Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Brinda Berry!
Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family. Brinda is obsessed with cairn terriers, Kings of Leon, new technology and sandy beaches. She’s also terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality.
Without further ado, here’s her interview.
I love reading the bios of authors. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? Yes, I wrote stories for my sister to read when we were in grade school. She still reads my work, but I don’t have to bribe her with cookies.
Why did you choose to write romance? I read and write in a lot of different genres, but romance holds a special place in my heart. I don’t think your life can ever have too much love.
What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written? Strangest? That’s a hard one. It’s all a matter of perception. In my first published books, Whispering Woods series, the main character Mia has synesthesia. It’s an actual condition where a person has crossed sensory perception, ie. smelling colors or tasting sounds. In Mia’s case, it helps her to sense portals to other worlds. So, that was strange. [Strange, but good! I’ve got another set of books to add to my TBR!]
What are you currently working on? I’m writing the third book in my Stand By Me series. The title is Fit for Love.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? In my latest release called The Fiction of Forever, the hero is Gunner Parrish. He’s actually a character who almost took over another book because I grew so attached to him. At the end of the other book, he leaves everything behind to start a new life. I couldn’t stop wondering what happened to him. Then, I dreamed up what he would hate doing the most—a reality show called “Forever”. Next, I added an off-limits love interest. Aren’t we authors a cruel bunch? [But cruel can be fun.]
What was the hardest story for you to write? The current one always seems the most difficult. But I think it’s sort of like having a baby. Labor seems like the worst imaginable thing you’ve ever done. When it’s over, you take one look at the bundle of joy (book) and think, “Eh, that wasn’t too bad.” [I love that. I can definitely concur.]
What process do you use to plan your novels? I do a lot of brainstorming in the bathtub and before going to sleep. In the car. While I’m eating lunch. Then I jot down a cast and try to envision certain scenes so I can map out my plot in my writing software.
I draft slowly because I tend to edit as I go along. My critique partner and beta readers give me feedback and I revise. Then, it’s off to the editor. More edits follow until the finished product.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? Gunner of The Fiction of Forever. He’s sweet, sexy, and funny.
Buy on Amazon: http://bit.ly/TheFictionOfForeverAmazon
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? Of course! Most of the time, the heroine shares at least one characteristic with me. And sometimes it’s not the most flattering one.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? My bouts of writer’s block are short; I simply don’t have time to waste. When I can’t think of the next scene, I usually take a hot bath to relax and brainstorm.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Most of my books are romance, but sci-fi is my second love.
Which authors inspire you? Stephen King, Diana Gabaldon, and Kristan Higgins
What novel would you read multiple times? Outlander
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? I’d like to meet Stephen King and talk about The Dark Tower series.
What is your favorite quote? I could fill this page with quotes I love, but I’ll choose one that reminds me of a good romance. “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” ~ John Green [Wow!]
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Dogs
What is your favorite color? Depends on the day…
Brinda works full-time in two professions–teaching by day and writing by night!
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It was a pleasure getting to know you Brinda! Thank you for being a part of my Author Spotlight.
Join me next week when we feature Mya Roberts.