Briana Blair describes herself as “An author, artist, writer, geek and freak”, and she is proud of the things that make her stand out from the crowd. A free-thinker, she’s not afraid to speak her mind even in the face of negative feedback. She is an ordained minister and Doctor of Metaphysics. She is also a writer and artist, and combines her varying skills within both her writing and artwork.
As a writer, Briana has written over 400 poems for the series The Dark Side of My Mind, more than 400 articles for various sites, produced a horror/sci-fi novel at age 13, and has 24 published books with more on the way. True to her eclectic nature, she writes for many genres including erotica, self-help, humor and modern fantasy. Her books are available in print, epub, Nook, Kindle, iTunes and Google formats. Information about and links to all of her books can be found on her blog, BrianaDragon Creations.
As an artist she has produced thousands of pieces of digital and traditional art, along with jewelry, sculpture, and various other crafts. Always a fan of living outside the box, she never creates what’s trendy, only what she herself loves and believes in. She currently produces art for Zazzle, CafePress and Wordans. Briana plans to delve into the world of custom doll clothing and accessories in 2013 and will be showing her work on DeviantArt and her FaceBook Fan Page.
“Get a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life”. Briana believes that everyone should balance work with an enjoyment for life and also encourages people to learn, grow, and strive to be the best person they can possibly be.
What inspires you to write?
All sorts of things. My brain is filled with all sorts of odd knowledge and odd questions. My poetry comes to me whenever it does, and is prompted by all sorts of events and even dreams. I also do a fair amount of writing based on my desire to help people become better. Everyone should strive to grow and change, and I try to help them in my own way through my writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
It really depends on the book. My poetry comes at all sorts of odd times, and I just do my best to get it written and sort it out later. For most of my other books I use Liquid Story Binder to gather my ideas and keep myself organized. I write from beginning to end on some books, others I jump all over the place, filling in the parts that I’m feeling the most at the time. The software lets me shift and organize all the chaos later. I don’t stick to just one book at a time either. I usually have several going at once, and I’ll drop on to work on another if I’m just not feeling a certain topic at the time. It keeps me from getting stressed and frazzled trying to bang out one specific book before I can move on to the next.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I haven’t finished my fiction book yet, but I really do try to get into them. I’ve sat down and tried to *be* the character for a while, really imagining what they’re thinking and feeling. I try to really get into what it’s like to be them in any given situation.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t worry about whether other people like your writing, and don’t write what you think will sell. Write what’s in your heart, what you know. If you’re writing to make money it will show. If you’re writing for critic approval, it will show. Do your best at writing what you can feel in your heart. Write with joy and passion and let the readers come as they will. Put your books out for sale if you’re happy with them, and then keep writing. You’ll get better as you go along, and you can always put out a revised edition or rewrite later if you know now that you can do better than you did then.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had been trying since I was in my late teens to publish my poetry. I really wanted it out in the world for others to experience. I tried traditional routes until I had enough rejection letters to paper a room. Then someone mentioned Lulu online. I thought, “Wow! I can actually publish my own work?!” It was amazing. I could get my work out to readers without anyone telling me it wasn’t good or right or marketable enough. I started using Lulu, for print, then they started offering iTunes and Nook publishing. From there I started publishing on Kindle and now on Google Play as well. I say take advantage of every place you can to sell your books. Get it out there, and readers will come.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think traditional publishing is going to be something that happens by chance rather than by choice. Self-publishing lets so many good authors get their work out, authors whose work would never see the light of day if left to a traditional publisher. I think many writers are going to self-publish and hope for a traditional book deal rather than the other way around. Physical books are becoming a thing of the past, so digital and self-publishing seem like the logical path for the future.
What genres do you write?
Erotica, poetry, fiction, self-help, art, humor, how-to, spirituality, non-fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print