Interview of a 13-year-old author – Spencer Brokaw.

Welcome to week two! We’re celebrating my release of A Spy Like Me:

Stripping your date down to his underwear has never been so dangerous.

And I wanted to celebrate by hosting authors in my genre.

So welcome!

When I heard about this kid who published his work I was curious. Then when I learned he wrote a spy novel – I had to contact him for this blog series. You might’ve heard about him before. Spencer Brokaw author of The Impenetrable Spy. He just started a new grog called Inkslingers Press dedicated to supporting Indies. And he likes to write about spies!

Curious about what his friends and family think? And when he finds the time to write? Read on!

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Where do you find the time to write?

Finding the time to write can be very hard, between schoolwork, socializing with friends, and spending time with my family. I normally get to my writing on the weekend or in the summer. Sometimes I squeeze some writing into the week, but normally don’t have enough time. In the summer, I finish most of my novels, and end up starting new ones with the abundance of time, and there is no homework or projects to worry about.

 What do all your friends, family, and teachers think?

They are very proud of me, and are very interested in my writing. My friends think it’s cool, but don’t bug me about it much, mostly because they know it’s an odd topic for me to discuss. Writing is like my separate life, but I’ll mention something to my friends if I think they’ll be interested. My family has gotten very interested, and likes to stay up to date on my writing, and my publishing process, as do my teachers.

 What do you like best about your spy stories?

What’s not to like about a world that you have complete control over? Writing is a way to express yourself, but also to entertain yourself in the process. Sharing it with others is amazing, and is really fun for me to hear feedback, whether it is good or bad. Spy stories are the best. They involve high-speed chases, secret missions, stealthy agents, awesome weaponry, futuristic technology, stealth tactics, sports cars, and bad guys that will always get in the way of your protagonist. Writing a spy story is like playing a video game, only you control the plot. I love writing, and don’t plan on stopping any time soon.

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Thanks, Spencer!

Love it. And that’s what it’s all about. Having complete control over our world and loving what we write. Some might say that thirteen is too young to publish – I think it’s awesome! There’s no better way to improve than feedback from readers and going through the fire of publishing. So kudos to you, Spencer. And best of luck!

Spencer will be offering one ebook of The Impenetrable Spy to one person in the comments. Please tweet! 

Thanks for stopping by everyone! What do you like the best about the genre you write?



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26 Responses to Interview of a 13-year-old author – Spencer Brokaw.

  1. Natalie Aguirre May 14, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I’m even more amazed that Spencer is published since he’s juggling being a published author with school. That’s so hard to do.

    Let someone else win since I won last week. Thanks for sharing this Laura.

    • Spencer Brokaw May 14, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

      Thanks for taking the time to comment! And yeah, it’s tough juggling it all.

  2. Sheri Larsen May 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Wow! I am so impressed, Spencer. It’s great to meet you. I’d love to have you on my teen board of authors. ;D

    • Spencer Brokaw May 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      I would love to be on it too! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  3. Donna K. Weaver May 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Seriously impressed here, and I love the book cover.

    Oh, and congrats on being RAOK blitzed, Laura!

    • Spencer Brokaw May 14, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

      I’m glad you like the cover! It looks real nice and glossy on a paperback.

  4. Susan Kaye Quinn May 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Go Spencer! I love the way you own your writerlyness! I’m going to send my son (also 13, also a writer) over to check out your blog and book!

    • Spencer Brokaw May 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

      Cool! If he has any short stories or anything, I can put them on the blog if he would like. I’m always looking for things like that. If he reads the book, let me know what he thinks too. Thanks for commenting!

  5. Traci Kenworth May 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Wow. Impressive.

  6. Janet Johnson May 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    I think it’s awesome! Way to go Spencer. I didn’t have near the focus at 13. You are amazing!

  7. Ansha Kotyk May 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    I have wanted to write since I was 8, but I wish I had had the gumption to do it back then!! Way to go Spencer, can’t wait to read your stories.

  8. Leigh Moore May 14, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    very, VERY cool! Yay for Spencer! I was interested in writing at that age, but nowhere near as dedicated. I bet you’ll go far~ :o) <3

  9. Karen Lange May 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Cheering Spencer on! Thanks for sharing his story!

  10. Laura May 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Thanks Spencer for hanging out and responding! You handle social media very well! And thanks everyone for stopping by!

  11. Spencer Brokaw May 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Thank you everyone! I started to respond to everyone individually, but it says I am commenting too fast (thinks I’m spamming) so I’ll thank you all at once. Thanks! 🙂

  12. Jenny Lundquist May 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    Great interview! I hope he inspires more kids to write and pursue their dreams!

  13. Laura Diamond May 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    This is AWESOME!!!! Congrats, Spencer!

  14. Sharon K Mayhew May 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    Congratulations, Spencer! What an amazing feat you have completed at your age (or any age)!

    Congratulations to you too, Laura, on being RAOK Blitzed!

  15. Margo Berendsen May 15, 2012 at 1:47 am #

    Oh, I like this! “Writing a spy story is like playing a video game” – I understand that some people really need to the visual aspect to games, if it weren’t for that, I think writing stories is far superior!

  16. Stacy May 15, 2012 at 2:28 am #

    Wow, Spencer. Your parents should be proud of you. I love your analogy to video games, too.

  17. Miriam Forster May 15, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    I ADORE spy stories! Great interview Spencer!

    (And congrats on the RAOK shoutout, Laura!)

  18. Sherrie Petersen May 15, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    I love that you’re bold enough to follow your dream. Keep at it! You’re inspiring people three times your age 🙂

    • Spencer Brokaw May 15, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

      Thanks! It makes me happy that you said that.


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