About Tracy Bryan:
Tracy Bryan is an award winning self-published author for kids aged 4-12. She writes whimsical non-fiction picture books about emotions, coping skills, mental health and mindfulness. Currently, Tracy is releasing her debut fiction picture book called Put Away Your Phone!
Tracy writes a monthly personal Blog for adults on her website and one for kids aged 6-12 called The Awesomeness Blog.
What inspires you to write?
Honestly, I listen to the voices in my head and write what they tell me-lol! For some reason the majority of my writing has been based on social issues. I would have to say that I like to tackle difficult topics that other children’s authors veer away from. I try to speak directly to my (child and adult) readers about important topics that affect everyone. I hope to educate, inspire and empower kids and their families with my books. I also think a sense of humor is essential to coping with what life throws at us. I will be releasing my debut picture book early this May and I think this book will be the most comical I have written so far.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I have a sudden idea in my head, I NEED to get it out…whether it’s a piece of paper, post it note or shopping list, I am determined to get that idea out on paper. Later I will upload it manually into my computer in a format that I can play around with. Most times, I start right in my computer and try to write a little every day.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I am currently releasing my first fiction book and I’m totally embracing and empathizing with my main character, Emma. Emma started off as a little bit of myself in her personality and behavior. Now, she is just like some kids and adults that I see everyday. She is becoming more and more real as the book gets closer to launch date!
What advice would you give other writers?
NONE! This isn’t because I don’t want to help or inspire them. This is simply because there are far too many other writers, books and courses out there giving advice on how to be a writer. So, maybe instead I’d say…Just go with it. And, if I absolutely have to share any secrets of writing, I’d say…Write from your heart, get critiques for editing purposes and don’t let any form of rejection sway you from your passion.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
This was a long process trying to figure out what worked best for me. I began self-publishing, because I wanted to get my books out there for the kids and parents/teachers that needed them. I have very little patience for the traditional kid lit publishing industry-it can be quite pretentious and un-inspiring for writers and illustrators. This is not to say that I don’t respect the work they produce, I do. In fact, I continue to submit manuscripts to the major children’s publishing houses, hoping that one of them will “get” me, my writing and my purpose. In reality though, I work much more creatively and efficiently as an indie author- plus I continue to have monthly sales already! I have to respect the entrepreneur in me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There are so many theories from various industry experts as to the future outcomes of the publishing world-particularity with children’s books. With the advent of self-publishing, there’s no surprise that traditional publishers continue to be effected by this. I just hope we can all come together, support each other and create one big community that provides great books for kids, regardless of how we publish.
What genres do you write?: children’s non-fiction/fiction, adult non-fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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