Kids Rock in Kentucky!
This week my sister, Rachel Belin, hosted a book release party for me at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, Kentucky. A huge thank you to Rachel, to everyone who showed up, and especially to Brooke Raby and the Joseph-Beth staff. The “Read One, Give One” program was a big success, and we managed to collect a whole boxful of books to donate to a Fayette County school in need of literary assistance.
My favorite part of the night was meeting all the young readers and writers who came to say hi. Eleven-year-old Alexus Dunn told me she reads “really big books all the time.” And her nine-year-old brother Nehemiah asked me excellent questions about who turns a manuscript into an actual book and how much money it takes to do that.
Then thirteen-year-old Anne-Marie Campbell and her mom came to say hello. Anne-Marie is home schooled and had already read A Thousand Never Evers. She had a list of interesting questions for me, before she revealed that she too is a writer with a rigorous daily practice and a novel underway.
Also, twelve-year-old Abby Miller and her fourteen-year-old sister were there. Abby and Emily, along with their mom Lisa, have their own book on the shelves of Joseph-Beth. It’s called Girls Rock! Just the Way We Are: Wise Teens Offer Tweens & Moms Advice on Healthy Body Image, Self-Esteem & Personal Empowerment. I think I’m going to read it right now.