Interview with Author Brooke Bishop – Ramona Portelli Blog

Interview with Author Brooke Bishop

41 years old, Author Brooke Bishop has lived most of her life on the Gold Coast, Queensland.  She’s a mother, a wife and she’s been a poetry writer for 27 years.  She also has moderate cerebral palsy, a physical disability, that affects mostly her lower limbs and some fine motor skills. Due to this disability her mobility is dramatically inhibited and unable to walk more than a few metres without her wheelie walker and only about 50m with the aid before battling fatigue and muscle weakness and soreness.

Regardless of these challenging circumstances, she stays positive and busy in her day,  with her husband Matt and their eight year old daughter, and also their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Flossy and Georgie,  Poss Passed away November 2020 at 11 years old.

It was her affinity for animals and for writing and then her love for books and more recently reading to her daughter, that she decided to try and put these passions together, in the hopes of becoming a successful children’s author.

Tell me more about your first book

The Great Food Search is based on my own two cavalier King Charles spaniels.  The book looks at them going on an adventure looking for food.  I wanted to touch and the typical breed behaviours so the readers could relate it to their own pets.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing this book?  

Because I am self-published, having to fund all the processes from illustrations to publishing and printing.

What is your normal procedure to get your books published?

I am self-published and I looked for my illustrator on google and viewed her work.  I have used her through all my 3 books.  I got a publisher through a good recommendation.

How many books have you written so far?

Book 1. – Floss and Poss:  The Great Food Search

Book 2 – Floss and Poss:  The Runaway 

Book 3 –  Floss and Poss: Popcorn Poss 

What’s the best way to market your books?

This has always a difficult one for me.  I believe social media helps, especially specific dog groups.  But I think I’m not too good about getting the best out of this platform.  The other helpful way is word of mouth.  

How hard or easy is it to establish and maintain a career in writing?  

Very hard, especially children’s authors.  There are many children authors and I think unless you are already famous you rarely get a look in unless you do it yourself and even then you might not break even.  Sol as a career, not great.

What is your advice for aspiring writers?  

If you have an idea, just give it a go.  Think about what your passionate about and use this, you’ll probably enjoy the process more if you do.  

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