This last week I had an amazing opportunity to visit St. Hyacinth Academy in Southern California. This visit was very special because it’s the same school I went to when I was a kid from preschool through eighth grade. It had been years since I’d been there, and I loved talking to current students and seeing some of my teachers again.
When I published Finding Doom, a dream of mine was to have my book in that school library, and now that dream has come true! I was so excited when the school reached out to me and asked me to come back. I got to talk to all the classes after morning assembly and see one of my favorite places, the library!
Students asked such amazing questions about how to write and publish a book, what my time as a student there was like, and we talked about the books they like to read. I was surprised by how many students weren’t only interested in writing, but were actually working on creating their own stories and comic books!
The Teen Spy Organization wouldn’t exist if I never attended school there. I’ve talked about what inspired my idea for the T.S.O. before, playing spies with my friends when I was a kid. But those games and creative adventures also happened on campus, and my teachers there also encouraged me to read different things and learn more about how to write. Being able to share where I am now with students who are sitting at the same desks that I did was amazing.