On Feb. 2, Bangor’s Fairmount School hosted the annual Young Authors Day. This year, author Lynn Plourde spoke about a few of her books. She lives in Winthrop with her husband, Paul, and their Irish setter, Maggie.
Her newest book is “Only Cows Allowed.” Because of all the puns that she used, she wanted to test her audience to see if they could identify all of them. Plourde had Fairmount School students make the sign language “p” with their fingers and rub their noses with their forefingers whenever they heard a “punny.”
She loves to use wordplay in her books. Plourde also tries new types of writing. She has done a Margaret Chase Smith biography, a sad picture book, “Thank You, Grandpa,” and a graphic novel, “Lost Trail.”
Throughout the day, Fairmount School had multiple workshops for each classroom. In Mrs. Levesque’s fifth-grade language arts workshop, Plourde introduced the graphic novel she worked on with Donn Fendler, “Lost Trail.” Fendler is the author of “Lost on a Mountain in Maine,” a book he wrote about his experience of being stranded for nine days on Mount Katahdin.
Plourde told students, “It took Donn and me about a year and a half to finish the book, not including illustrations and publishing time.” She was surprised to find out that the first draft of a graphic novel was written more like a movie script than a book. She explained to the class the main ingredients to making a graphic novel. Later that afternoon, students in Mrs. Levesque’s fifth grade language arts workshop started their own graphic novel.
During the final assembly of the day, Plourde confessed to Fairmount School students that she has a full file cabinet of stories that have been rejected or not seen by a publisher yet. One book that had been rejected was “Dump Man’s Treasure.” She kept fixing and working with it many more times, and it finally got published.
However, she has had 27 books published, and has a new one coming out in 2013 called,” You’re Wearing That to School?!”
When one student asked, “How can we become an author when we grow up?”
“Well,” replied Plourde. “Read, read, read…. and read some more!”