Let's get down to business, shall we?
1.) Hi Meggan, welcome to the Brooke Moss blog. Why don't you tell us all about yourself and how you came to be an author....
Hi Brooke! Thanks for having me today!
So, how did I become an author? To this day, I’m not really sure.
I guess it all started in June of 2009. I had to small kids, and a stressful job, and I guess I just needed an escape—something that was mine, where I could just be someone else, be somewhere else. I’d always toyed with one day writing the great American novel, but I never thought I could. One day, I woke up and thought to myself: “Hey, I think I’m going to write a romance novel.” And (seriously, it went like this) that’s precisely what I did.
But then the question arose: what are you going to do with this little jewel?
I decided then that I was going to pursue publication. I found RWA online, and soon discovered that everything I’d done in my book was wrong. Oh, so very, very wrong.
But it was a start. I started entering contests, and finaled in about half of the ones I entered. Won a couple. And eventually, a small publishing house asked to see my work. The rest, as they say, is history.
2.) Okay, I've already read Jessie's War, and I am a Jessie & Luke disciple because of it. Why don't you share the blurb for this wonderful book, & then tell us where the inspiration for the story came from.
Okey doke. Here you go!
She's about to become a pawn in a brutal game between nations...
The American Civil War has raged for more than ten years. The outcast daughter of a famous inventor, Jessica White has struggled to salvage what little remains of her life. Then, one cold winter night, the lover she'd given up for dead returns, claiming the Union Army bought the plans for her father's last invention. But he's not the only one who lays claim to the device, for the Confederacy wants the invention as well. Both sides will kill to have it.
...And only he can save her.
As an agent for the Union Army, Luke Bradshaw is a man who will use whomever and whatever is at his disposal in order to complete his mission. An attack by Confederate soldiers ensures that Jessie will turn to him for help, but Luke can't help but wonder about the secrets she keeps--and if those secrets will ultimately prove fatal.
I suppose it was just a matter of time before I wound up writing a steampunk. After all, I write paranormal and I write historicals. I love my Victorians. One day, I was looking at a map of the mines beneath Virginia City, and I thought, “What a good place for a mad scientist!”
And thus, Jessie’s War was born.
3.) So, the truth of the matter is, Luke is hella sexy. Tell us about your inspiration for the character.
Husband likes to say it’s him!
In all seriousness, though, I think it was Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I can’t even tell you how hot I think he was in it.
So I guess if you crossed Butch Cassidy with Jason Bourne (or Jeremy Renner from The Bourne Legacy), you’ve got Luke. He’s tortured. He’s tough. He’s got a lot of baggage, but he’s got both the skills and the tools to get his girl out of a difficult situation.
4.) What kind of music did you find yourself listening to while writing Jessie's War?
It started out with a lot of Mumford and Sons. Lots and lots of banjos. But then I started listening to Wintersleep’s Dead Letter and the Infinite Yes. If you read the book, you’ll see why. Here’s a link to the song on You-tube.
5.) What authors do you really enjoy reading? Name three of your favorite books...
Well, there’s this really great YA coming out in February by Brooke Moss... :)
But three of my favorite books?
1. Trinity, by Leon Uris. That book blew my mind years ago, and I’ve re-read it several times since. I’m not a crier by nature, and I bawled like a baby at the end. Set at the time of the Irish Revolution, it follows a young rebel Irish Catholic, and the Protestant girl who follows him. Amazing book.
2. Pillar of the Earth by Ken Follett. This book was beautifully written. There was the love story there (fascinating how what is essentially a romance written by a man doesn’t get labeled as such), which was lovely, but it was the period detail that swept me off my feet. An exquisite book, it basically follows the building of a Gothic church in 12th century England. It’s a miniseries now, but, for what it’s worth, the book is worth reading.
3. The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning. Highlanders. Sex. Time Travel. Magic. Sex. Oh, yeah. Can I say that I felt super literary after reading it? No. But it was a great read, and a good time. And what more can you ask for?
6.) I've got a lot of aspiring writers that follow my blog. Any advice for future authors out there?
Write. Read. Write some more. Be aware of your limits, but also, don’t be afraid to try something new. Write across genres, if that appeals. Write something completely out of your comfort zone. Enter contests. Get a critique partner.
And don’t be afraid. This business is not for the faint of heart. Sure, you’ll be scared when you first start querying, or when you first send off your work for the first time to your critique partner, but it’s all worth it.
7.) What's next for you? What are you working on right now?
Right now, I’m working on a story I’m tentatively calling Highland Deception. I’m not the fastest writer in the world, but it seems to be going nicely. It’s about a wanted man who assumes his brother’s position as laird upon his brother’s death—and the wife his brother didn’t want.
8.) Okay, enough of the heavy...let's have some fun. Tell us where you'd live, if you could live anywhere in the world...
Overall? Prague, Czech Republic. Hands down the most beautiful city in the world. Right now, because it’s 19 degrees and hasn’t gotten above 32 for three days? Tahiti.
|This is not Prague. This is Tahiti. Not cold at all.|
So. Cold. So. Freaking. Cold.
9.) Favorite writing snack...
Chocolate. Isn’t everybody’s? Oh, and coffee. I like coffee a lot.
10.) Favorite holiday...
Halloween. There aren’t a whole lot of days a year that an adult can dress up as a cowboy or a gothic vampire slayer and not be detained as a crazy person.
11.) If you could be any star, who would it be, and why?
This question is so much more interesting if you asked what star would I be with. Because that’s Jeremy Renner.
Um, could I just be the starlet who’s dating Jeremy Renner? That would be amaze-balls.
12.) Tell us one thing that very few people know about you. Surprise us!
How about this? I’ll tell you a story. And it’s true, too.
So, as you know, I’ve lost some weight recently. My clothes don’t fit, but some of them are so cute I’m reluctant to give them away. They fit well enough, right? Just put a fitted shirt with an overly large courdoroy skirt, slap on some nylons, and we’re good.
So the other day, I was in my child’s Kindergarten room, just chatting with his teacher. As I left the room, I went to pull down my sweater, which felt like it was riding up. (It was) As my hand slid down my rear end, I noticed something was missing.
My skirt had slipped down to almost below my butt. I didn’t know it, because, well, I was wearing nylons. What felt covered.... really wasn’t. Most of my rear was exposed. (Yes, I was wearing underpants. I’ve had enough wardrobe malfunctions that going commando is out of the question. I won’t make that mistake. Again)
I took sagging to a new level.
Today, I decided it was time to get some new pants. I mean, just in case.
Thanks for having me, Brooke! It’s been fun!
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