|Some exceedingly excited and lucky children at Bishop's Stortford College .|
|Taking a moment from all the excitement to pose for the camera|
One girl informed me that she had finished the book in just THREE hours! I told her it took me ten months to write it, so it's only fair that the reader take a bit longer to read it!
|Aww. The library display was fab. And I wonder who did the sparkly writing for my name.|
|There was a long table of book club members waiting to get their teeth into me when I arrived in the dining room. As we ate, even more came in until the back of the room was packed!|
I didn't like that it was so gripping that I couldn't put it down
I'm almost done now so I hope I can post some more stuff about the awesome children I meet (and their names! So many children, so many fascinating names! Today I heard a lot of names I'd love to put into a book! Hmm ... watch this space!)
I'll tell you one thing - you guys are really, truly amazing. I am so impressed by how much everyone reads, how much you take from a story, the intelligence of your comments, and the insight that you bring to a discussion. You are just ... WOW. And don't let anyone say otherwise.
I'll try to post more photos of my school visits in the future - if you can't wait, I've been posting a lot of photos on Tall Story's Facebook page. Go check it out. And thank you to the teachers who took photos of me with the children!
Meanwhile ... a few weeks ago, I visited Princes Risborough library where my friend Teri Terry (remember the name, you'll be seeing it in a bookstore near you very soon) works.
I met some brilliant children in the Chatterbooks group that she runs there and afterwards, they drew pictures of the characters from Tall Story and sent them to me. I loved the drawings so much, I just had to use them in my book trailer ...and here it is!!!!
Well that's all for now ... but before I go, here are some other awesome children I met when I visited schools in the Philippines last year!
|The Nest School|
|Ateneo de Manila High School|
|Saint Pedro Poveda College|
I am participating in Authors for Japan - an auction organized by author Keris Stainton. I'm offering three critiques of 2,000 word opening chapters of middle grade and teen manuscripts, as well as two Tall Story paperbacks - I will autograph and draw a cartoon on the title pages. I will post a link here when details of the auction are ready. I hope we can count on your support! Here are more links to charities and relief organizations on the Color Online blog
|I've donated two signed (and doodled on) paperbacks of Tall Story! Bid here|
|Browse and bid on Authors for Japan|