Lauren Simone Publishing House loves meeting new young authors and illustrators around the country. We recently discovered Bailey C. Moore on Instagram and invited him to do a live online interview.
On Thursday, May 17, 2018, Olivia Lauren and I (Melissa) had a great time learning about Bailey and his book. He is such a warm, kind, and friendly young man. It was a pleasure to get to know him and think you will love him and his book too.
The interview transcript, photos, and links to his book and profile is below. Enjoy!
Bailey and Mom: Hello!
Melissa: How are you guys doing today?
Bailey: I am great.
Mom: We are good. How are you?
Melissa: We are good, very excited. Okay, let’s get started!
Olivia: So, tell me a little bit about yourself.
Bailey: I am Bailey Moore. I am ten years old. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I have a lot of hobbies such as playing sports, reading, and writing. I have a lot of favorite books. I don’t know which ones to choose. The book that I am reading right now is called The Losers Club. I first considered myself a writer at the age of 6. And a fun fact that nobody would guess about me is that I know martial arts.
Melissa: Oh, you do. Very nice! What belt do you have? Are you a black belt?
Bailey: No, I haven’t been going to karate classes because of the stuff that I have been doing. I have had to take a few breaks from karate practice.
Melissa: Well let me tell you a little bit about Lauren Simone. We are small publishing company that publishes books written and illustrated by children. In addition to publishing books by children, we like to feature young authors such as yourself. We give them an opportunity to either review their book or interview them. We are very happy to have you on our show. Tell us about your book.
Bailey: The name of my book is Mr. Archie is missing. It is about a young boy named Jerry who learns never to trade respect for attention. It is based off me.
Melissa: Jerry is Bailey!
Bailey: Most of the characters in the book are based off real people. The book explains to kids that this is not just a fictional story.
Melissa: Tell us about the characters.
Bailey: Jerry which is myself is a boy who tries to get attention and bullies other kids because he was bullied as well. He tries to be funny to try to be a cool guy. But he always got in trouble with his teacher, Mr. Archie who is based off a teacher from my old school, Mr. Fleming. He was the type of guy who inspired children to do the right thing. No Mr. Stanley who is the principal who is based off another person at my old school. He was a mean teacher who picked on Jerry. Sometimes Jerry would frustrate him.
Melissa: I saw some of the reviews on Amazon and it is rated 5 stars. I cant wait to read it myself. Congratulations.
Bailey: You read book reviews? Thank you but I did not know there were reviews on Amazon.
Olivia: So, who or what inspires you?
Bailey: My mom inspires me. I started writing letters to my grandfather who lives in a different state. It made writing fun and interesting. As for reading, my mom always took me to the library. We went to the Houston Public Library.
Melissa: Is your book found at the library?
Bailey: Yes, it is. We have access to two libraries: a small public library near our house and a bigger library, downtown. My book is in the downtown one. We are working on getting into all the libraries.
Melissa: Tell us how you promote your books? Where do you go to tell other people about your books?
Bailey: So, I will go to places and my mom will tell me to speak about my books. Even in regular places like a candy shop or a Starbucks, so kids and parents, if they are there can learn about my books. I remember one time I went to a Starbucks and my mom wanted to test me out. I got everyone’s attention, which honestly made me nervous, and I read my book and explained why I read and wrote my book.
Melissa: Have you read your book at Barnes and Noble?
Bailey: No, not yet.
Melissa: The library, where you book is, have you read it there?
Melissa: Have you read it at your school?
Bailey: Yes, I have. And at book fairs. They invited me to read my book and sell it there. I am very appreciative for that.
Melissa: So, what do your friends think about you being so young and being an author? What do you they say? Do they ever say they don’t believe you?
Bailey: Parents have not said that. But I can tell you every single kid has said that. But I don’t let that bother me.
Melissa: Are your friends proud of you, though?
Bailey: My mom is very proud but some of my friends talk about me.
Melissa: Some kids can be mean. But you don’t act like them you just persevere and become a better person, right?
