Interview with Brandee Laird

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I lived in The Land of The Bills are Not Paid, where the citizens skipped some days of water, or light. And light means heat, so yeah, it was cold. And as I got older it colded much colder--and such woe that sleeping with socks on feels so not right...But the cold subdued the fleas, a nice relief, not thinking about the zillion mini-beasts attacking my skin pink in the night.

Imagine the embarrassment of that twelve-year-old citizen, who, even after shaking her things before leaving home, finds--still--black demon dots upon her school desks. Get it! Kiil it! Catch the bastard before anyone sees--the proof of such shame: we, the people with fleas.

In The Land of Nothing Gets Cleaned, domesticated cats reign on high. There, Wild children exist--one woman's patterns, gone inexplicably awry. The odd wonderfulness of an upbringing untamed, yet, such doubt in my head, nursing silent dread that my life's somehow wrong, wrecked before I could get here to save it, and that these words exist only to make that fear strong...

--Am I wrong? Am I wrong here? Who can tell me what's wrong here, and why does it feel like it sounds like it feels? It almost feels like it's not even real...

And where are the words that fit such dark margins, to contain in a verse the stains of youth in despair,

And the levity scoured from it?
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I had words.
What's the story behind your latest book?
If only I knew it all!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
No other option.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It hasn't...yet.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing that my words and syntax somehow made a positive impact on someone.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything!
What are you working on next?
Finishing some fictional short stories and compiling some of my poetry into one piece.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Living my life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Training, teaching, and thinking about parkour.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! It was called The Creek. I was 9 and made it through all of 3 chapters that ended on a cliff hanger.
What is your writing process?
1.) Watch cursor blink
2.) Go outside to play
3.) Try to go to sleep
4.) Write
Published 2015-09-16.
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