|This post is an addition to my recently |
revived feature, Literary Locals.
When I walked into one of the local libraries, I didn't know what I was going to expect. I thought that considering the audience, that I may be one of the oldest in attendance. I even felt a bit guilty because he was on his tour promoting the fourth book in the Kingdom Keepers series, and I had not even read the first one! My hesitancy did not last long, however! I walked into a packed room filled with men and women of all ages. I saw very excited young ones, patiently waiting for Pearson to begin his chat. And, I saw a large number of adults holding copies of his adult novels for signing. I was immediately put at ease and sat back to enjoy the presentation.
The presentation was nothing like I had imagined! He brought out a slide show and shared his unique research for his latest project ... the opportunity to tour Disney theme parks and studios exclusively! I'm talking being able to ride the rides when no one else is around ... Being a VIP and skipping to the head of a long line during a park's during open hours ... Being able to tour the parks behind the scenes and get to know some of the secrets and little known facts. What better "research" can you ask for?!?
Pearson had an energy and passion that I have rarely seen at events before. I can't even put my finger on what made it so special to me. He was entertaining and just plain funny! It was just what I needed after a hard day at the office and I can guarantee that I have every intention of attending his next event in my area for the release of the fifth book in the Starcatchers series.
I will leave you with one of my most memorable moments from the event ... Pearson was asked by a young member of the audience what tips he would recommend for an aspiring writer. He spoke for a bit about how some authors pump out the books and others simply write one page a day. Writing may come easier to some than to others. The important thing is simply to write EVERY SINGLE DAY! I am now trying to personally live by this advice, so Mr. Pearson . . . Thank you for the inspiration!