In this monthís spotlight Iíd like to introduce you to Bethany Cagle writing as Brynna Curry . so that we donít confuse you and simply because as writers weíre trying to brand ourselves weíre going to stick to Brynna for this interview.† (SMILE)
A life long believer in the importance of reading, Brynna Curry grew up writing stories and reading all things paranormal. She combines her love of the paranormal and mystical with the style of the romantic suspense novels she enjoys today. She loves comments from her readers. When she isnít writing, you may find her at the local library or the park with her children. She makes her home in the Deep South with her husband, son, two daughters, their redbone hound Diablo, and her cat Chrissy.
When pressed just a bit Brynna admitted that the above bio is what she terms her official bio. Below is what she calls her unofficial bio.† I like it.
Brynna: Unofficially, First and foremost I'm a mom to three great kids who light my life, married to my high school sweetheart whom I met at sixteen, and by day I'm a secretary. By night I write paranormal romance and suspense as both Brynna Curry and Brianna Roarke.
Dyanne: Brynna, I can certainly relate to the official and unofficial bios. †Tell us about your latest book.
Brynna:† My latest book is Earth Enchanted the first in my Elemental Magic series available now from Lyrical Press, Inc. and has received 4 to 5 star reviews from Bitten by Books, LASR and You Gotta Read reviews.
When telepath meets ex-cop, will it be death or diamonds
Writer Liv Corrigan has the worst luck with men -- her telepathy tends to make them run for the hills. When she meets widower and ex-cop Jack Roarke, she decides to keep her talent hidden. Things are looking up until their third date crashes and burns as the man who murdered Jackís wife turns out to be after him too.
Injured, Jack retreats with Liv to his house under armed guard. But with Livís mysteries rapidly coming unraveled, a diamond-thief killer to stop and passion in the air, the safe house is anything but safe for their hearts!
Warning, mild language, mild violence.
Here is a sneak peek at To Take Up the Sword book two in the series. More of a loosely tied novella, Sword ties up the loose ends in Earth Enchanted and changes the venue to continue with the rest of the series. It will be released in September of this year.
TO TAKE UP THE SWORD
Missing diamonds and a killer on the looseÖwill a schoolteacher and FBI agent escape with their lives and hearts intact?
After the acquittal of Gueraldi's right hand and favored killer for hire, Ashton Smythe, Special Agent Gabriel Spiller takes time away from his work with the FBI. Having failed in his mission to avenge his lost would be lover, Serena Roarke, Gabe returns to Alabama in search of the missing diamonds needed to reopen the investigation and to lay low from the death threats he's received since Smythe went free.
Almost two years after her sister's death, Leannan O'Neal feels the loss of Serena more now than ever. A secret meeting between them before she died left Lea with an ugly figurine and nothing but questions. Hang-up calls at work and a trashed house reminds her of the card Serena gave her. "If you find yourself in trouble, go to him and only him" were the last words her sister spoke to her.
With Smthye out for revenge and hot on her heels, Lea goes on the run in search of Serena's 'Angel', but how long can Gabe keep her alive, and is the cost worth more than her life?
Content warning; sensual love scenes, graphic violence, adult language.
Book three Wait for the Wind will pick up the magical threads of the series and move the setting to coastal Ireland. In fact all the remaining books are more paranormal romance than suspense. It's scheduled for release in January with Sea's Sorceress and Fire's Ice releasing in April and August respectively.
Dyanne: Youíve got some fantastic blurbs, Brynna.† They definitely make you want to read the book.† LOL.† A very good thing. So tell us Brynna, how did you get started as a writer?
Brynna: It seems like I've always been a writer, which is to say I've been making up stories since I can remember. Still I didn't try to publish anything until I finished Earth Enchanted. The whole series began with a dream of the healer Briella and her nixie-witch Daemon. Unfortunately, the dream sequence giving the basis for the spell and series was cut and left on the editing floor. I intend to back-track with Wind and try to bring some of that back into the rest of the series. I tried submitting to Harlequin first and was rejected. Several years wiser, I can see the things I could have done to make the writer stronger. Thanks to a friend's urging, I decided to try e-presses and subbed to Lyrical. I couldn't be more pleased with all the great people I've had the chance to work with and my editor is awesome.
