Children's author Gina C. Browning joins us today. Gina is a creative, independent thinking, married mother of 2 adopted children and has been living her dreams for as long as she can remember. She is from Texas, but moved to Australia with her husband and 17 month old son, Ryan, in 1989. Since then, they have moved internationally (because of her husband’s work) 4 more times, with a few domestic moves thrown in for good measure. In 1997 she and her husband adopted their daughter, Raechel, from China.
Having graduated from North Texas State University in 1979, with a BFA in “Metal craft and Jewellery, Gina has been a professional jewellery designer/maker for the better part of 30+ years, and has written poetry, on the side, since she was a child. She is currently living in Australia (her 3rd trip), with her husband and daughter, where her dreams continue to inspire creativity. Her son, now 21 years old, no longer lives at home.
Welcome Gina. We are excited to have you here. Can you please tell our readers a bit about yourself?
Hi, thanks for having me! I’m an American married mom of 2 adopted children, currently living in Australia with my wonderful husband of 26 years and 13 year old daughter. I enjoy scuba diving, photography (especially underwater), painting, writing, and my jewellery business. I also thoroughly enjoy our 2 Bengal cats and our Jack Russell Terrier. Our son is currently in the US army.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing (mostly poetry) since I was in 3rd grade.
Are you a morning or an evening writer?
I’m an “anytime” writer, but most of my inspiration comes just before the dream state or right at the tail end of it. The shower is also a great place for inspiration, or just ‘the bathroom’ in general.
Tell us about your latest book. What is it about and what inspired you to write it?
Moonbeam Dreams, is a children’s fantasy book written in an intricately rhyming format. It takes the reader and listener on a Dr. Seuss-like romp through a fantasy land with strange and wonderful creatures and entertaining imagery, which one might come across in one’s dreams. It is a fun and up-lifting story that will delight readers of any age, and teaches that almost anything is possible if you can dream it.
In 1993, I was at my father’s house recuperating from a total hysterectomy, when the poetry and images began flowing freely every time I closed my eyes. I guess the anesthesia helped to remove old walls and blockages and essentially opened up the creative process for me again, after it had been closed for several years. I had all sorts of fantasy images and fantastical verse just pouring right out of my head. I couldn’t close my eyes without more and more verses coming to me.
How long did it take you to bring this book from first draft to printed copy?
I wrote the first several verses in 1993, but it then sat on the back burner because of family and other work priorities. I began working on it again in 2003, adding verses, elaborating on others, and painting some of the illustrations, while pursuing a publisher and/or literary agent via the internet. I was accepted by a literary agent in 2004, but I wasn’t presented with my current publisher until June 2007. I then finished up the many illustrations, and the whole publishing process was finally completed in June 2009. All total, it’s been a LONG labor of love.
If you could be any character in your book, who would you be and why?
I’d love to be one of the “Newts, wearing lycra pant-suits, too skin tight,” because they “strap skates on each boot” and are blessed with “skills at un-aided space flight”.
What was your favorite book growing up?
A book of poems collection, but I don’t remember what it was titled.
Do you currently have a favorite author?
Robert Ludlum, Dan Brown, Dean Koontz….. among others.
What is the most memorable book you have ever read?
I know this book gets a lot of attention, but I thoroughly enjoyed the DaVinci Code.
Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?
Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more about you and your work?
Not really, I’m working on that now. But the first link (above) is a web-site, of sorts.
What is up next for you?
I’m working on another rhyming book, with humorous poems about stories from my life as well as some more serious ones. Also I’m working on a children’s fantasy chapter book.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to answer your questions. I hope your readers enjoy my book(s) for years to come!