Harper A. Brooks lives in a small town on the New Jersey shore and is currently a student on her way to a degree in English and in Secondary Education. Even as a young child, she has always surrounded herself with good literature, so it is no surprise that her love for reading and writing has expanded into all parts of her life. She is a dedicated softball coach, student, teacher, and friend who enjoys writing about fantastical worlds when she believes real life gets too mundane.
What inspires you to write?
Music, reading, and talking to other writers/readers.
Tell us about your writing process.
It really depends on the story. Sometimes I just start writing with guns blazing. No prep. Everything just flows. Most of the time, I create character sketches first, then write handwritten notes on the main scenes and ideas I have. The rest I fill in while going through.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I talk to myself as if I am the characters–get a feel for their speech patterns, accents, and reactions. If the characters disagree with what is being written, I will somehow know it. It will feel too…strange, and I’ll fix it until it’s appropriate.
What advice would you give other writers?
Stay true to yourself. It can be more difficult than it sounds when certain things are “selling” now and agents and publishers only want the same story over and over again because it makes money. Don’t feel like you need to change your writing style or concept because of money. None of the great authors became great because they followed the crowd. Someone will love your writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wanted a publisher who offered print copies too, so that was a big factor in choosing my publisher. I really wanted a copy of the book in my hand, since this has been a long-time-coming dream of mine. I didn’t have an agent so all the work was done by me. I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone. You really need to be dedicated and have the time and resources. I’m still learning things. I’m also exploring agents now too, since I have my debut novel out, the sequels contracted, and more WIPs in the works.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think publishers really need to explore different things instead of sticking to “the money makers.” There may be a gem in there that rockets off something amazing. That’s way so many authors try self-publishing–their muses aren’t limited.
A lot of publishers are moving to creating ebooks only, but I believe paperback formats will never truly go out of style. Too many people, me included, love the feeling of a real book in hand.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
paranormal romance, historical romance, historical fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print