Britney: Thanks for having me! This is so fun!
WM: Please tell us a little about Britney.
Britney: Hmmm…this question always trips me up. What do I share?!
WM: Please tell us what you write.
Britney: As a little girl, I wrote picture books. I’d write out the story (each line to a page), print them out, and illustrate them. In the fifth grade, I attempted a novel and got about halfway through before it was lost. I’m still devastated about that. When I got to junior high and high school, I started writing poetry and a few personal essays that I loved.
WM: Where do you do most of your writing?
Britney: On the couch or at the kitchen table. Boring, but it gets the job done!
WM: Do you write on a lap top, a desk top, a tablet or long hand on notebook?
Britney: A lap top! I can’t write longhand—my hand cramps up way too easily!
WM: What inspires you to write?
Britney: I gather most my inspiration from other art forms. In fact, most of my story ideas have stemmed from photographs, songs, and dances. A few years ago, a couple on So You Think You Can Dance performed the most powerful dance I think I’ve ever seen. I’m not even kidding. It made me cry. Immediately after the show I wrote a poem based on that dance.
WM: What is your biggest distraction?
Britney: My son. And my lists.
WM: How do you handle it?
Britney: I just make a schedule and try to stick to it. Some weeks are better than others, and obviously sometimes the distraction is necessary. If my son is sick, I’m not going to write that day. I’m going to cuddle with him on the couch. I do most of my writing once he’s in bed at night to try and limit the distractions.
WM: What is your favorite writing food?
Britney: I actually don’t eat while I write. Go ahead—call me crazy.
WM: Why are you a writer?
Britney: I’m a writer because I can’t stop writing. It’s a piece of me that I have to keep. It’s my way of trying to inspire others!
WM: Where do you get your names for your characters?
Britney: I love this question! I think a lot about my characters names. I brainstorm lists of names and narrow them down based on the personality of the character.
WM: Is there anything else you would like to share about your writing journey?
Britney: I’ve been trying to immerse myself more in the writing community. I joined ANWA (American Night Writers Association) about a year-and-a-half ago and SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) about six months ago. I’ve attended three writing conferences in the past year-and-a-half and plan to attend one or two more this year. I think it’s so important to make connections and continue your writing education and I’m trying to do both these things.
WM: Do you have a website?
Britney: Yes! Come visit me! I took a hiatus, and I’m just coming back. My blog is combined with my website. http://www.britneygulbrandsen.com
WM: Thank you sharing some of your writing journey with us Britney. Keep writing!
Britney: Thank YOU! What fun questions!