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Today we learn more about Becky Villareal, the author of the wonderful book “Gianna The Great”; about a young girl who begins an incredibly fascinating journey to find out about her family history!

What made you start writing?
I began writing to create my own world with my words.

How old were you when you started writing?
I began writing when I was about six years old.

Where did you get your ideas from?
I am a genealogist myself and always liked asking my parents and grandparents about our family history.

What do you find challenging in your writing?
Making sure that I take the reader along with me. Sometimes I envision something, but don’t make it clear to the reader. That’s where I have to go back and rewrite.

Who and what has influenced you?
Great writers like Dame Catherine Cookson who has created wonderful characters in her stories.

Do you have a favourite book/ author?
My favorite children’s book is Winn Dixie by Katie DiCamillo

Why do you love reading?
Reading takes me to places I would never be able to go on my own. Some of the first books I remember is Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell and The Madeline books by John Bemelmans Marciano.

How many books have you written?
I’ve written and published three children’s books and one YA title that’s coming out in November through Waldorf Publishing.

How many books would you like to write?
At this point, I don’t know. Gianna has gone on three adventures now and doesn’t show signs of stopping!

Are you working on a book at the moment? What is it about?
Yes I am working on a book now about a young woman who has a book shop and discovers a treasure hidden in the pages of one of the books.

What are your future-plans?
I want to be able to work with Genealogy Societies, Libraries, and schools to help present family nights so children will become involved in their own family’s history.

What is your favourite part of being an author?
I love being able to help other new writers.

How long did it take you to write your book?
It took a year to write Gianna the Great. Each book seems to have its own timeline.

What advice would you give an aspiring author?
Stay true to your vision and don’t let anyone discourage you. Only you can bring your story to this world. Who knows? Your book might be the one to change this world.

We are running a competition where children can write a story which will be made into a book. Do you have any advice you can give to the children?
Don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild and enjoy the writing.

As part of our competition we also need an illustrator. Who was your illustrator and how important were they in the production of your book?
I was able to use stock pictures for Gianna the Great, but in Gianna the Treasure Hunter, I used an illustrator who did a wonderful job and brought my characters to life!

When you are not writing how do you like to relax?
I love to read and play card games.

Is there anything you would like to add?
I love hearing from my readers and would welcome any correspondence. I do answer my mail!

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If you would like to tell Becky your thoughts on her book, please email her and don’t forget to add a review on our site!
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