Interview with Gale O'Bryant

What's the story behind your latest book?
Yesterday, I was covering some cookies with white chocolate and adding dark sprinkles. (someone had given me a package of inexpensive cookies for Christmas). I was determined to make them pretty and yummy for a party. There was one cookie that was broken in half. One half was crumbles and the other was intact. I had a little white chocolate left and a few sprinkles, so I decided to cover the cookie half and add the sprinkles so I could taste it before I put the plate out . I looked down at the cookie and thought, "Gee, what if a cook had to make cookies and the outcome would mean his future? (He only had one half of a cookie to taste.)" Someone came to the kitchen door that was tired and hungry. What if the cook gave the person his cookie and a glass of milk? I know what happens next....You'll have to read The Broken Cookie to find out.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have written all of my life. I do not remember a time since my hand could create words on paper that I could not write a story. Many people suggested that I write children's stories and I was not interested. Then I met my grandchildren and the youngest asked me to write her a story. I wrote "I Would If I Could" for her. Then she handed me her box of crayons and announced that she wanted pictures also. I did not know how to draw a little girl! She picked up the crayons and did a self portrait and said, "Grandma, this is what I look like." I've been writing and illustrating children's books ever since, with crayons, the tools of choice.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love it when someone is reading one of my books and they start laughing. I have an odd sense of humor and for someone to "get it", is so much fun. I love when someone tells me that they understand or that the point I made was useful, or that their child wants to read the next book.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have many, but the ones that I do have inspire me to do another book.
What are you working on next?
The Broken Cookie
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to garden, ride horses, brush horses, smell horses, spend time with my family, cook, read and laugh.
What is your writing process?
An idea hits me and then it seeps through my brain (much like other people watch TV) and I can hit rewind and change words or whatever I want. I often ask people "What would you do if..." I like to interview people who are experts about something and I like to wonder what would happen if this or that would happen, and then I try to make it feasible.
Published 2014-01-20.
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