Interview with Brittany Bing

What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I first wrote Perfect Sin, I wanted to immediately become the next New York Times Seller. I realized that this road included contracts, royalties, and publishers making changes to my work. It is my work, and I should have rights to my work. I have been rejected by many industries who felt like my book was "not going to sell". So, I decided to go independent and manage my own book.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to write a book that young adults could relate to. Today we see teen pregnancies, HIV/AIDS, LGBT communities, and child abuse, but we never get the perspectives of people who live in in everyday life. Our media glorifies these things, and I want to give the harsh reality of those topics through a novel.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In my spare time, I socialize with my friends, and attend church. I am a shopping fanatic, and I have a taste for fashion as well. I am also getting my psychology degree from the University of Tampa, and I will be graduating in 2019.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I've been writing for a long time. It releases a lot of anxiety and stress for me to write, or type my feelings. Writing is the gateway to the mind, and a new adventure!
What are you working on next?
My next novel will be the sequel to Perfect Sin. It is called Perfect Plan. It will continue the story that I left as a cliffhanger in the first novel, but with a new twist, and new characters! I can't wait for my readers to read it!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote was "The Diary I Owned". It was a short story that my late teacher inspired me to publish through a contest. I ended up winning. The story was about a girl name Kate that explained her day to day life having a mother and father that financially supported her, but neglected her emotionally. She writes her feelings, her ups and downs, and her desires in her diary.
What is your writing process?
The first thing I encourage is to just write. Write your heart away! If you see a typo, or error, fix it later! Just write! Read your material. Read it again. Again. Again. A couple more times. Lastly, three more times. Fix anything that needs to be fixed, and read your book again. You may change it because it doesn't flow correctly. Have five people read your work, give their critiques, and edit it. By doing this, you could find your possible market. After receiving the critiques, look at the ones you mostly agree with, and ponder on the ones that disagreed with your material. It doesn't mean that you are a terrible author, and you should burn your work! It means that your work isn't ready to be released yet. After all of this, publish your work. Do not let anything stop you from becoming the best author you can be!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My first favorite book is the bible. That's self explanatory. My second favorite book would be "The Diary of a Wimpy Kid" Series by Jeff Kinney. It has a lot of wit and sarcasm, which I like. The pictures are a bonus to illustrate the feelings of Greg, the main character. My third favorite book would be "A Child Called 'It'" by Dave Pelzer. That book has a lasting mark on me still to this day because I felt like I wanted to save the main character from the abuse he's suffered. My fourth favorite book would be "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde. My main reason is because it demonstrates what happens when an individual lives a hedonistic lifestyle. My last favorite book is "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley. I am into dystopian film and novels. I read the novel in my literature class and I always wonder if that will be our future years from now.
When did you first start writing?
I first began writing when I was seven. I would write short stories during my classes in elementary school. My late teacher saw this and she's the reason why I write today. At the time, I didn't see my talent as something amazing. I saw it more as a burden. Now, I embrace my talent of writing, and I encourage you to embrace your talents as well.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Each day, I get out of bed for one purpose: learning something new. It can be a subject, or a life lesson. Living comes with experiences, positive, and negative outcomes. It's how you handle your experiences, and what you learn from them that makes you distinct.
Published 2015-06-15.
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Books by This Author

Perfect Sin
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 25,710. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Welcome to Perfect Sin where HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancies, LGBT, conservatism, with side orders of deceit, romance, and betrayal will affect the lives of six teenagers that attend St. John's High School together. Friendships will end. Relationships will be ruined. Reputations will be tarnished. Sins will be committed. So, here is the question for you. Can sins truly be forgiven?