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Author Brad Meltzer and His 8-Year-Old Daughter Talk Heroes

Forget Superman and Wonder Woman. Best-selling author Brad Meltzer had other heroes in mind—the real-life kind—when he began writing his new series for children. The first two books in the series, I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln, take on ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things.

Meltzer created the illustrated series to show his 8-year-old daughter, Lila, that there are heroes outside the realm of comic books and princesses. The first two books hit shelves January 14.

In honor of his kid-friendly creation, we asked Meltzer, who also has two sons, to chat with his daughter about heroes, fatherhood and writing.

The best part? She got to ask the questions!

Which awesome daughter did you write these books for?

Considering I only have one daughter, I think you know the answer to that. And yes, I wrote these books for you, my daughter.

How did you pick which people to write about?

I picked people who I thought could teach you great lessons. Amelia Earhart to teach you to never let anyone stop you. Abraham Lincoln so you’d learn to stand up for others. And Rosa Parks so you’d learn how to stand up for yourself.

What inspired you to write these books?

You did. My love for you. On every page, I hope you feel it. These books are my heart in book form. I wanted you to see not just famous people, but what we’re all capable of on our very best days. I wanted you to see bravery, generosity and the true potential in all of us.

When are you going to do a book on Lucille Ball?

I know how much you love Lucy. We’ve watched those I Love Lucy DVDs I bought you 500 times. So yes, Lucy is coming after Rosa Parks and Albert Einstein. Just for you.

Who's your favorite hero?

You are. My best and only daughter.

(Photo credit: Donna Newman)

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