Author website/social media:http://www.brendareevessturgis. com, https://www.facebook.com/ brsturgis
Tell me a little about yourself: I am the mother of four grown children and seven grandchildren. I am also a nanny for Portland Nannies. I live on a little lake in Maine, I love chocolate, my favorite is seasalt caramel. I like to help me, and that is why I wrote Still a Family.
When you were my age, did you like to read? I LOVED to read. I read all the time. Do you like to read? What do you read? What is your favorite book. Sorry, I know this is my interview but I am interested in YOU!
What was your favorite story? My favorite story was Caps for Sale, and it still is!
How do you get your ideas? Sometimes I get ideas when I am driving. Sometimes I wake up at 3:00 a.m. with ideas. Sometimes I find ideas on social media like facebook.
Is it hard to write a book? It is not hard to write a book. BUT, it is hard to write a book that a publishing house wants to publish. And it’s hard to revise and it’s hard to rewrite, and it’s VERY HARD to write something that somebody else hasn’t already written.
Do you have a favorite among the books you have written/illustrated? My favorite book is THIS book, Still a Family because I hope it’s going to help people to be better to each other. To be kinder and more loving and more understanding. And that is the biggest hope that I have. That if this book touches a heart that that heart will do something to make the world better.
What author do you really like right now? I have a lot of author friends but if I had to pick one author friend, I would pick Salina Yoon and her picture book, Be a Friend! (I agree!)
What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author? My advice is to keep on reading. Keep on writing. Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t write because if you want to YOU CAN. This is what I say to myself. “Children believe what we tell them and they become what they believe!” If you believe you can be an author then keep writing and keep learning and someday your dreams can come true just like mine have.