Interview with Brandyn Murphy

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing for as long as I can remember. Instead of paying attention in classes, I had a notebook and pen and I would be writing away. I had a teacher tell me my Senior year of high school that he was "Passing" me just to get me out of his classroom, and as long as I stayed quiet in class and kept writing, I would graduate. So I did!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I believe whole-heartedly in the existence of angels, though to what cosmic power they answer to, I cannot say I know. But I believe an angel had a hand in pulling me from a bad childhood and feel it's time they receive the acknowledgement they deserve for all they do on behalf of humanity.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a control freak! I put a LOT of time behind character names and the weapons I create. Terminology is everything to me, and can become a form of communicating directly to my readers. I refuse to lose that ability by allowing a traditional publisher to come in and tell me I can't name a character a certain name or that they think the name of a weapon has to be changed.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything, and paramount to my success. The fact that ANYONE could take time from their lives to read what I have fostered in my own thoughts is by far the greatest, most meaningful compliment I could ever receive. I will do my best to always speak with my fans directly, no matter how large any of the books I write might become.
What are you working on next?
I have a couple of projects in the work, ranging from Egyptian necromancers to an Amazonian society of women that command armies of male shape-shifters. Readers should expect to see 5 more novels from me in 2017.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a sick obsession with Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon. My senior year in high school I was told I looked like Sherri, and that made me all giddy and excited! These ladies paved the way for authors to create worlds that didn't have to be defined solely as "paranormal" or "romance", and instead brought them together in a mutt-category all their own that I hope to belong to as well, one day.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My beautiful, sweet, gorgeous, perfect babies :)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm an obsessive-compulsive cleaner. My house gets deep-cleaned every single day. Besides that, I make sure to take time to get out for a walk and play with my babies. I can also crochet and make blankets by request!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word-of-mouth is very important. I belong to a network of indie authors and when we stumble across a piece we think one person or another might appreciate, we make sure to share it with them.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do! The Legend of the Vampire Gauntlet was my first full-fledged attempt at writing a novel. I was excited to see that I broke 50 pages back then! I have toyed with the idea of reviving this story line, as well as another paranormal novel I started my sophomore year.
What is your writing process?
Four cups of coffee at 5a.m. Then I sit down and scroll through Facebook. Usually I turn on my favorite playlist, then I slowly work out paragraph by paragraph. I can knock out about 10 pages a day, but that includes time spent doing research and developing certain words if a scene requires it. But mostly it's the coffee.
Published 2016-08-17.
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