The story behind the story
Every story has an element of truth. A small part of an author's life that finds its way into fiction. This one is personal to me because like Millie, I am dyslexic. How can a writer be dyslexic? It's pretty simple. These days there are many ways (with the right help) of overcoming or at least dealing with certain aspects of dyslexia, and each person with dyslexia will be affected differently. I have a mild form, one which makes it virtually impossible for me to differentiate between left and right, to remember which way to turn things or to accurately follow directions. I'm not word blind as Millie in my story is, but I can certainly understand some of the frustrations she deals with. Millie is a natural born optimist who finds ways around her disabilty. I love optimistic people.
And then Javier, aka The Menace, well, he has his own issues, how many times have we seen a movie and thought that the actor must have something in common with the character he portrays? This is something Javier has to overcome. The perception of his viewing audience. But fortunately for Millie, Javier is tough on the outside, all marshmallow on the inside. My kind of guy!