Like I said, I was originally very nervous. I hadn't done a presentation for older people before. So, I didn't know what to expect. Plus, my mother-in-law had gone to that nursing home a few times for respite care. I was kind of concerned that I might be a little emotional.
It originally came about when I was looking for ways to get out and maybe do some volunteer work. I got to talking that I was a children's author. And, it was suggested that I come and read a couple of my books. Then, I could also get some ideas for future children's books by asking about the residences' childhood experiences.
I brought my books and my Clarinda Cloud products. I set up a little display. Then, as people drizzled in, I spoke with people informally. The first book I chose to read was "There Were Always Noises." (That is a book of mine that is no longer published. It is due to be republished again some day. I hope it will be soon.) I chose that one, because it is based upon one of my own childhood experiences. (That was kind of the theme of the presentation.)
People were so kind and interested in my books. I ended up reading "Clarinda Cloud" as well. I spoke about how I made the text for "Clarinda Cloud" repetitive and how I made the illustrations picture cues for beginning readers.
After I did my readings, I opened it up for people to share some of their childhood experiences. It was a wonderful journey back into the past. I enjoyed listening to some wonderful stories. And, who knows… maybe one of their stories will be the theme for one of my books. (Yes…I told them that would be a possibility when I asked for their stories.)
I think everyone had a great time. I was asked to come back.
If you have any childhood experiences or rewarding author visits you would like to share, please comment below. Thank you.