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Author Visits

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on Monday, 18 February 2008 in StoryMagician

One of the sweet surprises after my first book came out was being invited to schools to talk with students. As an author, I have the honor of visiting tens of thousands of students and educators each year!

Being a speaker was not something I expected when I started writing, but I love to travel and meet new people. Young writers are often enthusiastic when they discover travel can be part of being a writer.

Here are photos from my two most recent visits and a few from three of my favorite visits from past years.

Recently, I returned from a week of visits in Elko, Nevada. Frost on windows greeted me each morning. Glistening snow covered the Ruby Mountains.

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End of the road. Kim was a wonderful tour guide, driving me to Lamoille, where aspen and cottonwood and beautiful country churches live.

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At first I wasn't sure how I'd survive the food in Elko County. The first two restaurants I checked out had specialties of "Coke Chicken" and "Moose Drool"! :-) But the Nevada educators were fabulous hostesses and came to my rescure. One evening, they treated me to a yummy Chinese dinner, another to a Basque dinner at the famous Star Hotel Basque Family Style Restaurant. Gifts included a food basket upon arrival, a Wolf calendar compliments of one of the teacher's daughters who shares my love of wolves, a book full of cowboy poetry (Elko is famous for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (http://www.westernfolklife.org), and a Sage Elementary Dust Devil pin. Who could ask for anything more?!!

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When I entered Stoneridge Elementary, I was greeted by art at every turn! It's always a treat when students have read my books and expressed themselves through art, plays, and other activities.

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Even the parents got involved! Parent Jon Haupert, whose daughter attends Stoneridge, went above and beyond with a theatre for Lily and a beautiful rendition of myself as a child in a pasture with dancing cows all around! I love it!

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MEMORIES FROM THE PAST:

Phillipsburg, Kansas, 2004 - A Fabulous, Big-hearted Community!

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Tasis Dorado, Puerto Rico, 2005 - A Joyful, Colorful School!

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Branson, Missouri, 2006 - Art and Writing Activities Everywhere!

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Cynthia Mazat, a talented and energetic library media specialist, and I take pics as Joshua Summerhayes (The Pumpkin Runner) and Lily (Prancing, Dancing Lily).

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