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Barbara Perez Marquez

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Author website/social media:  www.mustachebabs.com or @mustachebabs on Twitter and Instagram

Tell me a little about yourself:

I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, a small island in the Caribbean. When I was 13 I wrote a little poem about my mom and my little sister and it got published in an anthology, that was so cool! That was when I decided to become a writer and work really hard to create the kinds of stories I wish I could have read as a kid. So, that’s what I do now as an adult.

  1. When you were my age (9), did you like to read?

Not that much, actually! My mom always tried to make sure I was reading something, but it wasn’t until I turned 11 that I FINALLY started enjoying reading. Sometimes it takes time to find what we like and/or learn to like reading, but I think at the end of the day reading is SUPER important.

  1. What was your favorite story?

Even though I had a lot of trouble learning to like reading, I had this picture book called “The Dog & The Flea” about a small dog and his best friend, a flea. I would read it over and over again and I keep it by my writing desk still to remind me of the stories I want to create. Another type of story I really enjoy is fairy tales, my favorite one is Little Red Riding Hood.

  1. How do you get your ideas? 

I usually start with one element that I think is really cool or interesting and then build a story around it, because that way I get to learn more about the element and hopefully create something with it. Some other times, one idea will come to me and I’ll sit and think about “what kind of story can this idea make?” once I have some answers to that question, I start creating a story with those notes.

  1. Your book was done with multiple authors. Was that easy or hard? 

It was a lot of work for sure, I think creating books in general is hard work. However, when you get to do it with other really awesome creators, then it becomes easier. The most fun part of our process was when we all came together to combine our stories, we all got to meet each other’s characters and see how they’d be friends or play together or hod they’d interact.

  1. What author do you really like right now?

I’ve been really enjoying Jacob Grant’s books, most recently “Bear’s Scare”!

  1. Do you have any new or lesser known authors you would suggest?

I don’t know if they count as either of those but: Gabby Rivera, Thanhha Lai, and Annabelle Fisher are some awesome writers I greatly recommend.

  1. What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author?

Start writing down ideas now! In school, I would carry around a story notebook where I would write down any ideas (or even sometimes full stories!) that came to me. It’s a great way to make sure that good stories never escape you.

  1. As an author, do you hear from your readers? What do you like about that?

I hope it keeps happening more and more, being an author is sometimes lonely because we spend a lot of time writing by ourselves. So once stories and books are published, I love hearing what people think about them! My favorite part is hearing what their favorite character or scene was.

  1. If you could portal into any book (yours or another person’s), what book would it be?

Being Summer and all, I think it’d be really fun to visit Camp Half-Blood (from the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series) and go on a quest or two!