So I went to an author talk this week at KU. I'm plowing back into writing this week, I've written a nonfiction picture book MS and queried it this week, just to get back out there. Life has been more or less settled enough for me to get back out there for awhile, I just haven't put in the work.
I haven't been to see an author speak in ages, so it was good to get some ideas and ask some questions. The first Author featured was Andrea Warren. She writes historical creative nonfiction, which is pretty far from where I operate. I was able to glean some things she does to get kids interested in the historical stories she focuses on that could be useful in the future. Overall a good speech.
The second author was Stephen T. Johnson. He is an artist first, but has a book I've used for teaching before, ALPHABET CITY. It's a picture book that shows each letter hidden in different parts of everyday city life. Again, not what I do, but it was good to talk with him, especially because we are from the same town. Since they let you write how you have him make out the signature, I had him make it out like so, "I hereby leave all my worldly possessions to Chris. Also, best wishes and stuff. -Stephen" He added, (For a Price!) in there, so I don't think it would hold in court, but still pretty great. Second only to my Jon Scieszka autograph that says, "Stay Stinky."
How about you people (Alex)? Any awesome author encounters?