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|Posted by Ima Bratt on August 7, 2013 at 7:45 PM|
Interview With Author Ima Bratt
What type of books do you write? My books are best suited for mature children and/or childish adults.
What is your newest book about? Although the title is a bit misleading, my book "Rather Unpleasant CAUTIONARY TALES for Ill-Mannered & Immoderate Children" is a collection of rather unpleasant cautionary tales for ill-mannered & immoderate children.
What inspired you to write it? I like to think that the stories I relate help to prevent potentially good children from becoming potentially wicked children that left to their own devices become potentially wicked adults. Heaven knows we don't need any more of those. You see, it’s not about making a name for myself, it's about creating a better world. But please, there's no need to thank me, really... I do it for the children.”
What is the writing process like for you? Well, in order for me to write my shocking exposés, first I have to stalk...I mean “observe”, potentially wicked children in their own habitat. This requires that I wear disguises, and in some cases camouflage, to avoid discovery. This is often a very grueling undertaking and, if I'm crouching in the bushes, can cause cramps. Other than that, I'd say my process is much like that of other writers- I sit down with my notes in front of the computer, down a box of Ho-Ho's in less than 60 seconds, and then riding the sugar high I type furiously until I crash and pass out. That, I believe, is how classics are born. Dr. Suess must have had an enormous Ho-Ho bill.
What did you do before you became an author? I lerned how to spel.
How does it feel to be a published author? Quite thrilling actually. But I won't let it go to my head; I've vowed never to forget the little people.
Any advice for struggling writers? I've heard that the more you struggle the faster you sink...move sloooowly.
Where do you see book publishing heading? Albuquerque.