-What inspired you to become a children´s book author?
I wanted to be an author since I was about 11 years old. I would write stories but never thought of it as a ‘job’ until my English teacher in Year 7 told me to become an author. It had never crossed my mind! I just loved to write and create stories.
-Do you consider it more difficult than other genres? (If so why?)
My first two books are fantasy. I have an active imagination and so do children so I find it really easy. I mean it’s my own rules lol. With YA it’s more about the voice of the characters. I’m probably biased but I think children’s/YA it’s the best age group and I love writing fantasy. I just wrote a fiction YA book and I found that really hard to write. It was freeing in a way because the characters were older but with fantasy I can just let my imagination run wild.
-Have you created a special character? Can you introduce this character to us?
My special charter is Emily Knight. She’s a feisty, 13 year old warrior who can battle, fly and breathe underwater. She’s the daughter of a heroic warrior and the press’s favourite problem child. She attends the prestigious Osaki Training School for young warriors and struggles to step into the shoes of her famous family. Emily Knight is an inspirational, strong, black female, young protagonist. She goes against the grain, breaks boundaries, questions who she is ‘destined to be’ in the eyes of others and fulfils her own dreams and goals.
-Which of your books did you enjoy writing most and why?
Definitely the second Emily Knight book (Emily Knight I am…Awakened) I think the first books in a series is more about introducing your world. The second book, you can really take it up a notch and because the characters are older, I can create more relationships.
-For what age group would you recommend your books?
The first book Emily Knight I am… is for 9-12 year olds and Emily Knight I am…Awakened is for 10-14 year olds.
-Is there a particular author that has inspired you in your journey as a writer?
Growing up I was obsessed with Judy Blume. Her books just taught me so much about being a girl and growing up. I remember thinking I wanted other kids to feel this way when reading my books.
-What can we expect from you in 2018?
I have a YA book about four friends who join a street dance group and how it affects their relationships. That will be out soon and of course the last Emily Knight book. I may release a pop up blog in August (http://emilyknightwarriors.blogspot.co.uk) I started an Emily Knight Warriors pop-up book, in 2015 which went viral when it was gradually released online throughout the month of August. It’s just a way for the fans to learn more about the back story of a character.
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