Ask the Author: Brooks Benjamin

What would you like readers to know about you? 

Okay, I’ve spent way longer than I imagined I would spend trying to answer this. I’m honestly not sure what there is about me that I want people to know that I haven’t already put out there. So I suppose I’ll say this: My favorite people on the planet are those who do nice just to do nice. Not for attention, not for self-promotion, not to ask for favors-in-return. Not for any other reason than because they see an opportunity to put a little positivity into the world and they go for it. 

What is your book about for those who haven’t read it? 

My book is about a middle schooler who loves to dance and is quite hilariously awful at it, but he certainly doesn’t let that stop him.  

What has been your inspiration for writing it? 

My inspiration for this particular story actually came from my own experience in middle school when I started my own dance crew. I was just as horrible at dancing as Dillon is, but not quite as brave when it came to putting myself out there. 

What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write? 

Honestly, my favorite scene to write was near the end when Dillon and his Dizzee Freekz have their big dance on stage because it’s a moment where they all get to shine! Plus there are lots of little funny moments and some delightfully sweet ones during and after their routine.  

What books or authors inspired you to become a writer? 

Every book I ever read gave me the push I needed to cross that line separating wanting to write and actually sitting down to write. I never had much access to books as a kid, so that urge to be an author was never really one I experienced growing up. But once I discovered how magical books could be, I finally took that step and never looked back. 

What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book? 

You’re going to have so many voices in your head and most of them might be telling you to give up, to forget trying, to quit before you fail. They’ll probably be loud and they may never shut up. But somewhere in there, way beneath all that grumbling and spitting, you’ll have another voice telling you that you need to write. That’s the voice you listen to. That’s the one telling the truth. 

Website 

www.brooksbenjamin.com 

Buy links 

www.indiebound.org/book/9780553512502 

bookshop.org/books/my-seventh-grade-life-in-tights/9780553512502 

www.amazon.com/Seventh-Grade-Life-Tights-Brooks-Benjamin/dp/0553512501 

Twitter 

@brooksbenjamin 

Instagram 

@thebrooksbenjamin 

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