One of my new favorite books is Philip & Phoebe. That is why it will be my publishing company’s debut book. It is written by author Anne Brandt. She is also a good friend of mine, so she agreed to talk with me about her writing.
How did you first become interested in writing?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t like to write. My Mother saved little stories I’d written in kindergarten.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I have been accused of being too “wordy.” Other than that, I’d say I use gentle humor to get my point across.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I had time on my hands. I had small children at home and needed a creative outlook to offset the day-to-day routine. I hope this story is an entertaining reminder of the magic of pairing imagination with the everyday.
What has it been like for you to have Philip & Phoebe published?
It has been a work of love. I wrote the story over forty years ago and am thrilled that it’s finally being shared with others beyond my own family.
Do you ever experience writer’s block? How do you deal with it?
I don’t experience writer’s block; but I do experience procrastination, and that’s just as bad. When an idea strikes, it’s important to get it down on paper even if it’s only notes to spark the writer’s muse later.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Read Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones and take it to heart. Believe in yourself and your writing, and never be satisfied with a first draft. Or a second.
I love your book Philip & Phoebe, but there are no bears in it. Do you have any stories about bears?
Yes, I wrote a story called “Stephanie and the Invisible Bear,” but it will have to wait its turn.
We talked for a long time over a new drink that I really liked. Anne called it an iced latte. It was really nice catching up with Anne and she shared some other thoughts with me that I’ll share with you another time. But I can’t believe I forgot to ask her if the invisible bear in her story is a spectacled bear!
For more info, visit annebrandt.com.