Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

California here I come!

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I’m off to California today. I’ve been invited to speak at a book fair in Los Angeles. I am one of those writers who enjoys speaking and has had the opportunity to travel quite a bit with my books. I’ve done book tours in Germany, the UK, parts of the United States and, of course, across Canada. I may actually have the chance to go to Australia in the spring! I look forward to all of these speaking opportunities.

What I don’t look forward to is the time that this always takes away from my writing. These invitations to speak are lovely when they arrive. I eagerly book myself into schools, libraries, book fairs, conferences – you name it. It all looks great when it’s a year away. It becomes overwhelming and incredibly time consuming when I’m in the middle of it.

Don’t get me wrong. I am longing for the warmth of the California sun, and as a bonus, I will be able to visit a close cousin of mine who lives in Los Angeles. I am grateful that people think of me when they are planning their events. I even make money at this – I’m not ashamed to say it!

But I also know that I can easily book myself into too many speaking engagements. I can convince myself that I’m working (and I am!!) when the real work – sitting at my computer and agonizing over a blank screen – is pushed to the background in favour of meeting, greeting, and speaking.

So, I am making this public resolution to go for balance in the New Year. I will still accept those speaking opportunities, though I will strive to do fewer of them – unless, of course, some exotic country comes calling. Then watch out. I’ll be there in a heartbeat.

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Kathy Kacer

Kathy Kacer is an award-winning children's author whose focus is historical fiction and true stories about the Holocaust. Her many books include The Secret of Gabi's Dresser, Clara's War, The Underground Reporters, Hiding Edith and The Diary of Laura's Twin.

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