Friday, June 11, 2010

A One-Word/One-Line Interview With A 7-Year-Old Author

Gracee never has enough paper. I find remnants of stories and song lyrics all over my house. She loves pens and colored pencils and markers and notebooks. She likes to give me writing advice. She's very creative. And, yes, I'm prejudiced. She's my granddaughter!

We conducted this interview over a meal of Big Boy spaghetti. Thank you, Gracee, for taking the time to answer these questions.

Gracee in One Word

1.  What is your favorite sport?


2.  Strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries?


3.  Who is your favorite author?

4.  What is your favorite animal?


5.  Flip-flops, slippers, tennies, or bare?


6.  What is your favorite Dairy Queen treat?

Slushie (blue raspberry.)

7.  What is your favorite subject in school (not gym)?


8.  If you had to evacuate (leave) your house and had time to grab only one thing, what would it be?

Sister. (Note: Baby Lillee is now one week and two days old.)

9.  What instrument would you like to play?


10. Would you rather read about animals or people?

Do nonfiction books count? Animals. (But I like real people, too, like Rosa Parks.)

Gracee in One Line

1.  Do you prefer to write with pen, pencil, or computer?

Write in pencil, correct with pen, then type on computer.

2.  What is your favorite kind of music?

Country and rock, but I also like classic, like Fur Elise, and harp because it helps calm me down.

3.  What is your favorite book and why?

Thunder Cake because it teaches not to be afraid of a storm.

4.  What rule does your mom think is most important?

Don't talk back.

5.  What do you like to write about?

My family and where we go and what we do.

6.  What are some of your nicknames and which do you like best?

Gray, Gray-Gray, Mogli, Grace Face, Gracee Facee, Sis, Nerbie, Amazing Grace; I like Amazing Grace.

7.  What is the most important thing to remember when writing a story?

Write with expression.

8.  How did you learn to say onomatopoeia?

My teacher, Mrs. Entenman, made us say it over and over; it's easy.

9.  What do you like best about walking in the cemetery?

Flowers, stones, walking up the steps and hills, getting ideas--can you get me a notebook like yours?

10. What is your favorite vacation?

Gaylord Alpenfest because I get to see Roscoe the Clown.

11.  What do you like best about your grandma?

That's kinda hard because you do lots of nice things for me, but you make me laugh--like when you say, "no laughing allowed."

Gracee on One Thing

What one thing would you like to say to your readers or future readers?

Thank you for reading. I appreciate it. It really feels good. I hope you like my stories.

What one thing would you like to say to fellow writers or aspiring writers?

Calm down. Relax. Don't make it hard on yourself. Follow your heart. Feel what the story tells you.

Thank you, for sharing with us today, Gracee. You are an inspiration. And I love you.

Read more about Gracee's writing and tips:

7 Writing Tips from a 7-Year-Old
4 Tips From a 7-Year-Old to Keep Bum in Chair
Gracee--Gold Star Young Author

Copyright © 2010 by Sandra Heska King


  1. Thank you for sharing your interview, Gracee. I love this bit of advice: "Calm down. Relax. Don't make it hard on yourself. Follow your heart. Feel what the story tells you."

    One day, I hope to see a book with your name on the cover. :)

  2. Love it! Can't wait to read your future masterpieces, Gracee!

  3. thanks a.grace and grandma.
    good questions and answers.

  4. Great interview! Thanks to Gracee and Grandma:)

  5. Gracee is so excited about her comments! :D

  6. I love this interview! Gracee has a wonderful personality and is so smart! Adorable picture of her!

  7. Hi Sandra & Gracee -

    Wonderful interview! Gracee knows what she likes and what she wants. That's half the battle. :)


  8. Gracee-girl, You are a wonder! You are very much like your grandmother. May God bless you and your writing.

  9. Sheesh! I started writing when I was 8, and I didn't know the first thing about writing. Gracee must be very gifted indeed. And Sandy, do I detect JUST A HINT of bias in there somewhere? LOL

  10. You are all such encouragers!

    @Alisa: Gracee loves the camera--and yes, she's smart. I have a hard time keeping up with her.

    @Susan: She can be pretty persistent, too. Most of the time that's good. ;)

    @Lynn: Aww. I hope she stays in love with writing!

    @"Victor": Just a hint. And she's had good teachers.

  11. Adding some comments from other sites for Gracee's benefit.

    From Patricia Polacco (Facebook): Thank you for sharing! I love it :-)

    "Very sweet. I think that Grace sounds like a very cool kid."

    "Aw, what a smart cookie! She sounds a lot like my granddaughter. Aren't they fun? Loved reading it. Thanks!"

    "Precocious little thing, isn't she?"

    "I photocopied something she wrote on characters. It was right on. Out of the mouth of babes."