Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Brenda Sturgis

Brenda Sturgis is a native Maine writer who lives on a lovely little lake, where she listens to loons hoot, watches moose meander, and occasionally sees silly turkeys performing a circus in the road. She is married to her husband Gary, and is the mother of 4 children, and the grandmother of 7 grandchildren. She loves writing for children, reading to children, and she even enjoys reading to adults as well. You can learn more about her at www.brendareevessturgis.com

What are your ties to Maine or the Boothbay Peninsula?

I was born in Westbrook Maine, and have been a resident all of my life. I love all things Maine, the four seasons, the beautiful landscape. I live on a lovely little lake in Maine, and love to listen to the Loons hoot back and forth across the lake.

What is your favorite thing about writing in Maine?

I love being a Maine writer, there is so much inspiration that surrounds us here. Whether I am writing about Turkeys in the Road, or the Lake Where Loon Lives, there are always situations that spark moments of imagination that I can turn into stories for children.

What are the most important themes in your work?

It seems my themes revolve around nature, animals in their natural habitat that are turned into quirky stories with fun and lively illustrations.

Tell us about the books you will be signing at Books In Boothbay this year?

I will be signing 10 Turkeys in the Road, illustrated by David Slonim, published by Marshall Cavendish, Two Lions, and Scholastic, and The Lake Where Loon Lives, published by Islandport Press, illustrated by Brooke Carlton.

What do you hope readers will discover in your latest book?

I hope readers will discover a fun and evocative book with plenty of wordplay, and beautiful language along with colorful and fanciful illustrations, and of course, I hope they will discover the wonderful blurb on the back cover by one of my all time favorite authors, Chris Van Dusen.

What do you feel about the future of our local libraries?

Our libraries are important to our children, and to our future children. A library is a place like non other, a place where children can feel the cover of books and immerse themselves in other worlds with like-minded people. Our libraries are not just places to learn, but to build friendships, ignite imaginations, and create dreamers, who then become the writers and illustrators of tomorrow. 

Come meet Brenda Sturgis and dozens of additional writers and artists at Books in Boothbay on July 11!

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