We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Joseph and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittany, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
Our end goal is to get Anxious Little Pishy into as many childrens hands as possible. Whether it’s us doing it ourselves, or parents, friends, teachers, etc purchasing it for children in their lives. The importance of kids knowing they’re not alone in their anxiety and ultimately learning how to cope with it at a young age is what propels us to keep moving. We want to help young kids to cope with and even avoid having anxiety as adults, and this book is one way we can help. I know so many adults who say they wish they had this book when they were younger, so that is an inspiration to keep chugging along as well.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I don’t think anyones path in life is easy. Everyone faces their own challenges. It took me much longer than my friends to finish my bachelors degree, and I didn’t choose a “career” so to say. I don’t know if a lot of people consider writing to be a career unless something is published, but that takes a lot of time and a lot of effort, it isn’t just happening overnight. It’s been an uphill battle since the day it came out. There’s a lot of behind the scenes no one is aware of so it can make it a frustrating process sometimes when there is nothing tangible at the end of a long day. When I was in school, every professor I had told us we’d need a second job to supplement our income as a writer. They were exactly right. There is nothing easy about getting your book out there, things don’t just fall into your lap, but we continue to push with the book and I continue to write because that’s what I want to do. I’m pretty good at slinging beers in the mean time. I don’t think theres any shame in hustling to make your dreams come true. I think most people just see me as a bartender and are a bit surprised when they find out I have a degree, a childrens book, and am continuing to work on my writing outside of childrens books as well.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend came to visit I think it’d depend more on the friend! I have quite the crew so it would be different for all of them. But I do love a good hike, I love Wash Park, and I like to have a beer. Denver Beer Company has always been my go to when a friend comes to town. Colorado just has so many outdoor places that are beautiful to visit and walk around, I’m sure we’d stay outside as much as possible. There’s nothing that can top a Red Rocks concert though, so that’d be first on the list.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family absolutely deserves all of the credit in this story, especially my brother and the illustrator of our book, Christopher. He has constantly kept a fire lit for me to keep pushing with this book and he has not even shown an inkling of giving up. All the while he has kept his own career in tact and extremely successful. Without him this book would not exist, period. I owe him everything.
Other: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/anxious-little-pishy-brittany-joseph/1129331774 https://www.amazon.com/Anxious-Little-Pishy-Brittany-Joseph/dp/0999832808