New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer dropped by Goodman Middle School last month, much to the delight of the 300 students in attendance.
Meyer, author of the four-part series “The Lunar Chronicles,” spoke to the students about realizing their dreams.
“The presentation I give at schools talks about how I became a writer, knowing I wanted to be at a young age, and constantly working toward that,” Meyer said. “The message comes down to: if you have a dream, keep working at it, keep trying, don’t give up, and eventually you’ll make it happen.”
Meyer encouraged the kids to find their passion and to pursue it, rather than letting others’ opinions dictate their decisions.
As an example, Meyer spoke about a novel she was writing about a teenage assassin, a premise people told her wasn’t believable.
“A lot of teachers I spoke to, adults in my life, they didn’t buy the premise,” she said. “They didn’t think it was believable, so I gave up on the book. Here within the last couple years, very successful books featuring teenage assassins have been published. The moral is, don’t listen to other people. If you’re passionate about something, go for it.”
Goodman Principal Scott McDaniel said the message was powerful.
“It was very engaging,” he said. “The bottom-line moral was, no matter what seems to be in the way, if you keep trying, you can do what you love to do. Some of the students are really starting to get into writing, so it’s a great message.”
McDaniel said the students were naturally drawn to Meyer’s message.
“Kids are drawn to her because she’s younger,” McDaniel said. “The biggest part, during the presentation, she talked about writing as a teen and looking at how it progressed into a career. The things she writes are very relevant to our students — stuff kids are interested in. They were excited to see someone who really identified with them.”
Meyer said she hopes the visit encouraged students to read more.
“When I was a kid, I was such a big book lover,” she said. “But a lot of the books we were assigned to read didn’t always catch my attention. I think it’s good for kids to hear that there are books about assassins and cyborgs. It can get them excited to go out and read those books.”
McDaniel said emphasizing reading is always one of the school’s goals.
“It’s always on our mind to how we can inspire kids to get involved with literature,” he said.
Part three of The Lunar Chronicles, “Cress,” will be released in February. Meyer is currently working on part four, “Winter.” It is expected to be released in early 2015.