Meet Michellene Barrett, Author of Englisha and David's Adventurous Vacation
MB: s an high school senior, I published my first juvenile fiction Englisha and David's Adventurous Vacation. The story of Englisha and David is about two teens who embark on a journey of independence and self-discovery where they learn the value of love, forgiveness and living life to the fullest.
In the fourth grade, I begin writing stories about the adventures of Englisha and David. My classmates would gather around and listen. They would say, "Michellene, you need to be a published author. Your stories are so funny." Right there in my classroom, my desire to be a writer was born. I began my quest to becoming a published author and eight years later, it became a reality.
I graduated from Columbia University Teachers College with a master's degree in Literacy and I am currently an elementary school teacher in Brooklyn.
MB: When I first began writing Englisha and David's Adventurous Vacation in elementary school, most of my ideas came from my imagination. Now as an adult writing for juveniles, I am inspired by my past experiences but I still try to be creative and use my imagination. I like to write about situations that I wish could happen in real life. A fictional world can be much more exciting than the real world.
BBB: Tell us about your main character.
MB: The main characters are Englisha and David. Englisha had a crush on David since her freshmen year of high school but he always had a girlfriend. When David broke up with his girlfriend, Englisha thought it was time to make her move. Englisha was hesitant and nervous about how to approach David. But with the encouragement from her friends, she gained the confidence to invite David to her sweet sixteen party. To Englisha's astonishment, David quickly agrees to attend her birthday party. At Englisha's party, her mother makes a surprising announcement that she has helped arrange a weeklong vacation in Los Angeles for the teens. Englisha and David arrive in LA with high hopes. But when a series of unfortunate events begin to cloud their happiness, these teens soon realize the value of love, forgiveness and living each day to the fullest.
BBB: What are you currently working on?
MB: I am currently working on my second book in the Englisha series. In my second book, the characters are now high school seniors. They must navigate the challenges that come with senior year.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
MB: Readers can discover more about me and my work by visiting my website www.michellenebarrett.comand following me on twitter @michellenebooks. Readers can also "like" me onfacebook.com/EnglishaandDavidsAdventurousVacation.