“Out of the Mouths of Babe’s” part 2

Continuing on, here is an interview I carried out over the phone with a 9 year old and also one with my 14 year old niece.


Interview 5


D: What is your name?

M: Meeth (male)

D: How old are you?

M: 9 years old

D: What books do you like to read?

M: Author..Roald Dahl Adventure stories I also like history stories.

D: Why?

M: They are very interesting and I like to know what is going on in the world.

D: If you had goodie or baddies in a story which do you like?

M: I like the good people

D: Why?

M: Because I like happy endings.

D: Do you like true stories?

M: Yes I like encyclopedia type books, any thing to do with animals and history.

D: Why?

M: Because I like to know what’s going on, they are more interesting and I learn more from these.

D: When do you like to read…time of day?

M: Before bed.

D: Do you go to a library?

M: Yes

D: Do you like receiving books as gifts?

M: Yes

D: If you could wish for a special book, written just for you, what would it be?

M: Mystery and suspense story using castles and where everyone lives happily ever after.

I also like Wizard of Oz so that’s why I would ask for this. But I would also like stories based on history in other parts of the world.


Interview 6

This interview is with my niece Jaimieann aged 14years.

D: What books do you like to read?

J: Happy, suspense, mysteries with a twist.

D: Why?

J: Because it reels you into the story and happy stories always make you feel good.

D: What do you like most … the story or the pictures?

J: I like Novels but if there are pictures I like these also.

D: Why?

J: Not having the pictures lets the reader have their own idea and imagine what its like.

D: Do you like bad people or good people in your stories?

J: I like more dark stories, like some hero stories, not the usual guy saves girl ones.

D: Why?

J: Because they have more character and personality.

D: Do you like adventure stories?

J: Only if it has some dark twist in it, not the always goody adventure stuff. Not animals.

D: Do you like true stories?

J: Yes I like history; I like stories that are influenced by history. I like bios.

D: Why?

J: Because it’s interesting reading and influenced by school studies. Bios are very inspirational.

D: When do you like to read… time of day?

J: Night time and or late afternoon. Because it is relaxing time of the day. School and activities are finished then.

D: Do you go to the library?

J: Not that often, usually only at school.

D: Does Mum or Dad get the books for you?

J: No only if I ask

D: Do Mum and Dad Read?

J: Only newspaper and magazines. Just current event stuff.

D: Do you like receiving books as gifts?

J: Yes

D: If you could wish for a special book written just for you, what would it be?

J: A book has to grab me with in the first couple of chapters, if not then it’s hard for me to keep reading it. Has to be dark suspense, holds my interest with lots of twists, not human gore or too over the top fantasy, I prefer more realistic stuff.

And that concludes my Interviews.  I hope I have given you some food for thought, helped answer questions, or sparked new ideas.  If so I hope you will share them here with me.


About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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6 Responses to “Out of the Mouths of Babe’s” part 2

  1. I especially enjoyed your interview with your niece. I found her comments helpful. Thought it interesting she prefers her own imagination over pictures. She certainly enjoys a variety of genres and I like that in one so young. Your interviews should provide you with much fodder.


    • Thankyou Pat. My niece is a very active young lady, with a great imagination, and finds it hard to sit still for even 10 minutes, so a book has to be very, very good for her to be hooked. Even at her age, she has specifics, and knows what will keep herself interested. Good to have you back Pat.

  2. Susanna says:

    What great interviews. I especially liked the one with Meeth – he could be my son! It’s interesting to see the differences and similarities between what boys and girls, a pre-teen and a teen like. Because, a little surprisingly, some of it is the same 🙂

  3. Thankyou Susanna, it is interesting indeed. I too was surprised by the differences and similarities. I hope to make this a regular feature on my blog.

  4. sonsothunder says:

    Yes, was wonderful. I too am a History buff…though, I’m a little antiquated in comparison to either of these two readers (who’s work I’m certain I will be reading one day, especially your niece) …to say the least, and the rough edges of my personal life, and writing style could certainly do with a little buffing. For me, a book has to grab my attention in the first two paragraphs (regardless of which page and chapter I start at )
    God Bless you…keep up the wonderful work.. .I time traveled into your site via Dr. Who’s… no wait, that was last century.
    I actually discovered your wonderful site from Julie Hedlund’s…write up my life.
    Bless You

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