Interview with Anna Stephens!

1. What was it like after publishing your first novel, Godblind? And from those years of rejections, with 37 rejections, what lesson would you want to share with us?

Finally seeing Godblind in bookshops as a real book was one of the best moments of my life, without doubt. There were a lot of years of rejection and struggle to get to that moment, so I was determined to enjoy every second of my publication day. I was quite nervous before the launch party, but everyone was there to cheer me on and it was just a fantastic experience.
I’m glad, in a way, that Godblind was rejected 37 times, because every one of those rejections made me work on the book again to make it better – if it hadn’t been rejected so often, I would never have been so determined to make it the best book I could.
2. I know this question would be a total cliché but what inspires or motivates you to achieve your lifelong dream to become an author?

 I’ve always been a writer, ever since I was a young child. I’ve always made up stories, so it wasn’t really a question of whether I would write, it was whether I would get published, and those are two very different things. Even if Godblind had never been published, I’d never stop writing. I’m just incredibly lucky that people want to publish my work and other people want to read it! I can be extremely stubborn as well, so every one of those rejections just encouraged me to try even harder. I learnt a lot about myself as a person and as a writer over the years of rejections. They made me a better person, I think.

3. There are a lot of genres out there. Your first book belongs to the Dark Fantasy genre. Is this your preferred genre in the first place to write?

I do love the genre in which I write, but I like to read a wide variety of genres as well. Fantasy and historical fiction were my two first loves, but I’m not sure I could ever write a historical fiction. You have to stick to too many real life events for my liking. I would like to write sci-fi or alternative reality at some point; many of the short stories I produce for my writing group will be set anywhere other than a traditional fantasy setting. They’ll be an alternative now, or a far-future spaceship or a monster-ridden Victorian England. I like to experiment with different settings and places, but fantasy is definitely my first love and everything I write has an element of fantasy in it.

4. Random Question: If you are going to date someone, fictional or not, dead or alive, who would it be and why? What are you going to do on your date?

Tough question! I think I would go on a date with William Shakespeare. We would row along the River Avon and have a picnic and I’d ask him how he wrote all those marvellous plays – and where he gets his ideas from!

5. If you are going to give an advice to your 10-year old self, what would it be?

10-year old me was a book nerd, so I’d definitely tell her to keep doing that. But I’d also tell her to get outside more and play more with her friends, so that she doesn’t lose touch with other people and doesn’t get bullied for being such a geek.

6. I actually love the names of your characters; Dom, Durdil, Crys, Rillirin, Mace, Tara, Galtas, Rivil, Janis, etc. Are those made up or are they inspired by people in real-life? How did you pick the names of your characters?

For me, characters always arrive in my head before the plot does. So someone will walk up and tap me on the shoulder (in my head) and introduce themselves. I’ll get a sense of their appearance and main character traits, and then I’ll start thinking up random collections of letters – there are a lot of names in Godblind that contain the letters R and L, because I like the way they sound and the way your mouth moves when you say them. None of the names were inspired by real people, though I realised afterwards that Janis is spelt the same way as Janis Joplin, which is pretty cool.

7. Describe the next installment in ten words!

If you thought things were bad before, you were wrong!

8. What made you decide to write your book in multiple perspectives? Is there a challenge on writing it in multiple POVs? 

I don’t recall there being a conscious decision to write it in multiple POV – it was more a case of there were so many characters and all of them had unique ideas and voices and actions, that I couldn’t just pick one of them and write the story from their perspective. Who would I pick, anyway? Rillirin? Dom? Corvus? Durdil? They’re scattered across two countries and I very definitely wanted at least one POV in each place/camp so we could see what was happening there. Then it just grew and grew!
There is a challenge to writing that many POVs – the first is how your audience will respond to it. Many reviews have indicated they struggled with the number of POVs to begin with, and some have said they thought there were too many. The other big challenge is making sure every character has their own voice, their own way of speaking and looking at the world. Because we’re following things through their eyes, each of them has to be as individual as each of us.
9. There are quite a few sensitive themes that were mentioned in your book such as sexual violence, misogyny, homosexuality, and racial discrimination. If there are harsh criticisms towards your book or to you in person, how do you handle them?

