Interview with Gerri Brazil

What are you working on next?
My next book follows on from Rose's Snakebite. It is untitled thus far but begins with 3am and is based on times I would wake every night at this time.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I play bass guitar, albeit badly haha. I have wrote a few songs and would like to get around to getting these down so to speak. Time is always against me!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first writings were poetry and this is entrenched within my books also. My sister and I used to play a game called verses versus where one of us would shout out a theme like umm snow and then we'd speed write a poem on that topic and compare them, The good old days!
What is your writing process?
I write in moments then put those moments together. This keeps my work raw, honest and less contrived. I have never had the stamina for a full drawn out book. I write moments and then collect them all up and they just seem to fall into place.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember reading a colour version of the bible on the stairs as a child. I liked the parables. I've never been particularly religious aside from attending a catholic school as my parents were Irish Catholics. Religion was not a big part of our world but it was there so I read it, I'd read anything I could get my hands on to be honest. It's all I did.
How do you approach cover design?
The design for my book is a painting I did myself haha. I know I'm a bit rubbish but I enjoy painting and again, originality is of massive importance to me. Every part of the book, the picture, the words and the poetry comes straight from my heart and head.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Thamesmead which is in South East London. It was where A Clockwork Orange was filmed. It was a rough estate and I guess I retreated from that by finding escapism elsewhere. My family is huge and we had a lot of humour and were always making up music games and stuff which made me imaginative I guess. It wasn't a rich life by any stretch of the word but I found my own free entertainment and am glad of it, maybe I wouldn't be who I am today otherwise.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a straight talker. Honesty is paramount to me. I like realism and I think I have something worth sharing with the world.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Haha. That remains to be seen!
Published 2014-12-22.
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Blue
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New Balls Please
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Rose confesses who she really is and explores the minefield that is love. It's not cricket, it's tennis. A frank, open and honest account of how love destroys and rebuilds, if you're a peach of course. Who wins?
Rose's Snakebite
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Take a psychological journey into the mind of Rose and her dystopia. A chance encounter, a move, alcoholism, washing-up and the end of the world provide the backdrop for you to crawl inside her innermost and honest thought processes. This novella is the first of a series that revels in depressive realism