no idea how anonymous and unglamorous I am~and happy to be that way. Though a million-dollar bestseller would be nice...
Thanks for letting me share!