Day 16 Picture Book Frenzy: The Very Best Sukkah: A Story from Uganda by Shoshana Nambi and Moran Yogev
The Very Best Sukkah: A Story from Uganda by Shoshana…
1 I moved to London when I was 20 and lived there for 4 years.
2 I’ve never, ever broken a bone!
3 One of my favorite colors is yellow. It makes me feel like the sun.
Gryffindor of course!
I think this might apply to a lot of creatives, but I find that the best time for me to work on my writing is past midnight, and before early morning. 2am-3am are my sweet spots, but that’s hard to keep up with when also working a 9-5. I love the silence. I love how this time of morning feels like I am the only one who is up and my thoughts can flow.
I don’t know if this was the first book that made me cry, but Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Story was the first book in the past few years that made me shed tears. This book stays on my mind. It was the story that made me cry, but also the true events and unfortunate circumstances surrounding a young child’s life that killed an innocent person and himself. Because this story does deal with a true event, I often think of the people that failed the victim and the murderers lives.
I feel that it does a mix of both! I tend to write reality, which can be draining at times, but having a completed project that I can send to my agent excites me! It’s intriguing to see a project go from an idea in my head, to an idea written on my computer, to something that another person reads and loves.
My book has no release date at the moment. The journey has been slow but worth it. I started with a picture book idea three years ago. This idea initially turned into a poem. After being told that my story needed a narrative, I rewrote and rewrote and rewrote again! Eventually I found my agent, who loved it. When we went on submission, out of the dozen or so people we sent the manuscript to, one offered. This offer was the last one to come in! People often say within publishing there is a lot of “hurry up and wait”. I’ve realized that while I may have work out on submission, or even in an editor’s hands, I need to always focus on the next ‘thing’. The slowness of publishing can consume you, and what’s helped to keep my sanity is to not focus on one manuscript but to always think of what I could be doing next.
Favorite line or quote from one of your books.
A favorite line from ALL of my books is “The End!
The protagonist in my forthcoming picture book is most like me. When she has an idea she goes for it, and lets nothing get in her way. I am very head strong, or “hard headed” as my grandmother likes to say. When I wanted to study abroad, I found a way. When it came to grad school, I let nothing get in my way of moving and attending Carnegie Mellon. When it comes to publishing, the no’s I’ve heard are fuel to keep pushing for my dreams.
One suggestion that my friend Jonathan Auxier gave was to read. Read everything. Read anything. Read it all. Read books outside of the genre you’re writing. Read best sellers and read lesser known titles. This is one fact that helps writers become better writers. When you take in others words, you’re able to see how they use language, what works and what doesn’t work. Ultimately, it will make you become a better writer, consciously, and subconsciously.
No matter your passion, go for it. Take baby steps to achieve your goals. Accomplishment isn’t achieving everything all at once. Celebrate the small steps, too. They all lead to where you want to be.
My book isn’t yet published, but it will be! In the meantime, check out my website for updates, www.brittanythurman.com