An Interview with Sybrina Durant

Sybrina Durant

Hi! I’m Sybrina. . .. . .Just one of millions of wannabe author/singer/songwriters out there but I hope, after reading or hearing my books and songs, you’ll think my contributions to the world have as much value as any other famous artist out there today.

Fame is all in being in the right place at the right time but at least with the internet and venues like this, all of us have opportunities to share our creativity with the world. I’m so happy that I am able to share my works with you. That is awesome!

The books I’ve written span a wide range between illustrated picture books, coloring books and YA novels to technical and how-to books. If you’re so inclined you can read a little bit about the inspiration for each one here. Enjoy!

1. Whats the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?
I wish I could ge into Sybrina’s head and live in her world is one of the most memorable things a reader has ever said about one of my books. It was a unicorn fantasy novel so it was pretty colorful. 

2. How long does it take to write a book?
There are many factors to consider in answering that question. An entire book idea can come in a flash or in a dream and writing the first draft can be pretty quick. But if you’re writing a picture book, you have to remember that good illustrations take a lot of time so you could be waiting months after you finished your writing before you have the final art work. Also, when writing a novel, the edits consume way more time than you ever possibly imagine when you flashed out that first draft. 

3. What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
Getting published is easy…you have to do it yourself these days because there is so much competition out there that trying to get noticed by a traditional publisher is like trying to find the proverbial needle in a haystack. There are many self-publishing avenues available so that makes it easy. Writing, is easy for me as well, though it might not be for everyone. That one is subjective. Marketing is the hardest and frankly for me, the most fun part of the whole enterprise. In fact, I now consider myself an authorpreneur rather than just a writer. One of my ways to market is to start an online bookstore and gift shop for every type of book that I write. I became an Amazon affiliate so that I could easily create stores and find suitable products to offer. For instance, my Learn To Tie With The Rabbit and The Fox book series has a store featuring learn to tie books, fox books, rabbit books and manual dexte rity books and games by lots of other authors. My basic philosophy is if you can’t beat them, join them. 

4. Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?

I’ve been writing the Learn To Tie With The Rabbit and The Fox seriies of books for 30 years. I started out with a little book to teach how to tie a neck tie. Six books later, I’ve finally finished Boo’s Shoes, a story that teaches tying shoelaces in a fun way. It’s about a little bunny who doesn’t think he needs to learn how to tie his shoelaces because he has slip ons, pull ons and velcro fastened shoes for every activity that he loves. His friend Farah fox comes along and shows him that there are many reasons to learn to lace and tie up knots in ropes and strings. Her excitement and belief in his abilities encourages him to learn a new skill. 

6 thoughts on “An Interview with Sybrina Durant

  1. I share Sybrina’s stress in marketing. I never knew that it would be such an integral part of the craft. And here I thought just writing was enough. Great interview. Thanks for sharing, Jasveena!

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