Inside Story

Last night I was at the University Book Store for SCBWI's Inside Story. It was such a privilege to be involved and have the chance to meet so many wonderful authors and illustrators. In the days leading up to the event I had a stomach ache from nerves that got progressively worse. Once I got there and talked to some of the even coordinators and other speakers I slowly started to feel better. Everyone felt like kindred spirits who I had known for years. I mean, they draw and read and write for a living– how could I not feel connected? Since I was in the middle of the line up I had a chance to hear what was generally said and I thought, "this isn't so bad. It's not supposed to be about some ingenious epiphany I had while making the book." So I talked about my experience making croissants and how much time and butter went into making them and how it was all worth it. Then I said that was kind of what making the book was like. With a two minute time slot, that about did it. It was fun and I can't wait to go again to see the next round of new books.

Photo courtesy of Mike Gorham, who was supposed to be studying, but came to support me instead.

Photo courtesy of Mike Gorham, who was supposed to be studying, but came to support me instead.