Tuesday, 7 March 2017

My Interview with Author Brenda Tetreault

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I can’t pinpoint the exact moment I decided to write. I just picked up a pen one day and that was it. 

How long does it take you to write a book? 

About 6 months to a year. 

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

I work 30-40 hours a week, then write in the evenings after cooking and eating dinner with the family. On weekends, I get up early and write while my family is asleep. 

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

A lot of authors listen to music while writing. I actually prefer to have a football or baseball game on!

How do your books get published?

I’m an Indie author, so I publish through Amazon’s KDP program.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

It always starts with the question What If. From there, any research that I need gets done as I need it.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I wrote my first book and published it in 2008-2009. I was 38 years old.

What do you like to do when you're not writing? 

I like travelling and going to the beach. I go to the movies a lot with my husband and do a lot of reading.

What does your family think of your writing?

They’re all for it! They’re extremely supportive and often tell people about my books.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That Snotlings have six toes on each foot but only four fingers on each hand! LOL Actually, learning about all the different creature of myth and legend has been the funnest and most surprising things. I mean, I knew a lot about traditional creatures- vampires, unicorns, Sirens, etc., but some of the lesser known creatures have been true revelations!

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

With the publication of Bonded (Nightshade #5) in August, I will have published 11 books! As for which one is my favorite, that’s like asking a mom which one is her favorite kid! I have a special place for each one in my heart.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

BE FEARLESS! Write the story YOU want to write, and don’t worry about anything anyone says to try and discourage you!

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

Every now and then, I might get a message from a reader. Usually it’s to let me know how much a certain book touched them, or helped them through a difficult time in their lives. It really means a lot to me when I get those messages.

Do you like to create books for adults? 

Yes. I enjoy writing books that help adults leave behind the stresses and worries of the real world  for a brief period of time.

What do you think makes a good story?

Heart. You’ve got to love your characters (even the not so likeable ones!), and you have to have an empathy for what they’re going through.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Believe it or not, I wanted to be a wife, mom, and writer! 

Any books in the works?

I’m currently putting the finishing touches on Bonded (Nightshade #5)! If you love tall, dragon-shifting Viking, you’re going to LOVE Karas!

What are your plans for the future? 

After Bonded, I’ll start work on a new Christmas Novella, titled Nightshade and Mistletoe that will be the lead-in to the next Nightshade Book. If you’ve read the series, you know I like to blend and mix multiple storylines throughout each book, so you can expect lots and lots of surprises!

How can Readers discovery more about you and your work?(please provide proper links)
Facebook- http://on.fb.me/1Ovc7g6
Goodreads- http://bit.ly/1KZcNvs
Twitter- https://twitter.com/Nightshade_Mama
Amazon Author Page:  http://amzn.to/1hU1bhp

***Buy Links
Tempted: http://authl.it/B00FE7I1RI?d
Salvaged: http://authl.it/B00KD0BMFE?d
Beloved: http://authl.it/B00OYA0I3Q?d
Fated:  http://authl.it/B00ZPWYFP4?d
Merry Christmas, Baby: http://authl.it/B018D4LKFS?d
Bonded: http://authl.it/B01KGKCRGS?d

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview 😊

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