Some people haven’t liked some of the content, and I absolutely understand that. There are some nasty things in there. I try to understand that some people may be upset by some of the events and of course I wouldn’t want to offend anyone. People who don’t like it because they hated the plot or found the characters boring … well, that’s a little harder to understand! But reading is a very subjective thing – if I hate a book someone else loves, then I can’t expect that no one will have that same reaction to mine. Mostly, I just try and avoid the bad reviews!10. Lastly, What was your favorite quote or phrase from your book and why is it

10. Lastly, What was your favorite quote or phrase from your book and why is it stand out from the others?

Another tough question! I think the one I always come back, that really sums up the character in question, is a little exchange between Crys and Durdil at their first meeting. Durdil tells Crys that right and wrong is for his superiors to decide. Crys replies that right and wrong is for every man to decide. I like that he recognises that although he is a soldier and has to take orders, he can still decide for himself whether those orders are correct.
Thanks!

Check out my book review of Godblind, here.


ABOUT ANNA STEPHENS


3868039Anna Stephens is a UK-based author of gritty epic fantasy. Her debut novel, Godblind, is published through Harper Voyager in June 2017, with the sequels coming in 2018 and 2019.

They say blood begets blood. In the country of Rilpor, if you spill enough of it, blood begets gods.

Anna has a BA (Hons) in Literature from the Open University and has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. She much prefers the worlds she makes up to the real thing, even if most of her characters meet sticky ends.

Anna lives with her husband, a huge book, music and movie collection, and no pets. She intends to remedy this lack of furry friends as soon as fame and fortune strike.

You can help her realise her twin dreams of being an author and a proud dog-walker by buying her book. Thanks.

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Interview with Lisa Maxwell!

Hi, Lisa! Thank you so much for agreeing on my Author Interview! I’m honored to do so and have these questions answered.

  1. How did you come up with the concept of the magic system in The Last Magician? I kind of hard to believe how well you execute parts of the magic. It was overwhelming and I want to know more.

It all started with the idea of a thief who could see in bullet time. From there, I started to build out—why she could manipulate time like that, how it works. I came up with the idea that magic is in the spaces between things, because I wanted the magic in the book to mirror scientific fact. There is a lot about how science and logic has replaced or killed off the old magic in TLM, and I wanted to make sure that the magic could work or be explained by science. I also wanted magic to be rooted in place. Magic is like a talent, but it’s also part of cultural memory for the Mageus. The way it grows and takes root varies from place to place and culture to culture. So there might be lots of Mageus that can bend light like Jianyu can, but coming from China and his specific part of the world, he learned and honed his skills in ways that are different from others like him.

I will say, though, there is a lot that’s not in the first book, because the Mageus don’t necessarily know everything about how their affinities work. They have stories passed down, but the truth of their magic is something that will be revealed more in the next book.

  1. If you are going to date someone, fictional or not, dead or alive, who would it be and why? What are the things that you are going to do on your date?

I think my husband would not be happy if I dated anyone but him…but assuming he was out of the picture, I’d probably date Dolph. And then we’d probably just sit there talking about how much we loved and admired our respective partners. We’d eat at an amazing restaurant and talk about books and how to resist.

  1. I read in one blog that Dolph Saunders name is based on a real person and also a con man, my question is, how did you find the name of your characters like Esta’s, or Harte’s or Viola’s.

Esta’s name came from a feisty older woman who goes to my church. I heard it and liked it, and then I met her and loved it. Harte’s is from Hart Crane, an American poet who wrote “The Bridge” (about the Brooklyn Bridge). He was friends with one of my favorite historical figures—Caresse Crosby—in the 1920s in Paris, and I love weaving in little Easter Eggs that amuse me from my past life as an academic. And Viola’s name was one I wanted to use in an earlier book. I wanted to have a character named Violet, because I like the name, but I kept typing in Violent, so I gave up. When I decided my assassin would be a woman, Violent/Viola just seemed perfect.

