|Waiting for the launch of Endeavour|
I'm writing this letter for teachers, librarians, writers. want-to-be writers--but most of all, for my young readers. Thanks for stopping by.
I should state up front that I'm a writer who loves to tell stories. I've written two novels, but most of my books are nonfiction. Why nonfiction? I love writing nonfiction because in my heart of hearts, maybe I'm a frustrated teacher. I love explaining how things work to young readers. I'm not talking about a can opener. I'm talking about a space mission, or a solar system, or an entire economy. Or a government,
That sounds like it could be boring, doesn't it? But I told you, I love to tell stories, and my nonfiction books tell stories, with people in them--people who say things, feel things, and wonder and worry about what's going to happen next--just like the characters in a story. It makes me happy when reviewers make comments like, "Even when I knew what the ending was, I kept turning the pages."
For all of us, 2020 has been a hard year. Schools are closed. You can't see your friends, or, in some cases, family members who don't live with you. It's been a hard time for me and my family, too, but I've learned something important that I want to share. Hard times are bearable, if you take the time to remember everything you're grateful for. I'm grateful to be able to write books that kids like to read-- even that you read this letter. I'm working on new books, so please come back soon!