I’m lucky to have a lot of cheerleaders in my life. Friends, old and new (and virtual). Family, in their own way. Special readers. However, my biggest cheerleader (as an author) is the fantastic, Maria Elena Sandovici.
Essentially, Elena read Room 702 some years back, decided she liked it, contacted me and thus began a wonderful friendship. As an author, there are many special topics that only another writer can understand (even more so if you are of the self-published variety). Literally every week (and usually once a day) for the past three years, Elena and I have corresponded about our books, what’s working, what we’re working on, the highs and lows. I am so lucky to have her as my cheerleader!
Oh daily challenge, my love for notebooks knows no limits. I’m currently using three (one for daily tasks, one for writing ideas and one for other more long term projects), but decided to post this image from when I started editing the Queen back in February.
Tea in the morning and a Diet Coke near lunch. A quick cuddle with my cat every hour. A good review. A spike in sales for any of my titles. A creative moment. A chat with another creative person. Hitting my word count for the day. Having a scene finally resolved. Lots of things keep me going!
This is actually a very difficult question! There are so many authors that I admire. A series of novels that have recently stuck with me and someone who’s writing style I very much admire is Sarah Maas. Of her novels, I think my current favorite is Heir of Fire, but I reserve judgment as she has more books coming out this year. I particularly enjoy Ms. Maas’s complex characters and outstanding world building.
*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.
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!).
I also have four unpublished novels (2 YA, 2 Adult), a novella, and a few books I have conceptualized but not yet written.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!
I find inspiration everywhere (songs, lyrics, scraps of other novels, movies, television, podcasts, artwork, seriously, have you seen my Pinterest account?). There is not one specific place it comes from, nor would I expect it to. I do not write for someone or some higher ideal. I suppose I write for readers, wherever they may be…
Erm, I’m not so good at dedicating my own works. The first couple of books got very specific and highly crafted dedications, but since then… Well, there is no rule that says you have to dedicate a novel to someone!
Instead, I’ll put forward this one (sorry unknown author, I don’t know who you are, but I love you).