  1. If you have the easiest character to write, can you name the character of yours that you have a hard time writing?

Dolph was the easiest. He was the clearest to me, even though he is a very murky and gray character. Strangely enough, Jack was the hardest. I knew exactly how awful I wanted him to be, I knew I wanted him to be like fragile masculinity personified, but being able to pull that off without making him cartoonish, and therefore ridiculous, was really hard.

  1. Your book is in third-person point of view, what made you decide to write it in 3rd person?

Originally, it was going to be in dual first-person pov, but there was too much story for that. I needed the perspectives of the other characters, but jumping from 5-6 first-person narrators would have been really hard for a reader to follow. The third person lets the narrative itself seem consistent, and then I get to focalize through the various characters. I can tell more of the story (because it’s so much bigger than just Harte & Esta), but I can do it without the confusion of who is talking when.

  1. Aside from the research that you have done, what is the most challenging when you were writing The Last Magician?

Time travel inconsistencies. I knew what I wanted the twist to be, and where I wanted to be at the end of the story, but making sure I didn’t have inconsistencies in the time travel…ugh. Both me and my editor had headaches from that one.

  1. If you are going to give an advice to your 10-year old self, what advice would you give to her?

Don’t worry so much about what other people think.

  1. Time Travel and Fantasy is one of the things that stand out so much in The Last Magician, how did you come up incorporating time and magic all at once. And also, with that kind of twist! [I’m pertaining to Esta’s lineage.]

Once I realized the story was going to be in 1900s NYC, I had a problem: my main character didn’t really belong there. I had Esta first, and I wanted her to be this confident, badass heroine that didn’t take any sh*t from anyone…but trying to imagine that character growing up on the streets or at the turn of the century? I’m sure there have always been women like that throughout history, but Esta couldn’t realistically be the person I wanted and needed her to be if she had been born in 1894. Time travel seemed like the best solution, but I needed the time travel to be more than just a plot device. It needed to be necessary. Hence, the twist at the end.

  1. How does it feel to be an author at this moment? Is being an author a dream come true to you?

I never dreamed of being an author when I was younger. I just assumed I’d never be good enough. So, yes and no. Yes. It’s a total dream that people actually wanted to publish and then read my books, but since I’ve always approached it as work—a job—I try to keep myself grounded with the writing.

  1. Are there any future plans to The Last Magician or at least to the sequel of the book? How many installments would there be?

It is planned as a dualogy. But this is a great big story and a huge world, so I wouldn’t be opposed to writing more in this world.

  1. Random Question! Top 5 favorite foods!

Chocolate, pasta, bread, coffee, popcorn

  1. Describe The Last Magician in ten words!

Gangs of NY with Magic. Newsies meets Six of Crows.

  1. What books that inspire you and made you as a reader and a writer today?

How much time do you have? Seriously. I have a PhD in Literature, so there are wayyyy toooo many to name. I think it’s easier for me to talk about what I don’t like. But I love Toni Morrison, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Tim O’Brien, Diana Gabaldon, Nora Roberts, Deborah Harkness, JK Rowling… I like a lot of stuff.

  1. If you are going to give a lesson to the whole world, what lesson would you impart to them?

I think the whole treating other people as you would want to be treated would cover most things, don’t you?

  1. What is your favorite quote in The Last Magician and why is it your favorite?

“You only think I have.”

Doesn’t sound like much, right? But people who have read the book will understand that line. It came to me in a flash and delighted me so much when I wrote it. I still love it.

Also read my book review of The Last Magician, here.


ABOUT LISA MAXWELL


7246482Lisa Maxwell is the New York Times Best-Selling author of THE LAST MAGICIAN. Also of UNHOOKED, SWEET UNREST, and GATHERING DEEP. When she’s not writing books, she teaches English at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.

