Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Alabama on My Mind

I'm almost there!

Day after tomorrow, my eldest son and I will making our way towards Mobile, Alabama where I have been invited to speak as a guest author and workshop leader.

One of the most exciting things about this lit life has been speaking, leading workshops, and being open to new friendships via social media.

 Just over two years ago, after being nagged by my agent, I started blogging. Carrie (Cox), president of the Mobile Writer's Guild was one of my very first followers, and she has watched my journey from pre-published to published author and has become a friend. She has been putting the wheels in motion for this trip ever since Edges came out. The Mobile Writer's Guild has kindly paid for my plane ticket, and their library is putting me up in a hotel. I will be speaking on Thursday night and leading workshops all day on Saturday.

This morning she posted a Q & A with me on the Mobile Writer's Guild website. She asks me:

What are the perks of leading workshops?
When reading for pleasure, what attracts you to a book?
Who are your biggest literary influences/heroes?
Are you picky about where you write?
What are the pros and cons to being Madeleine L'Engle's granddaughter?
What are some of the best ways to get reluctant writers to try their hand at storytelling?
How do you balance working, writing, and family responsibilities?

Great questions, huh? Hop on over to their site and read my answers. I'll just sit back and listen to some music while I wait.

Hi again!

I've never been this far South. The farthest I've gone is to Panama City Beach Florida, when I did that reality TV show called Into Character and went to a cheerleading camp. (Twilight Zone!)

My son and I will take a plane to Georgia, and then another one to Alabama. We land at 2PM, and Carrie will be waiting for us. I am going to hug her so hard! I also have a few friends I've "met" on-line who are coming to my professional workshop on Saturday afternoon including Anne Riley, another writer from Birmingham. I can't wait to finally meet them too!

Can you tell I'm crazy excited? Yes, this lit life is a rollercoaster ride baby, and this trip will be one of the highs.
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  1. So exciting, and a win for everyone. You get to meet new friends, and your listeners receive the benefit of your workshop. Have fun!

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