Dyanne:† Iím so glad you didnít give up and gave your stories a chance to be read.† Not every story is right for every publisher.† It took me years to realize that itís not always about your story, or that your story is bad.† It just didnít strike a chord with an editor and thatís okay.† Itís business, nothing personal. Congratulations on finding a publishing relationship that works for you.† Personally, I am for all forms of publishing.
Looking at the picture of your spotless office brings me to the next question. What does a typical day look like for you?
Brynna: I get up about six a.m. (it used to be four a.m when my husband worked.) and get the kids up for school. I have three teenagers and every morning is a UFC fight to get them out of bed and ready to go. Sometimes I cook breakfast, but most of the time I just fix something quick for the hubby (he's disabled and stays at home.) The kids prefer to eat in the lunchroom with their friends. By seven (hopefully) the girls are waiting on the bus and my son is in the car waiting to drive to school. He still doesn't have his license, so he has to ride with me. A fact that embarrasses him to no end. LOL I drop him off about seven thirty, grab some coffee go in to work. I'm the breadwinner of the household, so I'm still pulling the 8-5 day job as a secretary. Clock out at five. Cook dinner and then its either go up the hill to finish a project on the house remodel, or curl up in my room with the laptop for more work, of the writing variety.
Dyanne: It sounds like you have a pretty full life and a very supportive family. Considering that Iíve already commented on your picture of your workspace, how would you describe your desk/workspace?
Brynna: At work? Very neat. At home? Not so much. I work in my room, usually on the bed, so there are stacks of papers and books everywhere on the bedside table. At the new house, my 'office' is in the dining room. I have an antique sewing machine table I use as a desk. Of course there's bookshelves filled mainly with Nora Roberts books and paranormal romance novels by different authors. Of course, there is usually a hammer, nails, or even a saw lying nearby to. It's a work in progress. lol
Dyanne: It still seems very neat to me. Obviously you havenít seen a picture of my office. So tell us what are some of your favorite books? (especially for writers)
Brynna: I think the only actual 'writing tool' book I've ever purchased was a subscription to Writer's Digest. I'm kind of a hands on type person. I like to read already published books both in and out of my genre to see what sells. I spend a lot of time online reading agent and editor blogs, visiting publisher sites, etc. Basically just researching the business of writing seems to be the best way to learn something new.
Dyanne: I can reading about authors reading agents and editor blogs and have never once seen a link for any of them. Hmmm. Now for a bit of fun. Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you.
Brynna: Okay, let me list them.
1. have a very crooked and crazy family tree. On my mother's side, my great-great grandmother was a Cherokee medicine woman. Everyone who knew her Indian name died before telling any younger generations about it, she was given the Christian name Mary by her Irish immigrant husband. He was a Mote, but no one knows his name either or much anything else about him, supposedly his ancestors were descended from a druid clan (may be the wrong word?) Their son, my great grandfather Arthur, could read cards. He married an Irish lass (Mary Catherine) who frequently had visions of things that eventually came to pass. Every first born female child directly descended from that line to date has some sort of hint of the 'gift'. Personally, I 'find' lost things.
2. I am a DIY'er. For about two years I've been remodeling a double-wide mobile home. I've done everything from replace ceilings and floors to repairing plumbing and painting without knowing the first thing about it. My advice is research, wear eye and hand protection, repeat and get a plumber to do the plumbing lol.
3. When I was toddler, my mother swears I would start screaming for no reason and pictures would fly off the walls and untouched glasses would shatter. Weird.
4. Cheese pizza is my favorite breakfast food and I love to watch anime. Witch Hunter Robin, Escaflowne, and Inuyasha are my favorites.
Dyanne:† I am so totally fascinated by your family tree. Thereís no wonder youíre a writer of paranormal fiction. Iím wondering what your answer will be to this question.† What is your favorite quote?
Brynna: "If one person enjoys reading your stories, isn't that a reason to write more? You can't give up your dream!"
