When my friend and fellow author Becki Brannen asked if I would participate in a blog hop, I jumped at the chance, figuring it would be just the thing to pull me out of my recent radio silence. (Things have been hopping on the ole' homestead!) I've known for a while that Becki is an amazing friend, but I didn't realize until I read her answers to last week's post just how similar she and I are in our writing styles! So, without further ado, let me introduce you to her:
Becki Brannen was born and raised in the South. She married her high school sweetheart and they have two daughters and a poodle, Sophie. She enjoys writing 'chick lit' with a Christian twist. Becki hopes that you enjoy reading her books in the Breathless series. While Peregrine is a definite departure, she still explores the characters' relationships with God. As for future books, there will be more to come soon!
Becki is one of my favorite people, so I encourage you to visit her online!
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For my portion of the hop, I was asked to answer four questions. So here goes...
What are you working on?
I'm currently working on a series of short stories to fill in the missing years from recurring character and fan favorite Vance Davis. I'm super excited about releasing these, and even more excited to start on Vance's novel.
How does your work differ from others in its genre?
I don't shy away from dark topics, but my books are mostly warm and funny reads that move along quickly. That makes them hard to place in a specific genre. I might talk about human trafficking or the gaps in the foster system in a particular novel, but I'd still say that themes of love, hope and second chances predominate. Anyone looking for something dark and gritty would be sorely disappointed in my books!
I'm also different in that I don't shy away from passion, but I try to keep the books clean enough that I could look my teenage son in the eye should he read them. I love love, and I love the sparks and chemistry of new love. But I don't want to read the intimate bedroom details of someone else's life, so I don't write about them.
Why do I write what I do?
I guess, on some level, I write what I like to read. Mostly, I write the stories bouncing around in my brain. Usually those stories shed light on a particular injustice. Sometimes, they're just a happy romp through new love (like my new release, Waiting for You).
How does your writing process work?
Depends on what day it is and the mood I'm in. Lately, my life has been too chaotic for much of a writing process and that's really bothering me. So much so that I'm trying to decide what needs to change so I can make the words a priority again...
Finally, I want to pass the blog-hop baton on to one of Booktrope's newest authors. I'm eagerly looking forward to reading her debut novel, which is now available! I'm thrilled to introduce you to Brandi Jellum:
Brandy's passion for writing began long before she actually sat down to write. As a child, she has had an obsession with reading, everything from the classic stories by Jane Austen to YA Fiction by Richelle Mead. Finally, in 2012, she decided to create her own stories for people to fall in love with. Brandy bounces back and forth writing both Romance and Young Adult Fiction (which is mainly just for fun).
At the beginning of 2014, Brandy signed a contract with publishing company Booktrope. She is very excited about the next chapter of her life and cannot wait to share her books and passion with readers.
When she isn't writing, she can be found chasing after her husband, her four children and her black lab, Diesel. Or curled up on her favorite corner of the couch with her newest book.
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