And this time I will be in NC. Here is the letter my publicist has sent out to schools. . . I've deleted her contact information, so if you have a question or would like to book, you can send to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward the email to her.
Inspirational motivational speaker available in your area
K.A. Thomas is an author from North Carolina who is also a motivational speaker. As a sixth grade teacher at Cary Christian School in Cary, North Carolina, she relates very well to students. She, herself, struggled with learning difficulties (both Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder) but learned to cope with them in order to become a successful author.
Mrs. Thomas is available to come to your school, at no charge to North Carolina schools, during the following days: March 12-14 or March 19-21. She has an interesting story to tell your students that will encourage and inspire them.
She is the author of Ravenheart and Sorrowheart, the first two books of her young adult fantasy series. The primary audience for her books is fifth grade to high school students. Mrs. Thomas has spoken at over 30 schools as well as professional organizations and conventions.
From a previous book tour:
"Mrs. Thomas told about so many experiences during her days in school that our kids could relate to, and this gave them a connection to her and helped them realize that any one of them has the chance to become successful, also. Our kids loved the chance to hear about her process and real life experiences of a published author. The teachers and staff at our school enjoyed the visit as much as our students. This was an event that does not come around that often and we were honored to have Mrs. Thomas at our campus." --Texas middle school teacher
Ravenheart and Sorrowheart are already in several school libraries (and bookstores) in North Carolina and Texas and have been adopted to some school reading lists. The third book in the series is in the editing process now.
As a Speech and Theater major in college, she has a creative way to present the following points to your students:
1. The importance of school and getting the most from your education 2. Dreams and discipline - how to make them work for you 3. Overcoming your learning challenges 4. Reading and vocabulary - essentials to success
She will also answer any questions about the books, plots or the process of getting a book published. If time permits, she will perform a short reading from one of her books.
Mrs. Thomas will donate a copy of Sorrowheart to your school library. Ravenheart and Sorrowheart are available on Amazon.com or can be ordered from any bookstore. You may see more information about Mrs. Thomas on her website athttp://kathomas.typepad.com/.
Mrs. Thomas is available to come to your school, at no charge to North Carolina schools, during March 12-14 or March 19-23, but her appearances will be scheduled first come, first served. Please reply to this email ASAP.
Thank you for your time and we hope you are having an excellent school year. We are looking forward to hearing from you.
Well, round one of book tour is over, and I am happy to be home. I love visiting schools and attending conferences to speak, but spending over 40 hours on the road is exhausting!
I started at the North Carolina School Library Media Association conference. What a mouthful! There, I spoke to a group of lovely teachers and librarians and signed books that evening in the hall where the venders had set up. After a night in Ashville, I headed to Arkansas and spoke to a group of theatre majors at Ouachita Baptist University, my alma mater.
Speaking at the university you attended is a surreal experience. I kept looking at the students thinking back to the days when I was in their shoes. I wondered what I would tell my college self? It probably wouldn’t matter, because my college self would just ignore everything I had to say. I thought I had it all figured out back then. Little did I know. In any case, it was good to be on campus and see my professors. I am stunned by how much OBU has changed. . .and at the same time hasn’t changed.
I continued my journey to Texas where I spoke at many schools. I spent one day speaking to middle school, then another at a high school, and yet another at elementary, 3rd – 5th grade! I was auto-adjusting my speech to the appropriate grade level as I went, and everything turned out well. I also spent some time with the oh-so-famous and wonderful MRS. JEWELL. . .who we all know must be an angel masquerading as a human being. I hear God sends a few of those to earth every now and again. Finally, I spoke at Desoto Public Library where I did a short sword demonstration that went over well with the kids.
On my way back home, I stopped at a hotel in Shreveport, LA. Yes, it was casino and no, I did not gamble! But because it was a casino, the rooms were cheap. I paid almost nothing and received a luxury king suit with a whirlpool tub and three TV sets. If only I had longer to stay!
My very last event was the Carolina Renaissance Festival in Huntersville, NC. Here, near the knight’s joust, I signed books with several other authors for two days. I met lots of interesting folks including a man who simply walked up to the table and bought two books without even talking to me and a girl whose father permitted her to buy one of every book on sale. Good job, dad! We teachers like parents who will spare no expense buying books for their children.
It was a whirlwind tour and I look forward to doing it again, though I think I’ll be staying the NC in March! We’ll see. In the meantime, I have Book ‘em North Carolina to look forward to!
