Interview with Cygnet Brown

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was in Mrs. Watson's seventh grade English class. She assigned us to write about what it would be like if we accidentally called a wrong number. I ended up writing a chapter book and, of course got an "A" on the assignment. From that assignment on, I was hooked, I knew I wanted to be a writer. After I graduated high school however, life got in the way of writing and I put it on the back burner for a number of years while I joined the Navy and raised a family.. I fell in love with writing again when in 2008 I lost my job and decided it was time to follow my passion.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like reading from my Kindle Whitepaper. I like it because I can read it anywhere and I don't get the glare outdoors that I do with other types of screens.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Corry Pennsylvania which is at the northwest corner of the state about 35 miles inland from Lake Erie. I would have to say that where I grew up influenced my writing a lot. I learned to garden from my mother and our neighbor Mrs. N. The area is rich in history that goes back before our country became independent. A lot of my historical romances are based in that area.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, the first story I ever wrote was about a girl who got as a wrong number a famous musical group instead of a friend that she was trying to call. She ended up meeting the group in person as well as her friend. From the experience she learned that there are a lot of fair weathered friends out there.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I became an indie author because I like to know that I am the one in control of every aspect of my writing career. I am not dependent upon an agent or a publisher to decide that they want to promote me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sometimes it is as though I am thinking right onto the computer screen.It is those moments that I lose myself in my writing time seems to stand still. I guess they call that flow.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm glad this question was asked.Quite literally it is inspiration that gets me out of bed in the morning. I can't tell you how many mornings I wake up with an idea in my head that I just have to write down and since my computer is right there in my room, I just boot it up and start writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I take care of an autistic young man and I watch television and read. I read a lot. This summer I hope to be doing a lot of traveling around the region. My fourteen year old daughter and I want to see what we can that is within a day's drive of our home.
Who are your favorite authors?
My first favorite author was Laura Ingalls Wilder. I fell in love with her books a long time before I ever watched the television show. I introduced my mother and daughter to her books. Another favorite author of mine is Gilbert Morris. I read all of his House of Winslow and my novels are a lot like them. I also like to read Tom Clancy and John Grisham novels.

My favorite nonfiction gardening authors are from back in the seventies including Masanobu Fukuoka, John Seymour, and Wendell Berry.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on the third novel called A Coward's Solace: The Locket Saga Book III. Its about someone who was thought to be long dead and reuniting with his sister at Valley Forge just before the Continental Army wintered there.
What is your writing process?
I start out with an idea. Then if it is a novel, I figure out who my characters are and their motivations. Then I figure out the plot. Then I outline using chapter breaks. For the past 6 years I have been writing first drafts during NaNoWriMo. After that I edit until I can't edit any more. Then I send it to two beta readers and then I send it to a proof reader. Finally I send it for publishing.

When writing Simply Vegetable Gardening, my first and only nonfiction book, the process is a little different. I wrote articles online bout gardening and then edited and added to them to create the book.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my book Simply Vegetable Gardening is simple. In addition to writing, I also have a passion for vegetable gardening. I love getting my hands dirty and providing the freshest, safest vegetables for my family. It was not until recently that I realized that not everyone knows most of what I know about gardening. This is why I wrote this book.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is one of several ways that I get the word out about my work. So far I like the way that Smashwords takes the Indie writer by the hand and helps get the indie writer started. I just started my relationship with Smashwords and so far, I like what i see.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read romance novels. I call them junk food for thought.
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk. I type on my laptop either sitting at the kitchen table or on the couch in front of the television.
Published 2017-02-20.
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Books by This Author

Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard
You set the price! Words: 6,010. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Green living
When looking to decrease caustic chemicals around house and yard, very few substances aid in this process better than diatomaceous earth (also known as DE) .Discover how others have used DE in numerous ways as a replacement of potentially dangerous substances used around the house.
Simply Vegetable Gardening Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,950. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening
With food prices on the rise, more of us are starting a vegetable garden for the first time in history. This guide shows how you can learn to start an organic vegetable garden using easy to grow vegetables that extend your harvest from early spring until the snow flies in winter.