Okay, it's cheesy and possibly misquoted from an episode of Sailor Moon (In case you wonder it was Sailor Jupiter who said it. lol) but the reason is there. (And yes having two daughters and a son, I have seen every Sailor Moon, Card Captors, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, Dragonball, (Z & GT), Thundercats, Inuyasha, every vareity of Gundam (Gundam Wing was the best one) known to man and Trigun, plus dozens of other cartoons and animes I can't remember right now.) The benefits of motherhood, no one can tease you for watching cartoons. LOL
Dyanne:† I love that quote. I think every writer should read this especially on a day theyíre checking sales and theyíre not going so well. Brynna what has been the best and worst part of being a writer for you?
Brynna: The endless waiting...for reviews, edits, submission replies and wondering where you're found lacking.
The thrill of just one person emailing you because they enjoyed the book so much.
The sense of accomplishment when you see your book the first time.
Dyanne:† Youíve summed it up beautifully. My sentiments exactly. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Brynna: Write the best story you can and then polish. Then find a good critique group and learn from their experiences. Blog. Start a website and establish a presence on the web. Unless you're rich, don't have to work and have no obligations (in other words somebody with a lot of time on their hands), you will never FIND the time to write. You HAVE to make time. If writing is something you love, you will make time for it. Always be respectful when dealing with agents, editors, publishers, authors and fans. You never know what effect one word might have on someone's outlook. Be kind to others and help new writers when you can.
Dyanne: And the choir sang Amen!! Brynna, I have the power to grant your wildest wish. It has to be a selfish wish, no world peace or saving humanity. Something for you. What is your wish?
Brynna: My fondest wish is to move back home, so I can finally have peace in my life. I hate staying with my mother in law while I'm trying to finish the house. Got any house remodeling elves?
Dyanne: I donít have any remodeling elves but I do have the power to grant that wish.† Consider it done. Within six months your wish will come true.† Why not sooner you ask?† There is still a lesson you have to learn.
But you now have the chance to get to do something really nice for someone else. But that means you will have to give up something you want. What will you give up and who will you give a gift to and why.
Brynna: I wish I knew the cure for diabetes or had the ability to heal everyone who has it so that no one else or their family would have to suffer the effects of this disease as my family does. For that I would gladly give up chocolate. All chocolate even the bitter kind. And... Coffee *gasps*, but I can't give up the pizza. The kids and I would starve. LOL
Dyanne:† Youíre so sweet. Iíll work on taking care of that one. Tell us a story about your writing experience. Can be funny, embarrassing, inspirational, etc.
Brynna: I love to look at other author's websites. I finally got the nerve to send Julie Garwood an email from her website. She was just so famous and one of my favorite authors, and there I was unpublished and knew nothing about the publishing business. A week later, she emailed me the nicest note. Okay so she might have someone doing that for her, but I'm sure it was her. I decided if I ever made it lol and even if I didn't I would always answer my emails. Even if I'm 'Nora' famous *smiles* so send me an email. I promise I'll send one back.
Dyanne:† I know how you feel. I emailed Jayne Ann Krentz and not only did she email me back she did an interview for my blog.† I have to make myself not keep bothering her.† I thought it was wonderful that as busy as she is she took the time to do that.† And believe me all authors donít take that time.† Iíve had many reader show surprise when I answered them. My answer, ďWhy wouldnít I answer you.† I love it when a reader take the time to write to me.† Itís such an honor. Brynna, Itís been such a pleasure talking to you. Thank you so much. Last question: Where can we find your book and you?
Brynna: My books are available through Lyrical Press, Inc., Amazon, Fictionwise and tons of book sellers all over the net. http://www.lyricalpress.com/brynna_curry
Or I'd love for you to visit me at my website http://brynnacurrybriannaroarkebooks.webs.ccom
I'm also on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Shelfari and MySpace as (Brynna Curry) Thanks Dyanne and your readers. This was fun.
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Earth Enchanted- Available now from Lyrical Press, Inc.
To Take Up the Sword- September 2010 from Lyrical Press, Inc.