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Georgia Bragg

Georgia Bragg

Georgia Bragg was born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Los Angeles. Growing up in an environment with self-taught artists, where pulling things out of the imagination was the norm, shaped Georgia’s creative career. “Someone’s latest creation was always propped up at the dinner table, so I learned about art by osmosis. I didn’t realize how unique my experience was until I got older.”

Always able to draw, she became an artist. Her clients included the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She was also a storyboard artist and a script supervisor for commercials and movies. Georgia also explored stage and theater and was a founding member and the artistic director of the LA based Alliance Repertory Company.

Random House published her novel, Matisse on the Loose, (2009) and now her second book, How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous (Bloomsbury Publishing/Walker & Company), has just been released.

Georgia Bragg lives in Los Angeles and is married to consumer advocate Harvey Rosenfield. They have two grown children.

Find out more about Georgia Bragg and her books at: www.georgiabragg.com

Q: How keen a reader were you as a child?

A: I was a very reluctant and slow reader, barely even reading my school assigned books. There were a lot of books around my house, but they were mostly art books, so I would only look at the pictures. I watched way too much TV. Now, I hardly let my own kids watch TV. I can actually see them get morose and moody after only an hour of watching.

Q: What were your favorite reads as a child?

A: I started to like reading more when I read about people like myself or that I could at least relate to. I still don’t relate to science fiction stories. I like reality based stories. The books that I remember loving are Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, and Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

Q: What made you a keen reader?

A: I graduated from high school when I was sixteen. I didn’t go to college, but I was hungry for knowledge. I remember buying a book called Thirty Days to a Powerful Vocabulary. I studied that for way longer than thirty days. Then I’d read a classic like say, The Great Gatsby, and I’d also read a book of essays and opinions about The Great Gatsby. I did that over and over again with a lot of different books, and it helped me understand the structure of stories.

Q: When did you decide you wanted to write books?

A: It’s embarrassing how late I started writing. I took my first writing class when I was forty something. I didn’t show anyone my writing for years and years.

Q: What’s your best advice to parents of teens or pre-teens who want to encourage their kids to read?

A: Be sure your kids are getting their hands on books about subjects or people that interest them. Books with short chapters are much better for reluctant readers. They don’t feel the burden of sitting down and reading a twenty or thirty page chapter, but can feel successful reading a four to ten page chapter. Try books by David Almond they all have short chapters. It’s all about keeping their interest.

Q: What do you most enjoy when you’re not reading and writing?

A: Reading and writing require a lot of sitting still so I like to get up and do very active things like play tennis, take a bike ride, plant something in my garden, or go to a museum.

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