We had a banner day today in language arts class! Author of Mission Libertad, Liz Lantigua, spent part of the afternoon at our school, sharing her life as an author as well as the background of her YA novel with our students.
After Mrs. Lantigua’s presentation, the students asked lots of questions and learned that:
- Her job as a newspaper reporter made Mrs. Lantigua aware of the plight of many Cubans who arrived on the shores of southern Florida in homemade rafts.
- She used a lot of primary sources as her research for the novel.
- Perseverance is very necessary to publish a book in today’s market. Aside from doing many rewrites based on feedback from editors, successful authors must also actively promote their books by doing interviews with the media, participating in book signings, and visiting schools.
- After eighteen years of hard work, she transformed her book from an 18 page children’s story to a 214 page young adult novel.
- Since competing her first novel, Mrs. Lantigua is working on a sequel.
What sounds appealing about the life of an author?
What sounds difficult about the life of an author?