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Author’s Day

On Friday, December 2, MJMS was the setting where Christina Soontornvat, an engineer and author of The Changelings, spoke to over 300 students about her book.  Besides giving the students a quick summary of her book, she told the students how she got inspired to write the book, an inspiration that took 10 years from an idea to actual book.  Ms. Soontornvat also shared the book publishing process and how the book cover was created.  She also emphasized three main points about anything you want to do:

  1.  Practice, practice, and more practice.  Anything worth doing or that you want to get better at takes a lot of practice.
  2. Take constructive criticism as a positive not a negative.  Take construction criticism as a way of improving not a means for giving up.
  3. Anything worth doing takes time.  “Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither are you!”  Things take time and worth waiting for in the long run.

Ms. Soontornvat has a sequel to the The Changelings, and it will be coming out soon along with some other books she has written for younger readers.   She resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and her two very beautiful daughters.

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