Interview with Bria Daly

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Wow. That's a tough one. I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, AND in the United States. It was a back and forth kind of thing. But then I married a military guy, and we've lived in so many wonderful places, that even though I didn't 'grow up' in those places (although I'm not sure I'm done growing up), I feel with every place to which I've been, and that every person I've met, has influenced me in one way or another. So I'll credit other places where I've lived, since I can't credit each and every person. I'm still growing up and have lived in Germany, Brazil, Japan, and Honduras. I've also done a lot of traveling in Europe, Central and South America, and in the United States. If I haven't mentioned your favorite place, I'm sure I'll add it soon. I love to travel!
When did you first start writing?
At age 37, just like Erma Bombeck.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I think in today's digital world, it's the way to go. Unfortunately, we are all always in a hurry. Even ordering physical things online is losing it's appeal. As much as I LOVE to hold a book and read and smell it (is that strange?), if I'm in the middle of a series, or just heard about a book, I want it NOW. I'm not knocking the paperback or hardcover publishing world (books still smell better than my computer), but 1. it's hard to get your work out there, and 2. it's not quick enough.
With that said, I'd never say no to a book deal.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I just published my second series. My first series A Trade for Good, is a three book easy and hopefully fun read, and I'm working on SEVERAL other projects right now!
The current series is The Spoon Tree, and I've got to say I'm loving it.
The Spoon Tree, A Family Series is 1 of ? books. I've published three so far, and I'm working on the fourth and I know there will be a fifth book coming soon. The books in the series are Abby's Story, Tom and Abby's Story, A Spoon for Laura, and Another Spoon for Meg. It starts with Abby's story mostly, although Tom quickly becomes an important part of what she has to say. Abby's daughter dies, leaving Abby to raise three kids and completely changing life as she knew it. Not just in the raising of her daughter's children, but also in the devastating loss of Carrie, her young, fun, sweet and whimsical daughter.
Carrie had an identical twin, Laura. Laura and Carrie were nothing alike (other than in looks), but part of their being, if nothing else, was in always trying to establish those differences that would make these young, identical women, unique. Each pushing away from the other to be her own person. But now that Carrie's gone, Laura has nothing to push away from, no gauge to reset; she's lost her balance. Spoiler alert: Laura is the main character in Book 3.
Tom, a widower who was very happily married and misses what he had, is the father of eight grown children, a few with children of their own.
Tom is fun and easy going. He knows what a good relationship is all about. Abby was a very young single mom of twins. She never had time or knew about romance, or having someone to enjoy life with, other than her two girls.
I love to write about families... What are your thoughts?
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
GREAT! Absolutely wonderful. Smashwords was easy enough to motivate me to get out there and give it a go. The distribution on Smashwords' part has been awesome. Sales picked up immediately and I am motivated to keep going. Thank you Smashwords!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's an outlet, it takes me places even when I'm sitting down at my desk or writing on my laptop in bed... It gives me the opportunity to be productive while taking care of my family, all of my pets (there are many), and doing daily activities. The problem is, sometimes all I want to do is write! I get to learn a lot too. I love researching different projects to find out more about worlds and things I've never experienced.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans? I'm just getting started and hoping to pick up a few. One week in. Anyone out there??!!
To be honest, I did write slice of life shorts for magazines and had quite a following, but that was a lifetime ago and under a different name - wink wink - so I'm hoping for the same results for Bria Daly.
What are you working on next?
Oops, I kind of covered that already. Didn't I?
However, and as the infomercials go: But wait! There's more! If you hold on a a tad, you'll soon see Another Go at Romance, Cajun Menagerie, The Flip Side of Crazy, Sisters out of Rank, 20 Questions, and more. They're ALL in the works!
Who are your favorite authors?
Tough one. I like to explore different authors, genres, styles, and more. I love Kent Haruf's dialogues - they flow so nicely, Jodi Piccoult is great, although some stories hit too close to home and are disturbing. Vanishing Acts and Mercy were wonderful. Danielle Steel is a classic, and while living in Brazil, I learned Portuguese through her novels, so thank you Danielle! I'd never be able to write like Luke Young, I'd just be blushing the entire time.
