Today I'm joined by writer, Brandi Leigh Hall for a quick interview! Meet Brandi and learn more about The Birthright Series, her paranormal, NA stories.
1. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Is there anything you wish someone had told you?
I guess that would have to be to NOT over think it too much—and write what's in your heart—not what the current trends demand. With my first book, I belonged to several groups, had different crit partners, all of different genres than what I wrote. Most of the advice I was given probably worked well for traditional romance and erotica, but it wasn't the best for my sweet story. I constantly dissected my book based on their thoughts, and in the end, my story lost a lot of its heart. So now, I write the way I "want" to, and tell the story that needs to be told. Which is also a big part of the reason why I chose the "Indie Author" path. I like being my own boss, without feeling pressured to write a certain way.
2. Have you ever read a book that you expected to enjoy but didn’t or, vice versa, read a book that you didn’t expect to enjoy and fell in love with it anyway? Which book?
Absolutely! THE DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE trilogy by Laini Taylor. I bought it because I loved the cover, but when I first started it, I had a really tough time getting into it, the way she jumped around from character to character. I've always struggled with books that have strange creature/world names; I have trouble following. But...fortunately, I stuck with it and absolutely fell in love with the series. In fact, I'm in the middle of book 3 right now.
3. What is your favorite board game? Card game?
Hands down, Scrabble! I play it all the time.
4. When writing, do you share chapters with friends or beta readers as you go or do you keep your projects secret until they are complete?
Oh, heck yeah! My mother is ALWAYS my first beta reader. Usually, every few chapters I'll print them out for her. Or if I do a chapter I'm really excited about, I give it to her immediately. My mind never stops coming up with new plot twists, so I HAVE to run them by her before the anyone in the real-world sees it.
5. Please share a favorite line from your newest book.
Here's a line from TANGLED (A BirthRight Novel #3), due out this December.
"Death has a way of making you realize—how desperately you want to live."
6. Do you have any hidden talents?
Well, it used to be singing. But somewhere along the way I think I became tone-deaf...lol. No joke. So hidden talent NOW? Hmmmmmmm...well, my family calls me "The Cat Whisperer", does that count? lol
Brandi Leigh Hall
Genre: "Sweet" NA Urban Fantasy
Brandi Leigh Hall is a YA and NA author, whose stories lean towards the sweeter side of romance. Her novels combine magical elements with real-life issues, strong female characters, semi-old-fashioned men, and family values, woven together and told from an organic and emotional, first-person perspective.
Growing up in a haunted house in Central PA inspired Brandi's fascination with the paranormal, so it only made sense she'd write Urban Fantasy for both teens and adults.
Brandi lives in central Pennsylvania with her fur-ball cats (Onyx and Klepto), where she spends most of her time attached to her laptops, reading books, appeasing her sweet tooth, and watching TV for inspiration.
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrandiLeighHall
THE BIRTHRIGHT SERIES
Two Hearts. One Prophecy. Entwined Together By Destiny.
TETHERED (A BirthRight Novel #1)
No matter how you try to fight it—Destiny has a mind of its own!
Returning home to her Wiccan roots wasn’t quite what nineteen-year-old Chloe Bishop had in mind for summer break. But when fate makes other plans, Chloe is forced to face her unwanted magical abilities—the destiny she never knew existed—and the handsome stranger who is somehow tethered to both.
TEMPTED (A BirthRight Novel #2)
What if the very thing to save you—is the one thing beyond your reach?
Torn between the two men who have fallen for her—and the evil who wants to possess her—twenty-year-old Chloe Bishop can no longer remember the fatal vision which threatens her future happiness. But when the magical link is severed between Chloe and her Wiccan family, they must find a way to save her, before temptation leads her into darkness—and into the welcoming arms of Mr. Wrong.
TANGLED (A BirthRight Novel #3)
Release Date: December 2014