Published Authors Pay Visit to FHN Learning Commons


Credit to Madison Abanathie

Authors Julie Buxbaum and Jeff Zentner visited the learning commons on May 10. They talked about the books they have written and answered questions in a Q and A session.

By Madison Abanathie, Web Staff

On May 10, two authors visited the FHN learning commons during fifth hour. Authors Julie Buxbaum and Jeff Zentner visited FHN to discuss the books they have published and how they got to where they were standing that day. In attendance was Jani Wilkens fifth hour creative writing class and a few students that signed up in the learning commons to attend. Buxbaum and Zentner will also be at the McClay library at 7 p.m., May 10, discussing their books.  

“I thought they were fantastic,” FHN media specialist Tara Willen said. “I thought they were really entertaining.”

Buxbaum was an attorney but decided to quit and try her hand at writing as one of her New Year’s resolutions. Zentner was a musician and a teacher at rock camp. Zentner got more involved with writing after he entered his thirties.

“Having gone to law school made me a much better writer and a more succinct writer and sort of stripped me of extra nonsensical language,” Buxbaum said. “I guess there’s something really magical about doing what you love and finding what you love.”

Buxbaum wrote the book “Tell Me Three Things.” The book follows a teenager, named Jessie, who is reeling from the recent loss of her mother and her abrupt move from Chicago to Los Angeles with her father. Jessie then befriends someone online who maintains their anonymity, but is referred to as “Somebody Nobody.” Buxbaum’s new book is called “What To Say Next” and will be released on July 11, 2017. Zentner has published two books, “The Serpent King” and “Goodbye Days.” “The Serpent King” follows the lives of three high school seniors and their friendship. “Goodbye Days” follows Carver and the aftermath of sending a text that may have caused his three friends to crash their car and pass away.

“I just really wanted to make art for teenagers, but I was too old to make music for teenagers,” Zentner said. “So, I had to switch mediums.”