I have decided to grant (most of) that request as well. I have edited out the books I wrote under different names and corrected a few spelling mistakes. This is otherwise a Q and A with my nine-year-old, exactly as she wrote it.
Q – How many books have you written?
A – 9 novels, 2 picture books, 1 short story collection…
Q – I meant all together.
A – Let me add them up. 23.
Q – What are they called and what order were they written?
A – 1. Dear Jane Letters _____
2. Zero Station ___________
3. Tightening the Knot ______
4. Double Take ___________ 10. ????
5. ???? _________________
6. Weathering Evan ________
7. ???? _________________
Q - How come you scribbled on your interview? This is your big day being interviewed by your daughter. And have you ever heard of the order of operations?
A - I’m sorry. I will try to write neater. It was hard to remember all the books in order.
Q - You did not answer my second question.
A - I have heard of the order of operations.
Q - Well, there is an order of reading, too.
A - Interesting. You might need to explain the order of reading.
Q - You’ve written 23 books and you don’t know the order of reading. That’s what’s interesting.
A - I’m not sure I know what one has to do with the other. Does that mean you read the books in the order I wrote them?
Q - Not exactly. So what’s your favorite book you have written?
A - Am I allowed to say all of them?
Q - Absolutely not.
A - I’d say right now it’s a tough call between The 4th Floor Lounge and Said and Unsaid.
Q - Obviously it’s The 4th Floor Lounge. What is your favorite chapter of The 4th Floor Lounge?
A - My favorite chapter? Off the top of my head I’d say I like the part when Charlotte is stuck doing a group project and Jason comes to rescue her.
Q - What is your favorite word of that chapter?
A - Hang on while I get the book. Despised.
Q - Okay, now you have to use that word in every response or else I…
A - Or else what?
Q - Or else I bore you with a long rant on ethics. (And you forgot the word despise. You get three strikes. That’s one.)
A – I despise that condition and I’d like to change my favorite word to I.
Q - Okay. How many stars do you give Dear Jane Letter’s cover?
A - The original cover? I give that two stars because it’s bad, but I’ve seen worse.
Q - It is awesome! But I wish you could read the newspaper. [stern]
A - I think I would run into copyright problems if I hadn’t blurred the newspaper.
Q - Your eye doctor will shout at you if the newspapers don’t stop being blurry. (And you would NOT.)
A - I’m not worried about my eye doctor having a problem with controlled blurriness.
Q - What do you like most about making covers?
A - I like to play with the various effects tools in the software. Sometimes I make crazy covers that I know I won’t use because I get distracted.
Q - You are distracted as I write this. [stern again!]
A - Sorry. I was helping one of your siblings.
Q - I like to play with them, too.
A - With computer effects or with your siblings?
Q - Oh, go to school and join the kindergartners (and you know this more than ME!).
A - Yes. I know you meant the effects. What’s your next question?
Q - What if it’s not a question?
A - I thought interviews were supposed to have questions. Wasn’t that your point?
Q - Really! [insulted] I guess kindergarten is open, too. BUT NOTHING ELSE! Do you have a goal to write 50 or 100 or 150 or… books?
A - I’ve never thought about that. It would be very cool to be able to say I’d written 100 books.
Q - Make a goal for 1500 words a half dozen hours. (Or else the rant comes in!)
A - Sometimes I do write 1500 words in 6 hours. Or less.
Q - No or lessesses. Wait. Is that the wrong number of S’s and E’s? It is hard to remember how it’s done.
A - Okay.
Q - You did not answer the one that is actually a question. [insulted]
A - I don’t see anything I haven’t answered.
Q - What about the is that the right number of S’s and E’s???
A - Oh! That should say lesses. Though lesses may not be a word.
Q - That was a yes or no question. [stern]
A - Then the answer is no.
Q - Only one word allowed.
A - No.