Children's author Brad Herzog recently spent the day at Morgan Road Elementary, where he shared stories about his life and how he was inspired to become a writer.
The author of "Full Count: A Baseball Number Book" and "A is for Amazing Moments" told the students that he was inspired to become a writer after he wrote a story about his experiences as a bat boy for his favorite baseball team, the Chicago White Sox, and seeing his byline in his high school.
The Cornell University graduate also shared with students the process he goes through when writing a book, from how he comes up with a story or book topic (from appearing on the television game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" to just opening his refrigerator door) to getting the finished product published.
Herzog helped some MRE students write their own story called "The Great Adventure" by giving students two choices and asking them to vote on important details such as the names of characters, how they were related, where they live and what the characters would encounter during their journey. He then encouraged the students to go home and finish the story by using their imaginations.
Herzog also shared one important piece of advice with MRE students.
"The secret to becoming a great writer is being a good reader," he told them. In addition to children's books, Herzog also writes travel books for adult readers, including "Small World: A Microcosmic Journey" and the upcoming "Turn Left at the Trojan Horse: A Would-Be Hero's American Odyssey." For more information about the author, visit bradherzog.com.