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Your Voice Matters

This week, I have had the opportunity to connect with middle school students, sharing my latest book, “I Can’t Give Him a Valentine.” During these author visits, I found myself in great discussions about writing, personal experiences, and the power of storytelling. Many were curious about the writing process and sought advice and tips to nurture their writing endeavors. Their enthusiasm was contagious, and I gladly offered encouragement and support, even agreeing to read their own works in progress. I think we have some great future authors!

Besides discussing writing, many students were drawn to Annie the Porcupine and eager to understand her experiences. Several students opened up about their own real-life challenges, from facing bullying, or feeling different. This gave me the opportunity to open up about my own childhood struggles.  

These conversations allowed me to connect with the students on a personal level. It was heartening to see them relate to Annie. It is these moments that I realize the true power of storytelling: to foster empathy, spark discussions, and remind us that we are never alone in our struggles. If Annie’s story can offer support and comfort to even one student, then it has served its purpose.

As I reflect on this week’s author visits, I am reminded of the privilege and responsibility of being a children’s author. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my stories and experiences, and I look forward to continuing these conversations with readers of all ages. In the world of literature, every voice matters.

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