I had the pleasure of going to the Virginia Children’s Book Festival in Farmville, VA this past weekend. Since I’m “between books” (my Young Adult novel came out in 2015 and my middle grade pubs May 2018) this year has been a bit slower as far as book-related travel goes. And while I had done some panels and conferences this year like AWP and SCBWI LA it had been a minute since I’d done school visits. The Virginia Children’s Book Festival is a festival truly for children. It was a multi-day event where authors came to present at Longwood College and students from the county and surrounding areas bused in (some as far as two hours away!) to listen to authors share their craft and stories. There were kids as young as five all the way up to teenagers in their senior year of high school.
Coming to Farmville and presenting to teens about my YA WRITTEN IN THE STARS I remembered, yet again, that the biggest perk of writing for young people is the young people. I love presenting to them about the topics in my books, about the writing journey, and providing tips and advice (things I wished I knew at their age) to help them on their own journeys toward achieving their dream.
The other great perk? Is meeting fellow authors who I know and admire and respect and also getting to know new authors. As an author most of your working time is alone with your laptop or notebook creating worlds and characters. So author conferences, teen festivals, etc are a way to connect with colleagues and that too, I know, will never get old.
I am pretty bad at taking photos and I wish I had taken more of the fabulous authors I also met like Dan Santat, Dhonielle Clayton, Peter Brown, etc but I am glad I got to capture a moment with the brilliant Lamar Giles and lovely Meg Medina. If you don’t know their work, please rectify immediately!
And now, back to laundry and dishes, and babies who need extra cuddling because three days away is a long time when you’re under three years of age. But also back to writing and creating and working toward more books!
Love and light, to you and yours,