For my very first interview for 2013, I have a special guest in the form of author Jean Brown. I have met Jean through my author network Supporting Authors One Read at a Time, and found her to be genuine and wonderfully supportive.
Here is a brief bio: Jean Brown lives in the Piedmont area of North Carolina with her husband Michael, daughter Asia, and all her furry friends. In her spare time, Jean fosters and rescues animals in need. She also enjoys spending time on the lake. She is currently working on book three in the Faulkner’s Curse series. Jean invites you to take a journey with her to the cursed Durga Lake where evil resides beneath the surface of the breath-taking landscape.
A very warm welcome to my friend across the pond Jean, what inspired you to write? Was there a special incident or did it come naturally?
I think writing as well as reading is innate for me. I’ve always loved to read and have been fascinated by the creation of a story. I was inspired by my father, who was a wonderful storyteller, making them up as he went along. He never wrote stories, but the tales he told verbally seem to flow out of his imagination without pause or thought.
Lucky you to have a father who was a great story-teller. How would you describe your own writing style?
I am certainly character driven. My main focus is to create memorable characters. When I consider the multitude of books I’ve read over the past decades, I typically remember the interesting characters more than the plot. I think the plot is very important, but if the character is unique enough, it doesn’t really matter what he’s doing. I would like to consider my style similar to Dean Koontz. Koontz is a mastermind at taking an average person and building them into a memorable character that you’ll never forget, such as the Odd Thomas series. He also includes a unique canine in most of his books.
Jean, I could not agree with you more, about memorable characters. I must check out Dean Koontz very soon.
I assume as an author, you like reading – what’s your usual read?
Usually, I like thrillers in a wide range from horror to romance, but I enjoy all genres. I really love the way genres are crossed over and blended into a great story. Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks, Karen Slaughter are some of my favorites, but over the past couple of years I’ve been reading and completely impressed with many books written by indie authors.
Oh yes, I have read King, Roberts and Sparks, and have Koontz and Slaughter on my reading list :). Yes, like you, I have read many Indie authors in the last couple of years and expanded my reading scope, more than I ever expected. It’s really exciting to discover unknown and unusual authors.
What are you reading now? Do you have a book (apart from your own) which you highly recommend?
I just finished reading The Nightlife-New York by Travis Luedke which is the first book in the series. This is a great book for an adult reader especially if you like vampire tales. My reading list consists of over a hundred books. I could list hundreds of books I recommend. As I mentioned earlier, the Odd Thomas series is terrific. And Junying, your book Land of Hope is on my list as well. I can’t wait to read it!
Jean, that’s so lovely of you to include my book on your reading list, and I hope that you’ll find it an interesting read.
Can you give us a writing tip? or something you have learnt during your writing process?
Writing is tough business. You have to be thick skinned. It’s time consuming and hard work with little pay and often times little recognition if you’re an indie author. My first lessons after completing the novel was how tough it is to market your book. The writing is the easiest part by comparison. There are thousands and thousands of wonderful writers out there telling wonderful stories, and it can be difficult trying to stand out. Realistically, I think you have to love the writing process and view it as a passion as opposed to a career. I don’t mean to sound so pessimistic, but don’t quit your day job just yet.
Totally agree! You’ve summed up life of an Indie author so well: hard work and little recognition. It’s tough for an Indie author with a day job, and just as tough if he/she does not have one.
If you were strangled on a desert island, what kind of music would you take with you (yes, you’re allowed to have an ipod :)?
Hands down, I would choose classic rock and alternative rock, although I listen to all types of music.
Great Choice! Do you have a motto to live by and what is it?
I suppose my motto would be to squeeze as much happiness from this short life as possible and try not to hurt anyone along the way.
If you were allowed a super power, what would it be?
I would like to make time stand still in order to savour the happy moments we have on special occasions and times with our children before they grow up. I suppose if I had that power, my children would never become adults. LOL
I just released Rending Skies/2012 which is book 2 in the Faulkner’s Curse series. I’m currently working on book 3 in the series.
About the Author: I’m married to Michael Brown who is by far the most patient man I know, and we have two children, Jordan and Asia. We live in the country in central North Carolina with our four legged friends. Besides my passion for writing and reading, I’m an animal advocate in hopes to build a sanctuary in the near future.