Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?
Our mom (LaDonna Smith- author of the award winning children’s book “The Money Tree”) is a children’s book author and she is our biggest influence. Our mom helped us publish our book Pick Me, Pick Me! through her publishing company, Follow Your Dreams Publishing.
Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?
Pick Me, Pick Me! is our first book. Cree is our favorite character because we used ourselves as the inspiration for his character.
What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?
The most rewarding part about being a kid author is being able to go to schools to read our book and talk to other kids. Kids are usually inspired to start their own businesses after they meet us and it makes us feel good that we are inspiring other kids to do something good for themselves.
What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?
I would tell other kid authors to follow their dreams and not give up. Once your book is finally done you will be proud of all of your hard work.
Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.
Sometimes we write a story together and other times we do what our mom calls tag team writing. With tag team writing, one of us will start writing the story and wherever we stop we tag the other in and he continues writing until our story is done.
Was being an author something you always wanted to do?
Yes. When our mom published her first book a few years ago we decided we wanted to follow in her footsteps and be authors too.
If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
We would want to talk to our grandmother (our moms mother). She passed away when were only 1 and 2 years old so we never really got to know her.
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