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06 March 2010

Return to high school

Later this month, I'll be going home to Beavercreek, Ohio, for the first time as a published novelist. All my family still lives there, so I'll be taking part in the usual family events—pizza for 20 at Giovanni's Pizza in Fairborn, a birthday party for one of my many nieces and nephews, and general hanging out, goofing off,and playing practical jokes.

But I'll also be doing some author events at Beavercreek High School, my former high school. ("Bite 'em, Beavers!" was our cheer.) The school's book discussion group will discuss Like Mayflies in a Stream this month, and I'll be there to listen to the discussion, answer questions, pass out bookmarks, award a copy of Stephen Mitchell's Gilgamesh: A New English Version to one lucky student, and admire the poster my sister made to advertise my visit, which I haven't yet seen.

Three of my nieces attend my old high school. I'll be talking to several ninth-grade English classes, which include two of my nieces, and to four Creative Writing classes.

I'm hoping to line up a booksigning as well, but so far, in a big blow to my ego, I've yet to find a bookstore willing to host me. But that's okay; I'll visit with a fellow Clarionite who lives nearby, meet in person one of my blog friends (yes, you, White Cat!), and see an exhibit of quilts made in honor of Barack Obama at The National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center in Wilberforce. Fun!

Update 6 March 2010
I think I've found a bookstore to sign at. Once I nail down the details, I'll post more.


Somehow, I forgot to mention earlier that my novelette "The Hunt" was in the February issue of Jim Baen's Universe. Find it at According to the guidelines of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, this counts as my first professional sale!


Charles Gramlich said...

That sounds cool. I've kind of wondered why I've never been invited back to my high school to talk or something like that. Maybe because my generation and some of my actual classmates are running the place now and they should wouldn't want to imagine that old Gramlich had ever done anything worthwhile.

Charles Gramlich said...

Oh, and congrats on the pro sale!

Shauna Roberts said...

CHARLES, I invited myself. Well, I didn't approach it THAT boldly. My sister told me about the book discussion group, and I asked my three nieces who their English teachers were, and I went from there, writing each teacher and asking whether they would be interested in my visiting one or more of their classes. Of the four teachers I contacted, three were thrilled and one didn't bother to write back. Thanks for the congrats!

Lana Gramlich said...

Congrats on the sale & the signing! I'm sure you'll have a great time.

Shauna Roberts said...

Thanks for the congrats, Lana! I'm really looking forward to my trip. (Well, not to the long flights themselves, but to being home after such a long time away.)

Steve Malley said...

Congratulations from me as well-- it all sounds great!

Now, if I can just get through my day without randomly yelling out, "Bite em, beavers!"...

Shauna Roberts said...

LOL. STEVE, if you find yourself cheering for the Beavers, remember to tap your fingers against a stationary thumb below them to simulate a biting motion.