About Brenda Sparks:
I have always loved all things spooky and enjoy incorporating paranormal elements in my writing. I refuse to allow pesky human constraints to get in the way of telling the story. Luckily, the only thing limiting my stories is my imagination. My characters are strong, courageous, and I adore spending time with them in their imaginary world.
My idea of a perfect day is one spent in front of a computer with a hot cup of coffee, my fingers flying over the keys to send the characters off on their latest adventure. I adore hearing from fans. I write for them and there is nothing I like better than connecting with people via Facebook, email, Twitter, Goodreads, etc. Please find me online or through my website to say hi.
What inspires you to write?
About eight years ago, I was driving to work one morning and a scene popped into my head where two vampires were dueling it out in a bloody battle to the death. As that one scene morphed into others, I felt compelled to write down my ideas. I never really thought, “I’m going to be an author.” The stories just kept coming and I had to get them down on paper.
I find inspiration all around, in the pink and purple hues of a sunrise, and the silly story told around the lunch table about a bug in a co-worker’s pants. My mind takes the ordinary and twists it into something dark and paranormal. At any given time, I have at least two stories running around my head, which can be chaotic but fun.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing necessities are: Coffee. My laptop. Coffee. A quiet house. Coffee. Some pictures of the characters and setting. Oh and did I mention coffee? (I’m a total addict and can’t write without it.)
Once I start writing, I am definitely a plotter. I need a framework to work from as I write a story, although sometimes the characters take the story in an unexpected direction and I need to redo the outline.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters live in my mind. They talk and are mischievous, even after the story is written. Each time I write a new story, a character other than the hero will intrigue me. My next book usually ends up featuring that captivating person.
What advice would you give other writers?
Get a good book on grammar and writing proper dialog. (You’ll be surprised how often it’ll come in handy.) Then go for your dreams and keep working until you achieve them.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I stumbled into publishing with an e-publisher. A call for a submission came across one of my writer Yahoo groups. I happen to have a story sitting on my laptop that conformed to what The Wild Rose Press wanted so I decided to submit the story. It was contracted and I liked the publisher and editor so much, I decided to contract my series with them as well. I couldn’t be happier.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there will always be a next great thing in publishing. First it was ebooks, then indie publishing and fan fiction. People love to read. Writers love to write. As long as there is a place to see a story in print, there will be people there to read it. It may be on paper, a computer screen, a phone or on the next amazing bit of technology, but as long as there are readers there will be stories to read.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Paranormal Romance and Fantasy Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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