Interview with Vanessa Brooks

What is your writing process?
I tend to pick up the thread of an idea and weave myself a story line over a few days before I begin to write a skeleton plot down on paper first. I then fill out my characters with hair color eye color etc. I then write my first chapter so the characters can come to life, before I write in my note book the details of their past, likes dislikes etc.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, I read a Norwegian story about an otter when I was about six years old and that tale captured my imagination so much that I have read books ever since.
How do you approach cover design?
I like my book covers to evoke something of the characters within the story line. My publisher Blushing Books are wonderful with ideas for book covers.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1 - Sense and sensibility by Jane Austen. I adore Jane Austen's writing but I particularly love this cautionary tale of passion and betrayal that is Marianne's tale balanced against the gentle restraints and deep love that is Elinor's story.
2 - Crosstitch (Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon. This book has it all for me. Adventure, romance, passion and time travel all well researched and beautifully written.
3 - Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. A wonderful historical and atmospheric tale of human behavior.
4 - Past Imperfect by Julian Fellows. I adore Julian Fellows and love Downton Abbey but I so enjoyed this tale by him.
5 - The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. This enthralled me as a child and I still love the story and message it holds today.
What do you read for pleasure?
At the moment I am reading a Karen Rose thriller 'Count To Ten' I love her work and also Nicci French thrillers.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle but I still love books!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I find that a difficult question to answer because authors are generally not told sales figures by their publishers and I wouldn't know how many sales have been made through say Twitter or Facebook.
Describe your desk
It is a large, curved at one end, solid wood pine desk and I love it!
When did you first start writing?
I have always scribbled little stories even as a child. I started writing seriously when my sons left home and I had some free time. I could then get onto the computer with no boys hogging it!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My next book is set in 1967 and is the tale of a young woman, Nicola, who lives and works in London. One fateful day she is told by her mother that her father whom she was told had died, is actually still alive and that she also had a twin sister who has been murdered. Nicola and her twin sister were separated by their parents, each of them taking a daughter for themselves.
Nicola's father wants her to travel back to America with him to impersonate her dead twin and flush out her sisters killer.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I hope that Smashwords has contributed to my success with their excellent reputation!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being lost inside another world and sharing that world with my readers!
What do your fans mean to you?
Without them there would be no point to what I do - so they mean a good deal to me.
I want them to let me know what they like about my tales, especially if they have a theme or an idea they want me to explore in my next book.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The sunshine and my family, I love life!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like walking, especially by the sea. My husband and I enjoy antique shops. I love exploring other countries and of course I love to read.
Published 2015-03-19.
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