Sharna Carter - Interview (September 2020)
Why do you want to be a published author?
So I can be rich and famous! Mwahahahaha! Isn’t that why we all do it? Oh, that’s not how it works? Hmmm, I might need to find another career.
How long have you been writing?
I have been telling stories one way or another my whole life, usually in the form of a dramatic performance on my imaginary stage! But I only started writing for children since my son was born 6 years ago and to begin with it was a hobby that I dipped in and out of. In 2017, I decided to commit to my goal of getting published and launched my website, social media accounts and soon after I joined Creative Kids Tales.
How did you celebrate your first publication?
Oh, I had grand plans to celebrate my first picture book contract. But would you believe it happened during Victoria’s first wave of Covid-19? At the time I had a terrible cold and was in isolation, so those grand plans grew wings and flew out the window. But I did manage a pretty epic happy dance around the room. I would like to say a huge thanks to Ethicool Books for believing in my story Watermelon Pip; it will be available for pre-order on their website this September!
How would you describe your writing style?
I love to write funny stories and you might want to arrest me because I commit the crime of writing in rhyme – I can’t help myself! When I write a funny, rhyming story (that works) I get this glorious buzz of happiness and it’s addictive. One of my CKT Critique buddies calls me the female Aaron Blabey, which is a HUGE compliment (and exaggeration but, hey, I’ll take it!) I also write more traditional stories and even when they’re serious they have a quirky element or subtle humour. If I were to give my style a name I’d call it, ‘Sharnabananas.’
How has Creative Kids Tales assisted you on your journey to publication?
Joining CKT was symbolic of me taking my journey as a writer seriously. It gave me access to the CKT Critique Group who have helped me improve my writing immensely. My upcoming picture book, Watermelon Pip, went through two rounds of critiques and the feedback I received helped me shape it into a publishable manuscript. It’s also put me in contact with like-minded writers and friends who encourage and inspire me every day and I’m forever grateful for that.