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Styling Librarian Author Interview with Sarah Brennan

I’ve had the honor of getting to know the talented, local Hong Kong author Sarah Brennan over the past few years. I’ve admired her books, chatted with her about her inspirations and connections to the Chinese zodiac, history lessons, and appreciated how she reaches out and nurtures young writers.

Want to know more? Visit Sarah’s website: (she has a fantastic biography and frequently asked questions page!)

You can also connect with Sarah at:
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Sarah’s books:


Thank you so much Sarah for agreeing to this author interview!

What was your favorite childhood book memory?

Getting out of the washing up after dinner! I would slope of upstairs to “go to the bathroom” then hide under my bed with my favourite book. My favorite memory of discovering a book was, in my pre-teens, discovering Anne of Green Gables. I loved Anne, I wanted to BE Anne, I started hugging trees and saying terribly serious and romantic things, which my parents found disconcertingly funny! I also loved all the characters in Anne’s town of Avonlea, and I read every single book in the series.


Have you read any children’s literature books recently?

I’ve been delighted to discover recently the wonderful prize-winning “Paw Prints” books of Sarah Mounsey, about a gorgeous Old English Sheepdog called Oscar who keeps getting his child owner in trouble. And I’m always re-reading my stash of Dr Seuss and Roald Dahl stories for fun!

Are you in a writers group? If so, has it helped you?

No – I was many years ago, and would love to be now, but I simply don’t have the time.

Do you have a key writing tips for kids? Or adults?

For kids and adults – read books constantly, widely and well. And turn off the digital games! Books are the biggest single creators of imagination, general knowledge, vocabulary and writing style. But digital games are the quickest killers of imagination, creativity and language skills, especially among our kids, who never grew up in the analog world as we did.

Do you have a new book being released in the next year?

Of course! It’s my story for the Year of the Monkey about a very mischievous, clever young Chinese monkey – but that’s all I’m going to say for the moment!


*Do you have any favorite topping you like on your pizza?

Hmm…I don’t eat pizza often, but when I do it has to be Pepperoni with extra cheese!


The best advice I’ve received for my profession was to believe in myself and to be tenacious.

The habit I never break for my writing practice is…planning my stories before I write them! It’s amazing how much easier and quicker it is to write when a story has been planned first, and it means that there isn’t much editing to be done afterwards.     If someone had told me…how happy I would be as an author, I would have made the jump much earlier! But I never regret the experience I gained as a lawyer during  the 19 years I spent in practice. Why do people always assume…that authors should only be interested in their craft, but never in turning that craft into a living that pays? There seems to be an assumption among many people I encounter that “real” authors should live in garrets and eat crusts, and that those who actually want to make a living from their craft have somehow sold out. But authors need to pay bills too, and to make a living in this business is exceptionally hard. The only authors I know, myself included, who manage to do this full time work harder than anyone else I know, 24/7, to achieve that result.

Debbie, you forgot to ask me… (if you could include your answer too, that would be lovely!) What do I hope for the future of books in the digital world? Answer: I”m passionate about the power of books to create wise, compassionate and imaginative people in an age when all three qualities sometimes seem in short supply. So my hope is that people understand the very real danger of introducing children to digital technology at a time when their brains are developing so fast. Digital anything at this age is simply unnecessary, but physical play, make believe games, spending time outdoors in nature, drawing, reading, and social interaction are vital to the development of healthy minds and bodies. And for me, of all of these, books are the most precious. Modern civilisation was founded on books and the deep thinking they generate, and I fear for a future where the shallow and instant gratification offered by digital technology replaces them.


Here’s a promotional video Sarah created, enjoy:

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One comment on “Styling Librarian Author Interview with Sarah Brennan

  1. Pingback: Thanks for the fabulous blogpost, Debbie Alvarez a.k.a the Stylin’ Librarian! | Sarah Brennan Funny & Fabulous Blog

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