My favorite thing about school visits is letting kids see that authors were once noisy little kids just like them who usually got in trouble for talking or daydreaming too much.
It’s important for kids to be exposed to real people in person who do something they love for a living.
The author has learned what works best for their presentations–usually from much experience with trial and error. We find what ages learn best together and what we realistically have the energy to do well. It’s no fun for anyone when we’ve been asked to read our story to every classroom and have no voice left by the end of the day.
The attention spans and interest levels are more challenging with all the instant technology kids are used to now.
Then I get to talk about my favorite stories that went into it and why.
Renee Riva is an ACFW award winning author who writes for WaterBrook/Random House, and David C. Cook Publishers. Renee has been writing inspirational, humorous stories ever since she won her first writing contest in the second grade. From there she became a greeting-card verse writer and is currently a Young Author’s Instructor teaching writing workshops in schools throughout the Northwest and as far South as Alabama. She loves working with children of all ages, hoping to inspire and spark young imaginations. An animal lover and kid at heart, Renee has published two children’s books: Izzy the Lizzy, and Guido’s Gondola, as well as a humorous, family , YA-Adult trilogy: Saving Sailor (which took 3rd place in the ACFW Book of the Year 2008), it’s sequel, Taking Tuscany released 2009, and Heading Home 2010. Her two Forget Me Not Romances are: Happy Camper, a fun romantic comedy, and Dawn’s Gentle Light, both with Winged Publications. Renee and her husband reside in Washington State with their 3 big kids and huge black Labrador, Remington.
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