Tuesday, February 10, 2009
How much do I love Shari Stack and the kids at Mepham High?!
Okay, so usually when I do a Q&A after a reading, I get stuff like "Can you describe your writing process?" (um, no--not because I'm being secretive but because the whole thing is completely mystifying) and "What's a typical day like in a writer's life?" (for the most part, very boring...and usually includes coffee, yoga pants and - when writing is not going well - various tasks that have to be done THAT VERY MOMENT like the removal of nail polish and looking up long lost friends from fifth grade on Facebook).
However, yesterday when I spoke to the kids at Mepham High in Bellmore, New York, I was asked by Sara Kulins "So in your book CINDY ELLA, Cindy believes in soulmates...do you believe in soulmates?
What a GREAT question. So much more interesting than "What do you wear when you write?" (see first paragraph for answer). My answer was yes...and no. Yes, I believe in the concept of soulmates, but I don't believe we have just one and I definitely don't think, if we come across one, that means we're guaranteed to stay with them forever. Sadly, I'm pretty certain about that second part...*sigh*.
Anyway, I had a great time during the visit, and I was especially touched by this fabulous larger-than-life rendition of the cover of CINDY ELLA by the fabulously talented Chrissy Hirsch. I also got to spend the day with my incredible publisher, Eileen Kreit, who is a graduate of Mepham. Turns out we graduated the same year, and as we looked through her yearbook I saw the kids there looked exactly like that did at mine -- TONS of HUGE hair.
I'll be going back to Mepham for the new member induction of the National English Honor Society on March 10th - can't wait!