Bailey Moore is an ambitious and talented student. Ariel Hess from Young Neighborhood Library had the opportunity to sit with Bailey and ask him questions regarding his future plans, writing process, fun facts about him, and any advice he could give future authors. Visit with Bailey on Saturday, May 26th @ 2 PM!
Q: What was your inspiration for Mr. Archie is Missing?
A: What inspired me was a struggle I had in elementary in school regarding respect. In school I had a hard time paying attention and focusing. I had problems respecting my teachers. I struggled to respect others but with the help of Mr. Fleming I was able to learn how to be respectful. You don’t have to be a class clown to be the coolest kid.
Q: What are you currently reading? What types of books do you enjoy reading?
A: I am currently reading Shelby Holmes, but the type of books I enjoy are fiction. I also enjoy mystery, fantasy, ghost stories, and historical fiction books. My favorite time period in history is during the Revolutionary War.
Q: What other books have you written?
A: I have written many books but I have only published one.
Q: What advice can you give someone your age who may be interested in writing a book?
A: The advice I would give a child my age that is interested in writing a book is never give up on your dreams.
Q: Who inspired you the most?
A: The person who inspired me the most is one of the counselors at my old school, Mr. Fleming. My mother also inspires me and my grandfather. My grandfather is how I got into writing. There was a school project where I had to write a family member and read the return letter to the class. I loved it so much that I continued to write.
Q: Bailey, most kids your age are interested in video games and not writing; what do you do in your spare time? What made you decide to want to write a book?
A: In my spare time (besides writing), I play football and read and I am currently playing baseball. I wanted to write Mr. Archie is Missing to inspire kids to understand the importance of respecting others.
Q: If you could write a book about anything, what would you write about?
A: I would write about my parents' divorce to help other kids that also have dealt with their parents' divorce. I want to share my story with others. I would like to write books about sports, comedy about my cousins, dealing with punishment, hygiene, and Jerry Goes to Middle School.
Q: What advice can you give other youth wanting to get into writing?
A: Follow your dreams. Don’t let anyone stand in your way. Ask for help when you need help.
Q: When you sit down to write what does the area look like? What tools do you use to write?
A: I writing in my living room table. It’s a large table and the supplies I use are in my backpack. I hand write the first draft and do a rough sketch of the drawings before sending the ideas to my illustrator.
His mother then types his first draft with all the spelling errors and sends it to his editor. His editor will then set up a conference call to go over the errors with Bailey. According to his mother, Sundays are his writing days.
Q: How do you come up with the character names?
A: The names come from family members and friends. However, some people prefer their names not be used in my book.
Q: What is something you are good at that know one knows about?
A: I’m a good dancer.
Q: Which literary character would you like to meet?