Please welcome suspense and paranormal author Calle J. Brookes! I’m so glad she’s here today to talk about life as a writer. Stay tuned, because she’s just in time for your holiday reading list with a giveaway I know you’ll love. And now here’s Calle:
I have…an author’s assitant. She loves notebooks, pens of any color, files (and filing cabinets), checking the mail, talking on the phone, and typing on the computer. She also love, love, loves, stacking paperback romance novels—especially if there are wolves on the cover…she’s howled like a werewolf since she was 12 months old. She’s tiny, blond, blue eyed, and capable of massive—and I do mean massive—amounts of destruction in very little time.
She’ll be three soon. She keeps me hopping morning, noon, and night—I never know what to expect from her. (Right now she’s tangling my sewing measuring tape and a red ribbon around my legs and my desk chair. I probably shouldn’t stand up any time soon!)
Writing has been just as full of surprises as my daughter’s second year. I never know what the stories will do next, what the series will do next, or even what will happen in the next book. Or the book I’m currently writing. I rarely plot out a book ahead of time—I far prefer finding out what will happen along with my characters, rather than directing them down a predetermined path. It’s far more fun for me that way.
I write two completely different series. One is paranormal romance and the other is romantic suspense. I try to alternate releases so that each series gets the same number of books out each year.
The Wolf God & His Mate (EsKape Press) is number 9 in the paranormal series (Dardanos, Co. series) and later this month number 6 for the romantic suspense (PAVAD: FBI Romantic Suspense) series will release. (RUNNING, 11/27/13). I didn’t know what would happen in any of the books I’ve released in the last two years, and I can say that is what I love about writing. Being surprised.
Sometimes I hit blocks or snags. Then I have to sit and think, work through all the angles and problems. Usually it’s a quick process—sometimes it’s longer (a few have lasted months!). Sometimes all I need is a few minutes in a bubble bath away from the author assistant.
Like yesterday, Al—heroine of RUNNING—got herself into a bit of a bind with the hero and I needed to figure out what went wrong. So first chance I had I snuck into the bathtub and tried to relax and figure out what I needed to do to help Al out.
I figured out what I needed to do and was just relaxing when the shower curtain was ripped back and an Elmo potty seat bounced off my head and into the water. A Hello Kitty rain boot followed. Then came a teeny tiny leg—complete with pink jeans and blue velcro tennis shoe. Before I could blink (that potty seat backed a bit of a punch!) I had a sopping wet kid in the tub with me.
The assistant was not napping after all.
She’s just full of surprises, and I love (almost) every single one.
I’m finishing up RUNNING this week (If she’ll let me!) and I’m still being surprised. Al was a bit of a difficult character for me to figure out.
Wolf God was probably the biggest surprise for me in either series. It started out as just a little blog story to explain some background information in the rest of the series. And people kept wanting more, and more, and before I was done it was nearly 20000 words! That’s longer than The Blood King—the novella that spawned the entire series!
I plan to seriously revisit the characters in Wolf God in one of the later books in the series. At this point there is a 7 book story arch that started in A Warrior’s Quest and will finish in late 2015 (I don’t plot the individual books, but I do a very vague plan for the series!).
I’m sure the series (both series’!) will bring tons of surprises—and I plan to write them for several years to come! I also have another project in the works at this point. Hopefully it will be finished by the end of 2014!
Speaking of surprises, I need to go now…the author’s assistant is trying to ride the Border collie again… (The dog is named Freedom, and she is the inspiration for a canine character in Live or Die, Dardanos book 3, btw!)
Thanks Moriah, for letting me visit your blog today! I’ve loved reading about your own adventures with your little ‘author assistants’!
ABOUT CALLE J. BROOKES
Calle Jaye is fun, playful, ironic, professional and sophisticated. She’s super-educated in the field of fiction and would spend most of her time walking around in “Book World” (or “eBook World”). Does she have slight control freak tendencies? Yep.
Writing romance novels has been her dream job since she was in middle school, and now she gets to do it!
Her favorite color is bold purple. She likes rock like Kid Rock, Shinedown, and Nickelback. Add in a bit of Anastacia and Adelle, too.
She collects rocks. Watches all crime dramas. Abhors Lifetime Movies and Titanic (especially Leo…) and refuses to read or write about sparkly teen vampires.
She’s married to a cop she strongly suspects is a vampire. They’ve made a vampire baby–who likes to howl like a werewolf. But only on Sundays.
Say hello to Calle! Give her a warm welcome, tell her a funny kid story, or talk about books — she’d love to hear from you.
One lucky commenter will win a copy of:
Hunting (PAVAD:FBI Romantic Suspense series)
Another commenter will win a copy of:
Live or Die (Dardanos, Co. Paranormal series)
We’ll announce the winners here Saturday 11/23/13
Congratulations, winners: Melissa C. and Donna D. You get ebooks from Calle J. Brooks. Check your inbox!
Thanks to all who participated.