So, Brinda interviewed me first over at her blog and we just immediately got on. Maybe it’s the southern thing, the dog thing, or love of Kings of Leon; but it’s definitely a meeting of kindred spirits. As sadly always, I have yet to get to read her books (yes, bookS, she has more than one!), but I am very excited to read them soon. She so graciously let me interview her here.
EC: When was the moment you knew you wanted to be a writer?
BB: At the risk of sounding cliche, I have to say it started when I was a kid. I wrote stories and made books for my younger sister when we were in grade school. Later, I got lost in the world of Harlequin’s category romances. I remember thinking I wanted to write them someday.
EC: In the process of getting your book The Waiting Booth published, what is one thing that has taken you by surprise (something you just weren’t expecting about the experience)?
BB: I have to pick just one? I didn’t know it would feel so good to get a positive reader review. It’s very addictive. Some writers say they do it for their own pleasure. I’m not buying that. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the writing, but the real thrill is when someone else enjoys it.
EC: So, you are the first author I’ve interviewed who has MORE than one book published! How does that feel? Was there more pressure in writing the second?
BB: The pressure definitely builds. I’m sorry to tell you that. You see errors and missteps in your first work. You think, “I can do better.” Then you stress over trying to do just that.
EC: Are you a plotter or pantser? What is your writing process? (I totally stole this from Sara Hubbard’s site).
BB: I’m a blend of the two. My first manuscript (unpublished and very near to being trashed forever) was completely pantser. I have to admit that it was extremely fun to write but not very good.
My first published book, The Waiting Booth, came to life from a spreadsheet where every character, scene, and movement was plotted.
I now develop characters and plot points on an app on my iPad. It’s sort of an electronic index card system. I also have a couple of lines describing what occurs in each chapter on electronic cards. That has been most useful in writing a synopsis. While writing, I sometimes make changes or deviate from the plan. Also, my characters will do things that I didn’t plan. They (my imaginary people) are complete rebels. I actually like it when that happens.
EC: What’s the first thing that comes to you for a story: characters, plot, relationships, a scene, etc.?
BB: It would have to be a plot or scene. I’ll see or hear something in everyday life that triggers my imagination, and a story is born.
EC: What does your family think about you being an author?
BB: My husband and son are proud of me but in a subtle way. I’ll discover that one of them has been talking about my books.
I don’t think it became real for my parents until I had a book in print. Some of their generation will never get the ebook revolution.
EC: What song do you have to dance/sing to every time it comes on?
BB: I own every Kings of Leon song and admit to an unhealthy fascination with them and their music. I sing along with every song. I’ve attended two concerts and had a blast at both.
My favorite song is On Call. I also love the song Charmer with all the screaming and angst. These are not the ones that made the charts.
Q: Thanks so much for doing this, Brinda! Anything else you want to share?
BB: Thanks for having me here! I may have revealed too much already. I got all fangirl on you when talking about music, so I’d better stop on that note.
To find out more about Brinda, you can go to her website (which is really good) and I implore you to go buy her books!
Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She’s terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality. She doesn’t mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When she’s not working the day job or writing a novel, she’s guilty of surfing the internet for no good reason.
A missing boy, government agents, an interdimensional portal… Mia has one goal for her senior year at Whispering Woods High-find her missing older brother. But when her science project reveals a portal into another dimension, she learns that travelers are moving in and out of her woods in the most alarming way and government agents Regulus and Arizona are policing their immigration. Mia’s drawn to the mysterious, aloof Regulus, but it’s no time for a crush. She needs to find out what they know about her brother, while the agents fight to save the world from viral contamination. But when Regulus reveals that he knows Mia’s secrets, she begins to wonder if there’s more going on than she thought…and if she was wrong to trust him…
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Weapons training and winter formals…a deadly combination.
All Mia ever wanted was to fit in at Whispering Woods High. But being a portal-finder who dates a guy from another dimension sort of makes it hard. Mia’s brother disappeared over a year ago, and agents from the IIA began policing people’s movements through dimensions. She’d trusted Dr. Bleeker from the local university when he’d told her the IIA were the bad guys. But even a girl with an extraordinary ability to sense things can make mistakes.
Now two people are dead, and as a portal gatekeeper for the IIA, Mia needs to find Dr. Bleeker before he hurts anyone else. And her boyfriend Regulus, an Agent for the IIA, carries secrets of his own. Between learning about weaponry, finding the perfect dress for the winter formal, and catching bad guys, who has time to fit in?
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