They were also especially interested in the villains in my books. Several of them volunteered their names for future evil characters. I promise I will keep them in mind.
We had some extra time at the end, so I read them the first chapter of my next book, Dangerous Waters, which comes out in March. Normally I edit while I read, cutting a sentence here, shortening a paragraph there, but in this case I read every word. They all felt necessary. That's a good sign, I think. And the kids seemed to love it...not a yawn or wandering stare in the place.
My favorite comment from one of the students: "You make me want to read a hundred books!"
That's exactly what an author wants to hear.