B. Brumley is the Featured Author
I am so pleased to have B. Brumley on the blog this week as our featured author. She is a fellow Hotel Paranormal author. Her installment in the series — Feather — is out this week.
Before we get to the interview, let me share her bio.
Bokerah Brumley is a speculative fiction writer making stuff up on a trampoline in West Texas. When she’s not playing with the quirky characters in her head, she’s addicted to Twitter pitch events, writing contests, and social media, in general. She cares for a ten-acre Permaculture farm with her husband, five home-educated children, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and two dogs. With several novella releases scheduled for 2016, Bokerah has too much planned for this year, but is happily doing it anyway. In her imaginary spare time, she also serves as the blue-haired Publicity Officer for the Cisco Writers Club.
Tell us about your latest release?
Feather is about a peacock shifter named Jane Jones. Jane Jones first appeared in my novella, Wings Over New York (now a part of Woe for a Faerie), but Jane needed her own story. Feather grew from that. Jane isn’t a hero. She doesn’t want to be. I think that’s what I love most about her.
Are you a plotter or pantser?
Hahaha! I love this question. Originally, I was a pantser, but I’ve learned that my productivity favors a little planning. So now I’m half-pantser / half-plotter, preferring instead to write by beats.
What was the most difficult part of the publishing process for you?
Marketing is hard to figure out. Mostly, it’s all very one foot in front of the other, plodding along. Of course, blurb writing is pretty hard. You know that short bit that describes a story? THAT is one of the hardest things about publishing. Those two hundred words are three parts marketing and one part story.
How about the most fun?
I enjoy social media, Twitter and Facebook. But, lately, I’ve really been enjoying my blog. Since my husband and I started a Permaculture farm, I’ve sort of resurrected my photography, and that’s made blogging a lot of fun again. Beyond that, I love networking, and I love people. Meeting everyone – in person or on social media – is one of my favorite things.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Reading inspired my first writing. When I was a teen, I wrote a middle-grade novel. Then I got married and had kids. Though, I never left the dream for very long. More recently, in 2015, I met some ladies of the Blazing Indie Collective. They asked me to be a part of a Mermaid box set, and that was the first time I wrote, finished, and published a novella as an adult. I promptly learned all the things that I did incorrectly, and it’s been pedal-to-the-metal since.
Do you have any writing rituals? (Time of day to write, must have beverages? Etc?)
I write business correspondence in the mornings, but I write fiction better in the afternoons. I usually have coffee or tea on-hand, but neither is a must as long as I have something to drink.
Who is your go-to author, the one you know you can always count on to deliver a great story?
I know a lot of these. I’ve enjoyed work by Melanie Karsak, and I’ve just started reading a science fiction romance called Edge of Darkness by Vikki Romano.
What projects are you working on at the present?
Feather, first and foremost. I just love this idea of The Hotel Paranormal, and I can’t wait to read work from the others. Woe for a Faerie just released. It’s about a fallen angel named Woe (you’ll meet her briefly in Feather). And I’m actually writing a light-on-the-SciFi Rom-Com (called The Teacher and the Astronaut). I’m also co-writing a Gothic Romance with Eli Constant. It’s fantastic. I love it.
What do your plans for future projects include?
I’ll be starting Leviathan’s Rise, book two in Keepers of New York, my fantasy trilogy. After that, I’ll be working on a creepy re-telling: Cinder/Ella: When Shoes Speak.
What paranormal creature is featured in your book?
I have a peacock shifter and a shadow assassin. A fallen angel, a whale shifter, and a priest also make cameos.
How does your main character feel about his trip to the HP?
Jane Jones is pretty sure it’s the only way to convince the shadow assassin not to kill her. Beyond that, she hopes to have a little fun convincing him she’s worth leaving alive.
What was your favorite part about writing in this group project?
To be honest, I loved seeing how creative everyone was. The wide variety of stories and characters. It’s amazing. There’s something for everyone, and I don’t think anybody could get bored with the series.
Average is for the birds.
And Jane Jones is average in every way. With sixty-seven Jane Joneses on Facebook alone, it’s easy to blend in. So when the universe spins its vindictive web of chaos, Jane refuses to interfere. Saving humans is somebody else’s job. She’s just here for the buffet.
When the local wanna-be-a-hero-priest corners her in Central Park, she’s convinced he’s lost his mind. He soon makes it clear that a shadow-villain is out to kill her. Plain Jane has a price on her head. Her only hope for survival is joining his mysterious band of misfits.
But when their plans fail, she does the most logical thing: she captures the would-be-hitman and drags him to the Hotel Paranormal for the weekend.
In a fancy room with six hundred thread count sheets and complimentary champagne, can Jane turn an assassin to an ally?
A Hotel Paranormal story.
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