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!

12 comments:

Ms. Stack said...

The students and faculty loved having you here at Mepham H.S. They were all talking about it today! We look forward to your return in March. If authors and schools can be soul mates, you could be ours!

Ms. Maselli said...

Thanks so much for coming! We had a great time. The students really enjoyed listening to what you had to say. Can't wait to see you again at our induction ceremony!

Ms. Netto said...

We loved having you! Thank you for spending time with our English Department and members of our NEHS. See you in March!

YA Arts said...

Thank you so much for coming. It’s so nice to see an author that gets the kids so involved in reading and so curious about writing. The kids here were all excited and talking about you non stop. I’m sure the students East Meadow Public Library will also be excited to read and post a review of your book on their YA book log too. We look forward to your next visit, and I hope they’ll be many more to come.
Chrissy Hirsch

YA Arts said...

oops typo... I meant:

I hope there will be many more to come.

:)

annalytical said...

That is so cute. And you look fabulous in the pics!

Lianne said...

I'm half way done with Geek Charming! I really love it!

Robin Palmer said...

Oh wow - so glad the students enjoyed it as much as I did. Anna, you're so sweet to always comment, and Lianne, I'm thrilled you're liking the book!

Sara K. said...

Miss Palmer, I'm so glad you liked my question about soul mates. Quite honestly I was wary to ask it, I thought it might be too... personal. Well, I'm glad I did, you gave us a great answer! Thanks for comming to Mepham! (maybe I'll get to see you again in march.)

Robin Palmer said...

Sara, I LOVED your question! I've been telling everyone about it :) I found it so refreshing and thought-provoking. I know I rambled a bit with my answer, but that's just because it's such a deep question. Thanks for having the guts to ask it.

Jason said...

The members of English Honor Society as well as the other students here at Mepham were so glad to have you here. Thank you for answering our questions and we can't wait to have you back in March for the induction ceremony!

Jayme said...

I read Cindy Ella during thanksgiving weekend and i almost missed thanksgiving dinner because of it! Im a sucker for fairytales and thought your modern twist on the beloved classic Cinderella was fantastic and i really able to relate to the Cindy. I can't wait to read Geek Charming. Also, i atttended your book talk at mepham high. Im in one of the pictures with you it was great to meet with you and hear your reasoning and insight behind the writing of the novel.