Recently, I made a visit to West Oso Junior High and High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. I gotta tell you, I had a blast! There was a lot of laughter and a lot of sharing with so many students. I love visits where I walk away and feel as if I made friends.
A month ago, I had another great visit at Caney Creek High School in Conroe, Texas. And just last week, I went and spoke to at an award ceremony for Ganado High School in Ganado, Arizona. I can tell you that there was a time I worried about our teens, but after doing school visits, I can seriously say I think our world is good hands.
I love meeting my fans of all ages, answering their questions and signing my books for them. I love talking about Kylie, Della, and Miranda’s struggles and how I plagiarized from my own life to create so many of their issues. It is so rewarding when students tell me they can relate to these characters and the hurdles they had to overcome. Not that it is a complete surprise to me that reading about strong characters help others find courage and strength in themselves. In truth, writing about them offers its own inspiration as well.
I get lots of emails from young fans asking me to come to their school. I wish I could do visits for free, but I can’t. That said, I love visiting schools, and I try to work with their budgets. And I always tell students they need to have their principal or librarian contact me through my email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I also love teaching writing workshops or giving talks at conferences. I’ve spoken at quite few Texas chapters of RWA and usually teach a workshop at RWA Nationals. It gives me the opportunity to chat with my adult fans about Sheri and Danny or my new book coming out soon, JUNKYARD COWBOY. But then you’d be surprised by how many adults read my CC Hunter YA books, too.
If you’re interested in having me teach a workshop or speak at your organization’s meeting, send me an email (email@example.com).