On Sunday I attended the West Hollywood Book Fair and had the opportunity to participate in the middle-grade panel. Evidence:
My illustrious author buddies were (from left to right):
Aaron Hartzler, our fearless moderator and author of the forthcoming young adult memoir, Rapture Practice, inspired by his experience getting kicked out of Catholic school just two weeks before graduating.
Tim Federle, former dancer *on Broadway* and author of the forthcoming humorous contemporary, Better Nate Than Ever. He’s also got an adult book coming out: Tequila Mockingbird & Other Literary Libations, with wry commentary on classic books that features some 70 cocktail recipes.
After the panel, a mom and her daughter approached me for a picture. Apparently 10-year-old Annice had already read Above World and had loved it! The feeling I got when I heard that… it’s indescribable. I love writing and telling stories, but this was a great reminder of why I write for publication — to share those stories others. I’ll be on a high for days.