Sharon Boyce - Interview (November 2020)
Why do you want to be a published author?
I grew up having books read to me each night by my dad. As we got older, so did the size of the book. Many times, my siblings and I would beg for "One more chapter." I attribute this to my love of reading now. The desire to write my own stories started at a young age, and as an adult I started writing children stories with the hope that I would write the kind of stories that children would want to read over and over again, and help create in them a love of reading.
How long have you been writing?
That's a hard one, it feels like forever. Creative writing was always my favourite subject in primary school and high school. It wasn't until I'd had my own kids that I started exploring the writing and publishing world and signed up for courses and writing groups. I have learnt so much over the years, and keep on learning.
How did I celebrate my first publication?
I've had a few short stories published in various anthologies- one adult one; SPROULTINGS: A COMPENDIUM OF LITTLE FICTIONS; 2 stories in CREATIVE KIDS TALES STORY COLLECTION VOL1; and 3 stories in CREATIVE KIDS TALES STORY COLLECTION VOL 2. These were all celebrated with big smiles I found hard to remove from my face and a happy dance or two. When I signed my first industry contract for THERE'S A SHARK IN THE LOO with Larrikin House, I cracked open the champagne. It's been on the market since May. Signing my second contract with Larrikin for WHO IS AT THE ZOO was no less exciting. It's due for release in October 2020.
How would I describe my style?
My picture book stories tend to be on the humorous, silly side and a lot come out in rhyme. It's quite frustrating actually, rhyme is so hard to write in! My longer pieces, I've had described as a flowing style that's easy to read. I really enjoy writing fantasy or magical stories with some humour.
How has CKT assisted me on my journey to publication?
There is so much industry information available on the CKT website! The online critique groups have been an enormous help in polishing manuscripts; I've managed to place in several of the author competitions which has been a massive help against the gremlins in my mind that tell me that my writing sucks; and of course the Story Collections were a great insight into how publishing works- deadlines, editing, marketing etc. The first CKT conference that was held in 2019 was one of the best writing conferences I have been to. The speakers were fabulous and having the option to book a publisher assessment is well worth it. I would highly recommend becoming a CKT member.