So, in my never-ending quest to promote and involve my books in various places, I signed up for Pronoun. The service tracks the rise of your books and the rank within your dedicated categories (something I really haven’t given additional thought to). In this instance, while I understand the service is trying to be helpful by suggesting alternate categories, the results gave me a reason to laugh.
*Raises hand* My name is Courtney Brandt and I rarely
never buy physical copies of books. Honestly, shamefully I do not even have hard copies of all of my books. Essentially, goodness do I like adverbs this morning being an expat for 9 years, lugging around books is difficult and expensive. It’s why I love e-books and will never go back.
As an author, I may not have sold the most books, but I have received some truly incredible reviews. Over the years, two stick out to me:
- With the release of the final book in my marching series, a reader commented (with love) how she couldn’t wait to pass these books along to her children. Seriously, I was crazy excited.
- With the release of Room 702, I received a private and very personal message. In the book, a character goes to the room to end their life (but in the end, chooses not to). Apparently, this reader had a nearly identical experience and had never know how to share that moment in their life with friends and family. Reading the chapter was a way to bridge what happened and talk about it openly. I cried. In fact, I still tear up thinking about it.
- Bonus! As the subject of Life After Joe is a sensitive one (the journey — literally and figuratively — of a widow), I’ve been very happy with the reception from real widows. Their opinions mean a lot to me.
Lucky for me, I am friends with an INSANELY talented photographer. Enter Heidi Ryder who was just starting her amazing career in 2006. She gifted me with a fantastic selection of photos…which served me well. (And was kind enough to do my most recent author pictures when we were home in the States last year!).
To date, I have 8 books published:
A Fine Line
Keeping in Line
The Line Up
Confessions of a Teenage Band Geek
Life After Joe
I also have four unpublished novels (2 YA, 2 Adult), a novella, and a few books I have conceptualized but not yet written. I’m hoping to release my next book, The Queen of England: Coronation later this year (under Courtney Brandt). I’m also hoping to finish writing book two of the series (planned trilogy) this year. I tend to write a book a year, and it’s almost May!
It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? And I like these types of things. And this one is just different enough to the others I’ve done… 🙂 So, the first book I wrote (and incidentally published) was The Line. It will be 10 years old next year (!), and it still feels like I just started. Sure, it’s not the most amazing writing, and yes, there is a bit of a self-insert going on, but The Line showed me what I was capable of — that I could finish a novel. I tried to have it traditionally published, then decided to go on my own.
With The Line, I had so much motivation — there wasn’t anything I wouldn’t do for that book. Honestly, I wish I could have that level of motivation for my most recent releases. Nearly 10 years later, I know the cover needs a tune up (it’s on my to do list with the rest of the series). Because of technology and also how a marching season is now divided, it’s dated, but it will always hold a special place in my heart.