For Educators

"Author visits are like candy: always sweet, and always over long before you're finished. They are also hard to steal from babies...people are telling me that last one doesn't work as well, so let's just stick with the first two."
--Eric (E.J.) Patten, on author visits and how awesome they are

"Any school or library wanting an author to visit, I highly recommend Mr. Patten. His book is extremely popular with all kinds of readers. Looking forward to many more Hunter Chronicles. Thanks for a great book...!"
--Ann Riding, Library Media Educational Technology Specialist, Valley Junior High, West Valley, UT

Why bring Eric (E.J.) Patten to my school, library, conference, or organization?

Eric brings a unique perspective that you won’t find anywhere else. Before writing and selling The Hunter Chronicles middle-reader series to Simon & Schuster, Eric worked alongside the world’s leading experts in communication, coaching, organizational effectiveness, and leadership development. For over ten years, Eric developed, consulted on, and led workshops for books like The Leadership Code, and the New York Times Bestsellers Crucial Conversations, Crucial Confrontations, Influencer, and Seeing the Big Picture. Eric has a BA in Film, and a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University, a program that was recently ranked number one in the world by The Financial Times.

This background, combined with Eric’s passion for creativity, imagination, and children’s books, will generate an experience participants won’t soon forget.

Presentation description:

Eric's core presentation focuses on learning to ask the right questions, and how certain questions unlock creativity and help us to not only tell a story, but also to change the world around us. Over the course of the presentation, Eric will demonstrate—through a highly interactive and engaging exercise—how participants can create their own stories by asking and answering the right questions.

Key Message: Questions unlock imagination. Learn to ask the right questions and you can tell a story or change the world.


Grades 3 through adult. K-2 also possible, if included in a large assembly. The core presentation is the same, but the specifics change based on audience.

The Hunter Chronicles series itself appeals to fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. John Rocco, illustrator of Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, and The Kane Chronicles, created the cover art and internal illustrations for The Hunter Chronicles.


Contact us (see below).

Suggestions to get ready for the visit:

  • Read Return to Exile as a class and have a class discussion about the elements of the story. Discussion questions and answers are available in PDF format. Click here for questions. Click here for answers.
  • Assign students to write a short essay about the book or give a creative/art assignment based on the story.
  • Put posters and/or flyers around the school to advertise the event.
  • Visit "The Perfect Author Visit" webpage by children's author Dan Gutman for great ideas and concise information.

  • Acquiring books for the visit:

  • Order directly from your local bookstore. Many bookstores work closely with schools to answer questions and support author events. They can supply order forms for students/parents, coordinate signings, and even provide personnel to sell books at the event. Check with your local bookstore for more information, or contact us and we may be able to assist you.
  • Order wholesale via Ingram or Baker & Taylor.
  • Order directly from Simon & Schuster.

  • To request a visit from E. J. Patten or inquire for more information, please use the email below:

    ericpatten1 at gmail dot com


    Jessica W. said...

    It seems a very nice thing to see how students are interested to see their school visitor that give them some sort of reviews about learning and tips on how o become a good learner

    Emma Jasmine said...
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    Emma Jasmine said...

    This is good blog for educators and students relationship. I would like to share another link, on this website any student or teacher can ask the question related to their doubts.