Interview with Ellie Collins
Hi Ellie! Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer a few questions. First, most of our readers may not know you. How about introducing yourself?
Hi! Thanks for letting me share a little about myself in your awesome new magazine! I’m 11, I’m going into the 7th grade, I play piano and I love to play video games, but more than anything, I LOVE being in the gym. I’m on two teams – gymnastics and trampoline & tumbling.
It’s amazing that you wrote your book at your age, and in addition to your many other activities. I heard that you are an accomplished gymnast too. What are your goals for this part of your life?
I want to continue growing as a gymnast. This year my goals are a giant in gymnastics (on bars) and a back Barani (back somersault with a half twist) on the up tramp in tramp & tumble. I want to coach someday. When I’m 12 I’ll be able to volunteer some in the gym (with the little kids) and when I’m 14 I’ll be able to volunteer more. I hope to coach by the time I’m in high school, or when I go to DigiPen (a video game college where I’ll learn more about video game art/animation, so I can work for Blizzard Entertainment someday).
Let’s talk about your book, Daisy, Bold & Beautiful. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
Well, one day last summer my mom came into the living room and said, “Ellie, get OFF the X Box!” “But what else could I DO?!” I asked (because, really…what else is better than playing video games if you’re stuck at home?!). She said, “I don’t know. Why don’t you write me a story?” I said, “Well, what should I write about?” She said, “You like Greek mythology. Why don’t you write something about that?” That sounded good to me. Persephone has always been my favorite goddess, so I knew immediately that my story would be about her. And – to me – the moral of Persephone’s story is to stand up for yourself, so I wanted that to be the moral of my story, too. So, I came up with a story where Persephone could help someone with that lesson.
Have you always been fascinated with Greek mythology?
Yes, but I like all mythology. Greek is probably my favorite, but I like Norse nearly just as much. I also like Roman and Egyptian – there are just SO many cool stories!
Do you plan on writing more books? Will this become a series, perhaps?
Yes. I’ve started on book two. This one is about Aphrodite. I hope to be done with it by the end of the summer. I planned on continuing on through all the Greek gods, then I was going to move on to the Norse ones, but I’m so conflicted! I recently came up with some REALLY cool story ideas about half human/half animal characters (like centaurs, mermaids, harpies, lamias, etc.), so I’m really not sure what I’ll do next.
Do you have a favorite place where you write?
Not really. I create the stories in my head and I can do that anywhere. Then I write down the moral of the story, the outline and descriptions of all the characters. When it comes to actually “writing” out the chapters, I guess you could say the car is my favorite place. We originally planned for me to write everything out on paper, then my mom would type it up for me (she types a lot faster than I do – unless it’s texting – she’s a slow texter – I blow her out of the water with that). There were two problems with that plan. A) she can’t read my writing (I don’t know what her problem is; I think I write JUST fine!) and B) I’m kinda busy, so it was hard to find the time to do that. So, I started recording what I wanted written in each chapter on my mom’s phone, for her to type up. But if my mom’s phone is around, my mom is around, too, so we realized there was no point doing it on the phone. What we do is whenever she’s driving me to and from school, to and from practice, and to and from piano, I tell her what I want in the chapter, then she goes home and types it up. Then when I get home we read over what she typed to make sure she got it all right (you have to really watch moms to make sure they get it right!). Sometimes, though, there’s stuff that my mom can’t remember. Like, in Daisy, Bold & Beautiful there were some parts where video games are talked about in a lot of detail. My mom knows NOTHING about any of that, so I had to stand next to her at the computer, so she could type it out, word for word.
I saw that you recently went to Paris! Wow, that’s so cool. Can you describe what that trip meant to you?
That was a REALLY COOL trip! Mom and I had a ton of fun. I was really excited that Daisy, Bold & Beautiful earned Honorable Mention at the Paris Book Festival, so it was really neat to go to the awards ceremony. There was even another child author there (from North Carolina, I think), so it was really fun getting to know her. The only bad thing was the food. I’m a vegetarian and the dinners they served all had meat (gross). Other than that, it was really cool, though. Then we spent two days checking out the city, which was fun, but the best part was when Mom surprised me with a trip to Euro Disney! THAT was SUPER-fun!!!
Finally, fun facts Reader are dying to know!
Chocolate cake or candy bar? Chocolate Cake
Hamburger or Spaghetti? Spaghetti (with butter and cheese)
Beach or Mountains? Beach
Sleep in or Stay up Late? Stay up late!
Movie or Book? Book
Text or Call? Text
Snow or Sun? Snow
Thank you again, Ellie. We wish you all the best in your writing future!