Interview with Gina Browning, Author of Moonbeam Dreams



Gina C. Browning 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, due to her husband’s job, 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 (for the 3rd time), with her husband and daughter, where her dreams continue to inspire creativity. Her son, now 21 years old, no longer lives at home.

Welcome to The Writer's Life, Gina. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

I’ve been writing poetry ever since I was a young child, but this is the first time I have been published, unless you count those “poem anthologies”…

Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

My book, Moonbeam Dreams, is a fantasy bedtime story 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. 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.

What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

The writing of it didn’t really present any challenges for me. It was a very long “labor of love”, and the only real challenges presented were in finding a literary agent and eventually a publisher. As you know, it’s a very, very long process.

Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it? Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it?

I have a press release, but not a press kit. It doesn’t appear on-line, so I’m including it at the end of this interview.



Have you either spoken to groups of people about your book or appeared on radio or TV? What are your upcoming plans for doing so?

My book and I were presented by the local library to give a reading at an annual arts festival in central Australia. There were about 100 parents and kids present. But that’s all I’ve done, so far. I’d love to present it or read it on radio or TV, and I’ve emailed a press release to Ellen and Oprah but I haven’t heard back from them. I’m still hopeful though!

Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is? If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

I did have a literary agent, and it was through them that I was made aware of my current publisher. However, I haven’t heard from them in quite a long time. It will be interesting to see if they contact me when my book becomes more successful. My publisher, Eloquent Books, actually contacted them initially, asking for a few recommendations of new writers, and I was lucky enough to be included in that group.

Did you, your agent or publisher prepare a media blitz before the book came out and would you like to tell us about it?

The publisher apparently sent out my press release to their PR wire service which sent it to over 40,000 media outlets nation-wide. However, as of now, I haven’t had any responses from that.

Do you plan subsequent books?

Yes, I’m working on a few different ideas at the moment.

Thank you for your interview, Gina. Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?
Thank you! They can find a little about me (and purchase my book) on
http://www.eloquentbooks.com/MoonbeamDreams.html, and they can also find the book on Amazon.com and at Barnes and Noble.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Moonbeam Dreams


Anything Is Possible If You Can Dream It

Writer and illustrator, Gina C. Browning, says some of the verses in her poetry book first came to her in her dreams as she was recovering from surgery years ago.

The poems and illustrations in Moonbeam Dreams gradually evolved into “a keenly rhymed, fantastical romp through a fantasy land, with weird and wonderful characters for readers of any age to enjoy.” Her poetry truly is for the young at heart.

Browning thinks her dreams are fun and adventurous, as she always looks for the positive side to everything. Her book encourages children not to be afraid of the dark, and to believe in themselves and their abilities so that almost anything is possible. Browning says dreams can come true “either in daylight or night” if you believe in them strongly enough.

Publisher’s website: http://www.eloquentbooks.com/MoonbeamDreams.html
ISBN: 978-1-60693-048-9 / SKU: 1-60693-048-6

About the Author/Illustrator:
Originally from Ft. Worth, Texas, Gina C. Browning is a jewelry designer who now lives with her husband and daughter in Alice Springs, Australia, where her dreams continue to inspire creativity.

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