We interviewed members of the Chardon Middle School Power of the Pen team and will be sharing their responses throughout the summer. First up, Charlotte J., who got so involved in the process that she turned our interview into a self-interview. Now that is creative writing! Enjoy! 


Geauga County Public Library: Why did you decide to join Power of the Pen?

Charlotte J.: My love for writing pushed me to join this club. Just because I’m a kid, doesn’t mean I can’t write stories that people can enjoy. This club is a cool way to publish my work.

GCPL: What is your favorite part of writing?

CJ: I love creating my own worlds. Creating characters and stories is my favorite thing in the world, and I wouldn’t give it up for anything.

GCPL: What is your least favorite part of writing?

CJ: I hate when I don’t think a story is getting anywhere so I delete it. Then about a week later I get a good idea for that deleted story. DON’T DELETE YOUR STORIES, KIDS!

GCPL: Why do you think writing is important?

CJ: Writing can give you so many emotions, whatever you want. So if you want a story that will touch your heart, you could write a sad story. Write the type of story you’d want to read!

GCPL: Who are some of your favorite writers?

CJ: J.K. Rowling. Hands down.

GCPL: Why?

CJ: She wrote Harry Potter! More on that later…

GCPL: Why do you think libraries rock?

CJ: You do read books, don’t you?

(Charlotte takes over here) CJ: What book would you like to recom-

CJ: Harry Potter!

CJ: I didn’t finish I question…

CJ: And I gave my answer. Harry Potter.

CJ: But that’s not how it works.

CJ: Your point?

CJ: Please explain.

CJ: Harry Potter is superior to any other book. It’s sad, and funny, and amazing. The third book is the best, so that’s the one I’d recommend, but don’t advise skipping the first two. You have to read them all. Or else nothing makes sense. So read Harry Potter.

CJ: I don’t think I should ask the next question…

CJ: No, ask!

CJ: I think I know the answer so I won’t ask…

CJ: Please!

CJ: Um…what’s your favorite series?


CJ: Thank you, Charlotte.

CJ: My pleasure.

Charlotte is entering 7th grade at Chardon Middle School. You can read her Power of the Pen stories in our Young Writers of Geauga County collection.