Mini Review: Dystopia and Derelict Dreams by Arvyn Cerézo

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It was beautifully crafted into a masterpiece. Each and every one of the poems. I like the tone or the voice that has been implied in the poetries. I like how you play those words. The illustrations are good! I like them. And the words that you have been using. It was so painful and emotional. Personal and transparent. I could see you on those poems but I could not see the YOU. There’s a fine line of what you want to give. And every last line, it keeps me wanting more of it. I just keep on reading.

If Part I is painful, expect Part II would be excruciating and deep. It feels like this is my kind of pain that I could relate to. Fragile and Broken.

I’m looking forward to the full poetry book.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


ArvynArvyn Cerézo is a freelance copy editor, proofreader, and digital publisher based in the Philippines. He has a degree in English, and currently works as an editor at Anvil Publishing, Inc.

He has published Anvil’s backlist and frontlist to their digital formats on various distribution channels. Now, he’s publishing his own.

You can find him at @ArvynCerezo on Twitter and Instagram.

PH Blog Tour: Warcross by Marie Lu

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I would like to thank Penguin Random House for giving me the opportunity to host the PH Blog Tour for Warcross. I loved Marie Lu’s Legend Trilogy and I’m eager to share to the world what Marie Lu has to offer with her upcoming book.


WarcrossFrom #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.

Title: Warcross by Marie Lu

Publication Date: September 12, 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult and Science-Fiction


ABOUT THE BLOG TOUR

The tour will run from September 12, 2017 to September 15, 2017 with three (3) or (4) bloggers each day and will be given three (3) days to read the book and then one (1) day to pass it to the next blogger. There will be multiple copies of the book that will be passed on this tour. The book blogger must be willing to shoulder the shipping expenses to the next blogger and able to put a link to the rafflecopter giveaway on their blog post. This blog tour sign up is for Philippine Book Bloggers only. Tour sign up will end on August 31, 2017.

For interested parties, SIGN UP HERE.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


4342215I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. 

I graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.

#ZodiacBooks Readathon: Black Moon Book Photography

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One week left before Thirteen Rising will be on our hands! I really can’t wait any longer. This is the finale, the ending, the verdict of the Zodiac Universe. I’ve been anticipating Romina Russell’s book from the start I fall in love with Zodiac. It was a long ride, a long time of waiting but I know it will be worth it. I really hope Zodiac readers would love the ending of the series. It is difficult to say goodbye to the thing you love for years and I really hope that it will not end here.

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My Book Review of Wandering Star:

“She shows us the beauty of Zodiac Universe, the importance of unity and character and the meaning of love. This second installment will make you fall in love more deeply not just to the character but also to the story. Every chapter is worthy, it will make you feel contented, excited, shallow, curious, sad, and betrayed but above all and anything else, and you will feel love and be one with the characters.”

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My Book Review of Black Moon:

Not just a glimpse of a life — you will learn that there’s more to life than you know, that there are much more things waiting for you at the other end of the world. I love how I acquire knowledge, lessons, and Philosophy on every Zodiac Book that I’ve read and the best part of it are that I could sense that they are written not because Romina was forced to, she wants us to see the world beyond her imagination and learn from it.

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Zodiac Quotes:

  • “It’s one of our greatest human flaws: Arrogance. We look up and dare to assume we know, when the universe is unknowable.”
  • “And in a universe of people that spend their todays searching for tomorrows, hope is the most powerful weapon you can have.”
  • “I won’t stay silent anymore, not when speaking out can make a difference.”
  • “Bad things have happened to you, but when it came time to act – when you were tested – you chose to forgive. Even the person who hurt you most.”

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Wandering Star Quotes:

  • “When we pass judgment, we hit a dead end. When we analyze something with an open mind, we can explore a concept into infinity.”
  • “Failure is not an end-it is the means to an end. Study your failures, for they are the scrambled secrets of success.”
  • “Wisdom lies not in facts themselves but in our understanding of them”
  • “Sometimes the best way to love someone is to let them go”
  • “Those in power are so afraid of losing it, they will do anything to keep the world under their control. Even when ‘anything’ means ignoring dangerous truths that threaten to grow more powerful the longer they’re unaddressed.”

