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Interview with the Authors of The Perfect Present


Ten year old, Jackie Lee is a lover of the letters and the arts. She has starred in three theatrical productions produced by Cherie Garland. She portrayed Crystal in “The Christmas Present,” Glenda The Good Witch in “The Wiz” and the Ballerina in “One Night With a King.” Jackie’s love of arts also extends to church. She participates in the praise dance ministry at her church. She utilizes her musical talents as a clarinet player in her local elementary school band. Jackie can often be found at various literary events assisting her mother and guest authors. She also enjoys journaling and making sketches in her notebooks. She resides in Virginia with her parents and siblings. You can follow her at @leewriterjackie on twitter.

Q & A with Jackie Lee

How has publishing Friending the Grinch changed your life?

A.     I am thankful for the opportunity that Ms. ReShonda and Ms. Victoria has given me. Having this book published has made me want to have more stories published.

How did you come up with the concept for Friending the Grinch?

A.     I see how a lot of kids have a hard time making friends at a new school. Sometimes other kids will make fun at the new students. I wanted to write a story that shows kids how to get along.

What city is Friending the Grinch based in?

A.     The story takes place in a small town in North Carolina.

Which character was hardest to write?

A.     Jayla was the hardest character to write. She had a lot of issues that caused problems for other people.

What has been your biggest challenge and achievement as a published author/writer?

A.     I have to get use to interviews and talking to a lot of people.

What advice would you give to young writers of your age?

A.     Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t accomplish your dreams.

Where can readers find you?

A.     You can find me at

What is next for Jackie Lee?

A.     I plan on writing more books and performing in plays.


Morgan Billingsley is a seventh grader, who loves writing, acting, swimming and volleyball. She enjoys helping out and making people laugh. Everyone who knows her, applauds her nurturing heart. Morgan can often be found assisting her mother, ReShonda Tate Billingsley at book signings. She is active in her school organizations and serves as secretary for her Teen group in Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Follow her on Instagram @c_momo_b


Ten year old, Gabrielle Simone attends Pulaski Academy College Preparatory School, where her teachers describe her as hardworking and passionate about learning. She is the student council representative for fifth grade, plays both basketball and soccer and has a personality bigger than life. The confident young writer is also the daughter of young adult author Celia Anderson. Having grown up tagging alongside her mom at book signings and lectures, it’s no surprise that she has become interested in the art. Gabrielle says that one day she would like to attend Stanford University in California, but that may change as she grows older. Currently she resides with her mother in Little Rock, Arkansas, enjoys playing dress up, singing and playing with her American Girl Dolls. She lists both her mother and maternal grandmother, whom she affectionately calls FeFe, as the people who have influenced her the most.

Q & A with Gabrielle Simone

How has publishing The Littlest Elf changed your life?

A.     It has allowed me to see that I can accomplish anything if I put my mind to it.

How did you come up with the concept for The Littlest Elf?

A.     Well I had a friend I was visiting for Christmas and her brother teased her a lot. So I decided I would write a book about finding the things within yourself that really matter.

What city is The Littlest Elf based in?

A.     It started in the North Pole, goes to New York City and ends in South Africa.

What message do you want readers to take from The Littlest Elf?

A.     That it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

What has been your biggest challenge and achievement as a published author/writer?

A.     The biggest challenge has been answering all the questions people ask. The biggest achievement is finishing the book.

What advice would you give to young writers of your age?

A.     When things get hard, don’t give up.

Where can readers find you?

A.     Instagram @2awesome2004

What is next for Gabrielle Simone?

A.     Well I am working on the next book and I will get to do this all over again!

About The Perfect Present


Friending the Grinch

Jasmine can’t seem to find her Christmas spirit. A new girl named Jayla has stolen her joy, and some of her friends. Between her conniving and lying, Jayla is ruining Jasmine’s life. But Jasmine is the only one that can see Jayla for the Grinch that she is. Everyone else is fooled by her sob story of a tough life. Can Jasmine get her family and friends to see the truth? Or will Jayla help her discover a few things about herself?

Operation: Santa is Real

Max and Mickey are twins who share everything! A love of sno cones, video games, and Christmas…especially Santa Claus. But Max no longer believes in Santa and Mickey is on a mission to convince her brother that Santa is real. But when her plan backfires, Mickey may find herself on Santa’s naughty list. And when all is said and done, the M and M twins will learn what really matters when it comes to celebrating the season.

The Littlest Elf

Kylie is small. The tiniest elf in Santa’s workshop and she can’t seem to do anything right. After nearly ruining Christmas, she finds herself wondering if she will ever be good enough to work for Santa. Following a world-wind adventure, she finds that she was closer to the answer than she thought. Join Kylie as she discovers the real meaning of Christmas!




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