Young authors David & Laura T. Lee (inspires others to write)

David T. Lee (14 year-old of 5 books, published a 4,500-word sci-fi at 7); Laura T. Lee (12 year-old of 2 novels, published a 62,000-word novel at 10)

A wonderful Summer Kickoff Event at Shrewsbury Public Library!

Written By: David T. Lee - Jun• 27•15

Greetings!

This year, the library was moved to the temp site. I participated in the Local Authors Meet and Greet event from 3-6 PM. There weren’t as many authors around at the event as last year. Next to my table, there was a startup publishing company named DarkSpace Publishing. The company was established by two young authors. Kash Jain and Tanner Walling will be going to 8th grade next year. They do not have paperback books for sale at the moment but they had unique ideas to share and enticing excerpts to show! I was surprised Kash and Tanner both went to my middle school 2 years ago and were there watching my book presentation at the school auditorium during the school’s December 2013 community meeting for 5th and 6th graders.

During the event, wind displaced foam boards on my table. I borrowed string from the DarkSpace authors and with the help of Mr. Warty (a grandpa we have never met before), the most wind-vulnerable items were intricately tied to our table and a flagpole. My gratitude to Mr. Warty, Kash and Tanner was enormous.

Halfway through the event, Tanya from the Shrewsbury Chronicle gave me an interview. Tanya asked me questions about my writing experience. I showed her my books and told her I maintain a blog to inspire young kids to read and write more often. She took several pictures of me in front of my table. This would be the third time a local newspaper journalist interested in my writing career.

Towards the end of the event, I had a good chat with Robbin Miller. I learned that Robbin hosts a chat show called Miller Chat Show on Channel 28. She is also an advocate for people with disabilities. Robbin thought that the audio text-to-speech recordings of my first book would be helpful for children having visual impairment or blindness. She recommended a list of organizations to contact, including a school, an audio journal, a radio recording service and a government organization.

Although those three hours I spent there were not lucrative (I only sold one copy of my first book “Danny and the Portal of the World”), the hours were surely interesting, exciting and fun!

Here are some photos from the event:

2015 Local Author Meet and Greet

2015 Local Author Meet and Greet

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Have a wonderful weekend!
David

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