Thanks to the 5th graders at Tomie Barfield Elementary…

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in School Visits | 1 comment

…for one of the best questions I’ve been asked in an author visit: “If you had to describe being an author in one word, what word would you pick?”

(Phew, these 5th graders don’t believe in easy questions.)

The word that popped into my head was “liberating.”

Being an author means that all the thoughts and dreams and characters and ideas that congregate in my head are free to come out, be shared, find connections and communion with readers. It means that I’m free to imagine, create, dream, wonder, and share. It means that I’m free to sit around in jeans and t-shirt with bare feet to do my work. All of that is wonderfully liberating, and I’m grateful for it–and for the question that made me realize it more fully!

One Comment

  1. What about I Am An Artist by Pat Lowery Collins & Robin Brickman? While it’s a bit abstract for very young reerdas, the concept of the artist in everyone is such a nice message and beautifully presented. My 3 enjoy reading it and choose it often.

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