Actually, it’s “Interview with the Writer of Interview with the Vampire!”
You want to know how much I love technology? Let me tell you how much I love technology, People! A girlfriend clued me in a little while ago that Anne Rice had announced that she is willing to come to classrooms via Skype to talk about her books and the craft of writing.
She didn’t have to tell me twice!
I got right on the computer and emailed Ms. Rice to tell her that, yes, please, my seniors and I would like very much to have her “visit” our class and talk about writing. Her assistant and I have been emailing for a while now, and we’re circling in on a date in March.
I assigned Interview With the Vampire today – the kids have to have their books by this time next week and we’ll start reading then. I’m up against a couple of students who have pre-conceived notions of Rice and the novel, so I’m having to get them to start thinking like scholars about this novel instead of looking at it as consumers of entertainment. I’m probably not going to hook a few of them, but I know for sure that I’ve piqued a LOT of interest in this class; my boss is tickled that this could actually happen (she wants to call the local paper), and a number of my former students are begging to come back to school so they can partake in this class, too.