Thanks to Angela Jordan and Michelle Hopf of Auburn University, I was invited to speak with teens participating in the university's week-long writing camp. Each student received a copy of Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii. I met with them for "Dinner and Conversation with the Author" It. Was. Awesome. The kids were all so bright, engaging, and motivated. Plus, they also got … [Read more...] about Writing with Teens and A Slice of Heaven in Roanoke
Last night, I attended a book club as the author-guest. I was a bit nervous at first--I mean, it's weird! All those people gathered to talk about your book--what if they hated it? Or disagreed with certain editorial decisions?But the folks at the book club I attended in Atlanta were extraordinarily gracious. They had intelligent questions about my research and the history … [Read more...] about Authors: How do You Get Invited to Book Clubs?