Today for my stop on the ‘Awakening the Trinity’ blog tour, I have a Q and A with the author, Brittany Elise. Before we get down to the ‘interrogation’, here is a little bit more information about her book, as well as the all important ‘to buy’ links:
In the seventeenth-century, an all-powerful witch called Rionach the Dark ruled the Celtic nations with an army of enslaved werewolves. In order to restore balance between Light and Dark, the Trinity of Light was summoned to vanquish the Dark Witch and end the Battle of the Dark Ages.
Seventeen-year-old Quinn Callaghan lives in the small, rustic town of Silver Mountain. Its
location may be rural, but it is home to an ancient pine forest that surrounds a supernatural hotspot–a nexus of raw and powerful energy.
When a charismatic witch from Ireland, and a mysterious guy with a secret of his own are drawn to the area, Quinn finds out that she inherited her rare abilities from a revered ancestor.
Could it be that she shares a bloodline with the Original Trinity? Nearly 300 years later, the Darkness is returning to Silver Mountain, and the Trinity must stop it.
Q and A with Brittany Elise.
TWG – Could you tell us a bit about you and your background before you began writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a young girl, but I suppose I didn’t pursue it as a career choice until I was out of college. I actually graduated with a degree in photography, and later became a certified obedience instructor. I also manage an FBO at a small-town airport and I’ve been there for almost eleven years.
TWG – Have you always wanted to become a published writer?
Always. There’s nothing I adore more than writing, and having those dreams realized has been such a blessing for me. It’s not an easy industry to break into. There’s still a lot more I hope to accomplish with future publications.
TWG – What made you decide to write your new novel?
I love the world of supernatural fiction. It’s my go-to favorite for writing just because I get to use my imagination and write about a world I wish was real. I actually owe a great deal to the novel’s spark (so to speak) to one of Aqualung’s songs called Strange and Beautiful.
TWG – How hard was it to find the inspiration for your book?
Not hard at all. I find inspiration in so many different areas of life, and as soon as I get an idea it grows and I have a hard time actually shutting it off.
TWG – If you could pick a favourite character from your novel, who would it be and why?
I would have to say that my favorite character in this novel is probably Wren. He was such a fun character to create. To me, he’s kind of that perfect male lead for a YA novel. He’s confident, he’s gorgeous, he’s caring, and he sort of has that bad-boy persona going for him but there’s many layers that make him a unique character.
TWG – Did you ever regret writing a character into your story after it was published?
So far, I have no regrets with the character’s I’ve created. There’s characters that I might love to hate, but they are there for a reason.
TWG – Did you find yourself under any personal pressure for your debut novel to succeed and be liked by many?
I think as a writer, you always have hope that people will love your writing, or the story that you are trying to tell. But you have to go into that knowing that you’re not going to be everyone’s cup of tea – and that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. You should always be learning and growing. Even if I never get published again, I will always write. It’s who I am, and I don’t need anyone to tell me that.
TWG – Time for a tough one, if you could choose any book that has already been published to be the author of, which one would you choose and why?
Oh, I have a few on the list… Hmm, probably The Hunger Games. Those novels are incredible, and I love the storyline. (And of course, Harry Potter) haha.
TWG – What does your ‘writing space’ look like?
I like to write at the kitchen table when I’m home. It’s really the only place in my house that has a lot of natural light, and I like curling up with a blanket and a cup of coffee or tea in the early hours of the morning to work. Here lately I have been taking over my husband’s office and using his desk. (His chair is more comfortable, haha.)
TWG – Were there any authors you wanted to be like, when you were a child?
Sarah Dessen is my teenage-self’s hero. I love everything she’s written, and I still aspire to put something out in the world of similar caliber.
TWG – If you had to sum up your book to a stranger in five words, what would they be and why?
Oh, that’s a tough one. Writers aren’t good with short answers, haha. I don’t think I can do it. There’s so many elements in my novel, I wouldn’t want to leave anything out. I had a hard enough time coming up with a short synopsis. ;P
TWG – What’s coming up next for you? Any exclusives?
I am actually working on the prequel and sequel to Awakening the Trinity (simultaneously) and hope to have at least one of those released by fall of 2019. I’m also working on some New Adult romance novels though, so we’ll see what’s in the cards for me.
TWG – One final question. What advice would you give to a writer that wants to be published? Any words of wisdom?
Never give up. Remind yourself why you wanted it so badly in the first place, and don’t let other people discourage you. You will have days where you absolutely loathe everything you are writing – walk away from the keyboard when that happens. Read everything. You can only grow when you’re learning.
Huge thanks to Brittany Elise for stopping by for a chat! Good luck with the book!!
About the author.
My love for writing began at a very young age–way before I could even type
on a keyboard. I was always writing short stories and poems with a fan club of one (my
mom.) I never stopped writing, but I don’t think I believed in myself enough to actually
pursue it as a career. When I enrolled in college, I took as many creative writing classes as they offered, and ended up graduating with a degree in photography and minoring in English.
I enjoy art in all its forms, but writing has always been my first love. Even when I was
pursuing other careers, writing was always my go-to comfort. I later became an animal
obedience instructor and met a children’s author through my dog training. She helped me get my foot through the door, so to speak, and I haven’t turned back since. During the day, I manage an FBO at my local hometown airport, and by night, I dive into my writing with my husband and my four-legged children by my side.