Thanks for joining me, Brittney. Please take a seat and make yourself comfortable.
I understand you have a novel that is just being released by Limitless today. Can you give me some details about it and the series it is part of?
I was signed with Limitless in September 2015 thanks to #Pitmad on Twitter. My debut novel SHADES OF SYDNEY will be released today, January 12th, 2016. Sydney will have three books.
I write contemporary new adult and young adult. SHADES OF SYDNEY is my only upcoming release so far. I’m still editing book two and writing book three. I also have about three other books in-progress. I also love writing vampire books.
Nice. Sounds like you have some great writing goals. Can you describe them to us in further details? What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?
My goal is to publish my eleven books I have living on my laptop and the other five or six that are in-progress, once I finish them of course. Not to mention writing all the ideas I have saved in my summaries/ideas document. After my books are published, and hopefully the readers love my characters as much as I do, I want to make them movies. I was a film minor in college and all I want to do is make movies. I also have a rock star trilogy I want to make a TV show. I already have the first two episodes written thanks to my TV writing class. As for my plans to reach my goals, I need to focus and find a way into Hollywood, which isn’t easy to do.
Very interesting. Good luck with all of that.
What type of reader are you hoping to attract? Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?
I think my type of reader is teens up to people in their 30s-40s. Thanks to Wattpad, I’ve learned my readers come from everywhere and I love them all, but I’ve noticed I usually have teens and people in their 20s. I think people who are a fan of romance, action, and just love new adult and young adult in general will enjoy my books. I’ve loved reading forever and to have my books next to Sarah Dessen and Ellen Hopkins has been my dream for a while now.
Dreams are great. You have to believe in them and work to make them happen. Speaking of that, what advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?
Never ever give up! I was rejected over and over again for years for two different books. You can’t make everyone happy. There’s going to be something that someone will hate about your book, but don’t change it for them. If you love it then keep pounding the pavement and one day you will get published. You still have a lot of work to do even when the door opens for you, but it’s so worth it, trust me.
I hear that from all new authors, and I agree with it myself. I was rather lucky in having A STONE’S THROW accepted pretty early in my submission process. They also found me through a Twitter event.
Besides writing, do you have any other hobbies or interests?
Ha! I kind of rescue cats, I ended up with four of them. So I spend time with them and my dog. I have an addiction to rock concerts. You can usually find me in Barnes and Noble. I love TV and movies. Almost every day I watch Friends, the best show ever and never gets old. I would love to work on some more films and maybe go on tour with a band, but these are crazy hopes.
Talking cats, I have two of my own and have always had some since childhood. I try to put pets in my novels. There’s a library cat and a Golden Retriever in A STONE’S THROW, and those pets will also be in the sequel I just finished and hope to publish this spring.
What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?
I love sharing my characters with others and hearing how my books help them, make them happy/sad, whatever. I love it! I don’t like when I want to write yet I find myself online, the internet is my enemy and best friend. My toughest challenge is getting focused, but once I have my outline done and I’m in the zone, no one can stop me.
I feel exactly the same. I think most writers really enjoy knowing that their words can touch people. I also know what social media can do to waste time, but it has its positive side if you can network with people. I agree that you need to be in the “zone” to write. I find that early morning before work is best for me, but the main thing is having a routine and to write each day.
Can you please list your social media links, website, blog, etc. so readers can connect with you.
Thanks for the interview. It was very nice to talk with you in the Limitless Library Lounge today, and I wish you the best with your your new release and those that follow.