Interview with PM Briede

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I actually still work full time and have a young family that I'm raising. The bulk of my time is spent doing homework, running kids to their activities, and spending time with them.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search through what's popular in my genre interests. I love to read paranormal stories, fantasy, and fiction. Sometimes I stumble across them from shows or movies that I've watched. When I find out they were a book, I'll read the book.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Smoldering Embers is the first story I've ever written to completion. Over the years I've sat down and written a couple of different things but nothing that ever drew me in as a writer. But these images and storylines have haunted me for a couple of years now. When I started writing the characters I just fell in love with them and couldn't let them go. They took on a life of their own.
What is your writing process?
I write chronologically but when I have an idea for a future plotline that I'm not on yet, I'll make a note of it at the end of my document. Every week I peruse my notes and see what will work with what I've got so far. I also list every character the minute I introduce them now. When I was starting with Smoldering Embers I found that I wasn't tracking timelines and characters and would get confused. Keeping up with both in a separate section allowed me to stay organized.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Having completed the Charlotte Grace series, I'm now working on a series about a Broadway choreographer and a New York detective. The main characters are Empathy Delacroix and Detective Richard Giordano. There are a couple of stumbling blocks for their relationship, mainly that she's an empath and they meet-cute at a murder scene. So far though, they've been as interesting to write as Charlotte, Wesley, and Olivier. For fans of the Charlotte Grace series, there's a connection between some of the characters, but I won't say what!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Alice In Wonderland was huge for me. It was the first book that transported me to a different world where the impossible was possible.
What do you read for pleasure?
Throughout the years I've read a lot. JRR Tolkien, Michael Crichton, HP Mallory, and Robert Jordan I'd count among my favorites and are authors I've read just about anything they've written. Currently I'm reading Alice in Deadland by Mainak Dahr. I really like new twists on old stories.
What do your fans mean to you?
Building fans is very important to me. Writing in general is a scary process, especially when you are new to it and its out of your comfort zone. I was lucky in that I had some extremely supportive friends who basically begged me to read my books when they found out I was even writing them. Their encouragement and support gave me the courage to offer my story to others who will hopefully find it as entertaining as we did.
Published 2013-09-16.
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