Olivia: I have one question for you. I have asked this question to my friend, who is also an author. She said her favorite place to right is her porch. So, where do you like to write?
Bailey: I like writing at IHOP and Denny’s.
Melissa: You like going out for breakfast. Why do you like to write there? What is so special about IHOP or Denny’s?
Bailey: We go early in the morning, so it isn’t crowded, and I can have a quiet place to think.
Melissa: Do you have another book coming out soon? Can you tell us about that?
Bailey: I have a lot of books and the next book that is coming out is called The Jerry Gang. But I don’t want to tell you any more because I don’t want to spoil it.
Melissa: That’s fine! (laughs). So, we need to read your books.
Melissa: Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Bailey: Yes, I have a lot of things I want to tell you. I met a lot of people like the Mayor of Houston, I have even met a football player, Devante Davis. I spoke at the Barbara Bush Tribute, I have gone to the library and read like I mentioned before. There is just a lot of stuff going on.
Melissa: How do you balance it all? How do you balance school and being an author…
Bailey: Don’t forget I play football, too!
Melissa: And you play football… that is a lot for a kid.
Bailey: It is just about keeping a regular schedule. We got to move fast. Get there on time. I have speech practice, so I leave 20 minutes from practice to get to places. You have to respect your work.
Melissa: I really admire you.
Bailey: Thank you.
Bailey: So did you know that the glasses I am wearing are not real? These are glasses, I just got. They are my business glasses. We are going to be selling them for $5 as an extra accessory so kids can wear around their friends as cool, smart kids. I am hoping they will like it and they will sell out.
Melissa: Entrepreneur and author, that is so amazing. Thinking smart. Finding ways to market your book and get clients to come to you. That’s awesome.
Bailey: Thank you.
Olivia: So, what is the best advice you ever received regarding being a writer?
Bailey: Keep on writing and don’t worry about the reviews.
Melissa: Yes, keep on writing and don’t try to aim for perfection. Keep the creative juices flowing and then go back and edit for spelling and grammar. That’s great advice. A lot of adults want to write books but they are afraid. Are you ever afraid?
Bailey: No, I am not afraid. I used to be afraid of friends laughing at me because I was writing a book and people thought of me as a nerd trying to be a funny guy. Kids laughed at me.
Melissa: Are you very smart? Is that what you mean by nerd?
Bailey: I am a very smart kid. I never got Cs, Ds, and Fs. Mostly As and few Bs.
Melissa: That is good. That is something to be proud of.
Bailey: Can I ask you a question?
Bailey: Where are you from?
Melissa: I was born in Jamaica but I now live in Connecticut.
Olivia: I was born in Connecticut.
Bailey: And another question. How did you become an author?
Melissa: So my daughters, Olivia Lauren and Alyssa Simone started out as child actors and we would meet various professionals at the various auditions. and Olivia encouraged me to write Occupations A to Z, a book about professions for kids so they could also learn what they were experiencing. Then Olivia said she wanted to write a book so we wrote one together called Olivia Travels. Then I wrote one with Alyssa called Olivia Connects. Then friends and family asked us to help them get published and before you knew it, we had a business named Lauren Simone after my daughters. A friend suggested that our company could be different from other businesses if we used youth illustrators. It was certainly an evolution.
Bailey: That is exactly how our business started. Our company is called BMooreUPublishing and if you listen closely you hear “ Be More You” but it is also my name Bailey Moore.
Melissa: Be more of yourself, right?
Melissa: That is a great tag line.
Bailey: We are trying to tell not to be afraid of being themselves. We also want to support other kids who want to be writers and illustrators. I remember at one event a girl came to me and said she had a few drawings she think I would like. So we exchanged contact information and I told her we would contact her to see what she does. Hopefully she will join our business.
Melissa: I wish you much success and I hope you will keep in touch. But before we go, please tell our readers where they can find you and your book
Bailey: My book is on Amazon and my website: http://baileycmoore.com/. You can follow on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bmooreupublishing/ and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BMOOREU/
Olivia: Thank you so much for being on Lauren Simone Blogs.
Melissa: Good Night!