Olivia: Hello, my name is Olivia Lauren. I am a co-owner of Lauren Simone Publishing House, which publishes children’s books written and illustrated by youth. Today we have with us, the Dowe Twins, two special guests, who are published under Lauren Simone Publishing House.
Olivia: Welcome. Before we talk about your books, please tell our audience a little about yourself.
Brazil: I am Brazil, one of the Dowe Twins.
Princeton: And I am Princeton, one of the Dowe Twins.
Brazil: So we are young authors. We [published] two children’s books. And we have our own brand of water.
Princeton: And we are 8 year old and from the Bronx.
Olivia: So tell us about your books...
Brazil: We have two book series under the Dowe Twins. He and She and More2Learn.
Princeton. He and She is about our life as twins. More2Learn teaches children different lessons.
Olivia: Brazil, what is the easiest part about creating the book?
Brazil: So, the easiest part about writing the book is writing what the book is about.
Olivia: Princeton, what is the hardest part of creating the book?
Princeton: The hardest part of creating the book is finding the illustrator.
Olivia: What would you tell young children that want to become an author?
Princeton: I would tell them, think about what you want to write, then write it. Then give it to your mom and tell them you want to be an author. Then think about the title. It will take like 3 months or 2 months.
Brazil: I would say, first tell your parents what you want to write about. Think about something that is easy for you. Think about something you like. Then you should be the one to look the stuff up.
Olivia: Well that’s all the time we have. Thanks so much for joining us. Please check out our bloopers and behind the scene action!
BEHIND THE SCENES
Melissa: Your children are so talented. I know you must be so proud of them. Your children box, act, model, write books, and are entrepreneurs. How do you find the time?
A.K.: Thank you so much, Melissa. I don’t know how I find the time. I am often really tired and feeling like I am hydroplaning.
Melissa (thinking): That should be a t-shirt.
A.K: But as parents we want to encourage our children to be all that they can be. We don’t want them to be limited by anything. So, when they ask to do something, we say sure let’s try it. We try to open their minds and eyes open to prepare them for opportunities that come to them when they get older.
Melissa: So you cowrite with your children and you go by A.K. Dowe. Tell us about that.
A.K.: Not as in also known as. A.K. is short for my name Alina Kelly. I use it because it is short, rather than having my entire name out there. Writing with my kids, is not about me. It is about my kids. I am secondary. I want parents to know that kids have so much potential. Sometimes it takes a little effort to pull it out of them. But they have it. It is embedded in them. They are magnificent. They have these talents that are there. Once you start discussing ideas with them, you realize they are highly intelligent beings. We just need to guide them towards the platform that will highlight that.
Melissa: What was your motivation for writing books with your children? How do you decide what topic to write about?
A.K: Initially, my kids were faced with learning challenges. One thing I noticed is they didn’t understand what books represented. We would read stories, but I believe they thought they were just words on a page. So, I wondered what would help my kids understand that books have purposes. They have a life. We asked them, what is something you know about? They are little kids with little life experience. But one thing they know is about themselves. They revealed to me that they know they are brother and sister who love each other, but they argue because someone is always telling the other what to do or not being nice. Those experiences we were able to take and put into the Dowe Twins He and She series. The More2Learn series we wrote because we wanted them to learn facts and information, not just write about their experiences. Books are created for learning. So I asked them what are the days of the week. I said, “Let’s make them fun. Let’s make them characters.”, so they could have fun learning and remembering. We took them from plain letters to fun and inviting characters.
Melissa: What is the next book going to be about? And when can we expect to see it in stores?
A.K.: We have to ask the publisher about that one. (laughs). We do have a lot of books that have already been written. The books published in the He and She series and More2Learn series were written over 3 years ago. We are writing some new books that are geared towards Health, which focus on the twins entrepreneurship.
Melissa: What do you recommend to parents who have children interested who want to write or illustrate?
A.K.: I think that is something that we all deal with. Our kids since they come out of the womb, we can say, “Oh my God they are so attentive. This one is so funny. Oh this one is going to be an actor. Those are things that we are really seeing. Our eyes are not playing tricks on us. We are not being arrogant about our children. As parents, we need to take the step to do it. The same way we teach them to say yes, no, thank you and please, we need to tell them you are creative. Lets sit down and see what you want to do. It is our right as a parent to Hey you need to have a business plan. Those are things that are ok. We are preparing them for life. I would tell any parent to observe their child and identify their strengths and weaknesses. If you notice they are corky and enjoy reading, maybe they can write a book about being corky. If you notice they are shy and like to stay to themselves, those are things other kids may be experiencing. Have them write about it. You will surprised how much these children go through that are also being experienced by their peers.
Melissa: You are so right Alina. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy life to meet with us.