Kai: LaNiyah, what age range is your book for?
A: It is for ages 3 -10
Kai: What inspired this story and how did you decide on this age range for your story?
LaNiyah: Well, this story was inspired by the things I went through with kids teasing and bullying me. I decided not to sit around anymore and tell my story. I told my mom, my dad and my grandma and they thought it was a great idea to do it. And that’s how it came about.
Kai: How does your book help readers make a difference against bullying?
LaNiyah: I think it can make them take a stand against people who are bullies that tease and hurt other kids because they are different and it can help people who bully see how it makes others feel when they bully or tease them.
Kai: What is your favorite book (besides your own J)?
LaNiyah: Cat & A Hat By: Dr. Seuss
Kai: What is your favorite activity?
LaNiyah: Well I love playing and running with my yorkie-poo Diva, she is 2 years old and lots of fun. I like playing hop-scotch with my mommy and playing with my collection of dolls.
Kai: Finally, I have four kids. Over the years, they’ve attended a lot of birthday parties. I love the idea of building a theme gift around a book. If you were to give a gift basket to a child based on your book, what else would be in the basket besides (your book’s title)?
LaNiyah: I would put a lot of colorful and fun stuff inside the basket. I would put a ball, a jump rope, a water bottle, a headband and some fruit snacks in it. It could be for a girl or a boy.
Thank you K. Strand for having me today. Thank you for supporting me and my book and I want to invite your readers to my website http://www.notfatbecauseiwannabe.com/ .
They can come there to leave comments on my blog and talk about bullying and being healthy.
Kai: Thank you, LaNiyah, for spending time with us. Your message is an important one and I wish you and your book loads of success.