She is King Henry VIII's 13th great-niece and she knows best when it comes to shaping words into beautiful stories...
Welcome to RED paper Kite!
Describe your personality in 5 words.
Creative, perfectionist, imaginative, daydreamer, persistent
Where do you live?
I live in the Macedon Ranges, just outside of Melbourne. I love sharing my life with koalas, wombats and kangaroos, the gorgeous countryside and a community of creative people.
What is your work about?
Creating and shaping wonderful stories for children that (hopefully) change their lives for the better.
Red Paper Kite’s team is a tiny bunch of creative people from everywhere. Tell us a what you like about... not sharing an office.
Having my very own quiet and inspirational place to work in.
If Jo March (Little Women) walked through the door right now, what would you do?
I’d beg her to take me back to her time so I could wander around Concord with the March family, watch her write and persuade her to marry Laurie.
What’s the best advice you have ever received about becoming an author/editor?
Writing is a craft and needs patience, time and dedication to develop.
What’s the worst advice you have ever received?
Don’t overuse ‘said’. No! ‘Said’ is a magical word; it is invisible to a reader.
If you were a book which one would you be?
This is so hard to answer because there’s a bit of me in each of my favourite books. But if I have to pick one, I’ll go with Anne of Green Gables. It has many things I love: beautiful scenery, memorable characters and a Victorian setting (I’m definitely someone who was born in the wrong time). And although I’m not as talkative as Anne, I resemble her in other ways: I adore big words, I love to write, I imagine things different from how they really are and I agree with so many of her sentiments. ‘Tomorrow is fresh with no mistakes in it yet’ is one of my favourites.
Brenda Gurr is the author of books and educational material for children of all ages. Her titles include the chapter books Trusty Trekkers and Lizard Tongue and the illustrated information book Monster Sharks: Megalodon and other prehistoric predators of the deep.
In 2014 Brenda was awarded second place in the Sutherland Shire Writers’ Festival picture book writing competition. She was also awarded two prizes in the 2018 CYA Conference writing competition— first place in Chapter books for younger children and third place in Chapter books for older children.
Brenda lives in the Macedon Ranges in Victoria. She has a background in primary teaching and qualifications in English, editing, drama and education. She is also an accredited editor with IPEd, the Institute of Professional Editors in Australia.
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