Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Interview with Young Author Taylor Probst

(Taylor, right, and her aunt Jennifer, who helped her publish her book.)

Taylor Probst is a junior high student who loves reading and writing -- especially fantasy, she says. Her first book, Buffy and the Carrot, has just been published by Strategic Publishing Group. Taylor was kind enough to take some time to answer some questions about what it is like to be a twelve-year-old author!

Tell us about Buffy and the Carrot. What was your inspiration behind writing this book?

My inspiration to write this book was my two little sisters and my two cousins who begged me to tell them a funny story. I wanted to make them laugh, so I made up the story of Buffy and the Carrot. They loved it and started to spread the story around. Then my aunt encouraged me to make it a real book so we can share it with other children.

What have you learned through writing this book?

I've learned how hard it is to write a book and that it doesn't happen overnight. Writing and getting a book published is a lot of work!

How did you get started writing?

I always loved hearing and listening to great stories, and like to make them up. I'm always begging my parents or aunt or uncle to tell me stories about when they were young, especially the mischief they got into! This led me to wanting to make stories of my own up and write them down.

What is your writing process like? Do you write on a computer? In a spiral notebook? Do you draw illustrations?

I usually make up a story in my head and if it sticks with me, then I write it down. I use a notebook or talk into a tape recorder. I'm not the best artist but I like to draw pictures to match the story also.
How do you get ideas for what you write?

I look at pictures and things happening around me. All the sounds and sights around me can inspire a story. I start with a character that is interesting and try to make a story around that character.

What is your biggest advice for other young people reaching for their dreams?

Go for it. If you have a great story, just try writing it. If it doesn't work out, at least you get to say you tried.

What are some of your favorite books?

I love Judy Blume. It's Not the End of the World was a great book since my parents are divorced. And I love Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. I also love fantasy and am currently reading The Crystal Shard by R. A. Salvatore. It's wonderful.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

If a twelve year old can write a book, anybody can accomplish a goal or a dream. Never give up and don't be afraid to ask for help along the way.

Come back tomorrow to read our interview with Taylor's aunt, Jennifer Probst, who helped Taylor publish Buffy and the Carrot!

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Wendy S Marcus said...

I enjoyed Buffy and The Carrot. I did NOT expect the ending. Great job, Taylor. (And kudos to your aunt, too!)

charmainegordon author said...

Taylor, I read your book and found it to be touching, funny, and off-beat. Very original. You've made a good start at the perfect age. I look forward to Buffy's next romance.