Friday, April 1, 2016

The Chosen Chronicles: A Chosen Life Launch Month Faves!

An Amazing Launch!!!

It has been the most incredible month!
The Chosen Chronicles: A Chosen Life (book one in the series) is officially out there! All in all the month of March went really smooth.
(If you can call sleepless nights, super-strength deodorant that didn't always work, and non-stop crazy, smooth:).
It really was an amazing month. Here's a quick recap on my favorite events.

Roy High School was my first event for the month and I had the most amazing time! I was able to visit two Creative Writing classes as well as give a presentation during their Intervention time. Those students were so amazing! In the CW classes we discussed the Rule of Three (each chapter or scene must follow the Rule of Three--advance the plot, deepen characterization, and enrich the setting) and then we did characterization and setting exercises to help them put the Rule of Three into effect. They did so awesome! Their imaginations were so inspiring and the way they put it together was incredible. I have no doubts they will all make great writers one day. I hope you guys look me up when you're famous! During intervention we did a presentation on the Elements of Story and the 7 basic things you need to create a rounded story with good pacing and plot. The kids in there were really great as well and we had a lot of fun. I even got an amazing letter from one of the students (that is now laminated and hanging on the note-board above my desk).

Bear River High School was a complete blast! I couldn't believe how many kids sacrificed a long lunch hour to spend half of it listening to me. They were so patient when we couldn't get the PowerPoint to work and didn't seem to mind me speed talking to get the presentation done on time. We also did the Elements of Story and talked about whether you're a writer, reader, or movie watcher, you can see how all three areas follow the same 7 elements. We had a quick Q&A session and I was really impressed with the respect and interest shown by the students and teachers. They gave me a huge thank you poster they'd signed (that now also hangs above my writing desk). I had such a great time!

McKinley Elementary
This is the second time I've visited this school. My sweet friend is a third-grade teacher there and I'm so lucky she lets me come! Those kids are so awesome! They never cease to amaze me with their vivid imaginations, perfect kindness, desire to participate, and all out enthusiasm. I leave there feeling uplifted, energized, and ready to conquer the world. With elementary students we play word games to show the kids the power of their imagination, and then we discuss the two things that make books great--characters and story. We read excerpts from grade level books that show great characters and story. I loved how each time I read a small part the kids were begging for more, and so glad that Mrs. C. had copies of the books in her classroom so they could find out what happens next.

ComiCon FanX 2016 ComiCon was the bookend to my launch month and crazy fun! I saw some extraordinary costumes, and met some really incredible people. Yes, we sold books and necklaces, and handed out business cards and bookmarks, but the best part was talking to the people. I even met this cute mother and her adorable daughters in the elevator of my hotel who asked me about my book and then came and found me later that day. I met many aspiring writers and I loved how they were brave enough to ask for advice and listen to encouragement. I loved having the chance to tell them to never give up and keep writing no matter what. I wish I had been brave enough to talk to other writers when I first started. I genuinely hope they all achieve their dreams, because as hard as it may seem, as far in the future as it might look, if you are willing to put in the time, effort, and heart, you will get there.

I hope this is just the start of many visits to these incredible schools and more to come. I hope I have many opportunities like FanX to talk to youth and aspiring writers. Talking with kids about the power of reading, and using their imaginations to achieve their dreams, is the best part of what I do. It makes it worth all the stress, tough reviews, sleepless nights, and not-so-strong extra strength deodorant. The youth are why I write.

Thank you so much to all my friends, family, and new friends, for all the love and encouragement. This is the start of an incredible journey and I'm so excited that I get to share it with all of you!


I am currently scheduling for May 2016, and the 2016-2017 school year. If you would like me to come to your school, or your child's school, please visit my website and fill out the contact form on the main menu, or on the contact page, and I will be in touch as soon as possible. 

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