This was first published in May of 2015. You’ve read it often enough that it’s #10 on the countdown of Most Read Blog Posts.
I made my first school visit in 1970. Since that time, there have been countless such visits, in classrooms, auditoriums, and these days via Skype. I have been in front of audiences at many, many conferences as well. All venues vary enormously, in both location (every state) and a few countries abroad. Despite the variations, there are certain questions that are almost always asked.
- Where do you get your ideas?
- What is your real name?
- How old are you?
- How long does it take you to write a book?
- Among the books you have written, what is your favorite?
- Does your family help you write your books?
- How much money do you make?
- Do people recognize you when you walk along the street?
- What inspired you to write [name of book]?
- Who is your favorite author? [“Other than yourself?”]
- Of all the books you have read, what is your favorite?
- What was your first book?
- How many books have you written?
- I want to write. What advice would you give me?
- When will you stop writing?