Saturday, February 21, 2009

Interview with Bronwyn Storm

It's Saturday! Time to ignore every social responsibility possible, sit around the house in pajamas, and read my latest interview!

Today I'm interviewing Bronwyn Storm, who is no stranger to longtime DV readers. In addition to being a published author, Bronwyn is a genuinely funny, warm, caring, modest, humble person. She is also a bad influence on me; most of the dirty jokes I made in certain chatrooms were cheered on by or influenced by her, and I was pure and innocent before I began talking to her. (My apologies to any that are still offended.) Bad influence aside, her very helpful, recently-redesigned website is great fun (www.bronwynstorm.com), and she is, as the Aussies would put it, a "good giggle." Plus she's Canadian, and everybody loves Canadia.

Ladies and gentlemen, I proudly present. . .Bronwyn Storm!

Bronwyn, would you please tell us a bit about you?

When I was little, there was only one thing I wanted to be when I grew up: a superhero. Sadly, this goal was made moot when I realized that being a klutz was not in fact, a super power, and my super-weakness for anything bright and shiny meant that a magpie with self-control could easily defeat me in a battle of wills. Hence, the turn to writing as an occupation. I don’t get to live on a secret space station orbiting the earth (and thank God, because I get motion sick on a merry-go-round), but I still get to wear leotards, a cape and say things like, “STAND ASIDE! THIS IS A JOB FOR WRITING-GIRL!” (Pandem's note: My attempts to locate pictures of Bronwyn in a leotard and cape were unsuccessful.)

As for my publishing history, I began writing as a career back in 2005. Since then, I've had five stories published with The Wild Rose Press: Ethan's Chase (Champagne), I Love You a Latte (Last Rose of Summer), The Genie's Curse (Faery), Shoe-In for Love (Vintage), and Love and the Leprechaun (a Free Read). (Pandem's Note: As per my promise in my blog here Wednesday, Bronwyn now has my eternal respect and admiration for writing a romance that remotely involved a leprechaun and not using the words "lucky" or "charms" in the title.)

What genre do you write?

Romance, Mystery/Suspense, Children's--anything and everything!

What makes your work different from all the other authors out there?

Oh goodness, that's a question for readers. I'd like to think they like my work because of the humor, tight plots, and depth of characters. However, there's a lot of really great books out there who share those characteristics with me. Really, I think I'd rather think that my books are like all the others out there that entertain and delight readers.

Who is your favourite author? Why?

Another hard question. I don't have a favorite author. I have loads of authors I love to read: Agatha Christie, Alicia Dean, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Anne Perry, Johanna Melaragno, Dayana Knight, Stacy Dawn, J.K. Rowling--the list is endless.

Who are your biggest writing influences?

Really great writers, because they inspire me, and really horrible writers because they give me hope (heck, if they can be published, why not the rest of us?). (That may be the best answer to this question that I've heard yet.)

Which of your own works is your favourite, and why?

Erk. I don't have a favourite.


Which of your own characters is your favourite, and why?

Again, no favorites. I love all my characters--they're all people I'd love to know in real life.


What's your favourite book of all time?

Ha ha. Guess what my answer is? That's right--no favorites!

What's your writing method?

Other than stare at the computer screen, hyperventilating and wondering what made me think I could write? Umm...I get an idea, figure out the big plot points, draft the characters, draw up a rough sketch of how the scenes will flow (we're talking a sentence per scene), then I start writing. On average, it takes me about seven drafts before I start liking my story and feeling as though it's really going to come together.

What do you like about being a writer?

The commute, for sure, not to mention the dress code, that I get to eat at my desk...on the deeper level, I love writing because it helps me figure out my world and to some extent, myself. I don't think there's any other kind of job where you can tell people that you're listening to voices in your head and transcribing what they say, and said people actually cheer you on (as opposed to shoving pills down your throat and recommending you for both psychotherapy and exorcism).

What do you dislike about being a writer?

It's lonely because at the end of the day, all you have are the voices in your head. And while people can cheer you on, it's up to you to get those pages right, to work--and writing is work. Hard, hard work. The really great writers make it look easy, but that's because they're willing to bleed on their pages. Writing can be so frustrating because it's drafts and drafts of a manuscript and tossing away pages of work and starting all over again, but even on my worst writing day, there's nothing else I want to do as a job.

What are your goals as a writer?

To entertain. That's my job, that's my goal and my prayer.

Tell us a little about the books you have available now.

Well, Ethan's Chase is a contemporary/suspense about a man learning his heart's not always wrong and a woman figuring out that a first impression's not always right. (Pandem's note: Bronwyn somehow neglects to mention that Ethan's Chase was nominated for a 2009 CAPA Award. She didn't win, but the honour is in the nomination, according to several Oscar non-acceptance speeches, so yay for Bronwyn!)

I Love You a Latte deals with a divorcee who's going to take a chance on love and learn that men, like coffee, can come in all kinds of decadent varities.

The Genie's Curse is all about wishes and finding love in the most unexpected places.

Shoe-In for Love for Love is a comedic trip back to the 80s and a romantic take on The Elf and the Shoemaker.

Finally, Love and the Leprechaun is a fun, quick read about a woman who sees the dead (but who would much rather "see" the way into the heart of the man she loves).

What's your favourite sub-genre of paranormal romance?

I don't have a favorite (yes, yes, tell us something new, you say), but I love paranormals that tweak the 'common' myths and legends, and do it all with a dose of fun and humor.

Do you have any advice for our readers?

Not really. Just a huge thanks for reading!!

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And thank you for being interviewed, Bronwyn!

For everyone else, seriously, go check out her website, it's hilarious.

That's it for this week. . .till next week, go read some good books!

Pandem
http://www.vagabondsaint.wordpress.com

5 deadly screams:

Carrie from Wisconsin said...

Hi there,

Another great interview Pandem!

The more I hear other authors talk about the voices in their heads, the more at home I feel!

I love and appreciate the links to other sites but I wish they would open up in new tabs/windows rather than the same one because I like having the site that referred me in one tab/window and the referred site in a different one so I can bounce back and forth between the two....

Carrie

Evia said...

My favorite interview so far, Pandem; Bronwynn seems like quite a character, lol! I'll have to check out her books. And her site is funny!

Sarah Mäkelä said...

Carrie, I always right-click on the link and click on "Open in New Tab." =) Hope that helps.

Great interview, Pandem.

Bronwyn, thanks for interviewing with us. It was fun having you here.

Brown said...

Thank you so much for having me! And as for Pandem's assertions, they are (of course) completely false.

The last time he was 'innocent,' I think dinosaurs still ruled the world (or at the very least, white eyeliner was considered the height of fashion).

Pandem said...

White eyeliner isn't fashionable anymore?