Interview with Brit McGinnis

Who are your favorite authors?
I'm an enormous fan of Juliet Marillier and Anne Rice. Talented women and kick-ass business women.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love my job! I worked hard to finally have a job I love, and it leads to a little extra happiness every day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a total cinephile, so I'm either watching movies or talking about them. I also compile playlists for each book. You can find each of these on Youtube.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
It's all about recommendations. If someone I know connected to Fangirls Read It First absolutely loves a book, I'm much more inclined to read it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! It was fanfiction for The Princess Bride.
What is your writing process?
It's all about consistency. It's so much better to write 500 words per day forever than write ten thousand words in a day and then take a "break" for a month.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I ever read was a children's version of "Sleeping Beauty," beautifully illustrated with watercolor illustrations. It gave me a deep appreciation of color and reinforced my belief that story detail DOES matter.
How do you approach cover design?
It's important to have vision, but people should still recognize the genre right away. After much trial and error, I finally found a designer I love. I love him because I can tell him what I want and he just DOES IT. No stress ever.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The complete "V for Vendetta" by Alan Moore. A beautiful book of the genre, and gritty enough to be beautiful.
2. "Daughter of the Forest" by Juliet Marillier. The original mind-rocking book in my world.
3. "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut. It's a crazy story, beautifully written. One of the most immersive things I've ever read.
4. "On Writing" by Stephen King. A classic book on the craft, and thoroughly entertaining.
5. "Life Itself" by Roger Ebert. I read the galley of this book in college, for my first book reviewing assignment. It rocked my world.
What do you read for pleasure?
I particularly like to read classic ghost stories, such as the collection of essays in "The Lucifer Society." The tight-but-natural structure of those stories keep me honest.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The laptop! I love PDFs and reading apps.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Twitter and reaching out to bloggers.
Describe your desk.
Messy and elevated. Love my standing desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Half my life was spent in working-class California and the other half was in small forestry towns in Oregon. This upbringing taught me about being economical with my words and the importance of spending time describing setting.
When did you first start writing?
I was 13 and full of ideas. The computer was my friend from 2 am to 5 am almost every day.
Published 2016-07-19.
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Books by This Author

You Bother Me: A Book of Cynical Poetry
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,190. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Poetry for those frustrated with the world (or are looking to get a glimpse inside the head of a Millenial), Brit McGinnis's "You Bother Me" is a collection of two hundred poems with no rhyme—just reason.
Hash The Tag: The Complete Beginner's Guide To Live Tweeting
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,350. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Media, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Marketing
Want to learn how to live tweet like a pro? Hash The Tag shows you how to live tweet, the worth of it to your business and how it fits naturally into most social media and content marketing plans. This short marketing guide from copywriter Brit McGinnis will help you get your hashtags and Twitter handles in gear in no time.
Maskheads (The Conclusion of the Maskheads Trilogy)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,960. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
The Maskheads movement has grown, and Andy has become their leader.
Vandals (Book Two of the Maskheads Trilogy)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,040. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Andy's back. This time, she's ready to cause some trouble with her friends.
Smugglers (Book One of the Maskheads Trilogy)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 46,080. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
It is the year 2012. 95 percent of the women on Earth are dead. But one little girl is fighting to survive.
Romancing Brimstone
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,760. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
What happens when you take a risk, and decide to leave it all behind. You may find the truest love of all.