The Children’s Book Festival on Sunday was a wonderful event. I had the chance to meet a lot of my young readers and their parents.
Apart from wanting to inspire kids to read, write, draw and use their imaginations, I love being part of a festival such as this so that I can meet my audience.
To write children’s books, one must remember vividly what it was like to be a pre-teen, and I do.
I will never lose connection with my 12-year-old self. She still lives inside me and it is for her that I write my stories. When I meet readers though, I realise that I am writing not just for myself but for you too.
I signed books for an hour that day. Thank you to everyone who waited patiently out in the hot, hot sun. I apologise to those who were turned away due to lack of time.
I was lucky enough to share a signing tent with illustrator and author, Shaun Tan whose work I admire so much.
If you want to read more about the festival, hop on over to author Angela Savage’s blog on the day’s events.