Today, we had our Skype session with Lara Williamson. The children asked a lot of interesting questions and we learned a lot. This is what Charlotte wrote about the experience:
We learnt how to start a story, what to do if we get writer’s block and how many times Lara had been rejected from publishers (her first book was rejected 99 times by publishers!). We asked many questions such as: What is your favourite book and what do you do in your spare time? (She tap dances – Lara even tap danced at her own wedding, in her wedding dress!)
Lara told us about her books, her characters and how she comes up with ideas. She got the idea for Jo Bister (from A Boy Called Hope) from her family and people she knew when she was growing up. Lara told us that she always carries her notebook around with her and has been writing since she was a child. She showed us the diary she wrote when she was ten.
-Charlotte (Year 6)
It was a very interesting conversation. After the session, Lara sent Mrs. Evans a message which read: ‘Please pass on my thanks to the children. They were amazing and honestly, their questions were brilliant and thought provoking for me.’