I spend a lot of time visiting schools, talking to students about creative writing and the publishing process, but at the beginning of March, I received a very special email from a middle school teacher in Atlanta. As a class assignment, all of her students read The Clay Lion and wrote letters to me sharing what they thought of Brooke's time travel journey. The teacher thought perhaps I could write them back or maybe Skype in for a few minutes, but after reading their insightful questions that were keeping them up at night, I decided to do better. Fast forward to the end of the month, when a six-hour trip landed me at their door. Listening to how the story affected them and seeing all the assignments they connected to the book was an amazing experience I won't soon forget.
This is were you get to read about what's going on inside my head. I apologize in advance - the place is a wreck.