Melissa: Hello Elijah and Sabrina. I would like to introduce you to the Lauren Simone Publishing House readers. Please tell us a bit about yourself.
Elijah: Hi! I am 4 years old and I love dinosaurs. I love going on adventures using my imagination. Sometimes my sister Madison is with me on my adventures.
Melissa: Where were you born? Where have you lived? And where do you call home?
Elijah: I was born in Florida, lived in Al Ain, UAE, and Abu Dhabi, UAE. Homestead, Florida is my home.
Melissa: What or who inspired you to start writing?
Elijah: Mom and Dad read stories every night. One night mom told me to create my story and from there I just started to create more and more stories.
Melissa: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Elijah: When my mom showed me the first sample of what my book would look like. I got excited and told all my friends at school.
Melissa: How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences, is in your books?
Elijah: All, we didn’t change much. The illustrator drew our pictures from real pictures my mom took of me in action.
Melissa to Elijah’s mom: Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Sabrina: We have read all the reviews so far. It is very exciting to read how people feel towards our book. The positive reviews gives me the strength to continue to document Elijah and Madison as they go off on their adventures. I have yet to read a negative review and I hope we do not receive one.
Melissa: I am so glad to hear that! Please tell us about your current release.
Elijah: It’s about my favorite animal, I have a collection of dinosaurs that I enjoy playing with. Rex and I tend to go on adventures even though he is invisible.
Melissa: Did you base any of your characters on real people?
Elijah: Yes, the entire book is based on real people. My mom and sister is mentioned in the book.
Melissa: Is this book a part of a series? If so, what is the next book going to be about?
Elijah: I collaborated with my sister Madison on this series. The next book that will be released is about my sister Madison and how she evolved in her painting.
Melissa: If you could jump in to any book, and live in that world, which would it be?
Elijah: My book. My mom reads it every night before bed.
Melissa to Sabrina: If you could meet two authors, who would you pick and why?
Sabrina: J K Rowling - her story was quite inspirational. She went threw several disappointments before getting her big break, her accomplishment allows me to have the dream that Elijah will excel with his adventures through children’s book. Terry McMillan - how Stella got her grove back is my favorite. She demonstrated that age is just a number, it’s love that overcome any obstacle in life.
Melissa: Thank you Sabrina and Elijah for taking the time to share your book. We wish you both much success and can't wait to see the other books in the Madison and Elijah series.