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 Bridget Blackwood!
Texas girl living in the St. Louis, is the author of the paranormal romance series World in Shadows. The mathematically challenged wife to Mr. B and mother of three minions also serves as the human servant to a menagerie of critters. She is a self proclaimed horror movie addict and an avid reader with a voracious appetite for romance of all kinds. Loud, demanding characters keep pushing her to write more. Other skills include cat herding, dragon wrangling, napping, reading for extended periods of time, and disorganized chaos.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? No. I wanted to be a zoologist and work at the San Diego Zoo.
Why did you choose to write your genre? It was the genre my first finished plot fit in, lol! Could’ve easily been contemporary romance, historical westerns, or horror as I have unfinished documents for all of those.
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? Blood. I needed to get some medical logistics correct and found it all to be out there. Asking a medical professional about transfusions and vampires in the same sentence earns you some odd looks.
What are you currently working on? I am working on a contemporary romance, book five in my paranormal romance series, and a collaboration with Astrid V. Tallaksen.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? All my books tend to be motivated by my wandering mind. Daydreaming is practically a hobby for me. I learned to create elaborate stories in my head on road trips or when I was trying to fall asleep at night. Passes the time in doctor’s offices and such. Sometimes I stumble on to something I want to know more about.
What was the hardest story for you to write? Lost in Paradise was the hardest to get words on the paper. The heroine was being stubborn. Had to force her to talk. Hardest emotionally was A Scarlet Fury. A big piece of my soul went in to that story.
What process do you use to plan your novels? I’ll start where I think the beginning is and then plot out major events. I try to think of the logical steps my story should take. Surprises pop up as I go and I keep it going until I reach a satisfying resolution.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? Varian Caina. He is a predictable vampire who enjoys keeping everyone on their toes. I feel very free when I write him.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? Rachel is most like me. She is from the first book, Rising Shadows. We both have a lot of compassion for others, a smart mouth, and probably accept things too easily. When we make a mistakes they’re dumb ones and we’d do it again in the same situation.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Yes! It’s horrible. I like to jam to some music and browse art that fits my genre. A picture and the right lyrics can spark my muse. If I am completely blocked, then I will close it down and try something else. Start a new piece or work on another WIP that is from a different genre. Sort of like creative writing palate cleansers.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? I’d love to have the stamina to write in the fantasy genre. Books like Lord of the Rings or the Throne of Glass series.
Which authors inspire you? Honestly, any author who can extend kindness to readers and other authors. I’ve meet so many and the majority of them are great for one reason or another. What sets them apart in my mind is how they display their humanity. To sum it up, don’t be a butt head.
What novel would you read multiple times? Rock Me by Cherri Lynn.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) Lunch with Inigo Montoya!
What is your favorite quote? John Wayne said, “Life is hard. It is harder if you’re stupid.” It cracks me up but he’s right. Learning makes life easier, but not easy.
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Do mermaids count as an animal?
What is your favorite color? Purple
When you’re not writing… My husband is the breadwinner. I was a stay at home mom before and still am today. The writing fits in as a creative outlet for me.
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It was great getting to know you, Bridget!
Join me next week when Suzie T. Roos will be dropping by.