Can I just say that it is incredibly ironic to be planning virtual learning for my students when I wrote an ENTIRE SERIES based around the themes of technology, getting un-plugged and living in the “real world?”
Some of you might be like, ‘What? Huh? You’re teaching?’ That is correct…I actually got my teaching license (middle and high school) before I became a young adult author. Now, taking a brief break from writing, I am back to teaching ELA in middle school…and I love it! Middle school might be the most awkward, hilarious, dramatic years of our lives. The thing I love is that middle schoolers keep it real. They wear their hearts on their sleeves and are not afraid to push boundaries. It’s such an amazing time of self-awareness, self-consciousness and heightened emotions. It’s also a time to be WEIRD and let our freak flags fly. I laugh so hard every day, with the random things my students say and do. They are always inspiring me.
Anyway, back to living through COVID-19. It really makes me think of my debut novel, AWAKEN. Not only are we all isolated in our homes, but we have to attend digital school. We interact, learn, socialize, and even work-out online. We are not allowed to go out and gather in groups for fear of getting sick. This is true in AWAKEN, although the fear is spread much deeper than sickness. It has spread to people’s cores, and they fear human kind itself–except for the rare few that want to “unplug” and bring face-to-face life back.
If you haven’t read AWAKEN, now is your chance. Its messages are timely and relevant to what is happening in the world today. I miss all of my readers and fans, and don’t worry, there are always stories brewing in my head. I will never be at a loss for words. I hope you are all healthy and safe.