A: Well, I just returned from EC’s RomantiCon, which was an absolute blast. While I was there I had my first ever book signing which was completely chaotic since my books were missing, but the staff at EC drove back to the warehouse to get them – then they sold out! It was doubly exciting because this was my first print book that wasn’t part of a multi-author anthology.
I’ve also got several releases coming up in the next few months. Cuffed and Dangerous will be releasing from Resplendence Publishing on November 3rd 2009, Mist and Stone will be releasing from Total-e-bound on November 23rd, 2009 and Just Right will be releasing from Resplendence Publishing on January 19th, 2010.
Q: What inspired you to write your first book?
A: When I graduated from college, it was with the intention of writing, but as life is wont to do, it got in the way. I got distracted by getting married and having kids and all of the things that go along with that. When my youngest was not quite a year old, we had a death in our family that changed everything. After a really long time of moving through the grief and the shock, I realized that none of us know how long we’re going to be here and putting your dreams off ‘til “someday” might result in never accomplishing them at all. I often think of my nephew as my guardian angel of writing.
Q: Do you have a specific writing style?
A: Honestly, I’m not sure this qualifies as a style but, my stories are more character driven than plot driven and I invest heavily into the emotional conflict of the characters. Paranormal and straight contemporary are the genres I find myself writing most often, although I have dabbled a bit with historical.
Q: What books have most influenced your life most?
A: Kathleen Woodiwiss’ A Rose in Winter certainly influenced me because it was the first romance I ever read. Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor impacted me because even though I loved it, I still wanted to rewrite the ending. And the “desert island” books that will always influence me are The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Wild Wood by Charles deLint, Crossing to Avalon by Jean Shinoda Bolen and Lament by Maggie Steifvater.
Q: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
A: I am so ridiculously lucky when it comes to friends/mentors. I’ve been gifted with an amazing circle of writing friends that no matter the problem, they always either know the answer or will hold my hand while we find it together. I can narrow it down to four – Brynn Paulin, Margaret Yang, Mia Watts and Jennifer Armintrout.
Q: When you are writing, who is in control? You or your characters?
A: Definitely the characters. Anytime I try to get them to do something they don’t want to do, the story stalls out and I don’t get anywhere. It’s really bothersome – lol.
Q: Who designed the covers?
A: My covers at Ellora’s Cave are done by Syneca. At TEB, I believe that Ann Cain has done the majority of mine and at Resplendence, Rika did my covers. I’m anxiously awaiting my next one from her.
Q: Which is your favorite cover?
A: Without a doubt, it’s Handcuffs and Lies. I love the couple, the sassy shoes and hey, who doesn’t love handcuffs?
Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A: There’s a ton of advice out there, but for me, I think that finding a great critique partner is paramount. Writing, is by nature, a solitary profession, but it’s important to connect with people who share your passion. A great critique partner will not only keep you on track but can also help keep you motivated.
Q: Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
A: I’m pretty easy to find.
My website is: www.bronwyngreen.com
My blog is: http://www.bronwyngreenblog.blogspot.com/
My co-op blog is: http://writersevolution.blogspot.com/
Join me tomorrow and Saturday as we double our dose of Excerpts this week brom the very generous Bronwyn…yummy!
Until then Be Naughty,