Good Morning All. Today is a very exciting day because it is the first ever… AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT! I have been given the pleasure to ask the author… A.T. Brennan… some questions (interview style) so that you can get to know, or learn more about, this wonderful author. Some of A.T. Brennan’s answers are insightful and honest. The highlighted name (A.T. Brennan) is a link to her Amazon author page so you can check out her books. So, with out further ado… Here we go, ladies and gents, A.T. Brennan’s author spotlight interview… 🙂
How did you begin writing? What made you decide the genre you chose?
I started writing as soon as I could put words on paper, but didn’t get serious about it until a year ago when I published my first book. I chose romance because that’s my favorite genre to read and I have the most fun writing it.
What authors did you enjoy reading? What authors give you inspiration?
I’ve been on a male author kick lately and have been reading a lot of Scott Hildreth, Daryl Banner, Seth King, Jay Northcote and Golden Czermak’s books. Leigh Greenwood and Julia Quinn are two authors that inspired me to start writing novel length stories.
Have you read any books that have had a strong influence on your writing style or spoken to you personally?
The Body, a novella by Stephen King, was the first book of his that I read and something about it really spoke to me. I love his descriptive style and it’s influenced how I write my own descriptions.
How many hours a day to you devote to writing? Do you write a draft on paper or at a keyboard (typewriter or computer)?
I like to spend at least an hour a day working, but some days I can spend up to eight hours between writing and editing. I love my computer and do all of my writing on it.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I need my writing music, classical and vocal classical to edit and heavy metal and heavy alternative to write. I also plot out a lot of my stories in the shower. No idea why but the water always helps me think.
Do you write every day?
I try to. When I have writers block I make sure to spend my writing time reading instead.
Do you have any projects coming up that you’d be willing to share a little about? (No Spoilers of course, just a teaser maybe?)
I’m in the final stages of writing book 2 of my Solitary Soldiers series, and this one is a second chance romance. I’m also in the process of writing a new adult romance series that focuses on four college aged brothers and the women (and man) who make them believe in love.
What do you think is the most important part of a story, the plot or the characters?
Characters. There’s only so much that can be done in a romance plot (twists and tension are a must, but it’s hard to get too creative without things moving out of the genre) so you need your reader to want to see how the characters cope and handle what’s thrown at them.
How hard is it to establish and maintain a career in fiction writing?
I think it’s incredibly hard. There are so many books out there you need to find some way to make yours stand out and make readers want to take a chance on them. I think most writers go into publishing hoping to have a career but know it will most likely never pay your bills.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I read everything I could get my hands on as a kid and when I started thinking up my own ideas I wrote them down. I loved the idea of creating my own little worlds and wrote them just for me so I could escape.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always considered myself a writer, but didn’t consider myself an author until I published my first book.
What inspired you to write your first book?
The first novel I published was a project very close to my heart. I’m former military and I wanted to write a book showcasing the difficulties veterans can face after leaving the service. I wanted to write something real and gritty that shows a realistic struggle.
If anyone is interested in checking it out, here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/Wrong-Place-Right-Solitary-Soldiers-ebook/dp/B01M4LAKWC/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1487212828&sr=8-1&keywords=a.t.+brennan
Do you have a specific writing style?
I like to write descriptive and reactive books, I hope readers can fully experience everything my characters are.
What book are you reading now?
I just finished reading the Housemates series by Jay Northcote and am about to start Dirty by Scott Hildreth.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
K.M. Neuhold has written a new adult series called ‘Sexy Nerd Boys’ and I really enjoyed all of them.
How much of your books are realistic?
I tend to put dark issues into my books, and that’s important to me. I know some of them can be too much for people but I want to showcase real things people have to deal with.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
For my new works in progress it’s not getting ahead of myself. I tend to have more than one project on the go and sometimes it’s tough to focus on one because they’re both speaking to me. In general it’s editing. I have dyslexia so it takes a lot of passes for me to have a book ready to go to an editor.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That putting your past into a book can be as cathartic as it is terrifying.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Learn your craft and do everything you can to continue improving. Writing is a talent, but it’s also a skill so if you develop one then the other will follow.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
As cheesy as it may sound, thank you. There are millions of books out there and I’m honored that you’d take the time to read mine.