I did two readings for them and then I ended up speaking to them about was how I typically go from an idea, or a moment of inspiration, to completing a novel. Then I talked a bit about how the publisher takes that novel through the editing stages, cover art, and finally publication. I showed them the maps I've drawn of both Colonodona and its neighbouring kingdoms, Hadariah, my notebooks of character biographies, chapter notes, and ideas, as well as samples of cover art so they could see how things change from one draft to another. From there, we had a question period, and I loved being able to have a lively discussion with them all.
The day left me feeling filled with energy and I left grinning. So many of them seem like voracious readers, and hearing that I started writing the character of Sitnalta at their age seemed to intrigue them. Already, they were telling me that they were writing as well. I told them not to wait twenty years before finishing what they started. Keep writing. Write everyday if you can. I hope they take my advice.