Brydie Wright - Interview (March 2017)
Why do you want to be a published author/illustrator?
I want to be a published author to find a public voice for my creative writing talents. These skills have long taken a back seat to earning a living and I am now focussed on my writing becoming my career. I am very excited to find an audience for my work; to entertain with real-life, relatable stories for children (and those who read to them!)
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing creatively since childhood but in terms of making it an organised endeavour, more recently. In early 2015, I finally sat down to pen my first picture book manuscript, with a second flowing soon after. A year later I penned a third manuscript and began blogging for Holidays with Kids (including my first published print article) and writing book reviews for Creative Kids Tales. I now blog for WeekendNotes and continue with my manuscript submissions. A very creative two years, amidst working my day job.
How will/did you celebrate your first publication?
When I received my advance copy of Daddy and the World's Longest Poo in the mail, it was my day off. I was delighted the book chose to arrive that day so I could open it right immediately and revel in my achievement. I posted about it on social media (of course) to share the news with friends and I had some champagne when my husband got home from work, taking lots of family photos with the book. Fairly low key, all in all but when I get offered a contract from a trade publisher in the future, I would love to throw a proper launch party for my next book!
How would you describe your writing style?
My writing style is observational and irreverent. I write from life experiences because this is where I find humour. My stories have a relatability about them, for children and the grownups who read to them. My early manuscripts have a satirical edge, so I'm looking to appeal to my readers on two levels. On the surface level, children will giggle over the cheeky subject matter, and recognising the nuances in the writing, parents will smirk at the truisms they identify from their own life.