Is there a story behind your book Accept this Dandelion?
I have always been fascinated by dating game shows. Perhaps I like watching people fall in love. I wondered what it would be like to have someone more like me on such a show. I knew it wouldn’t go well. That and my imagination running wild formed the book!
What started you on your writing journey?
I have loved to write for as long as I can remember. I used to write little books as a child and sell them to my parents for a nickel. The drive and desire to write is something I have always had. After college, during which I wrote papers for classes constantly, the need to write surfaced and I wrote my first full length novel. I had a career in radio and not a lot of time to dedicate to long form writing. I wrote scripts, but that doesn’t fill up my need. Once my first daughter was born in 2009, I left my full time job to stay home. I started a freelance writing career which eventually turned me back around to fiction writing as well.
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
My daughters! I only write when the oldest is at school and the youngest is napping. That’s all the time they allow. And when my little one wakes up, that’s that!
VERY acceptable reasons. :) What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!)
I love good emotional reads. Anything by Richard Paul Evans and Dan Walsh. I also enjoy a fun, light-hearted novel like Janice Thompson writes.
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
Renee Lockhart Accept this Dandelion is a woman after my own heart. She’s flawed, just like anyone else, but she also knows who she is and isn’t afraid to show it. She doesn’t care about hair. She doesn’t wear makeup. Clothes aren’t on her to-do list. She’s brazen about being herself at all times and at all costs.
What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Most often, my 5-year-old. She comes up with some real doozies. Last week she was in a horrible mood and got a time out because of her treatment of others. When she came back into the room after her time alone, she brought with her a drawing she made for me while she was away. It features the SADDEST little stick girl I’d ever seen. Big tears, a big frown. It was SO pathetic and sad it made me laugh and then she laughed and we ended up on the floor in a big pile of giggles.
She sounds like an interesting child. I can just see the two of giggling and having fun together! Children are such a blessing. What is your favorite season of the year?
I love the fall. After a long, hot, humid summer, it’s nice to get a break and cool down. The crunch of the leaves and the beauty they give us before they fall is welcome.
Who doesn't love fall? Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?
I have two young girls so driving or traveling very far is not really very fun at this point. But we absolutely love to camp and there is a wonderful park less than an hour from our house that has all sorts of things to do within it. That and we usually go to a hot air balloon festival every summer. That’s always really neat to see too.
Oooooo. I love hot air balloons and saw one once in New Mexico! Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I find my biggest theme to be acceptance of others. I don’t necessarily go about my work looking to incorporate that theme, but it generally works its way in either way. We need to accept others for who they are and stop trying to make people into who we want them to be. The same can be said for what we do with God. God is who God is. We shouldn’t try to mold God into the things we want.
I just released my first romantic comedy this past December called “Wrong Place, Right Time.” And I have another clean romantic comedy coming out in August entitled “Mamarazzi.” It’s about a female paparazzo who stumbles onto a TV set and gets thrown onto a sitcom. The cameras then turn the tables on her. I also have a short Christmas story that will come out just before Christmas 2015 as part of a compilation with other authors. It’s called “Backwards Christmas.” It’s about a town that draws tourists by doing everything relating to the season backwards…they bury mistletoe on the ground, have breakfast for supper, give presents to Santa instead of asking to have them FROM him and so on. I even have a children’s book coming out in June of 2016 called “Baby Sheep gets a Haircut.”
Sounds as if you're keeping busy! Thank you so much for joining us!
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Brooke has several books on the market including her first novel,
- "Someone Always Loved You"
- and the thriller "Beyond the Bars." Others include
- "Wrong place, Right time" (December 9th 2014 from the Writer's Coffee Shop),
- "Accept this Dandelion" (feb 2015, Prism Book Group) and
- "Mamarazzi (August 2015, Prism Book Group.)
- She even has a children's book under contract for Feb 2016.
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