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ANTHOLOGY INTERVIEWS! Day 1: Brittany Wright

Hello, and welcome to a very special series of interviews!

AC Adams and I have put together a little anthology, and it's coming out on November 15, so I'm interviewing some of the authors involved.

First up, we have Brittany Wright.

Star Trek or Star Wars? The one where princess Lelia marries Spock. 😉 I haven’t watched/read either.

Reboots – a great idea or a lack of creativity? Most reboots are generally okay, but I haven’t been impressed, yet. Lack of creativity.

Coffee, tea, or cacao? Coffee and tea. My favorite tea is Petals Tea 😉

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I have been writing since before I could form sentences. I wrote a poem when I was 6 about this boy who stole my teddy bear. It wasn’t the boy that upset me, but the fact that it was the last item my grandmother gave me and she passed away 4 months earlier.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? Most of the time, it’s a manic episode, sometimes I’ll see the idea in a dream, sometimes it just slaps me out of nowhere, and sometimes it’s a friend or someone asking for a specific book to be written.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? I work 6am-10pm as a CNA; I’m a single mom of two kids and I write when they are asleep.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? For Raven, I consulted with professional therapists about techniques they use with PTSD patients and trauma consumed clients. Sometimes, I’ll google it, sometimes I’ll ask a professional in the field.

When did you write your first book and how old were you? I think I was 14 or 15. It was for a class project.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? If I’m not reading, I’m spending time with my kids, working or reading.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? Surprising or annoying? It’s easy to write 100k words in a few months. Annoying? I freaking hate editing and formatting.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? I have written about 10-12, published 1 so far, and Raven is my baby.

Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they? I have ADHD really bad, and I’m manic like 99% of the time, so I always suggest having tons of pens and papers around to stay prepared. Writing down ideas as they come to you is a great help. Read what you write and don’t worry about what typos might be until you finish your completed first draft. That’s where I went wrong, I wanted my first draft to be perfect and I obsessed way too much over it.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? According to the paper my mom saved when I was 7, I said a writer.

Does writing energize or exhaust you? Depending on which part of the writing process. The general writing and getting the idea down and creating the story is amazing and energizing. The editing and formatting, as I mentioned, I don’t like, can be exhausting.

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym? I did and I might still do that, but I’m proud of my books and what I write. I’m just worried it might impact future jobs or my children.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? I like to be original and write what I want to write, but if someone wants something, I’ll try to deliver.

Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you building a body of work with connections between each book? I released Raven with part 1 and 2. Part 3 will be released later on in 2023. The second book I’m writing will be a stand alone, and the third book will be a series of novellas combined in one book.

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? Paying someone to edit, format and do the cover was the best money I have ever spent.

What was an early experience where you learned that language had power? I have always written poems and songs. When I was younger, I wrote several poems and songs and noticed how powerful they could be. That’s when I started studying the thesarus and dictionary.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? Generally speaking, I’d say a Raven, since the first book, but my spirit animal is a sloth and an owl. I have to have two because of different writing moods. 😊

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? 27 total.

What do you have coming next? I am writing a book called Caught between the Gemini’s. It’s about two girls who go into a speed blind dating club, and have several dates. Female A matches with Twin A and Twin B. The other girl matches with their best friends. Twin A is kind of vanilla and tends to stay safe with everything; whereas Twin B is the exact opposite. Female A doesn’t realize she has been with two different guys, but eventually it gets very spicy and conflict-y. Another book I’m working on is Red Market Exchange. It’s where Hayden, an Incubus devil, approaches Nadia, a very professional surgeon who is well known with everything she does, and she basically makes the life-changing decision with people’s lives and their organs. Think Dexter, but with body parts. 😊 There is an excerpt from this in the Spice and Steam Anthology also edited by Adam (you). The third project I’m working on is a fun story where couples are playing rock paper scissors to make decisions. It’s called ‘ The games we Play’ and it’ll be my brain release project when I’m stuck or drained from the other two.

Curse of the Raven was released early, because I wasn’t paying attention. It is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

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