Interview with Brooke Santina

When did you first start writing?
I knew from the time I stepped foot in the police academy, I had a story to tell. It wasn't until I'd been in law enforcement 9 years that I sat down to write some of the stories running through my head. I write fiction, but it is peppered with tidbits of reality. For example, I may write about a discussion I had with a hooker, then use pieces of the conversation or just the feel of it in my writing.
What's the story behind Dishrags to Dirtbags?
I was a stay-at-home mom for eleven years, then I became a deputy sheriff. It was a huge struggle to begin a career at 38 years old, especially one that primarily hires 20 something males. I was closer to their mother's age than theirs and nobody wants their mother in the academy with them... or worse on the force! I wanted to share with readers, the feelings associated with such a decision and yet keep it fictional. The family is a complete figment of my imagination, I'm not much like the heroine either, but the things she encounters in the academy and later in the jail, those are very similar to my reality.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The yearning to share such a strange story with readers. I wanted to open a window for folks to peek into a police academy and see what really happens, learn how recruits really feel. I wanted people to know what it's like to walk up to a cell in a jail, peer in the window and witness humanity behind the glass just living their lives. They may be exercising or reading or even using the rest room. It's a crap shoot what you will see, just a little pun intended.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy in writing is when I let my fingers go, with no idea what to write, and I get a great piece that I know is powerful and hits home. I love the feeling when I finish a chapter and it smacks me in the face. Sometimes poignant, other times heartbreaking, sometimes it just raises a question that leads to an amazing story. I love a good productive writing day.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything! If nobody reads your stuff, then what's the point?
What are you working on next?
The sequel to "Dishrags to Dirtbags" is in the works. I'm on chapter ten and cranking it out! So much fun!!! Where Beth's story is primarily her job with bits of home life splashed throughout the first book, this one is mostly home life with bits of work sprinkled in. She struggles so much within herself in the first book, now that she is established in her job she struggles with things outside of her ability to control. The reader will still be in her head through the journey.
Who are your favorite authors?
American history is a passion of mine and I love to read books about our founding fathers such as John Adams by David McCullough. Love J.K.Rowling and the whole Harry Potter series, but my favorite book ever is "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Fire and I find I read more self-help books than anything on that device. I prefer the feel of a real book rather than tablet for long reads. Gotta have a hot drink, usually tea, a blanket, few pillows and a book on my red sofa and just leave me alone.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Good question since I am just starting out with my book - so far, dropping one off at the local television stations, radio stations and newspapers has paid off with multiple interviews and articles. I plan to continue that and my strong social media presence, and see what happens!
Describe your desk
My desk is black and has multiple nooks and crannies for me to put things. Unfortunately, it also has piles of papers on the top, and I get distracted by the junk in the nooks and don't get much work done there. I prefer to write in the dining room with my sister-in-law, Jessica. She comes over once a week, usually Fridays, or sometimes we go to a cafe or to her house, but we have our own little writing workshops scheduled and we both agree that we get more done when we work together.
Published 2013-10-26.
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Books by This Author

Dishrags to Dirtbags
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 129,250. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
When Beth Dolinsky’s husband gambles all their money away, this 40-year-old, church-going wife and mother makes a radical decision: She’ll become a deputy sheriff. Now, Recruit Dolinsky must prove that she can fire a gun, perform bodily searches, and control seventy inmates by yelling the f-word. In this story of self-discovery, Beth realizes that she can handle anything that comes her way.