Here is my presentation in
a 'turtle shell'
I am Amy Silvester, mother of 3 step-mom of 2. I have a blended family,
my step-sons are Alex, 21 & Ben, 19. I have 2 daughters,
18 & Lauren, 14. Last but not least, Liam, 3.5, who is my muse
"The Tender Turtle".
(A brief bio, refer to the
one in my book)
did I decide that I wanted to be a writer? I have ALWAYS
to be a writer since I was a little girl. I have been writing short
stories and essays my whole life and I have been working on my memoir
over the past 2 years. (Briefly explain memoir) I was a staff writer on
Oakland University's Student Paper "The Oakland Post" I also studied
art there and participated in many art shows at Meadowbrook Art
my writing is about:
Life experiences. People I have met or helped while teaching swim.
Mostly though, my main character, Toby, is modeled after my youngest
son Liam. (Day in the life experiences of kindness and love, also
lessons to be learned).
I do all my own. (Explain the process from sketching to editing on the
computer) the medium I use and the time it takes. (Start to finish,
proof book etc) I purposely draw my characters in a childlike manner to
make them more relatable.
importance of pursuing one's dream:
Explain a little about my past jobs. After college I worked in
advertising (which can be shown in my story boards), I had my girls and
stayed at home with them and taught swim lessons and coached a local
swim club for many years. Once Liam was brought into my life I began
writing more and more. My family is very supportive; we are a team.
"The Tender Turtle": Talk about the cover (front &
back), point out the ISBN number, Copyright, Dedication, Title page
we write a short story of our own, together:
I have a large sketch pad I use. I ask several questions (What is your
favorite treat to eat? What is your favorite place? Who is your
favorite person?). We create a short story. This demonstrates the
writing process while getting them involved. It is a great recap of the
process and they are active participants.
45 min presentation to an hour. A 30 min presentation can be
tailored to the K thru 1 grade levels.
I am so excited to
share "The Tender Turtle" and I am equally excited to inspire children
to reach for the stars and shine.
typically order a book a few weeks before the visit and then pay for
the books the day of (cash or check). I can either have the
signed ahead of time or do it on site. I will send a flyer
information prior to my visit for students to do so, if they want.
I will offer a discounted book price as well.