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Interview with Millie Belizaire

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

It was right after I read my first ever unsatisfying ending. I had just finished Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo and I was unimpressed. So, I rewrote the ending and made it better (in my mind). I was in fourth grade lol. From there it just kind of kept happening until I was about eleven and I realized I could just start writing my own books.

2. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

It’s different every time. Sometimes I’ll get the idea for just ONE specific scene, and then write a story revolved around that scene. Sometimes I get ideas in the middle of conversations. A lot of the time, it’s just me daydreaming random scenarios and catching myself like—“Well, actually… that wouldn’t be a half bad story…”

3. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

If I feel it while writing, chances are people will feel it while reading. So, if I’m not feeling it as I write it, I shouldn’t let people see it lol.

4. What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

Deadlines. I hate working according to a set timeline. I get nervous when people ask me when books are coming out because I never know.

5. On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

When I feel that “magic”, that inspiration, I could write for 12 hours straight. If I’m uninspired, I don’t write at all.

6. Is there lots to do before you dive in and start writing your stories?

Nope. I have a very short attention span, so it’s very important for me to write the story as soon as I have it because I WILL get bored if I sit on it too long. My philosophy is—write as much as you can now, clean it up later.

7. Do you have a favorite character that you’ve written? If so, who? And what makes them so special?