Interviewing Author, Kelly Yang, for the Annapolis Book Festival
After reading the book, I did some research on Kelly. She was born in China and grew up in the US. After surviving a sexual assault herself while at Harvard Law School, she fled the east coast, moved to Hong Kong, and became a teacher and then a full time writer. She now lives in Los Angeles. Her first published book is Front Desk and the target audience is middle grade. I decided that I should read that book, too. I am glad that I did because I refer to it several times in our interview.
Once I read the two books, I started to plan out my questions. I came up with about fifteen questions specific to her books and then some more general ones. I had several weeks to plan out what I wanted to say which allowed me to revisit my questions a lot. We were going to be talking for an hour, and I realize now that is a long time to fill.
On the day of the event, I logged into Zoom. The two of us would be talking over Zoom with a producer there in the background if we had any tech difficulties. The audience was watching via Crowdcast. The producer fielded the questions from the attendees and sent them to me on the chat in Zoom. I found out after the event that we had just over 30 attend live, and they had positive feedback about our session.
If you missed it, you can listen now. All you need to register is an email address, location, and where you heard about the event. You will need to fast forward in about 8 minutes before my introduction of the author. The link should be live for about six months. If you are reading this after October 2021, the recording may no longer be available.