Wednesday night saw me at Tim’s Bookshop in Canterbury, where I got the chance to talk to parents and students from Our Lady’s primary school. One of the best things about it was the Q&A afterwards, where I answered questions ranging from “So what happens in your story?” (something I should probably have covered better in the talk) to “What car do you drive?” (I only realised today I missed the opportunity to say “A Batmobile”).
One of the topics I covered was the fact that in Year 2 I was placed in a catch-up class for students who were struggling with their reading and writing skills. I’d had trouble picking up that particular ability in Year 1, so I was behind the other students when I moved up to the next grade. Thankfully, the catch-up class worked and I took to reading and writing with a previously undiscovered enthusiasm.
I thought it was important to let the kids know; just because you’re not immediately good at something doesn’t mean you never will be. Also, I drive a Batmobile – not the Toyota Camry that I said I did.
This weekend, not only will I be at the Younger Sun for National Bookshop Day, I’ll also be In Conversation with Leanne Hall at the Eltham Bookshop at 3pm on Sunday. We’ll be discussing Vanguard Prime: Goldrush and the road to publication. Make sure to come visit!