A Fiction Writer Tells the Truth | By Mary Amato

It is hilarious when principals introduce me to students by saying, Today, we get to meet a real, live author! I am delighted not to be a fake, dead author, which wouldn’t be as fun. Children’s book authors are invited to schools to give presentations that are called author talks and these assemblies focus, of course, on reading and writing books, but when I visit schools, I often end up talking about something much more personal—my mother’s death.

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