12 Kinky Questions with Brenton Cullen

We are delighted to introduce a vibrant new face to our renowned KBR family. Brenton Cullen is a familiar figure in Kid Lit circles who has reviewed and curated titles spanning all genres for years.

His current passion is collecting children’s books and their creators through the Golden Age of story writing, that is, the 80’s and 90’s.

We can’t wait to see what Brenton shares with us in the coming months and share a little more about him today; the writer and defender of great children’s stories. Welcome Breton!

1. Tell us something that hardly anyone knows about you.
I saw a ghost when I was ten years old. No one ever believes me, but I swear I did!

2. What is your nickname?
I don’t have a proper nickname, but I am often called variations of my name like ‘Brendan’, ‘Brandon’, ‘Quentin’ (was weird!). I don’t bother correcting people anymore!

3. What is your biggest fear?
Losing my loved ones. And, running out of time to read and write, all the books I want.

4. Describe your writing style in ten words.
My writing style, depending on the book I write, can be intriguing, descriptive yet simple, full of mystery and puzzles, moving and emotional, with hints of subtle humor.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Curious, inquisitive, passionate, imaginative, enterprising

6. Which book character would you be and why?
When I was 11 years old, I first read one of my favorite books of all time called the shadow thief by Alexandra Adornetto. The boy in the story was named Ernest Pericloff and I related to his bookish personality and his nervous breakdown, so I think we are very similar.

7. If you could travel back in time, what year would you go to and why?
I’d like to go back to the 1980s and witness the ‘golden age’ of Australian children’s books. It was the time when books flourished, great writers began their careers, and children’s books and their creators received a great deal of media attention and awards. It seems like an innovative and creative period that produced so many classic stories.

8. What would your ten-year-old self tell you now?
I knew you could do it.

9. Who is your biggest influence?
Personally, to my mom for showing me that strength has no limits and that it’s never too late to take charge of your life. But in the literary world, it must be the writers I loved as a child, the ones who made me a reader and a writer, and whom I am proud to call acquaintances, colleagues, mentors, and hopefully friends! People like Libby Gleeson, Wendy Orr, Libby Hathorn, Jackie French, Sally Odgers, and many more. The entire children’s book author community inspires me every day!

10. What/who made you start writing?
Besides the authors I mentioned above, my three favorite writers growing up were Enid Blyton, JK Rowling, and Ann M Martin. I devoured their books, and they are the major non-Australian writers that truly inspired my continued love of writing and reading stories.

11. What is your favorite word and why?
Cadbury. Conjures up delicious images.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I would go with a long and in-depth biography of an author. Maybe Agatha Christie: A Life by Janet Morgan – Provides an excellent insight into Agatha’s writing process and her fascinating life. For a children’s book, I choose the teen power inc Emily Rodda series: I know it’s cheating, but maybe there could be a compendium of all the books together. teen power It was one of my all-time favorite shows as a teenager because I love mysteries.

Brenton Cullen is a book critic, writer, bookseller, and collector of children’s literature. Passionate about promoting children’s books and authors from the publishing ‘Golden Age’ of the 80’s and 90’s, he is currently writing a book on the subject to keep that era alive.

Connect with Brenton through his website or through Instagram.

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