Heya people! This is Jennice and I have a very special guest today who is non other than Miss Brooke Ellis, the author of the most intriguing kids novel, “The Closeted Princess”. In this interview Miss Ellis will be talking about her writing experiences, the challenges she faces while writing a book, advice she’d give to young and new writers , and at the end we have some fun questions to know more about the author and her preferences! 😆
JM : Hello Miss Ellis. Thanks a lot for agreeing to be a part of my June-interview spree! How have you been lately?
BE : I am doing great, Jennice! Thanks 😁
JM : Your new debut novel “The Closeted Princess” is out now. What do you expect from it? And what do you want to young mass to learn from it?
BE : I’d like for it teach children that it is ok to be themselves and to love who they love, regardless of gender. I hope that it can help to normalise different sexualities and create a more accepting, open-minded generation for the future. No one should be made to feel ashamed of who they are, or made to feel that something is ‘wrong’ with them. It’s so important for young kids to see representations of themselves in the media as they grow up, and know that their feelings are normal and valid. So, I hope that there will be more and more stories like this in the future.
JM : That’s some really good thought there! Here’s a question I’ve been longing to ask you – What comes first – Plot or Characters?
BE : For me, the plot comes first, but the characters come very soon after. They’re very much interlinked. As the character’s evolve, the story does too, and vice versa.
JM : Writing a novel for children is quite hard as you’ve to imagine things from the perspective of a 10year old. So, how did you develop your plot and characters?
BE : Mostly daydreaming; I think up a lot of ideas in my head, long before I write anything down. I often know how the story will end before I start writing, and then I figure out all the details in between. With characters, I try to think of a flaw for them to overcome throughout the story.
JM : While writing a book, the plot and characters are really important. But many readers get attracted towards a book just by it Title. So title obviously plays an important part in a book. How did you come up with your title?
BE : To be honest, there wasn’t too much of a thought process behind it. Once the idea for the story came to me, the title followed very quickly after. The title is very simple, but I think a lot of the time, the simpler the better.
JM : The book beautifully describes the LGBTQ COMMUNITY. This is something that all kids should be taught from a tender age. What made you think that you could introduce such characters in your book? Is it because you wanted to teach young kids some moral values or is it because of something else?
BE : I think it’s important that everyone gets a chance to feel included in fairytales. For both children and adults, seeing a character or someone in the media that represents you, can massively boost your self-esteem. Stories and characters like these are needed in society, to show young kids that it is completely ok to be who they are and to love whoever they love. It’s a story that I wanted to see, and so, it’s the story that I decided to write.
JM : “Before finding your true love, you must find yourself”
This is one of the most beautiful lines of the book. What significance does this line hold for you? Is it based on a true life experience?
BE : I think it’s just important for young kids to know that finding ‘true love’ isn’t the ultimate goal in life. We all need to allow ourselves time to figure out who we are and who we want to be.
JM : Now moving on to some Writing related questions that I assume, most of our readers are expecting. There are a lot of young writers and some new ones. So probably your answers will help them a lot. But firstly I would love to know more about your writing space… How is it like?
BE : At the moment, I just sit on my bed with my laptop and write. Nothing special at all haha 😊
JM : I must say that’s a very cozy place to write! I don’t know about others but personally I love listening to music while completing my homeworks. Is it the same with writing? Do you listen to music while writing? If yes, what kind?
BE : I don’t often listen to music whilst I’m actually writing. But, I listen to music all the time when I’m thinking up ideas in my head. It helps me to imagine different scenes throughout the story. E.g listening to a sad song, will often help me to create and develop a sad scene.
JM : We got to know a lot about your writing preferences and I am quite sure a lot of people will be inspired by it. Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts with us. Now it’s time for some fun! It’s “Rapid fire question round! ” Ready?
BE : Sure!
JM : Morning person or Night owl?
BE : Morning Person 😊
JM : Tea or Coffee?
BE : Tea (and biscuits!)
JM : Paperback or EBook?
BE : Paperback! I much prefer holding and reading from a physical book.
JM : Moving on to our final question – What is something you’d advice to all the young writers or new self-published authors out there?
BE : I’m still learning a lot of things myself to be honest. I would just say to keep going and believe in the story that you want to tell. Though, It’s easier said than done. I always struggle to find the motivation to actually sit down and write, but that’s ok! Everyone goes at their own pace.
JM : That was a fun interview with Miss Brooke Ellis. Thanks a lot for your time Miss Ellis. And to all the readers out there, Miss Ellis’s book is out NOW! Do check it out by clicking HERE as it’s FREE till June 5 . So what are you waiting for?! Grab your copy NOW!
Hoping you all are doing well. Until next time, stay safe and look out for more interviews during the June-interview spree!
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Brooke Ellis is a profound author . She has published her book “The Closeted Princess” On May 1 2020. Connect —
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