Here at Olympia we love hearing from our authors, getting an insight into their lives in writing and asking them what their advice would be to future authors. This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Stephanie Kenny about her book.
Q - How old were you when you first wrote something substantial?
A - I was about 13 when I wrote something that I thought was worth reading. I believe is was an assignment for an English class. That teacher thought me not to be afraid to put myself out there.
Q - Did you ever have aspirations to become a writer?
A - I’ve always wanted to write, ever since I could remember. Its just always been a natural thing to me.
Q - What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
A - The best piece of advice I’ve ever taken was, it is in knowing the introspect that we find how to release what is inside.
Q - What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
A - The only advice I could possibly give to anyone who has aspirations of writing is to never, never stop. Stick at it no matter what it is that you’re writing or what you hear about it and don’t be afraid to express yourself.
Q - What did you find easiest and hardest about writing?
A - I don’t know what I’d say is the hardest thing about writing for me. I think it can become very hard if you let yourself feel a certain pressure. A flow is always important and for this we need a clear head. Take some time to realise there is no certain danger of getting lost, if its there it’ll remain and it’ll come easier after you’ve taken the time to refresh your mind.
Q - Was it faster to write your book or to have it published?
A - It was definitely faster to write this book than the whole process of publishing. The story as a whole came within a day. I’ve always just had a flow and I think when it just comes like that its important to see it through.
Q - What was your favourite part of your book to write?
A - My favourite part of this book to write was the part that comes just before and surrounds Ted devouring the rainbow. I’ve always like to be descriptive and as I wrote this I could imagine the colour of it all. Of course the beautiful art helped.
Q - Do you have any plans to publish more work?
A - Yes, I have plans to publish more in the future but I don’t know if I’ll stay on the path of writing for children.
Q - If you could review Olympia Publishers in just a few words, what would they be?
A - Olympia were the first to get back to me after sending out manuscripts. I didn’t really have too much experience with this kind of thing but I found them to be very good with correspondence and trying to get the book to be what we wanted. I suppose it's wise to take these things on without illusion, its going to be a slow process. Nothings built over night. But over all I’m quite happy with how things turned out.
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