Wednesday, November 16, 2011

NCTE/ALAN This Weekend in Chicago!

Just after my talk at the NCTE last year. You
can tell by my daughters face she did NOT approve of
my performance!! ;)

Last year I had the pleasure and honor of speaking at the NCTE in Disney World. Great location, huh? This year, it's in Chicago! Woohoo, no travel hassles for me, but much colder! I'm so excited because I will finally get to meet my Holiday House editor, the amazing Julie Amper! I've been working with her on the Nightshade Chronicles and Goblin Shark Rising for over two years now and I finally get to see her in the flesh!

I'll be speaking on a panel Friday morning, discussing with other authors and our editor how we read our personal pasts in order to create possible futures in writing. Should be pretty interesting, as my segment is about how my past has impacted my writing as a fantasy author. I blame Generation X! :)

I was so nervous last year. Andrea Cremer was on my panel and was so sweet. She gives class lectures all the time so she had no fear! If you told me last year how comfortable I'd be speaking in front of a crowd now I'd think someone spiked your spice chai latte. For any of you who feel public speaking is a terrifying proposition you just have to force yourself to do it. You will be amazed at how much easier it gets. I actually enjoy public speaking now and hope to do many more events. That last sentence falls under "Things I Never Thought I'd Say EVER!" 

Please let me know if any of you educators and/or writers will be in town for the event. I have some hello's to give after my panel and then I'm free to stalk the booths! Can't wait to see my bookish buddies! 

xoxo -- Hilary


  1. Are you attending the ALAN workshop, too? If so, I'll look forward to finally saying hello in person. :)

  2. I've got my fingers, toes and eyes crossed for you Hilary xx :)

  3. E.M. I'll only be there on Friday! After that, heading out of town for Thanksgiving! We WILL meet someday--darn it! :)

    Jack, thanks so much. I'm actually really excited this time around! Last year--different story! ;)

  4. Have an amazing time, Hilary!

  5. Thanks, Kelly! I actually get to wear something other than jeans for once! Such a treat! Ha, ha! :)

  6. aww, love the pic! Your kids are so cute!

  7. Thanks, Sarah! I got lucky with my two sweeties! Happy Thanksgiving!


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