Moments to Treasure

Exciting visit to J.L Boren Elementary!
Exciting visit to J.L Boren Elementary!

Inspiring young minds to read and write is a feeling like no other.

Yesterday, I was honored to present to five grades at J. L Boren Elementary in Mansfield, Texas. A shout-out goes to their amazing librarian, Kristy Moore, who did a fabulous job setting up the day-long event and was a gracious hostess.

Two moments during the day will remain in my mind forever.

The first was when a second-grader came to the library during lunch, about an hour after I had presented to her class. She brought with her the first book she had ever written, which she wrote in class after hearing me speak. She said she was inspired to write it after hearing me talk about writing and my books. The sweetheart had stapled all the pages together and read her “first book” to Kristy and me. Talk about warming the heart!

The next “forever” moment came when a young third-grader brought her mom in after school to purchase one of my books. She said that I had inspired her to start reading, and she couldn’t wait to start reading my novel!

Words can’t express how much the heart-felt words of these two darling children meant to me. I am truly honored to play a small part in inspiring these kids to read and write. Priceless!

Where’s the Best Place to be in August? The East Texas Book Fest, of course!

Tyler, Texas is home to beautiful azaleas, roses, and, of course, the East Texas Book Fest!

August may not be peak azalea or rose season in Tyler, Texas, but it IS prime “East Texas Book Fest” season! About 100 authors, including myself and Murray Richter, will be on hand at the Harvey Convention Center in Tyler on August 22nd to chat with readers and “talk books.” There will be exhibits, reading and writing seminars, and presentations on literacy. Best of all, the event is FREE to the public! Check out or their FaceBook page at for all the details on the seventh annual East Texas Book Fest, and plan on heading to Tyler for a fun day! We’ll see you there! Muffet