I’ve been doing author visits for more than twenty years. I love having an opportunity to meet my readers in person. With school budgets being cut left and right, sometimes schools can’t afford to bring in an author, so they turn to the next best thing, SKYPE. I recently had the pleasure of SKYPING with some 4th graders in Shelton CT. Their wonderful teacher, Mrs. Pollack got in touch with me and together we planned the visit. The format would be Q&A, with the discussion being generated by the questions the kids wanted to ask. Mrs. Pollack’s class was SO well prepared they made my job easy! They had read many of my books together in class, and they came up with some really interesting questions. We had some technical glitches, due to weather in New York, but in the end we had a terrific time chatting about books, and pies and just getting to know each other. BTW, my SKYPE visit might never have taken place if it hadn’t been for a certain boy with a mohawk in Mrs/ Pollack’s class who loved pie so much he just had to read PIE!