Tell me a little about yourself, personally.
My personal and professional profiles are pretty similar. I’ve always loved reading, watching, analyzing, and interpreting literature in all its forms, and I followed that path in college where I studied English. After I got my bachelor’s degree, I really started focusing on writing my own stories in a more serious way than I ever had before.
What is the name of the book or books you have published?
The Woman in Red Heels is a short story that I’ve published. My published novels are The Word of the Rock God and Fiberglass Galaxy.
Where can they be found?
They’re all available on amazon.
Do you have any current WIPs?
My latest, Amethyst, will be out very soon!
How are they going?
Very well. I usually write in third person narration, but when this main character came to me she told me she’d be narrating her own tale. It’s strange writing in first person because she and I don’t agree on everything, so saying “I think” when I disagree with the thought creates a strange paradox within myself. It’s been fun, though!
What got you into writing?
My mother always bought me books as a child. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading. The appreciation for the art form was there since childhood. Honestly, reading Criminal Minds FanFiction back in 2006 and 2007 is what made me want to write my own stories.
What keeps you focused?
Focus is difficult as I have a wandering mind. I try to meditate a few nights a week to keep my mind as clear as it can be.
What gives you inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere. Reading inspires me to write. Music inspires me. Museums inspire me. Anything that reflects the emotion of its creator makes me want to create my own art. Art is the only mirror in which you control your own reflection.
How do you battle writer’s block?
I just write through it, even if it isn’t anything related to my WIP. I think being in the action of writing (even if what I’m writing is terrible) helps to grease up the machine.
Did you decide on traditional or self publishing?
I decided on self publishing.
What made you make that choice?
I’m a little bit of a control freak when it comes to what I consider to be a tangible piece of my soul.
How does it feel to be considered an author?
It’s very humbling. I always thought achieving a goal would give me a bit of an ego boost, but when someone sends me a message about how they’ve enjoyed or connected to my writing, I can’t believe I’m lucky enough to be the person receiving such compliments.
What’s your social media platforms for people to find you?
I’m on Twitter and Instagram as @ladybrooklynn and on Facebook as Brooklynn Dean