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Posted by armylaundress on March 13, 2016 at 11:20 PM

Some time back, I received an email from a young lady from Gillette, WY.  It went something like this.

"Hi Ms. Jennie Lawrence. My name is Suzy Q. I am interviewing a famous writer. Could you please answer the following questions for me?" The email contained a reasonable list of questions pertaining to the writing craft.

I was flattered to be thought of as a "famous writer," however the child had a slightly different perspective than I did. I had no idea how Suzy Q got my name. I guessed she might have researched the Wyoming Writers web page, or perhaps the Women Writing the West page. Nevertheless, I spent quite some time and thought crafting the answers to her questions.

I explained that I kept a notebook or notecards with me at all times to jot down random thoughts that might become something I incorporated into my writing. I told her that while I only wrote nonfiction articles and books, I hoped to eventually publish some fiction. I mentioned that I tried to write a bit every day. I explained the importance of having other people read my work before submitting it anywhere, and the need to be willing to accept criticism. Oh, how I believe I waxed eloquently in answering the child's questions. I concluded by asking about her writing, and saying I would love to read what she wrote.

I didn't have to wait long for a reply.

"Dear Ms. Jennie Lawrence. I only wrote to you because this was an assignment our teacher gave us. By the way, you are the only author that has answered so far. Thank you for answering me. Sincerely, Suzy Q."

I have always said as both a 4-H leader and a teacher, working with children and animals will keep you humble!

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