“I Write About the Real World and Real Feelings… by Using Magic”
I like to say that I write about myself without writing about myself, that I try to understand my feelings by writing about someone else’s very similar feelings.
And I use magic to do it.
I have never owned a second […]
“Using Similes and Metaphors to Spark Conversations about the Power of Empathy”
One of the most important things we can do as parents and educators is encourage kids to be kind. Not only does fostering a culture of kindness and empathy create a positive learning environment, but it also improves kids’ sense of […]
“Two Words That Can Help with Writer’s Block in Students!”
Imagine, you’ve just announced an end-of-school year creative writing assignment for your students. You are expecting a positive response given your school just hosted a local author who talked about the writing process or your class just finished an inspiring novel. […]
“The Importance of Empathy: Making a Connection with a Viewpoint and Feelings That Are Not Your Own”
“Without empathy you’ll walk by that homeless person in the street.” -Barack Obama
Why is empathy so important? I think this is a vital question to ask ourselves, especially in a world […]
“Insights from a First Time Author”
Hello! My name is Vali Benson and I have been a writer all my life. I can also now call myself a published author. It still seems like a dream, but it’s true. Ever since I can remember, I have had a book in my […]
“Asking the Important Questions About Action Scenes”
I love a good scrap in my stories, and I always have. Battles, boss fights, chases, sports, middle grade novels are as filled with thrilling scenes of action as any other genre of fiction, and mine are no exception. These scenes are fun to […]
Typically, I think of reading as a way to settle and quiet my mind. I hope The Whole Hole Story has the opposite effect on readers. I wrote the story with the opposite intention. I hope the story and illustrations spark and excite young minds to consider the infinite possibilities of their own imaginations.
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