Q&A with Bernadette Green

Q&A with Bernadette Green

Bernadette is the author of Who’s Your Real Mum?, released in April 2020.

1. Where do you draw your inspiration from?

All around me; it could be a memory, a conversation over dinner, something on the screen or an idea that pops into my head while I’m walking the dog.

2. Do you ever get writer’s block and, if so, how do you get the
creative juices flowing again?

I don’t seem to get writers block but if I’m starting a new project or my routine is interrupted, I procrastinate. I decide to tackle the jobs on my to-do list that never seem to get done. The problem is, the longer I’ve put those jobs off, the harder they are to face. And I can’t get back to my writing until I’ve done them, so I go into a procrastinating spiral.

3. Is there a certain song/music you like listening to or prefer peace
and quiet?

It depends on what I’m writing, for Who’s Your Real Mum? I often put on something relaxing. But, for a tension-laden middle-grade fantasy novel I’m working on, I’ve been listening to the Vikings soundtrack. It takes me from this world, to the world of the story.

4. Do you like writing in a certain location, ie near the seaside, in a
park, in your garden or at a cafe?

If things are flowing then I can write anywhere but if I’m at a tricky bit or in the editing phase, then I’m easily distracted at home. Before Coronavirus, I was doing a lot of writing at Short Round, a café in Thornbury. The staff are lovely, and they have plenty of room. I also have a friend in Daylesford – sometimes I’ll house sit and spend a couple of days just writing and walking in the bush.

5. What inspired you to write Who’s Your Real Mum?

My partner’s a woman and we each gave birth to one of our daughters. I love to read to my kids and when they were young, I tried to seek out books that reflected their reality. While I found some, there seemed to be a shortage that touched on some of the emotional impacts on kids that shared their experience … When the kids started school one of the questions they were asked was, ‘which mum is your real mum?’ I wanted to answer the natural curiosity in children in a way that took the pressure off kids from same-sex families, using humour and friendship to expand the sense of family beyond biology alone … so I wrote Who’s Your Real Mum?

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