Interview with Brandy L Rivers

Published 2013-12-19.
Who are your favorite authors?
Lauren Dane, Sarah M Cradit. Magen McMinimy, Gena Showalter, F Paul Wilson, and I could keep going and going.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids waking up, that usually does it. I can't sleep when they aren't. Other than that, I love to tell my stories, I do a lot of writing throughout the day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Family stuff, hanging out with friends, and reading books.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Since I've been writing, I've met a lot of authors. I'm generally willing to give anything a chance, and I find a lot of authors that way. Otherwise, freebooks for kindle. Lauren Dane was one of those. I downloaded a free book and now I've read most of her books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Haha, yeah. I won a young author award in first grade about my dog Scooter.
What is your writing process?
Um... I usually have some coffee next to me, dressed in my pj's or sweats, Hershey kisses in reach while I type away. I don't outline, I find that I never stick to them... like at all. I just write, and let the story take me where it wants to go.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Um, no. I read so many books when little I don't remember the first. Sorry.
How do you approach cover design?
Someone told me I'd never learn Photoshop well enough to do a cover, so I decided to give it a shot anyway. I like how it turned out, but I've only gotten better. I try to find something that fits the book. I mean, it doesn't have to match perfectly, it never does, as long as I can get the general idea, I'm happy.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
These are in no particular order.

Obsidian Butterfly by Laurel K Hamilton. I like the direction she took, and how she brought the characters to life.
Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter. I love Paris and how conflicted he is. Sienna is a strong character that I love.
Lover at Last, Blay and Qhuinn's story was told wonderfully. Before it came out I would have said V's story ;)
Dark at the End by F Paul Wilson, or really any book by him. I just love the way he weaves his stories to branch into eachother.
Chaos Burning by Lauren Dane. I love all of her stories, but I always love a strong woman with a strong man who can step back and let his woman do her thing.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly Paranormal anything. I do read a little ever everything though.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. I love my Kindle fire, but I think I need a paperwhite for when I take kiddos to the park.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have mostly just used Facebook and Twitter without paying for either.
Describe your desk
a lapdesk. It's black, beat up, and goes everywhere with me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Washington State, not sure it influenced my writing though. Although I tend to write most of my stories in Washington.
When did you first start writing?
I've always written. I didn't get serious until after I had my third child. Then It became a way to stay sane.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Falling Into Place has been percolating in my head for years. It started back in 2008.
I had this idea of these two mages who had always been in love. Robert's brother tore everything from Elizandra (Liz) and when Robert finds her bloody and injured the next morning, she freaks, thinking its the brother (who was wearing an illusion to look like Robert) and she nearly killed him. She barely saved him. She left, afraid of herself more than anything.
The story was supposed to start where Robert came back, and it was supposed to be the two of them.
Except, then Tremaine stepped in, and the big flashing block fell down and the story progressed from there.
Years later, after the brother comes back, Robert comes back to help keep her safe. But she's gone and fallen for the man who saved her from a horrible childhood. Somewhere along the way Tremaine fell for her too. With danger around the corner they all find their place together.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A publisher told me to change everything about Fallon, and I couldn't do it. I had just read a book by HP Mallory and her journey, and decided that I had a better shot going that route. Turned out I was right.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's a good platform to put my books out. I like the community.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Telling the stories floating around my head.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are awesome. I never imagined I would have any. I mean, I was never picked up by a publisher, so I didn't really expect anyone to enjoy my books. They do. I love hearing from the readers. They are a great motivator.
What are you working on next?
Right now, a short for an anthology. Then I'll be doing the first spin off book, and then back to Edenton.
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