Interview with Grace Brannigan

What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm currently working on a Faerie trilogy. I first got interested in writing about faeries when I read a news story about a road in Iceland that goes around a known faerie hill. I found it intriguing that the road crews and government for years and years avoided disturbing this faerie hill. And then I began to think of a story involving modern day faeries interacting and colliding with humans. In a romance of course. My favorite genre.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm currently working on a Faerie trilogy. I first got interested in writing about faeries when I read a news story about a road in Iceland that goes around a known faerie hill. I found it intriguing that the road crews and government for years and years avoided disturbing this faerie hill. And then I began to think of a story involving modern day faeries interacting and colliding with humans. In a romance of course. My favorite genre.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has made it easier to get my books out to other distributors.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating new stories, bending the truth that we're familiar with in everyday life and seeing characters take on life. It's neat when people get passionate about a book about fictional characters, and identify with those characters as they come to love them as much as I loved creating them.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the ones who give great feedback, which in turn helps me improve my writing.
What are you working on next?
Faeries Lost Trilogy.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have a life where I create in various mediums and I'm fortunate to really enjoy what I do, whether it's painting or writing!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I custom paint shoes.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations from others, trolling book sites.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a romance about a young girl who fell in love with a Greek millionaire. I read a lot of gothic and Harlequin romances.
What is your writing process?
I have a story idea which I put into a loose plot. Then sometimes scenes come to me so I incorporate them into the unfolding story.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a wonderful designer whom I absolutely love her design. I tell her what the story is about, any particular elements that must be included on the cover and she creates magic.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I currently have a Kindle, but I also read Nook on my computer.
Describe your desk
It's a well cluttered desktop with everything in its place.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in upstate NY. When I moved to the Catskill mountains they really influenced a lot of my writing and I incorporate local places and my love of horses into my stories.
When did you first start writing?
When I was about twelve.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've been traditionally published with Harlequin/Silhouette, but there's such a big turnaround time to even hear from publishers anymore, I decided to take my writing into my own hands. I love producing the covers I like and having control over the final product. I hire an editor and I have my own small imprint, Questor Books, along with my own ISBN's. For me writing is a pleasure but also a business and I treat it as such.
Published 2013-08-24.
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Books by This Author

Whisper Me: Faeries Lost
By Grace Brannigan
Series: Faeries Lost, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,350. Language: American English. Published: January 9, 2014. Category: Fiction
Greyson Maddox’s horses are inexplicably falling ill and the vet hasn’t been able to figure out why. He begins to hear a woman’s voice singing a haunting Celtic song during the night. The only thing is, he’s in the middle of a snow storm in a pretty isolated area. Where is that voice coming from, and who is singing to his horses? Lilja appears out of nowhere, claiming to be a faerie.
Find Me: Faeries Lost
By Grace Brannigan
Series: Faeries Lost, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 55,960. Language: American English. Published: December 21, 2013. Category: Fiction
Pandimora loves the faerie realm Aisywel, but she's a bit of a rebel; has little interest in faerie lore, loves to eavesdrop and hops portals into the earth realm against the advice of the high elders. All in all her independent spirit isn't going well in the faerie realm. What she knows about herself as a faerie will be sorely tested when she's kicked out of her beloved home.
A Widow's Journey
By Grace Brannigan
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 22,480. Language: American English. Published: December 10, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Non-fiction, approximately 68 pages. "A Widow's Journey" is a true story of a widow's journey through loss, grief and renewal. It is the author's personal struggle following her husband's esophageal cancer diagnosis, illness and death.
Two Babies, a Cowboy and Sara
By Grace Brannigan
Series: Romantic Shorts. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,300. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2012. Category: Fiction
Short, sweet romance, 24,000 words, about 84 pages. When Sara is appointed co-guardian of her deceased cousin's infant girls, their father Lucas is glad to accept Sara's help in caring for the twins. For Sara it's a labor of love since she can't have children. For Lucas, having Sara at his ranch reminds him how his life could have been different if he'd met her first.
Deception
By Grace Brannigan
Series: Romantic Shorts. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,810. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2012. Category: Fiction
Deception ~ Short romance 24k words. Trey's boss is old, sick and his days are numbered; and he wants to see his missing granddaughter Katharine before he dies. Trey will do almost anything for the old man, even if it means having artist Sacha Fortune pretend to be Katharine.
Treasure So Rare
By Grace Brannigan
Series: Women of Strength, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,400. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2012. Category: Fiction
Treasure So Rare is book 3 in the Women of Strength time travel series. Time travel/fantasy. Captain Erik Remington has been haunted by a black haired sea witch. They spent seven glorious days and nights before she vanished as mysteriously as she appeared. In 1847, when his ship is pulled into a strange vortex, he and his crew are sucked into middle ages England.
Soulmates Through Time
By Grace Brannigan
Series: Women of Strength, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,630. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2012. Category: Fiction
Soulmates Through Time, Book 2: Thrust from her own time, 1822, Elise Remington has been separated from the man she loves since she was fifteen years old. He is in 1822, she is in the 21st century. Can she find the way back, and will Darien still love her after all this time?
Once Upon a Remembrance
By Grace Brannigan
Series: Women of Strength, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 92,150. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2012. Category: Fiction
Once Upon a Remembrance: Book 1 Women of Strength time travel trilogy: Photographer Isabeau Remington travels to 1894 Virgina and falls in love with a man she must ultimately leave behind when she returns to her own time...but things are not always as they seem. Hawk is a man endangered by his own memory loss, and soon that danger reaches out to envelop Isabeau.
Echoes from the Past
By Grace Brannigan
Series: Women of Character. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 85,690. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2012. Category: Fiction
A woman, a man and a child with nothing in common but their respective troubled pasts. Three wounded souls determined to survive alone until they realize all they need to heal is each other.
Wishing on a Rodeo Moon
By Grace Brannigan
Series: Women of Character. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,450. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2012. Category: Fiction
Ever since Tye Jenkins was seventeen she'd been head over heels for Jake Miller, but she'd been too young and she'd chosen rodeo instead of Jake. Now, ten years later unfinished business brings them together, the same night Tye suffers a devastating bull riding accident.
Once and Always
By Grace Brannigan
Series: Women of Character. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,930. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2012. Category: Fiction
Anna is barely hanging on to the once successful Barlow horse ranch. Almost a recluse after the fire that scarred her face and robbed her of her livelihood as a champion barrel racer, she's teetering near bankruptcy. When the man she once loved shows up on her doorstep and wants her ranch, buried anger and betrayal surface for both Anna and Tyler. Can they go back? Do they want to go back?
Heartstealer
By Grace Brannigan
Series: Women of Character. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,410. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2012. Category: Fiction
Jacie, professional stuntwoman, has lost her edge. A stunt gone wrong, a fiancé on the run, she's determined to kick herself in the butt and restore her pride. She takes a skydiving job in the Catskill Mountains and meets sexy cowboy Sloan Wright. Sloan is a man who will tempt her, love her and possibly change her, but first she needs to find out who's trying to put her away forever.