Conjuring Destiny Book Tour Plus Interview With Author Brooklyn Ann

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Interview with Author: Brooklyn Ann

Q: Where did the idea for the book come from?

A: As cliché as it sounds, this one came from a dream I had when I was fifteen. I kept seeing visions of a sexy sorcerer in black robes, an obsidian tower, and a world with two moons. I started the first draft in a 3 ring binder, finished it when I was 20, and typed it up.

And oh, god, it was terrible.

However, even after writing eight other novels, the basic premise stayed in my head, so I finally rewrote it…. about eight times.

Q: Who is your favorite character and why?

A: In Conjuring Destiny? That’s a tough one. Xochitl’s been in my head so long, but she often drives me crazy. Still, I’ll probably have to go with her as my fave, though I’m intrigued with her band, as well as Delgarias, who pops up in every book in this series and gets more interesting every time.

Q: What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?

A: I prefer silence when I’m doing the actual writing, but when I’m plotting up book scenes, I will zone out with music for hours.

When I sit down to write, ideally the words and scene will flow in the proper order, but often I get stuck, so I write “Blah blah” and jump ahead to the next scene that’s in my head. I never seem to have a complete story. Just random scenes and details about characters and I have to make them fit together in a coherent story.

Q: Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?

A little bit of both. I usually start out with a fresh scene in my head and a few basic ideas as to where the story’s going, so my rough drafts will often have a first or second chapter, then a few paragraphs of notes, then another chapter, and so forth, then I backtrack and fill in those scenes as I figure them out. And, of course, the muse will almost always launch me and my characters somewhere we never expected.

Q: Tell us in one sentence why we should read your book.

A: Oh, I’m terrible at this… let’s see…..

You should read my book because I guarantee that it’s a strange and magical adventure when a rock star discovers she’s the prophesied savior of another world and falls in love with a sexy sorcerer.

Q: What advice would you give a new author entering the self-publishing arena?

A: I’m a hybrid author, which means I started out (and continue to be) commercially published as well as self-published, so I am still FAR from being an expert in Indie publishing. However, one thing I know for certain is that you MUST study the industry thoroughly before dipping your toes in. Read articles, follow indie author forums and groups. Make friends with a few successful indie authors and watch them carefully. Do as they do.

And remember, all the stuff traditional publishers do: cover design, developmental edits, line edits, formatting, and proof copies, ARC’s, etc. That’s all in YOUR hands.

However, if you’re following my advice to friend and follow Indie authors who know what they’re doing, they can guide you through that fun stuff.

You can feel free to follow me, just know that I’m STILL learning.

Q: Are you working on anything new right now?

A: I’m actually working on 3 new things: The first is my third heavy metal romance, which as I’d previously mentioned, is already written, but I needed to rip out the whole middle and rewrite it.

Then I’m working on my 4th Scandals with Bite book because the readers are asking, so they shall receive. 😀

And finally, I’m putting together a pitch for a straight regency series. No vampires, just 19th century shenanigans.

Q: What is your favorite book of all time?

A: IT by Stephen King. I’ve read that book 12 times and will read it at least 12 more.

I wrote a whole blog post about why I love that damn book so much: http://brooklynann.blogspot.com/2013/09/why-it-is-my-favorite-book-reposted-in.html

One of the main reason is that the characters were all outcasts who became close friends: The Loser’s Club. I had few friends as a kid, so these characters became my friends. They’re still my friends.

And maybe that’s why my books focus on outcast characters finding love and happiness.

Q: Each author has his or her own inspiring journey. How did you begin writing?

A: In elementary school I scrawled out stories about cats breaking out of the pound, stealing food and avoiding animal control. Teachers kept telling me that I’d be a writer someday, but I shrugged it off and argued that I’d be a paleontologist, a rock star, an artist.

It wasn’t until I was in my early twenties, holding a 100,000 word (and terrible) handwritten manuscript that I stood up and said, “Holy crap, I really am a writer!”

However, I was so clueless about so many things that after about twenty rejections, I temporarily gave up and became an auto mechanic.

But the stories wouldn’t leave me alone, and after my mother passed away, I decided to get serious about making my characters “real” in print.

In 2013, my 3rd manuscript, a historical paranormal romance called “Bite Me, Your Grace” was published.

Q: Besides writing, do you have any other passions?

A: TONS! I used to be a mechanic, and I still enjoy turning wrenches. I’m restoring my first car.

I love to cook, though I’m not as good with baking.

One of my guilty pleasures is cheesy horror movies.

I also love to draw, paint, and do scratchboard. And now I’m making a quilt.

About the Book: Conjuring Destiny
conjuring destiny Famous rock star, Xochitl Leonine, has dreamt of a world with two moons where a black cloaked man beckons her. One Halloween night, she meets the mysterious stranger of her dreams… literally… and their shared dance becomes a rendezvous in a place of endless night.

Zareth Amotken has no idea how important Xochitl’s heavy metal band is to her. As an immortal sorcerer, he doesn’t care. He has one goal: to find the prophesied savior of his world. Her voice holds the power to bring back his world’s vanished sun.

Xochitl’s compassion urges her to help in any way she can. Yet learning the mysteries of her past causes conflict with her future in music. Her destiny in his world and her obligations to her band pull her in opposite directions. How can she long for one while the other is so dire?

As Zareth introduces her to his people and teaches her to control her powers, she aches for his enchanting kiss. Zareth tries to resist, for their passion will unleash serious consequences, both political and magical.

As the time to fulfill her destiny draws closer, she must choose between her heart, her duty, and her friends. The wrong choice could ruin everything.

But if Zareth’s evil half brother succeeds in taking control of her for his own ends, he will take away her choices… and destroy the world?

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Meet the author:

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Formerly an auto-mechanic, Brooklyn Ann thrives on writing romance featuring unconventional heroines and heroes who adore them. After writing historical paranormal romance in her critically acclaimed “Scandals with Bite” series and urban fantasy in her “Brides of Prophecy” novels, she now explores the chaotic realm of heavy metal music– a difficult world to find love in.

She lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with her son, her cat, and a 1980 Datsun 210.

She can be found online at http://brooklynann.blogspot.com as well as on Twitter and Facebook.
You can also find her on Literary Addicts, Goodreads and Google +

 

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