Speaking in Las Vegas

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Last month I had the privilege of speaking at the Aliante Public Library in North Las Vegas, Nevada. My audience was a group of children ages preschool through adult.  One little precious darling walked in and asked, “Is Selena Gomez going to be here?”

I had to disappoint her and say no, there was just a book about her. She looked like she might cry, but she didn’t. She and the others listened well as I talked to them about writing my nine books.

An extra plus was my son, whom I was visiting that week, agreed to go with me. Even better, he wore his flight suit. Christopher is a First Lieutenant in the Air Force. He’s also a pilot and stationed at Creech Air Force Base. There he flies planes by remote control over Afghanistan and other countries around Afghanistan. It’s all very complicated, but he’s catching on and making us proud. 

Anyway, Chris not only served as my chauffeur that week, he was a live model for my talk. The kids seemed awed by his flight suit. I told the kids they should dream about what they wanted to be when they grew up. That’s what the three young ladies I’ve written biographies on — Taylor Swift, Leona Lewis, Selena Gomez — all did and still do. They all wanted to sing (yeah, Selena wanted to act first but she’s known as a singer, too). Then I walked them through a 1 minute exercise in how to practice dreaming. It was fun and I think they enjoyed our time together.

We chatted with all of them before and after the meeting and it was a joy meeting so many readers interested in reading biographies. Afterward, we had a book signing. Here are some photos of the event.

Donna Stephenson, Children’s Library Assistant at Aliante Library, sat in on our talk. She had these comments about the event, which she emailed to me later: “You provided a wonderful program for our youth. I really appreciated the way you tied the subjects of your writing to the children’s lives (current movies, songs, etc.). I also liked the way you talked about how all of the ladies you wrote about were dreamers. I think it is important for the kids to see how they can be like people they see on TV just by going for their dreams. I liked that you allowed them to share their dreams with the group and also that they got a chance to play the guitar. You gave them more than just a speech, it was an experience they will remember.”

If you need help dreaming about what you want to be when you grow up, read these books about Taylor Swift, Leona Lewis, Selena Gomez. Ask your local librarian to order them if you can’t find them at your library.  I’m sure they will provide inspiration for you!

Have a nice day!

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