Interview with Marcy Braasch

What are you working on next?
I am working on two projects; the first is similar to Genies in Jammies, the second is more of a classic children's storybook inspired by a story my mother developed when I was a wee tot. To drop a hint - I had to really bone up on my lion-drawing skills for this one.
Who are your favorite authors?
For children's work, it spans. I have always liked authors that write intelligently for their young audiences, even speaking a bit past their current level to encourage curiosity and development. Shel Silverstein is tops for me. 'Where The Sidewalk Ends' was one of the first books I made sure we had on hand when we made our own people. I am a big fan of Maurice Sendak & Jan Brett. Recently I fell in love with George Saunders ('The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip'). I also have a soft spot for Dee Lillegard for 'The Day the Daisies Danced'. And anything by Neil Gaiman has my vote at all times.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I think the more appropriate question is "what inspires me to stay up?" I am not a morning person, so my bladder is my first inspiration to get out of bed. What what ISN'T there to be inspired by each day? My Family. The World. People. Learning. Olives.
My son is starting to write now and it reminds me how much out there he has to draw on for inspiration, and how much more I haven't even been exposed to yet.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
To be frank, drawing comes first before the writing. Often the drawing inspires the writing for me, because illustration has always been my first true love. But when those two things aren't happening, I get back into the phone booth and put on my other world costume, which is as an advertising professional. Family stuff typically happens before the drawing/writing, so there are often new culinary concoctions being worked out and piles of art supplies and legos getting attention. I wish I could say things like "I bike 10 miles a day" or "I commit to 3 hours of hot yoga each week." I could actually physically SAY it, but it would be blatantly false.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I troll. I go to the "most popular" or "highest rated," but then I feel bad for the authors who maybe just haven't gotten any juice yet, so then I just randomly pick, read the snippet and purchase. I have had really good luck letting the universe take some control.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. Well, the first that got any attention anyway. It was called 10,000 Purple Pussycats and the little girl protagonist dies at the end. I was in 4th grade maybe. Kinda morbid, looking back.
What is your writing process?
I write for children so my process tends to be driven by the art first, then what I think would keep my boys still to listen to or read for more than 10 minutes at a whack.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
An old beaten-up Kindle.
Published 2014-04-27.
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Genies in Jammies
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,580. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
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Genies in Jammies, by Marcy Petricig Braasch, is a full-color illustrated collection of 20 read-aloud poems. The poems are colorful rhythmic character sketches that bring out attentiveness and giggles from young listeners. With rich, hand-drawn and painted illustrations, this fun book is sure to become the "Read this one!" addition to the 4-10 year-old's bookshelf.