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–Brandy Nacole!
Gemini Brandy Nacole is a writer of urban fantasy and paranormal books published by Ponahakeola Press. A reader from a young age, Brandy has always loved folklore and stories of beings that go bump in the night.
Brandy lives in Arkansas with her husband, three fun-loving kids, two snooty cats, a frenchie, and one mellow turtle. Whenever she’s not reading or writing, Brandy is spending her time outdoors wheeling, hiking, playing amateur photographer, and enjoying a good laugh.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? Yes. At a young age, when I discovered what an author was, I fell in love and haven’t stopped writing since.
Why did you choose to write your genre? A lot of it has been family inspired (lol). My grandfather was always up for telling me urban legends of our area. Then there was my aunt who would always pop in those late night scary movies and settle in with popcorn and a blanket with me. It’s really no surprise that thrillers and paranormal books/movies are among my favorite, not to mention my writing.
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? I’ve encountered a few interesting subjects, but the strangest thing to me is Google Earth. I feel like such a creeper when I’m checking out an area for accurate descriptions. When I was researching Larose, Louisiana for Buried in the Bayou, I thought to myself “You’re such a stalker.” Ha! Ha!
What are you currently working on? I’m working on two projects actually. I’m finishing up the last bit of touches to my Shadow World Trilogy Boxed Set, which will be releasing on August 8, 2017. And I’m writing Jada’s story from the Chindi Series. Her story doesn’t have a title yet, but I’m sure it’ll come to me soon… I hope.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? Life, my fascination with the paranormal, and all the wonderful books I read. My Chindi Series has a bit more motivation behind it, mostly because of my grandpa and all the urban legends he told me. The first book, Deep in the Hollow, is based off an urban legend from where I live and means a lot to me.
What was the hardest story for you to write? Deep in the Hollow was quite the challenge, but I think a lot of that was because it was so personal for me. Jada’s story, my current WIP and the third novel of the Chindi Series, is turning out to be a bit of a tissue grabber. Jada’s had a hard life, the hardest of all the chasers in the series, and digging into those emotions is tough. I want to make sure her pain shows but isn’t under or over rated.
What process do you use to plan your novels? I usually already know the characters, at least the main ones anyway. I write them down and then begin outlining the main plot points. Once that’s done and I’ve done all the major research I think I’m going to need, I let the characters go.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? That’s a bit difficult. I have a soft spot for most my main characters. If I had to narrow it down to one, though, it would be Racquel from the Shadow World Trilogy. She goes through a lot in her life, with bullying and losing her family, not to mention she’s one of the strongest hybrids to ever live. But she’s unwelcomed among her peers and the leaders of the Shadow World. Through all that, I got to write her growing and learning more and more about accepting herself, discovering her powers, and learning adventure by adventure. It was empowering and I hope it touches the lives of others who have been bullied because of their unique personalities.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? Not specifically, but I do try to use my sarcastic charm as much as I can with the characters. ?
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Yes. The key is not to give up. It doesn’t mean you’re a failure or not meant to be a writer. Every writer has writer’s block. I think the key is to write through it. It doesn’t have to be your current WIP, it could be a poem or blog post. If that doesn’t work, read. It will get those gears to turning.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Psychological thrillers. They are so fascinating and on a real level in a way that makes you think and reassess the people around you.
Which authors inspire you? I admire several authors, some who I can now call friends, others I wish I could (lol). The one who has inspired me the most would have to be Stephen King. His memoir on his writing career really made me see how hard this industry really is, even for those we see as the best, but that with persistence time can pay off.
What novel would you read multiple times? I do re-read novels. I’ve read the Mortal Instruments series twice, Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy and Bloodline series twice, and several standalone thrillers a few times.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) Oh lord. So many options. The first person that pops into my mind is Gandalf the Great from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. This could be influenced by the fact we just had a movie marathon of The Hobbit, but I’d love to know all his secrets.
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What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Dragons. I love dragons.
What is your favorite color? Teal
When you’re not writing… I do write full-time, but yes, I have other streams of income. I’m a mother of three and want to be there for my children, so all of my work is done online. I ghost write, write featured blog posts, proofread (which is my favorite job), and other freelance jobs.
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Thanks for hanging out with me today, my friend.
Join me next week when N.J. Ember will be dropping by!