First of all, you probably want to vet me to make sure I’m not a crazy person. I do have a somewhat debilitating addiction to sriracha sauce, but if that makes me crazy, then I don’t want to be sane. And if you’re worried I will actually teach your kids how to pull cons, let me put your fears to rest: Yes. Yes, I will. But I will also back you up on the value of the serial comma, so there’s that.
If you’re still reading after that sriracha warning, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to inform and delight even the least curious students. First, the Skype/Google Hangout visits. I offer several 30- to 45-minute visits on various topics, all free of charge.
For your book-obsessed teens, try my series of in-depth writing craft and technique talks. I’ve done these with great success for other teen writing groups.
For younger or less craft-oriented students, I’ve got a shorter, simpler author Q&A that might satisfy some curiosity without swamping their boats with too much shop-talk.
I do school visits! How could I not? Someone has to show your kids how to make fake ID–I mean, explain how important it is to follow the rules. For more information, check out my School Visits page.
Mentor Programs and Other Stuff
I love participating in mentor programs. I’m doing one for a school during this year’s NaNoWriMo, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I believe strongly in returning to the community its considerable investment in me.
Contact me if you’d like me to take part in your school or library’s writer mentor program. It’ll depend on time commitment and my availability, but I’d love to help out if I can!
Also, if you’d like some Trust Me, I’m Lying swag (bookmarks, postcards, etc.) for your classroom and/or students, let me know! I’m happy to send some your way.
Trust Me, I’m Lying Teacher’s Guide
It’s here, it’s here! I’ve finally got the Trust Me Im Lying Teacher Guide for you guys. It’s five pages of in-depth questions about the characters, themes, literary allusions, and social-critique concepts behind the story. Rachele Alpine, a National Board certified high school Language Arts teacher, designed the critical-thinking questions, aligning them with Common Core Standards.
And don’t forget to check out my Behind the Scenes page for a published author’s insight on writing craft and the publishing process, complete with real-life samples you can show your class!
I haven’t forgotten you! If you want free Trust Me, I’m Lying swag to pass out to your patrons, just let me know! I will send it to you in a hot second. And if there’s anything else I can do for you, you have but to ask. I am your humble, faithful servant.
If you happen to be a librarian in the Pacific Northwest, three YA/MG author friends of mine and I have a special event we put on for libraries within driving distance. For more information, check out my Story Trivia Event page.
I’ve enabled the comments on this page so you can ask me questions and bounce ideas off each other if you like. For specific requests of time and materials, though, please use the Contact Form. <3