For me, school visits are, and always have been, the coolest perk of being a writer. When I started doing them, about 12 years ago, most schools were interested in hosting me to talk about fiction (I write both fiction and nonfiction for children). Over the years, more and more schools began asking me to discuss my nonfiction work, and now, it’s about 50/50. Also, a decade ago, students tended to want to know more about ‘a day in the life of an author.’ They’re still curious about that, of course, but they’re also looking for applicable knowledge. They ask questions like: What tips do you have for revision? How do you go about organizing your research? How do you develop a well-rounded character? It’s great to be able to share what I’ve learned and show them how to improve their own writing.
What is your favorite question a student has asked at an event?
I was chatting with the students at Sacred Heart School in Bellevue, WA a few weeks ago and one young reader asked, “What’s the most challenging book you’ve ever written?” It was a great question, because it didn’t glamorize writing. The student understood that creating books was demanding, difficult work. My answer was a book I wrote for Scholastic many years ago about the invention of gunpowder (because there were so few books written about it, it meant doing a bit of legwork in finding primary sources). I explained that even though it was a daunting project, it was also the book I was the most proud of. Isn’t that how life usually goes? Whatever you put the most of yourself into is, in turn, what gives you the greatest reward.
About Trudi Trueit
Trudi Trueit knew she’d found her life’s passion after writing (and directing) her first play in the fourth grade. Since then, she’s been a newspaper journalist, television news reporter and anchor, and freelance writer, but her favorite career is what she does now—writing for kids and tweens. She’s published more than100 fiction and nonfiction titles for young readers, including My Top Secret Dares and Don’ts, The Sister Solution, Stealing Popular (Aladdin MIX) and the Secrets of a Lab Rat series (Aladdin). She loves all things chocolate and lives with her husband and two cats north of Seattle, WA. Visit her website at www.truditrueit.com.
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