Meeting an author (or 15)

The first author I remember seeing, live and in person, was Eurdora Welty. I was 12. I’d like to think I would have discovered her even if my mother hadn’t taken me to Virginia Tech to meet a woman who was practically my height, who stood behind a podium and spun tales I could see with my eyes open or closed. I knew I wanted to write when I was at that age. But I wasn’t sure I could, and I sure hadn’t met anyone else who did. Eudora Welty signed my program. Then she shook my hand, just like a real person.

On Oct. 17th, a whole smorgasbord of  authors for teens and pre-teens will gather at the Richmond Public Library for ‘Teen 13 to talk about middle grade and YA books. There will be time for a meet-and-greet, where kids (and friends and parents) can say hello. I am still a bit in awe when I meet other authors and hear about their passions and their writing, and I am so looking forward to being a part of this group. I’m also looking forward to seeing what kind of ideas and inspirations this gathering may strike in the kids who come to listen. I’m hoping at least one of them hears us and says, “I can do this, too.”

P.S. When I wrote Canary in the Coal Mine, I gave the name “Eudora” to one of the pigeons. Clarence’s mom is a minor character, while Eudora Welty is MAJOR. Still, had to get her in there somehow.

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2 Responses to Meeting an author (or 15)

  1. madelyn says:

    I’m not sure if still having the program shows foresight or the fact that I’m a packrat, but I’m glad I have it!!

  2. Anamaria says:

    Oh my goodness, you still have the program? That’s wonderful. And Teen 13 will be, too. Wish I could be there!

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