I am thrilled to welcome #RRBC Spotlight Author Gracie Bradford’s June the Prune to The Indie Spot. June is the main character from Gracie’s book June the Prune & Lady Bird: Cancer Stinks. So, without further delay, take it away, June…
SMART STRATEGIES FOR SMART CHARACTERS
Interviewer: You have an interesting name. Do you know why you were named June?
June: My mother and her sisters were born in June. I was born in June. My mother probably could not think of another name.
Interviewer: Do you have any brothers or sisters?
June: Yes, I have one brother, Alex. I must take care of him because our Mom isn’t always available. I am younger than Alex. He should be taking care of me as my big brother. But, he is a little slow. I do what needs to be done around the house to keep the peace.
Interviewer: What is the story behind calling yourself “The Prune?”
June: When we returned from Europe, I lost so much weight until I looked like a dried-up prune with sagging skin. It helps me to be able to laugh at myself. G-Mom taught me to look at the bright side of life. So, when I write my friends, I sign my name – June the Prune to create humor. I don’t want my friends having pity on me.
Interviewer: Who is G-Mom?
June: She is my grandmother. She thinks she is still young, so she won’t allow us to call her granny or grandma. She said saying grandma makes her feel old. She is young in spirit.
Interviewer: What went through your mind when the doctor first told you that you had brain cancer?
June: “That I would lose my hair and be bald.”
Interviewer: Were you afraid?
June: Not at first because I knew my grandmother would protect me if she could. But, when they put me in isolation for long periods of time, I was scared and lonely. They would make G-Mom dress in these funny outfits to pierce her head inside the room to say hello to me. They would not allow anyone inside the room except the folks who took care of me.
Interviewer Who is Lady Bird?
June: She is my dog. I have had her since she was a puppy. We do and go everywhere together. When I am with her, I am not afraid.
Interviewer: How do you feel about not being able to see Lady Bird for such a long time?
June: I do see her in my mind. She is always present with me.
Interviewer: You talk about “power codes” in the book. How do you use these codes? Other than you, who else knows the codes? How are they working for you?
June: Smiling. You must read the book to find out.
Expect to see the 3rd book of the Lady Bird series late 2018 addressing Autism.
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