Countryside Students Practice their Author Superpower with Author Celesta Rimington

Countryside Elementary students and staff experienced a treat as Author Celesta Rimington walked them through how to find their real-life author superpowers. 


Rimington offered a behind-the-scenes look at her writing process. As the writing process takes time, Rimington reminded the students that ideas are important and unique and never to give up. Just as she does, authors in the audience might have a book in the library or stores one day.


Rimington is best known for the middle-grade novels "The Elephant's Girl" and "Tips for Magicians," which blend her love for elephants, animal fantasies and friendship stories. 


Her positive outlook, openness to share her background and simple words of encouragement led to students being in awe as Rimington shared her process. Driven by an idea generator, her stories include aspects of the following: personal experiences, interests and fears, wrapped up in “what if” questions.


  1. Personal Experiences: Students engaged their imagination with real-life events, boosted with “what if” questions. The combination of experiences allows fiction stories to develop. For example: A student got off the bus to head into the school building. (What if the school doors turned into gummy candy by the touch of a hand?)

  2. Interests: Students thought about their interests. Rimington explained that authors share more vivid details and significant connections with topics of interest. When combined with “what if” questions, a complete story ensues. For example: Friday evening is for family game night. What if the menu button on the controller transported the user into the game?

  3. Fears: Fears are personal and, as Rimington reminded, should only be communicated if they are comfortable to share. Fears, followed by “what if” questions, help stories blossom. For example: Reading in front of others can be unnerving. What if the words on the page spoke with the touch of a finger?


After learning Rimington's process, she unveiled how to obtain an Author Superpower.




Why research fiction stories that connect to so much of ourselves? Research expands a story, uncovers new details and acts as a fact check. Because stories reflect the world around us and stem from reality, elements within imaginary events may call for cultural and social context, character behavior or historical details. 


Rimington wrapped up her time with the students answering questions. Then, she interacted with a small group of students, signed their books to memorialize the day and encouraged them to go out into the world and share their author superpower.

Published February 8, 2023