I recently had the pleasure of connecting with Georgia Ball. She has written for a variety of all-ages properties including Transformers, Scooby Doo, Disney Princesses, Strawberry Shortcake and Evil Dead 2. She was kind enough to take a few minutes to answer some questions about her life as creator. Here’s what she had to say:
What is your earliest memory of writing?
We were constantly asked to write in elementary school and I was an avid reader. I was known in school as an essay writer who was going to score high on the English papers and I won several poetry contests.
How did you get started in your writing career?
My mother wanted me to write children’s books. I didn’t think writers could make money and went into computer science instead. I wrote for myself until my husband and I started a webcomic. It was obvious from the beginning that he was a great artist but he wasn’t funny, so I took over the writing duties. We gained a following and publishers approached me to write for comics.
Do you write in multiple genres? If so, which? Is it hard to transition between children’s book author and _________?
I’ve done a lot of writing for horror. It’s harder for other people to reconcile those things than it is for me. I write in the genres that appeal to me and I have diverse interests. When I go to conventions, my horror work is on one side of the table and my work for children is on the other; readers might make a few jokes about it, but they buy from the pile that appeals to them.
What comes to you first: title, character or setting?
I would say the idea I’m trying to get across comes first. When I created Brianna, it was because I was tired of the overwhelming number of children’s books out with “girl power” themes. There’s nothing wrong with uplifting girls, but I felt there was so much being done that made girls look strong, powerful, and capable, there wasn’t any room left for girls who made mistakes. I wanted to tell funny stories that showed a girl behaving badly, and Brianna was born from that theme.
What is your latest book about?
My husband and I released our first children’s book under our own label this August, “Brianna and the Behavior Chart.” It’s about Brianna’s anxiety over her teacher’s classroom tool intended to be a disincentive for bad behavior. The idea came from hearing my daughter talk about her own elementary classroom where certain kids were “always on the bottom.” Brianna has a short attention span, but when her clothespin drops on the chart, she’s willing to do as many good deeds as it takes to convince her teacher not to call her parents.
Where can people find you and all of your amazing projects?
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. We greatly appreciate it.
Thank you for the opportunity to share my story!
You can find Georgia’s new book on Amazon. At the time of this posting, Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read the ebook version of Brianna and the Behavior Chart for free!
This article was originally posted in 2018 on my children’s book writing blog which is no longer published.