Recently, I attended the “Ready Set Fun! Bookfest” hosted by the local PBS station. There were lots of children and adults, and many booths. I brought my own children, who loved the afternoon.
The turnout was great and I was able to meet a number of nice people. I even sold a few books!
Each booth was to have games or activities that would engage children. Since my books are fantasy novels, the task of creating activities based on my books seemed daunting. What was I going to do? How would I use it as a tie-in for my novel?
With the help of my brilliant wife (who actually took the lead in creating these activities), we were able to produce several different things.
I also developed a few questions kids should ask themselves if they wanted to write their own books and create races of their own. You can check out some of the questions below:
Fantastical Character Creation Worksheet
Every fantasy novel needs fantastical characters! To create the characters in your fantasy novel, here are a list of questions to get you started.
1. Where does your character live?
2. What does your character look like?
3. What about your character’s physical appearance helps it survive in its environment?
4. What is unique to your character’s kind or culture?
5. How did this character’s kind come into being?
6. Does your character have a special power?
7. If so, how did they acquire this special power?
8. How did the character get where he is today?
Overall, it was a fun experience and I was glad to have been invited. I also came to the realization that in this day and age, as an author I need to have a way to accept credit cards. So, that’s what I’m doing now – figuring out how to get a card reader for our cell phone. I have another book signing event (The Thousand Island Book Festival) in a week or so… I’ll let you know how it goes if I ended up using it there.
Scott Keen is the author of three young adult fantasy novels, Scar of the Downers, Rise of the Branded, and War of the Downer King.