I am 6 years old, but I will be 7 on October 9th.
What made you want to write "Not Fat Because I Wanna Be"?
I wrote this book because I was being teased and bullied a lot.
Tell me what the book is about?
The book is about a fictional girl named Jessica who has a medical condition that makes her gain weight. She gets teased and bullied in school because she is bigger than the other kids. She is always sad and never wants to go to school because of it. So, one day she decides to stand up for herself and the bullying stopped. All the kids wanted to be her friend.
What would you like people to know about you?
I love to have fun, exercise, dance, sing, go to my karate class and play with my frisky and crazy yorkie-poo Diva.
What advice would you give other kids who would like to write a book?
I would tell other kids that it is fun to write a book. If you have a story in your mind, just tell it to your mom or dad and they can help you. It helps you inspire other kids.
What would you like other kids who may be different to know?
I want them to know that no one has the right to bully you. God made us all special and different from each other and if you are being bullied you need to tell someone. Tell your parents, your teachers or any grown person and they could help you.
Who do you go to for help when you're being bullied?
I went to my parents and they talked to the teachers and daycare providers.
What do you hope to accomplish with your book?
I hope that I can help other kids open up and talk about what they may be going through and that it can make bullies stop hurting people.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I grow up I want to be a chef or a daycare provider and I want to have lots of books out.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to read books, make up stories, dance, do Zumba with my mom and hang out with my dad and spend weekends at my cousins house.
What's next for LaNiyah?
Well, I just finished a coloring book called "Stand Up! Bully Busters...Coming to town" It's about Jessica and her pup Diva. They are superheroes that rescue kids who are being bullied. This book will be out in two weeks. And after that we will be working on cartoon just like the coloring book.
How can people learn more about you or get in touch with you?
They can come to my website and leave messages and comments. My mom always lets me read them. It is: www.NotfatbecauseIwannabe.com
Anything else you would like to share?
I would like to say, thank you Ms. Donalisa for having me today and we wish you much success on everything! LaNiyah
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