Joseph will be able to call himself a published author at age eleven, and as a kid who was never really into reading, the fact that he has worked so hard to create the world of Jack- a baseball loving eleven-year-old boy, and his pet rats, I am so proud.
I am throwing Joseph into the world of writing, and this past Tuesday, he had his first taste of it. We took Lucky at Bat to Bampot tea house and did a reading from it. Much kudos goes to Jen Frankel for hosting and inviting us! (Everybody, buy her books. Undead Redhead is amazing!) It's been way too long since we saw each other in person. Joseph was in his element, schmoozing around and making friends with the other writers, and performers. He certainly didn't get this from me. I am far more introverted. Give me a script, and I'm good to go, but put me in a room full of strangers, no matter what we have in common, and I tend to clam up.
This time, Joseph didn't read. He was more into the snacks and the people. But he got up to the mic, said his piece, and he was proud of himself. He should be. It was far more than I was able to accomplish at my first reading. (Spoiler alert- I chickened out on reading, and cozied up to a cheese plate instead.)
Soon, Joseph will be up to his eyeballs in cover art, edits, and marketing. It will be an education for him, and he is working on growing his love of books. Any recommendations for an eleven-year-old who loves rats and baseball are always appreciated.
More news on Lucky at Bat will be forthcoming. I will be sure to keep you all updated here. Joseph, we are ALL proud of you.