My husband and I just celebrated our 4 year anniversary and had a WONDERFUL dinner at Winston’s Grill. I honestly think Chef Cliff Vogelsberg is a magician in the kitchen. We had the honor of getting to know him and his cooking at Solas and last night was our first adventure to his new place of employment. I had the chef special; medium-rare NY strip with a rosemary demi-glaze. Simply mouthwatering. If you are reading this and you have never experienced his food, drop what you are doing right now and head over to Winston’s Grill!
Can you tell I am a bit of a foodie?
Anyway. . .on to important things. . .like BOOKS!
I recently introduced my 6th grade class to several books from my publisher which I brought back from Great Wolf Lodge Homeschool week:
All of these books received an overwhelmingly positive response, but I really have to highlight Max Elliot Anderson’s book because I have NEVER in my life seen such a positive response from my 6th grade boys. Even my boys who are not readers got very excited about this book. Check him out if you are unfamiliar with his works.
Report on the Third Book:
The prequel to Ravenheart is on paper. Yay! But there is still a lot of work to do. What is it about? Well, I can’t tell you because that would spoil things. However, I will say that you can look forward to 1. seeing Malachi again, 2. Epic battles scenes, 3. Creatures evil and good, 4. and magic . . .again, evil and good. I am excited about this book, because I feel like I have been working on it since I was a child. Indeed, much of it is an adaptation of the first book I ever wrote!
Justin’s Question: Are you going to write anything else outside of the Ravenheart series?
YES! Justin, I am currently working on the following projects:
A science fiction novel set in the late 21st century
A children’s novel titled Jack and the Parts of Speech
A modern version of the A Little Princess, written as a play
There are a few other things, but these are the projects that dominate most of my writing time outside of the third book.
I am looking forward to seeing many of you on the upcoming book tour! Remember, we will have a limited number of books on tour so I encourage you purchase a book in advance if you are counting on getting a book signed. J
Also remember that Sorrowheart and Ravenheart can both be purchased for your Kindle. I just bought one for me and I named it Gizmo. I have to admit, I love Gizmo and all of the lovely books I have been able to download on him. It's dangerous to have all of your favorite books with you at all times, though. I discovered this while walking down the middle school hallway, my nose tucked in my Kindle. . .
As many of you know, I am not just a writer. I also teach, and I LOVE it.
We started school on Wednesday this past week, and I happy to tell you all that my new 6th graders are absolutely wonderful! I can’t wait to get to know them better.
This past summer was nice break from teaching, however, and I did, thankfully, get to spend a lot of time working on the third book. I spent one entire week in Black Mountain, NC out of the heat and writing at the Dripolator Coffee house. I am happy to be able to say that I have a working rough draft finished. Now it’s time to edit and revise! Many of you have been asking me what the third book is about. Well, I can’t be too detailed, but I will say you can look forward to people with wondrous powers and an epic battle scene.
Now for a question . . .sorry, I’ve been a little behind lately in answering these!
Max’s Question: I’ve written a lot of short stories and I’m writing a book in a spiral I keep at school. I want to be a writer. How do I do it?
Well, Max, it sounds like you are already doing it! I started writing in a spiral notebook I carried around at school when I was in the 6th grade. According to the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, a person who wishes to be a professional in any area needs at least 10,000 hours of practice. That’s a lot of hours! It’s good that you are starting young. Keep at it! You can also start submitting your work to publishers now. Look online for magazines and journals that publish work by your age group. Stone Soup and Highlights are a great place to start!
Sorrowheart Mini-Trailer Brenia Sorrowheart’s orders are clear. Find the key and unlock the box. Prevent Talforland from corrupting the treasure that lies hidden inside. Soon, however, Bree’s quest for the key takes her on a journey that leads from the crisp, clear ocean into the deepest bowels of the earth. As her visions turn to nightmares, Bree must not only unlock the secret of the box, but the mystery that lives inside of her own dreams.
What is it like to have dyslexia? The animations in this video were created by illustration students working with health professionals as part of our new Health Design Technology Institute.
The DVD 'Demystifying Visual Dyslexia' can be bought on the Coventry University website. It is just one of the great examples of our students using their skills to help people.
Ravenheart Book Trailer - Comfort Publishing/Ingrams Book Group The power of the Creator God is dead. His pendant lies dormant, forgotten inside the altar of a heathen temple dedicated to worshiping statues and demons. Few know of a prophecy and a girl who might not only awaken the blessed pendant, but a power so evil and deadly, it could destroy the world. Ayla, a human child raised by dwarves, must solve the mystery of the pendant before a spoiled prince and devious priestess crush a kingdoms hopes forever.