Lessons of a Lost Hat (Author Interview)


Can you tell us a little about Lessons of a Lost Hat?

"Lessons of a Lost Hat" is a charming children's book that takes young readers on an enchanting adventure as a little girl sets out to find her lost hat, learning valuable life lessons along the way. Filled with captivating illustrations and heartwarming storytelling, it teaches children about decision-making, resilience, and the power of choice.

What motivated you to write the book?

We (Mishka and Yining) decided we wanted to collaborate on a project after becoming friends during a fortuitous art class. Mishka’s more skilled in writing and colouring, while I specialize in illustrating. I think we were just two friends that wanted an excuse to hang out more!

What age group did you write the book for?

It’s suitable for children ages 3-8; however, we believe everyone can learn a thing or two from this book. Just like Grimm’s fairytales, stories like this are truly timeless! Plus, we believe that there’s truly an edge to our book, as it’s written by authors, us, who are closer in age to our target audience than many other authors out there.

How long did it take you to write Lessons of a Lost Hat?

A year! From drafting, drawing, colouring, writing, editing, and formatting… it was certainly an ambitious undertaking. I am incredibly proud of the work that we have put in and am very happy with the result.

How did you come up with the title for the book?

Honestly, we stuck the manuscript in an AI generator and told it to brainstorm names. Thank God for technology.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Lessons of a Lost Hat?

Perseverance was key. There were moments when things became quite overwhelming and it felt like it would never be published, but here we are! Published authors at 17. Crazy, huh?

What do you like to do when not writing?

We are still high school students, so a lot of schoolwork. Being rising seniors, we have plenty of things to do in our spare time when not writing. This mostly comprises drawing and watching existentialist Netflix TV shows that feature complex characters (BoJack Horseman).

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Follow us on TikTok (art_angelimish) or Instagram (ang_zhaojao)!