Brittni Brinn has been involved in many creative endeavours in Windsor. She has co-hosted the radio show Hardcover: A Literary Podcast and has wrote plays for Paper-Knife Theatre. Her newest project is her debut novel, The Patch Project, published by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing.
The Patch Project is a post-apocalyptic story following a small group of survivors as they navigate their new world and discover their mysterious powers. The book started off as a short story during Brinn’s undergraduate studies.
“I was getting into post-apocalyptic stories at the time, and wanted to write a piece in a domestic setting that would juxtapose something homey and comfortable, like Christmas, with the stark emptiness of a wasteland environment,” said Brinn. “I really enjoy writing in the speculative vein – exploring a concept or a character that isn’t quite of the everyday world.”
Brinn is thankful for her post-secondary experience, which pushed her to share her writing after years of keeping her poems and stories private. While in school she also developed an interest for playwriting.
“The theatre fascinates me,” said Brinn, who has written four one act plays and a full length play, Runaway, that have been produced in the Windsor and Edmonton areas.
Brinn will be taking on a new role as an actor in the upcoming Paper-Knife Theatre production of A Lichen by Stephanie Yee. She will also be directing Yellow Vines, an original thriller by Linda Collard, in June.
“Having lived in Edmonton, I appreciate the space there is in Windsor for artists to try things,” said Brinn. “For the most part, artists have to make their own opportunities here, and I think it brings people together in a unique way.”
Brinn’s advice for new writers is to make sure you actually enjoy what you’re writing and to tackle the projects you’re passionate about the most.
“I meet a lot of artists who have a story or a project they’ve been sitting on for years – they care very much about those projects and don’t want to “ruin” them,” said Brinn. “But if you have the idea, write it out!”
Brittni Brinn will be hosting a launch event for The Patch Project at the Green Bean Café (2320 Wyandotte Street West) on Wednesday, March 28 from 5:30pm-7:00pm. The evening will include both a reading and question-and-answer session with the author. For more information you can visit the Facebook event page.