I really like certain authors, but what I love is seeing how they do it, how they engage the reader. How did they talk about bread and make it interesting? How can the mundane make you want for more? It's all sorcery, and I'm taking notes.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The dogs barking, kids having to go to school, my stomach growling? Oh. That's not what you meant. Okay, there are times when I have a story in my head and all I want is to WRITE. Those days are tough, because when the dogs bark, the kids have to go to school, and my stomach is growling, I wish I had a clone.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a family, and they mean the world to me. I have 4 dogs, 3 cats, 4 birds, 2 crabs, and about a gazillion fish; my daughter is trying to name them all - it's going to take some time and a LOT of creativity. I volunteer at the local animal shelter, when my kids were younger I lived at their schools, I've been on the PTA and several school boards, and I sign a lot of petitions...
I can't stand it when people think they have the right to mistreat another person or an animal, make decisions for them when they know nothing about the subject, or when people who hold power misuse it out of ignorance, or for personal gain. These things get my blood boiling.
So my family - to include my animals - come first, but I'm also an advocate and a fighter. Exercise is not my thing, although I know I need it. I love hiking. I love reading, and I enjoy playing word games.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I run searches on my smartphone or computer. Once I discovered Smashwords I love seeing what new authors are doing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a poem. And I WASN'T a poet, but didn't know it! I wrote tons of stories in my head, and the first one I put down on paper and was published, was called The Family Needle - it was about sewing! Now where did that come from?
What is your writing process?
I used to write, edit, write, edit... Than I learned about NanoWriMo. I didn't participate, but I liked the idea: write, write, write. I found this works better, because no matter how many times you proof or edit your work, you will always find something wrong, and you will always find a better way to say it. So write, write, write, and then edit, edit, edit. But by then, the piece as a whole will make sense.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not exactly the first story... but I was moved by The Prophet, by Khalil Gibran. I read it first in Spanish, and then in English. I have an old copy I inherited from my mother in law when she died. It's from 1945.
How do you approach cover design?
I have peeps. This one (the A Trade for Good series) was a a photograph - several actually - and we borrowed little shoes from our neighbors to photograph. It was a neighborhood project, and then I sent it out to my designer, who did the rest. Designers are also sorcerer's.
Describe your desk
Very messy.
Published 2014-04-26.
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Books by This Author

Our Felicity
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 107,550. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Our Felicity is a story of discovery, forgiveness, love, and becoming a family. It is told in the present and retold from the past by the two people whose lives are all about Felicity.
A Plan Worth Changing
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,680. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Nikki is recently divorced after 8 wasted years. Because she’s always been good, she decides that it’s time to shake things up a little, but her idea to meet a bad boy and have some fun is met with amusement from those who know her best; it’s just not her style. In her search, Nikki finds something better than bad, she actually finds someone worth keeping.
The Spoon Tree, Abby's Story
Price: Free! Words: 36,930. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
There’s a place where hundreds of spoons hang from two large trees. Each spoon is tied to a branch by a colorful ribbon. Some of the spoons touch and create their own music and dance. Other spoons do a solo as they dangle and shine and add shadows and lights, to remind us why they are there. Each spoon on The Spoon Tree was put there for a reason. And each one has its very own story.
A Trade for Good - The Series
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 117,070. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Abandoned by her husband and left with four kids, a mortgage and a lot of debt, Sera must pick up the pieces, feed her kids, get a job, and track her husband down if nothing else than to free herself of him once and for all. One of her debts is with the owner of a landscaping company. Could she pay him back in services? He seems nice enough, not to mention sexy!
20 Questions
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,390. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
“Did you kill anyone?” That was the first question Sam asked her mother on their last road trip. "Are you my mom?" was her second question. Mary realized then that the wall she built to protect her daughter was also standing tall and thick between them. Sam deserved to know why Mary did some of the crazy things she did; with one question a day she will piece the puzzle that is her life.
The Spoon Tree, A Family Series ~ Books 1-5
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 139,640. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Never has spooning been more fun, spooning been more fun, sweet, or sexy! Written in five parts and from different perspectives, this is the story of two families, two trees, and how their tales intertwine. It's about love and second chances. The characters are strong, funny, caring, honest, and they are too grown up to play kid games. It's about saying 'I'm all in,' because it's really worth it.
To Insanity and Beyond, A Mom's Journey
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,100. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A collection of humorous and whimsical stories about parenting. Previously published in magazines - and under a different name - these stories remain timeless. Enjoy the special e-book edition by Bria to fit every parent's crazy lifestyle!
A Trade For Good
Price: Free! Words: 45,470. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Book 1 of 3 ~ Abandoned by her husband and left with four kids, a mortgage and a lot of debt, Sera must pick up the pieces, feed her kids, get a job, and track her husband down if nothing else than to free herself of him once and for all. One of her debts is with the owner of a landscaping company. Could she pay him back in services? He seems nice enough, not to mention sexy!