Yes! It's true. Kate di Camillo came to Oxford!!
Here I am going total fangirl on her.
She read a bit from some of her books and answered great questions from the audience with off-the-cuff cleverness and humor.
And, I was thrilled that I had the chance to tell her that she was my inspirational "Rocky music" during my phase of rejection letter after rejection letter after rejection letter ... Whenever it got to be too much--like cover your head in ashes and hide under the bed for a week "too much"--I would play a a video interview that I found of her on iTunes. In the interview, the interviewer asked Kate what kept her going when SHE kept getting rejections (she told us today that she amassed over 400! so hard to believe!!).
Her response? Here's a copy of the transcript of this part of the interview (you can watch the whole thing on the Reading Rockets website):
Persistence. That's the key and it is truly the ONLY thing you can control in this crazy business.
Wow!! What a day!!!!