Monday, March 11, 2013

I Had Dinner with a Rock Star! - SOLC #10

Yes, it's true... I had dinner with a rock star tonight.

My kind blog partner, Bill, is hosting the incredibly talented Cynthia Lord at his school for the next two days.  He was taking her to dinner and invited me to join them.  Truthfully, I had something else planned tonight, but I changed those plans.

Because tonight I had an opportunity to break bread (or in our case, flatbread) with a rock star.

And what makes her a rock star?  Sure, we all know she writes amazing books like the Newbery Award winner Rules and Touch Blue.  But better than that, I now know she was a teacher before she was a writer and she has an eye and ear for what will work for specific age groups.  I love that.  We actually shared several funny teacher stories between the five of us at the dinner table.

I conversed over dinner with a rock star.

Cynthia Lord is a kind and quietly humorous person who enjoys a good story.  We chatted a bit about how excited she was when she first won the Schneider Award for Rules the year it was eligible, and then got the next call from the Newbery committee.  How many people get to tell that story?

I am so fortunate to have met Cynthia tonight (Bill you have my undying gratitude!).  I wish her the very best during her next two days at Bailey Elementary, and I'll leave all the wonderful details about her interactions with the students for Bill.  I can't wait to hear all about it because, if I haven't mentioned it already, Cynthia Lord is a rock star!!!

 Thanks to Ruth and Stacey for hosting us again for the Slice of Life Challenge.  Head on over there to find out what other "slicers" have to say each and every day.


  1. How exciting! Moments shared with authors are spectacular. Love your repeating line.

  2. Jealous!!! What fun! I'm glad you could change your plans and enjoy the evening.

  3. I love Cynthia's books! So fun! She visited my school years ago when she wrote Rules. Glad you got to have dinner together.

  4. Several years ago, Cindy came to Colorado for CCIRA and I got to have dinner with her. An unforgettable experience! She really is a rock star!

  5. Glad you enjoyed it! That's what friends are for, right? I know I'm looking forward to the next two days and after tonight, I'm sure Cynthia is going to be fabulous!

  6. Lucky you! Lucky Bill! Lucky kiddos!

  7. Isn't it amazing when we get to share a meal with our idols. There's nothing better than picking the brain of a children's author over cocktails and food. Contrats on rubbing elbows with royalty!

  8. How wonderful Karen. It really sound like fun. I wish this was before, because I would have you tell her I'm about to read the book again with a book group. Marvelous book!