Brooke writes complex, character-driven stories about kismet, reunited lovers, first love, and the kind of romance that we should all have the chance at finding. She prefers her stories laced with some humor just for fun, and enough drama to keep her readers flipping the pages, and begging for more!
When Brooke isn’t spinning tales, she spends her time drawing/cartooning, reading two books a week (ask her who her faves are), watching movies then comparing them to books, and, of course, wrangling four kids, one hubby she lovingly refers to as her “nerd”, and attempting to conquer the Mount Everest of laundry that is the bane of her existence.
Now on to the FIVE QUESTIONS
1. Congrats on the publication of Bittersweet. What inspired you to write this story?
My journey as a mom to a very special little guy with ASD and Sensory Processing Disorder. Also, I was going through a Johnny Iuzzini phase (don’t know who he is? Google him….you’ll thank me later) and wanted to integrate him into a story somehow. Thus…Anna and Leo were born.
A lot. It was hard not to. Her sacrifice for her son reminded me of the way I’ve tabled my own life in an effort to focus on his needs. I only wish I’d had made out with Leo, though….
3. What’s next on the horizon?
I have a single title contemporary romance coming out on July 7th, called The Carny. Here’s what it’s about:
“At a town fair on the coast of Oregon, handsome Native American carny, Vincent Youngblood, bestows an unforgettable kiss on shy, awkward teenager, Charlotte Davenport. Then he disappears without another word, leaving her baffled and enamored.
Ten years later, Charlotte is still living in the small fishing town of Astoria, while being trained to–reluctantly–take over for her philandering hotelier father when he retires. After all, who else will do it? Her two perfect sisters are busy being married to their flawless husbands and having cookie cutter children, while Charlotte remains single, childless, and every bit as mousy as she was a decade ago.
As Charlotte struggles to climb out from underneath her judgmental parents thumb, the carnival rolls back into town, and Charlotte finds herself face to face with Vin again. He’s back to run his father’s carnival, walking away from a promising career in medicine he started in Chicago. Will her biased and judgmental family accept her relationship with a man who is not only a Native American, but works as a carny for a living? And what unsavory secrets bind the well-educated and seemingly superlative Vin to that ramshackle carnival?
After all, you can’t judge a carny by its cover.”
And then I have a single title romantic women’s fiction coming out in August, titled Keeping Secrets In Seattle. I don’t have a blurb for that book yet, but I can tell you that it is Bridget Jones’ Diary meets My Best Friend’s Wedding….with a dark twist.
4. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Keep writing. Never, ever, ever stop writing in order to focus on selling one particular story. ALWAYS continue writing another story, and another, and another. Always perfect your craft. Go to conferences, find a good critique partner, join writing groups, etc. Never stop working to polish and perfect your craft.
5. Finally, Beatles or Rolling Stones?
Beatles. Always the Beatles. In fact, ironically enough, I’m wearing a Let It Be tee shirt right now.
Thanks for stopping by, Brooke.
BUT SHE’S NOT DONE YET!
Brooke is giving away an ebook ARC copy of BITTERSWEET and THE CARNY!
I’ll make this easy. The first commenter will win The Carny.
Second commenter will win Bittersweet.
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