Author Interview – PM Briede

Here is the interview that I did with author PM Briede who is part of the “FangTastic’s Book Mixer Event! Her slots are Jan. 29th – 31st 8-9pm EASTERN! Thank you PM for taking the time to do the interview with me and for being an apart of the event!

How long have you considered yourself an author?
I started writing in January of 2012, for my own personal reasons.  A friend convinced me to let her read my first draft of Smoldering Embers, then Untitled Book of little consequence in April of that year.  She loved it, as good friends always will, but that was the moment I considered myself an author.  Someone read something I wrote and enjoyed it.  To me that was all that mattered and in many ways it still is.  One person or one thousand, it doesn’t matter to me.  If someone else enjoys what I wrote, I’m overjoyed.

How many books do you currently have out and please list titles per each genre?
I currently have four books released.  One paranormal romance series, The Charlotte Grace Series, consisting of Smoldering Embers, Wild Fire, and Ashes.  I have one novel out as well, a mash-up of Suspense/Crime/Romance called The Underground.  In 2015, my next paranormal romance series, The Empathy Delacroix Series, will be released, consisting of Death of a Chorus Girl, Don’t Drink The Nine, and Phantom of New York.

Of all of the books that you have written which was the hardest to write for you and why?
The WIP I just finished in December 2014 was a pain in my rear.  Much like many of my other books, it is currently untitled, but the first book and the final book were so clear on plot points but I was having trouble connecting the two with this middle book.  It will definitely be redrafted, at least about 50%.  I don’t know if I just wasn’t feeling the characters as much because I had started a new job, was dealing with some aftermath of my grandmother’s estate, travelling for the holidays, and getting my household ready for my husband to start a new job, or what, but I story was like pulling teeth, but that’s how I write.  Sometimes, I have to force the issue, get something on the paper to at least have a jumping off point, knowing that I’ll be able to springboard from it to something better when I’m ready to come back to it after separating myself for a good 6 months.

What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about being an author?
From a creative perspective, the multiple lives I get to lead.  I immerse myself in my characters and their worlds.  So far, ever locale is a place I have been or even lived.  They are locations that I love and was inspired by and use them to inspire my characters and make them more real.  I write realistic fantasy, the paranormal embedded in the real world, and hopefully leave you wondering if what I wrote could really happen or exist.
From a personal perspective, I love interacting with readers and fellow authors.  I like discussing my books, and others.  I like interacting and sharing pieces of me as a real person.  And I love being “stalked” by some of my fans.

If you could give your younger self a piece of advice when it comes to your author career what would it be and why?
Not to be afraid.  Don’t compare yourself to others.  And be patient.  Not all success is measured in sales or best sellers lists.  I have no desire to replace my day job with writing full time.  My job gives me income and exposure to the world and the ability to go places that will inspire me to write.  I write because I want to and therefore, I measure my own level success.

What do you think is the one hardship that most authors face and what ways do you suggest they do to deal with it as best as possible?
This is a hard one, because I’ve been very fortunate.  I think feeling like you are on an island trying to break onto the scene on your own.  You don’t have to have a publisher, but you do need connections.  I’m lucky, in that in the last six months, I’ve built up both.  Oh, and also rejection.  Whether it is a bad review or a “no” from a blogger or publisher or fellow author, take it as a learning experience and not personal.  There is nothing in this world that pleases everyone, so don’t expect yourself or your work to do so.

If you could have dinner with any author past or present and could only ask them one question who would it be and what would you ask them?
Michael Crichton and “How did you educate yourself on all the science aspects of your novels?”  He is among my favorites and I love science and science fiction and am toying with a more sciency novel myself.

If you could have your dream home built anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
If money was no object, I would build a vineyard villa in Tuscany.  Not because I drink wine, I very rarely do, but I love how beautiful vineyards are and I love all things Italy.

If you were to guess how you readers would describe you in three words what would they be?
Energetic, Geeky, Adorkable

Are you currently working on any other projects that you would like to share with me?
I have a secret story that I will be starting in February.  Only one person knows the direction and idea and that’s because it is so different from anything I’ve written so far that it will be a risk to publish if I see it through.  Outside of that, you can expect 2016 to release my WIP series on demons as I’ll clean up that book 2 this year and write book 3 as well.

Thank you, Authorclassifieds for having me and all of you for taking the time to spend with me tonight!  I hope to get to know you all better in the coming future!