Interview with April D Brown

What's the story behind your latest book?
Trails Through the Fault Lines began as Trails Through the Garbage Mines, a look at what future archeologists would find in our landfills.

This led to the question: How would the archeologists not already know the answers?

The answer: The world as we know it had been destroyed.

Trails Through the Fault Lines shows part of the "forgetting" process.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My novels and novellas are more of a classical style. They lack hyper action. They lack romance. Characters think before they act. Some of favorite authors are: Charles Dickens, and Louisa May Alcott.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The ability to explore places I can never go on my own, and share those experiences with others.
What are you working on next?
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free, will be a mixed set. One fiction novel of a young adult dreaming of life, and being pushed back due to having to live gluten free. And a companion allergy free cookbook.
Who are your favorite authors?
Classics: Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Edward Eager, Madeleine L'Engle.
Modern: Terry Brooks, T.A. Barron, Robert Asprin, Douglas Adams.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, gardening, cooking, sewing, cleaning, and walking.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Molly's Second Chance. Seemed like a long story for a ghost story. I think it is a 1,000 word story. Doesn't seem like much now.
What is your writing process?
1. Place a story nugget in the percolator.
2. Let it simmer.
3. Add notes as they occur.
4. Research and fill in character and background information.
5. Write the first draft.
6. Second draft has to double the first draft.
7. Start the edit process.
When did you first start writing?
I don't remember not writing. I cherish high school poetry.

I regret destroying the novel I began in high school. I figured I'd never have time to complete it if I worked for a living.
How has life affected your writing?
I attended more schools than I would recommend. I graduated with a degree that wasn't even worth minimum wage. I've worked more minimum wage jobs than I would recommend while trying to find on that paid a living wage. All of my health problems have led to a deeper empathy than even my college degree could provide.
Published 2014-03-26.
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Books by This Author

