At the end of March, I combined a trip home to Beavercreek, Ohio, with several promotional events for my historical novel Like Mayflies in a Stream, including a visit to my former high school. There I spoke to about 250 students in four creative writing classes, four ninth-grade English classes, and the school book discussion group.
Speaking to the Beavercreek students was rewarding in many ways. I recommend other writers take the opportunity to visit their alma maters to inspire future writers from their home towns.
The most thrilling moment of my high school visit also saddened me. I asked in one ninth-grade class how many had a drive to write (several hands rose) and then how many had a drive to create. To my surprise, nearly every hand shot up. I thought of the many adults who live a humdrum existence with no creative outlet and wondered, what happened? And will these thirty-some enthusiastic students also dismiss or suppress their creativity as they get older? That moment by itself validated my visit; the students were able to see in the flesh someone from Beavercreek who had followed her dreams and succeeded.
Thanks for stopping by today. Please come back on April 22, when I'll give some hints for having a successful booksigning.