How old are you?
I am 8 years old.
What inspired you to write “Seeing Herman”?
My Mom was reading the newspaper and showed me news about the competition in ‘Kid’s Post’. The story had to begin with “I walk out into my neighborhood and…”. I thought about different things in my neighborhood and thought of Herman because he used to come through my neighborhood a lot on the bus. He was really on my mind because I had not seen him since we moved back to Washington, DC.
What do you hope young readers will take away from “Seeing Herman”?
That you can find love in almost anyone.
Which five words best describe “Seeing Herman”?’
Kindness, love, a little bit of sadness, friendship, and friends you can find on the city bus.
What advice would you suggest to students who want to start writing books?
Think really hard about a subject you might want to do, make sure you’re positive about that subject because if you’re not you might never want to write another book, and never give up even if it gets boring.
How did you feel when you found out that you won the 2018 WETA Kids Writers Contest?
I felt a lot of things and I shall name some: happy, and embarrassed and proud at the same time. I couldn’t believe it at first because I worked on the essay through all of Spring Break and I never thought it would win anything.
Why is it important to read books about different types of people?
Because everybody should be known.
What is your favorite book and why?
I love a lot of novels and graphic novels. One of my favorite authors is Kate DiCamillo. My mom and I are reading a really good novel right now called The War that Saved My Life about a crippled girl, Ada, in WWII who wants to find a home where she is loved. The story is really sad but Ada is strong. The author uses really good verbs.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I love to read to my dog.