About Bokerah Brumley:
Bokerah Brumley is an award-winning freelance writer. In her spare time, Bokerah enjoys climbing trees, photographing peacocks, and writing flash fiction. She lives with her husband, five kids, and three dogs in West Texas where she serves as the blue-haired publicity officer for the Cisco Writers Club.
What inspires you to write?
I love the way things are connected. People know people that know other people. Sometimes, a word or a note can change someone’s life, give them the strength to keep going. Hope lives in stories of people overcoming insurmountable odds. Family, loyalty, and hope always inspire me, and I want to share these with others.
Tell us about your writing process.
I used to be strictly a “pantser.” I “pants-ed” my way through Cold Water Bridegroom. In my twenties, I tried to learn how to outline, but it killed so much of the creative process for me. I’ve since learned how to write to beats. It’s sort of half-way between being an outliner and being a pantser. It increases my productivity without draining the enthusiasm or creativity.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
This is such a funny question. I write what they go through. I try to put myself in their shoes and experience what the character feels, sees, smells, hears, tastes – all of it. Sometimes, I feel deviously sinister for always thinking up new ways to keep my main characters from what they want. I nearly always have two manuscripts going at the same time. When the characters in one won’t play with me, I’ll got to the other and play for a while.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up. It takes a while to find your voice – to find you. Find a good editor. Find critique partners, go through that manuscript again and again. Expect rejection, but get up and do it again. Your voice is you. Be genuine to who you are. Write what you love.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My goal has always been to be a hybrid author – both traditionally published and self published. I’ve started with the self-pub side. I was asked to be a part of the Falling in Deep Collection. These are Blazing Indie Collective authors that banded together over the summer to release one novella every week. I was honored to be included with them, and I released Cold Water Bridegroom with that collection. The whole process was a crash course in learning how to get a book from concept to marketing after publishing. It’s been great. I believe this gives me a broader skill set to offer a publisher later on in my writing career. I am also actively pursuing traditional publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think hybrid authors are the way of the future. I also think more and more publishers will begin releasing as an eBook first, only offering print version once the eBook has garnered several thousand in sales. I also think many will switch to P.O.D. (Print On Demand) It’s becoming harder and harder to tell the difference between indie (self-pub) authors and authors published through the bigger houses.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy / Supernatural, and SciFi
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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