TITLE – Face the Music SERIES – Dauntless Indies Anthologies AUTHORS – Brandy L Rivers, Felicia Tatum, Sarah M. Cradit, Michele Breaux-Rowley, Michelle Graves GENRE – Anthology, paranormal, contemporary and romance shorts PUBLICATION DATE – 1-5-2015 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 49k PUBLISHER – Dauntless Indies COVER ARTIST – Brandy L Rivers
BOOK SYNOPSISOne sprawling music festival Five jaw-dropping stories
Seattle is a mecca for the music, arts, and eclectic. Every year, the Emerald City hosts the highly anticipated Bumbershoot, four days of unique bands, colorful artists, and untold memories.
What better place to find, or lose yourself, than this melting pot of culture?
Slip into the crowds as the music draws you in, but beware: not everything is as it seems. Delicious secrets and startling legends abound.
Who designed the covers?
I actually do my own cover design. I found that it was
challenging for me to articulate the visions in my head, and so I decided to
learn Photoshop and some graphic design basics. There’s been some trial and
error, but I’m absolutely in love with my current design.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good
or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
I do read them, though I never respond to them unless
I know the reviewer personally (and even then the response would be private). I
look at good or bad reviews essentially the same way: tastes are subjective,
and everyone likes something different. If you ever want to make yourself feel
better about a bad review, go look at some of the greatest bestsellers of all
time, or the classics.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers
I try not to lay too heavy on the themes, but the main
thing I try to convey in every book is the threads that motivate each of us.
What constitutes the human condition? I think the answer is different for
everyone, but I love taking a character and giving them dimension… enough that
you can’t put them in a box or define them. We don’t live in a world of black
and white. Everything has shades of grey.
Can you share what your current are projects?
Sure! Busy year here… right now I’m in the middle of
rewrites and edits for Empire of Shadows, which will be Volume 5 in the core
House of Crimson & Clover series. It’s set to release April 21, and is
going to be not only the longest, but the most complex (and likely
controversial!) of the series. Volume 6 and 7 will also be out before the end
of the year. I’m also going to be a part of 6-7 box sets this year, so keep an
What books have most influenced your life most?
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy… honestly ANY book by
Tolstoy, but this one in particular showed me the fine art of characterization.
He designed 500 characters for this book, and each one of them felt uniquely
whole and memorable… flawed to perfection. I read this book about 15 years ago
and I’m still recovering.
No one can spin a tale like Dickens. No one. And Anne
Rice gifted me with my love of lyrical language.
Do you ever experience writer's block?
Sure, often actually. But the only real cure I know
for writer’s block is to write. Keep writing, even if it looks like utter crap.
Usually my “worst” writing surprises me and ends up being 70-80% salvageable.
If I waited for the perfect inspiration to strike me every time, I’d be writing
the same novel the rest of my life.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your
He’s not too new, but Joe Hill has absolutely caught
my attention. I’ve read everything he’s put out so far and I can’t wait for him
to write more. Best writer of this generation.
While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you
were one of the characters?
Yes, definitely. And especially when I’m writing a
hugely emotional scene… I find that I *have* to get in their head in order to
pull it off. I have to smell what they smell, feel what they feel. Every sense
has to match. Other times I feel like I can safely observe their thoughts from
What are your expectations for the book?
The same as all my books: that I put out work that I
feel I did my very best on. My very best changes as I improve, so I can only
seek to do as best as I’m capable of right now.
Do you write an outline
before every book you write?
I didn’t used to, but I
find as I progress further in my series, if I don’t use one, the details run
away from me. At heart I am more of a seat-of-the-pants writer, so this can be
an adjustment for me at times. But I’m also much happier when things are
organized and I don’t miss important details.
Thanks for taking the
time to interview me! J
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