By Catherine Cheng, AKOM Editor
Skylynn Ellison was inspired to write as a young girl and now has her own published book titled Sky’s the Limit. Her story encourages readers to chase after their dreams and stay strong in the face of negative pressures. Read on to find out more about Skylynn and her story.
AK: What inspired you to become an author?
SE: I got inspired to become an author by reading a lot of books and loving how the stories would take me to a whole other world like in fantasies. My mom always told me I had a colorful imagination.
AK: Tell us a little about your writing process. Where do you like to write? How do you decide what to write about?
SE: I like to write in my room or sometimes at the library. My stories are usually based on an event that actually happens in my real life, but I like to add a little bit of my imagination to it to make it more exciting.
AK: Many people experience negativity when pursuing their dreams, how have you stayed positive?
SE: I stay positive by keeping God in my life and knowing in my heart that I can do anything if I put my mind to it.
AK: Bullies are always around. What are some things you do to stay strong against bullies? Do you think there are any ways we can lower the amount of bullying that goes on in our world?
SE: I stay strong by believing in myself. I always try to think of positive thoughts, and I try to surround myself with positive people. My mom calls it a waterfall of positivity, so it can drown the bullies out. I think that if you can believe in yourself then you can help others believe in themselves, then bullies would have less of an effect on your self-esteem.
AK: Your book Sky’s the Limit is about Sky, a little girl who wants to become a famous playwright. Could you tell us a little about her story and how you came up with it?
SE: Hmmm…how did I come up with the character Sky in Sky’s the Limit? Well my name is Skylynn but everyone calls me Sky, and my story is based off actual events that happened in my life. I have been bullied before, I have been called stupid, ugly, and fat. I have also had people laugh at me and tell me that I can’t do something that I really wanted to do. I would even come home from school crying to my mom, and she would always do her best to make me feel better, by telling me she loves me and that I am beautiful, smart, and talented, and one day everyone will see that.
AK: What message is Sky’s the Limit trying to get across to readers?
SE: Sky’s the Limit is a children’s book to inspire kids to believe in themselves and to know that they can do anything that they put their mind to. It tells kids not to let anyone tell them that they can’t do something, because if they believe in it and work hard enough for it, then it will come true.
AK: What were your biggest challenges when writing Sky’s the Limit? How did you overcome these challenges?
SE: As far as writing my book, I never had any real challenges. My only challenge is that I’m kind of a perfectionist, so if something wasn’t coming out on paper the way I’m thinking it in my head, then I’m like freaking out and my mom has to tell me to calm down and take a break. She actually makes me go play my video games until I’m relaxed or she’ll take me out for ice cream or something. I’m the same way when it comes to my homework.
AK: Were there any obstacles on your road to publication? How did you solve these problems and finally end up as a published author? We’d love to hear about your publication process!
SE: The publishing company that published my book was pretty awesome. They did everything I asked for. It’s like they knew me! They were actually excited to be working with a 10 year old. So it was a pretty easy process for me, I told them how I wanted my book to look, I told them that my favorite color is purple, and I described how I wanted the pictures to be illustrated. I had a blast working on my book.
AK: Do you plan to write more books in the future? If so, tell us a little about what we can expect to see from you. If not, where will the future take you?
SE: Yes! I cannot wait to get started on my next book. Since I’m on summer vacation right now, I have a lot of time on my hands. I have a lot of ideas in my head so I’m still trying to decide on my next subtitle.
AK: Besides writing, are there any other activities you enjoy engaging in? Tell us a little more about your interests.
SE: I also love to act, model, and write plays. As far as acting, I haven’t done anything other than school plays, but who knows, the sky’s the limit. I have actually won three awards from my elementary school for the plays that I wrote, and they hired real actors and actresses to act out my plays. I won my first award in 2nd grade.
AK: What advice would you give to our readers about following their dreams and making a difference?
SE: My advice to readers is if I can do it, then you can do it. You can do anything you put your mind to. You can grow up and be whoever you want to be. Don’t ever let someone stop you from following your dreams. Dream big, aim high, and always remember the sky’s the limit.
AK: Is there anything else you would like to add?
SE: I just want to thank you so much for this opportunity. You have no idea how much this means to me. And also I want to let readers know that they can purchase my book online at www.Amazon.com, www.bn.com, or www.bookstore.xlibris.com – just type in the title of my book in the search engine and it’ll pop up.