Robyn Osborne is a teacher, author and animal fanatic based in Queensland. She has seven books published, including picture books Bruno the Boisterous Blue Dog from the Bush, Going Fishing, Going Camping and My Dog Socks; a 2018 CBCA Notable Book and shortlisted in the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year. Robyn has won a number of writing awards and been published in national journals, newspapers, anthologies and magazines.
Who or what inspired you?
My family, friends and pets. Also the natural world.
What has been your journey up to this point?
While I have always wanted to become a writer, it was a nebulous “one day” dream. My teenage obsession with the Romantic poets led to the creation of copious angst ridden poems and very little else. Once I started work, life seemed to get in the way and my creative spark dimmed. It wasn’t until I was in my forties that I realised I needed to start writing or the dream would always be just that. My first publication (a junior novel with Macmillan Education) gave me the confidence to continue writing and submitting manuscripts. Since then, I have had seven books published, mainly for children and YA.
What are you working on now?
I always have some writing on the go. Currently I am working on a couple of picture book manuscripts, a memoir and am attempting my first verse novel.
As a child, what was your relationship with books?
My parents were keen readers and lovers of poetry, which they passed on to their children. Unfortunately, living in rural SE Queensland with no car, meant regular access to books could have been problematic. Enter our wonderful State Library country postal service. What a delight it was to receive our monthly ration of literature in the mail. The books came wrapped in thick brown paper, which belied the excitement and adventures within.
What is the most important thing about what you do?
To me, escaping into a book has always been one of life’s joys. I hope readers of my books can do just that.
What are the challenges you face in this industry?
While I enjoy the creative process of writing, the marketing and promotion of the book is quite a challenge. That said, I am definitely getting better at this important aspect of a writer’s life. I also have a hate/hate relationship with social media.
What advice can you offer to aspiring authors?
Believe in yourself. Rejections hurt. While you need talent, the writers who succeed also have persistence and thick skins.
What is your definition of success?
Enough money to keep my dog Jack in chicken bones.
What is your ultimate goal?
Having resigned from teaching at the start of 2018 to focus on my writing career, my dream of becoming a full-time author has been achieved. I want to continue to write and create wonderful stories.
Publishers website http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/?s=bruno+the+boisterous+blue+dog