Today I have a Creative Kid to tell you about! Meet Hattie Byrd; kid author of “Brothers, Brace and Bullies! Hattie co-wrote the book with her dad,Chris Byrd. Hattie is eleven years old and in the sixth grade. Hattie agreed to do an interview with me about her book and about being a kid-author.
Brothers, Braces and Bullies
By Hattie and Chris Byrd
163 pages – ages 8+
Published by Wartooth Ebooks on September 10, 2012
Taken from Amazon.com description -
“It was Louise Sowders’ first day back at school since her life had been ruined. Dad called it a rite of passage, but she knew better. It was the beginning of her dork years. Doing what any level headed fifth grade girl would do, she kept to herself and kept her mouth closed.
Everything went great until lunch…“
Thanks for agreeing to do this interview Hattie! You are a published kid-author who wrote a book with your Dad! How cool! Can you tell us a little about your author self and what else you like besides writing?
As an “author” I like to make up outrageous ideas that people think are unreal. Then I turn them into something that everyone enjoys. As a normal kid, I play bass and trombone. I like to sing, and I also participate in Japanese Jujitsu.
Your book has a good topic. Bullying and kids not feeling good about themselves are big topics, and your book talks about it. Can you give us a summary of your book?
Our book basically shows how every day kids have to work together to stop bullying just like you or me would. It has a great message in a fun way.
What was it like to write a book with your Dad? How did you do it (you wrote, he edited; you wrote some, he wrote some; you both wrote together; etc.)? Was it fun, hard, easy, horrible…?
To work with my Dad is a whole bunch of things. We see things differently. He can be a pain in the butt! When we are writing, I tell my Dad what to write. He did the writing because he has been writing stories for a long time, and I tweak it just right.
That’s cool that you could work together like that! I noticed that Louise’s (the main character) best friend is a girl named Hattie. Is this story based on a true event or did you just want to name a character Hattie?
Actually, Louise is based on me. Hattie was a combination of different people I know. The story was not based on a true event but could’ve happened.
I think it’s cool that you can form characters using different parts of people you know. Are you planning on writing another book?
My Dad is going to write the sequel to this book with my brother. If you read the book, Stanley Huggins is the main character in the new story.
Cool, two kid authors in one family! You guys are really talented What do you want to be when you grow up?
I would like to be a prosecutor in criminal law. When criminals get off the hook in court, it makes me upset. I think they should have a fair punishment for what they’ve done.
That is really cool! Thanks for participating in this interview Hattie! Stay creative!