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'Bad Kitty' author uses ideas from Leicester Elementary students to create story

A visiting author is inspiring local children to read, write and use their imaginations. The creator of the beloved and bestselling "Bad Kitty" books was here in the mountains. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

A visiting author is inspiring local children to read, write and use their imaginations. The creator of the beloved and bestselling "Bad Kitty" books was here in the mountains.

"This is true what I'm about to tell you. This is true, and I'm not exaggerating. I had to eat frogs when I was a kid at my summer camp."

And author Nick Bruel used that experience as the inspiration for his 20th chapter book, "Bad Kitty Camp Daze." He explained to students at Leicester Elementary how he gets his ideas and the titles for his books. He even showed them how to create their own stories in hopes of inspiring the next generation of writers.

"Maybe I represent an example of someone who started writing stories at a young age, when I was their age, even younger," Bruel said. "But, I never stopped because it was something that I enjoyed so much. I happen to love it now as much as I did when I was their age."

Bruel took ideas from the students and they created a story as a group. He wanted to show them how easy it is to do if you first ask yourself questions.

Bruel's visit was made possible by Spellbound Children's Bookshop on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville.

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