Author Wanda Luthman Shares Writing With Students

By  //  December 18, 2014

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Wanda Luthman, a published author, spoke to third and fourth graders at Lewis Carroll Elementary School in Merritt Island. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

Wanda Luthman, a published author, spoke to third and fourth graders at Lewis Carroll Elementary School in Merritt Island. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – A Merritt Island High School guidance counselor shared details of her writing and life with local elementary school students during a recent assembly.

Wanda Luthman, a published author, spoke to third and fourth graders at Lewis Carroll Elementary School in Merritt Island. She told the students that her own daughter, who attended Lewis Carroll, was the inspiration for her most recent book, The Lilac Princess.

Wanda Luthman, a published author, spoke to third and fourth graders at Lewis Carroll Elementary School in Merritt Island.

Wanda Luthman, a published author, spoke to third and fourth graders at Lewis Carroll Elementary School in Merritt Island.

She told the students that her own daughter, who attended Lewis Carroll, was the inspiration for her most recent book, The Lilac Princess.

The story idea came to her 13 years ago, Luthman said, and she immediately began writing. She explained to the students that she read the first draft to her then five-year-old daughter who enjoyed the tale. Luthman added that she did repeated re-writes and had to write “again, and again, and again…”

Luthman began her presentation by telling the students about her childhood in St. Louis and Honolulu.

She noted that while living outside St. Louis, she wrote her first book, which was inspired by the discovery of three abandoned bunnies.

The student audience applauded upon discovering that The Lilac Princess would be available for checkout through the Lewis Carroll Elementary Media Center.

The book is available for purchase at www.amazon.com or by contacting Luthman directly at wandalu64@gmail.com


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