Lola has written and illustrated a book called Flying Pants!
I got a chance to meet Lola in person at a book festival we were at. I picked up a copy of Flying Pants! and thought it was a great story.
Here is the description (from Amazon): “Flying Pants is a whimsical story about a magic potion gone awry and the pants that got away. Lola James is 9 years old and lives in a small town in Pennsylvania. She enjoys writing, drawing, soccer, and spending time with her family and friends. She is also the youngest member of a local knitters group, and an honor student. When she grows up she would like to be an art teacher or a fashion designer. She wrote the book Flying Pants when she was 8 years old. Lola jotted down a few sketches with words on them and showed her mother who laughed so hard at how funny it was. Lola and her mother took the little book to her art teacher and Color illustrations on premium paper!”
Lola agreed to answer some questions for me.
Erik: What gave you the idea for your book, FlyingPants?
Lola: I have always loved art. When I decided to take art lessons, my teacher showed me some books she was illustrating. One day I decided to write a book and ended up with FlyingPants.
Erik: Things you love are a great inspiration! You illustrated the book yourself, with help from your school’s art teacher. What did she tell you about illustrating?
Lola: If there is one thing my art teacher always tells me is that art takes time and lots of hard work, she never gives up and that is the perfect role model.
Erik: She does sound like a good role model. When did you know you wanted to write a book?
Lola: I love to read and draw. There are probably about 200 books at my house and each of them inspired me to write a book. My art teacher Missi also inspired me by illustrating lots of books.
Erik: What was your favorite part about creating your book?
Lola: My favorite part was obviously creating the funny drawings, and I have a really crazy imagination.
Erik: Yes, some of those pictures are very crazy. 🙂 Are you planing on writing any more books?
Lola: Yes, my next book may become a series.
Erik: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Lola: When I grow up, I will definitely stick with art and may become a pastry chef.