What was the first book you ever wrote and what inspired you?
I’ve tinkered around with writing for the last five years. Different stories that never made it past page two. A few years ago I had a dream that I thought would make an amazing ending to some book but didn’t think I was the one to write it. I get wild hairs all the time. This year I’m going to play the piano more. This month I think I’ll draw more. I’m going to ride my bike more. That kind of thing. So for me, writing wasn’t a goal that would ever come to any form of fruition were someone other than myself was going to read it and at the time there was no time to write it. Then some things happened in my life which forced me to re-evaluate my goals and what I wanted to accomplish. The dream persisted a couple of times a week for years, so I finally put it down to paper. Thus, Smoldering Embers, Wild Fire, and Ashes, my first books. I know you asked about the first book, but it’s hard to talk about one without the others because they are really one story.
Can you tell us about your work including titles and share your amazon links?
Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/P.M.-Briede/e/B00F7MAE8E/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1405390836&sr=8-1
Smoldering Embers: http://www.amazon.com/Smoldering-Embers-P-M-Briede-ebook/dp/B00HG2M15C/ref=la_B00F7MAE8E_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1405390839&sr=1-1
Wild Fire: http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Fire-P-M-Briede-ebook/dp/B00IXXB2OE/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0S5J4T04GC8GH0YCH84J
I’m an artistic person. I was fortunate as a child and got to learn and experience a lot of things. I was a dancer, a choreographer, a cartoonist, a painter, a pianist, and a martial artist. I love all forms of art and every vacation I take includes a trip to a museum of one form or another. So the Charlotte Grace series melds my love for art, dance especially, into a world that borders on the impossible but depending on your beliefs could be an alternative explanation for the reality we live in today. They are Paranormal Romance novels that I don’t think are too heavy on either categorization.
What drew you in to the romance genre?
Honestly, and please don’t judge me too harshly, but romance novels for the longest time were probably the last book I would have picked to read. Growing up I read fantasy, or rather devoured fantasy. I loved Lewis Carroll, CS Lewis, and Frank Baum. As I got older I sank my teeth into anything and everything Michael Crichton wrote, then Robert Jordan, and Tolkien. I loved sweeping epics and big, fat books that gave you carpal tunnel. Then I stumbled upon HP Mallory one day when I’d run out of things to read and fell in love. It was the perfect genre for me. Fantasy, paranormal, science fiction, with love and sex as a kicker. The perfect garnish for your favorite cocktail and you never knew it existed. From there, I branched out and read other authors, new and old. This was about the time I went through my Jane Austen faze, Darcy, anyone? Now I cannot get enough. Sweet, touching romances. Hot, passionate couplings. I’m in, full force now.
Is romance your favorite genre to read as well as write?
I love a good story, it doesn’t have to be romantic. I’m open the practically anything as long as the story moves and the characters are people I could care about and seem real to me. I also like to learn so books that carry a little social commentary in them as well, suit me well. If you ever peruse my library, you’ll see that my tastes range all over the board.
Can you tell me something about yourself that may surprise your readers?
As artistic as I am, I’m also an economist. I have a bachelor’s degree in International Trade and Finance with a minor in Economics and a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance. The arguments in my head between the two polar opposite brain stems are pretty entertaining. Sorry, you can’t hear them!
Are you excited to be a part of the upcoming Ropin Romance event?
Excited isn’t a good enough descriptor. Honored would probably be more accurate. There are some great authors in this group that have been around for a while, as well as the site owner and moderators. I’m new to this. I self-published Smoldering Embers last September, subsequently pulled it in late October when I got picked up by a Indie Publisher, then re-dropped it in January after some edits. I’m a baby in this industry so to have people think my work is solid enough to take the time to include me in any promotion event astounds me.
What do you to to help with writers block?
I write, whatever drivel is in my head that I know sucks to get it out and out of the way. Ashes in the first draft was terrible. I knew where I wanted to end but couldn’t seem to get my characters there. I now affectionately call those “filler” scenes. They’re like place holders. The ideas were there, I knew they weren’t great or right, but I had to get them out so I could move on to something new. Ashes was completely overhauled even before I submitted it to my publisher as I cut out the garbage or reworked it into something that did work. I write it anyway because the idea may not be bad. In fact, it may be good for another story altogether (the inspiration for my second series happened this way).
If you had to choose three words to describe what type of writer you are what would they be?
Dark, Morbid, Hopeful
What is your author pen name and do you have more than one?
If you had to pick a favorite author who would it be?
That’s really hard because I have so many, but I have to say Michael Crichton was the first author that I had to read anything and everything he wrote.
Since many of the readers that will be seeing this interview and participating in the takeover will be new fans. If you had to describe your writing style and books in a single sentence what would it be?
Take the reality that you live and just imagine a different explanation for the people in your life, who they are, and why they’re there and the things going on around you, and that’s my writing.