Self-Publishing Checklist
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,550. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Publishing business, Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Desktop publishing
Self-publishing feels overwhelming. Make it easy to adjust as the sites adjust, with these printable worksheets. Add your notes, keep pages for each book as needed, and for publishing as a whole. This book includes a link (in the back) to download an Excel spreadsheet full of data to help you connect all of this information into a practical process.
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Cookbook Resource Appendix
Series: Cookbook. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 7,220. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Health & healing / gluten-free, Nonfiction » Reference » Consumer guides
The Cookbook Resource Appendix is a compilation of the resources in the Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free Cookbooks, at a glance. Some aspects are relevant for all cooks. Others are specific to those with food allergies, or those with vision loss. Sections included: What is? Weights Tools Kitchen Low Vision Shopping Pet Safe Gluten Free Products Stores Apps Restaurants Recipe Remedies Resources
Mirror Worlds
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 58,900. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Explore worlds, not quite as you know them. Alternative Earths, or human-like beings on other planets. Other times, history has changed. A forgotten past. An unreached future. A dream of places that may, or may not, be. Various short stories that stir the soul, and grasp at long forgotten truths which beg to be heard again.
Trails Pit Miners: Through the Tales and Garbage Mines
Price: $7.99 $4.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 164,640. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
Two hundred years since the Rio Grande flooded the plains, creating the Rio Sea. Wars mostly ended two generations ago. Populations of small villages have begun to flourish. Old evils reawaken. Zella and Tanna must fight to maintain, or change, their safe community that was fueled by mining the leftovers of their ancestors.
Life After Life: Three Paranormal Short Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 12,440. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
Molly's Second Chance - a short children's ghost story. Appropriate for any age. Soul Bubbles - Souls choose the family they wish to be born to. They then develop in clear egg incubators until ready to be born as infants. Appropriate for most children. Till Death Do Us Join - A ten-year-old boy dies, and becomes the guardian angel for the young girl he loved. He watches her, and his other client
The Stork Mis-Delivered - Twice
Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 83,400. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Coming of age
Mistie Jolin dreams of a future like the ones she has read about. Her past won't get her there. Only escape will. She uncovers secrets that will haunt her, and hundreds of others. She must face her fears, the past, and those she has come to trust. Her hope is that they will allow her to recover and become a real person, rather than the shadow that creeps on the wall and follows her every move.
Bending the Bars
Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 82,310. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Coming of age
Existing law didn't protect Anne. Ruby's senator sister pens Ruby's Law, that would have protected Ruby's kidnapped children, and Anne. Survivors know no other life. Can the New Underground Railroad Project stay on track to train abuse survivors to live abuse-free on their own? Or will they remain behind the legal bars that protect them from their abusers?
Trails First Generation: Through the Fault Lines and Volcano
Series: Trails. Price: $7.99 $4.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 83,340. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Alex and Amber explore the fumeroles developing on the formerly extinct New Mexican volcanic plains. They trace the volcanic formation, and the expanding quakes up the further fractured Rio Grande to Yellowstone. Families are separated by those who stayed to secure the area, and those who evacuated. Somehow, those who survive must rebuild in a world without electricity, or fuel.
VoiceOver With the Brailliant Braille Display
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 38,470. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Computer literacy, Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Hardware / personal computers / Macintosh
Are you a newly blind, or deafblind, person who needs to learn to use a braille display to read and write again? Build a foundation to screen reader use with the Brailliant braille display to communicate with VoiceOver on the Mac. Familiarize unfamiliar screen reader terms in order to develop and expand knowledge. Seamlessly use a computer as well as before sight loss.
Journey Through Life Lists
Price: $4.99 $3.74 USD. (25% off!) Words: 16,750. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Time Management, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Memory Improvement
Daily obligations cause life to race past too fast. An event that seemed to happen days ago, really occurred years ago. Track the present, as it slips into the past with lists of vital information to pave your way through the future.
Trails 4: Trails Through the Garbage Mines
Series: Trails, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,340. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
An illness spreads through Shells. The young and old become sickest. One child dies from something out of the red box that Corandra dug out of broken rocks. Corandra blames herself and flees the villa. Rusty and Ambrena leave to search for a cure. They find themselves in a danger that will affect all the villas. Can they save the lifestyle they have known?
Trails 3: Trails Through the Tales
Series: Trails, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,550. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Mining has decreased to only a few days during the summer season. Travel is barred in many directions. Klapit is failing. Zella dreams of Tanna following her as dig leader. Only, tensions rise as the villas are turned away from Klapit early. They must fight an ancient evil, so long forgotten, it only exists in the tales told round the campfire.
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Vegetables
Series: Cookbook, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 40,180. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Health & healing / gluten-free, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Specific ingredients / vegetables
Sixty-two fun-filled, delicious gluten and allergy free recipes! Fresh from your porch garden, or the local farmers market, field to table in less than an hour. Safely grow, cook, and enjoy your childhood favorites - beans, squash, corn, and potatoes. Grill recipes included.
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Meat
Series: Cookbook, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 51,120. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Health & healing / gluten-free, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Specific Ingredients / Meat
Meat is naturally gluten free, and usually, naturally allergen free. This 75-recipe cookbook contains delicious and affordable beef, pork, poultry, and seafood dishes. Most contain directions for complimentary vegetables, whether baking, boiling, or grilling!
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Desserts and Grains
Series: Cookbook, Book 2. Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 35,200. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Health & healing / gluten-free, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Allergies
Gluten free desserts can be as tasty and healthy (or unhealthy) as gluten filled ones. Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Desserts and Grains contains 52 easy to make comfort desserts without gluten, and other allergens. Easy to make, and affordable enough to include everyone.
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Novel
Series: Cookbook, Book 5. Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 78,270. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Learning to live gluten free isn't easy in a world that keeps gluten at their fingertips day in and day out. Tammy had lived without it all her life. Erin hadn't. Tammy stepped into the employment world, and gluten surrounded her. Could she function surrounded by gluten?
Trails 2: Trails Through the Volcano
Series: Trails, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,220. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
A series of devastating earthquakes and volcanic eruptions rift New Mexico, and the North American Continent. Families are split by those who evacuated, and those who remained. Impending volcanic winter, and future centuries of flooding, force them to prepare for a nomadic future without modern technology.
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Cookbook
Series: Cookbook, Book 1. Price: $7.99 $2.00 USD. (75% off!) Words: 112,380. Language: American English. Published: October 5, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Health & healing / gluten-free, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Allergies
Over 189 successful and affordable gluten (or other allergy) free recipes made with easy to find ingredients from your local store or garden. Written for the new cook, Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free includes information and helpful guidance in the kitchen. Most recipes are grain free, and easy to cook. Enjoy cooking and eating again!
Trails 1: Trails Through the Fault Lines
Series: Trails, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,470. Language: American English. Published: July 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Young experts, Amber and Alex are sent to the center of the one place they don't want to be. Surrounded by military bases, buried weapons, amidst the remains of a long slumbering volcanic plain. Fumeroles emerge. Intense earthquakes reawaken forgotten fault lines. The formerly flowing Rio Grande dams. Rifts widen. Roads shatter. Plates shift. Fear emerges. People scatter. Families separated.
Crosswinds: Past, Present, and Future Combine
Price: $3.99 $1.00 USD. (75% off!) Words: 44,510. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
As a cultural anthropologist, Terra is always outside, looking in. Her winter reprieve in a tiny village of mixed heritage families should be no different. Their fragmented stream of life sweeps her off her feet, and threatens all she knows of her own past, and future. Some wish the whole village to flounder on the border of their homeland. Terra must tame the stream back into its banks.