Interview with Brittany Elise…..
For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please? Let’s see. I grew up in a small town outside of Yellow Springs, Ohio, and still live in Ohio today. I’m married, with only children of the fur-variety at this time. I double as an FBO manager at a local airport and service aircraft during the day, and write in my free time. I mainly write YA fiction, and love working in the supernatural/fantasy genre in particular.
Where did/do you get your ideas from? Oh that’s a tough one. I draw a lot of inspiration from music and nature, and sometimes even the dreams I have help spark an idea. I never know when or what will cause inspiration to strike, but sometimes it’s inconveniently timed – like when I’m in the shower and don’t have pen and paper handy!
Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know? Well, I think writers tend to take bits and pieces from what they know, or who they know, and maybe embellish some quirks and personality traits with their characters. With Awakening the Trinity, Quinn’s father is a carpenter, and she talks about him building her a rocking horse when she was a little girl. My grandpa built me a rocking horse when I was a little girl, so I think I always sneak pieces of my life into my writing. Little “Easter eggs” or whatnot. But as of right now, none of my characters are based on any single one person I know.
How do you pick your characters names? I’m a sucker for Irish/Welsh names. I usually look up names and their origin/meaning and determine whether or not I think it will be a good fit for the character I am trying to represent.
Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell? If I’m left to my own devices, I could probably write all day and not get tired of it. I write best in the early hours of the morning when there are less distractions, however. If I hit a roadblock, I’ve learned to walk away and not stress about it. Usually when I get hung up on something it means there’s a flaw somewhere within the storyline and it usually comes to me in a day or two. I think the hardest part is just trying to get the rough draft, completed from start to finish, without going through and editing along the way.
Who are your top 5 favourite authors? Sarah Dessen, Suzanne Collins, Kelley Armstrong, Tolkien, and Charlaine Harris.
If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them? Oh goodness. There’s just so many I would love to meet and chat with, it would be so hard to pick one. I’m not sure that I would have made it through high school without Sarah Dessen’s novels, so she would be pretty high on that list.
Were you a big reader as a child? Oh yes. I grew up with stories like Jack London’s White Fang, and Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. I loved Nancy Springer’s books when I was kid. I also have a soft spot for Lois Lowry’s books as well.
When did you start to write? Before I knew how to use a computer, I was writing short stories in a notebook (pretty much as soon as I could hold a pencil.)
If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change? That’s a fantastic question, but I don’t think I’ve ever fantasized about rewriting someone else’s ending. That’s someone’s art, so even if I don’t agree with an ending, I don’t think I would rewrite it. Now movies, on the other hand…
Is there a book you wish you had written? Hah! Harry Potter.
If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be? Hot Mess Express. Haha.
If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them? Ooh, another fantastic question. My favorite heroine hands down is Katniss Everdeen, but I don’t know if she’d really enjoy it given her whole vendetta against the Capitol. So, I think I’m going to say Jon Snow from Game of Thrones. I’d love to see his reaction to the modern world. There’s a small coffee shop in Yellow Springs called Dino’s. I’d probably take him there so as not to overwhelm him. Haha.
What are you working on right now? I am actually working on the prequel and sequel of Awakening the Trinity simultaneously. I haven’t decided which will be released first.
Do you have a new release due? Nothing set in stone, but I’m aiming for fall of 2019 – possibly sooner depending on how edits go.
What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day? Finding Goodbye was actually released on my grandmother’s birthday, so my parents surprised me with a cake that had my book cover done in icing. I dedicated the book to my grandmother, so it was nice to celebrate on her birthday. Awakening the Trinity came out in the middle of a work week for me, so unfortunately, I didn’t get to celebrate. Usually, I’m already in deep with another project by the time a publication date rolls around. There’s no rest for the wicked!
How can readers keep in touch with you? I am active on Instagram (Carbon_Stardust), Facebook (Brittany Elise Author), and my website (brittanyeliseauthor.com). I love hearing from readers and fans.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Brittany 🙂
Awakening the Trinity
In the seventeenth-century, an all-powerful witch called Rionach the Dark ruled the Celtic nations with an army of enslaved werewolves. In order to restore balance between Light and Dark, the Trinity of Light was summoned to vanquish the Dark Witch and end the Battle of the Dark Ages.
Seventeen-year-old Quinn Callaghan lives in the small, rustic town of Silver Mountain. Its location may be rural, but it is home to an ancient pine forest that surrounds a supernatural hotspot–a nexus of raw and powerful energy.
When a charismatic witch from Ireland, and a mysterious guy with a secret of his own are drawn to the area, Quinn finds out that she inherited her rare abilities from a revered ancestor. Could it be that she shares a bloodline with the Original Trinity? Nearly 300 years later, the Darkness is returning to Silver Mountain, and the Trinity must stop it.
Author Bio –
My love for writing began at a very young age–way before I could even type on a keyboard. I was always writing short stories and poems with a fan club of one (my mom.) I never stopped writing, but I don’t think I believed in myself enough to actually pursue it as a career. When I enrolled in college, I took as many creative writing classes as they offered, and ended up graduating with a degree in photography and minoring in English. I enjoy art in all its forms, but writing has always been my first love. Even when I was pursuing other careers, writing was always my go-to comfort. I later became an animal obedience instructor and met a children’s author through my dog training. She helped me get my foot through the door, so to speak, and I haven’t turned back since. During the day, I manage an FBO at my local hometown airport, and by night, I dive into my writing with my husband and my four-legged children by my side.
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