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Black Moon Quotes:

  • “The happiest people are the one who have mastered life’s hardest lesson. They’ve learned how to let go,”
  • “In fact, sometimes our strongest-held beliefs can become our worst enemies.”
  • “I’ve realized the future is different for each of us. For some it’s fifty years, for others it’s ten months, and sometimes it’s just a few minutes. I don’t know how long mine is, but I know how I want to spend it.”
  • “A powerful man wants people to dream of him, but a leader wants people to dream of themselves.”
  • “I have always found it interesting that the symbol for Justice is a set of scales; the implication being that to achieve perfect harmony, good and bad must balance each other out. Rather than eradicating one, both must exist in equal quantities.”
  • “There is no universal right or wrong because there can be no universal judge. Existence is too complicated and nuanced for such simplicity. And that is why the bad must exist alongside the good…because to eradicate one is to eradicate both.”

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Also, I asked my friend Erika from The Nocturnal Fey to make an artwork inspired by Zodiac Covers. So far, she made Zodiac and Wandering Star inspired arts! Black Moon and Thirteen Rising would be up soon when they are done and will let you know! Her medium is painting.

THE ARTWORK

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02 - Copy

THE BOOKMARKS

01 Zodiac front back

02 Wandering Star front back

BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

Week One:

August 7 – A Perfection Called Books – Hysan Appreciation Post

August 7 – Bookiemoji – Book Photography

August 8 – The Book Nut – Mood Board

August 9 – YA and Wine – What Makes a Great Villain?

August 10 – In Wonderland – Black Moon Book Look

August 10 – The Hardcover Lover 

August 11 – Swoony Boys Podcast

Week Two:

August 14 – Here’s To Happy Endings – Review

August 15 – Picture Books to YA – Review

August 16 – Live Love Read

August 16 – The Hermit Librarian – Black Moon Playlist

August 17 – MundieMoms

August 18 – The Eater of Books!

Week Three:

August 21 – The Royal Polar Bear Reads – Book Photography

August 22 – The Book Talk

August 23 – Four Violet

August 24 – The Wednesday Blog – Zodiac Fun Facts

August 25 – The Biblio Life – Spotlight

That’s the end of it! I hope you feast your eyes on those book photography and Erika’s wonderful arts! If you have any comments and questions, drop down on the comment section and I would be happy to answer them! Happy reading!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


tumblr_nj80ls9vZ11u4mwu3o3_1280Romina Russell (aka Romina Garber) is a Los Angeles based author who originally hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a teen, Romina landed her first writing gig—College She Wrote, a weekly Sunday column for the Miami Herald that was later picked up for national syndication—and she hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s not working on ZODIAC, Romina can be found producing movie trailers, taking photographs, or daydreaming about buying a new drum set. She is a graduate of Harvard College and a Virgo to the core.

Book Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

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Being an avid fan of anime, yes, I am a fan of Sword Art Online and Accel World. The scientific world of it collided with the real world of a person. I can’t fathom that it could happen nearly in the future — looking the way the technology has been advancing in so much speed.

I told this to everyone in the Twitter that Warcross resembles SAO and Accel World but in a more advanced era, where people rely on technology and play games to earn money. Wondering and being fascinated by the world that Marie Lu has created makes me more excited and thrilled to read Warcross! I mean, look, it was kind of my favorite anime in a book. Two birds with one stone and knowing Marie Lu will never betray her readers. Yes, she is a sadist for hurting us in the Legend Trilogy and put a lot of foreshadowing in her books that we didn’t even see immediately and before we know it, we scream in the process.

Here’s my thought about Warcross: With the fully detailed technology that could be one of the humankind’s greatest invention. I never expect something about Warcross, really. And this book? It exceeded my expectations for real. Marie Lu has her ways of writing and it hooked me up, completely that I don’t want to finish the book. Emika and Hideo make the book interesting but with Asher Wing, Hammie, Roshan, Ren and Zero made it more interesting. It feels like I was watching a movie or a gameplay in my head when I was reading the book. I was so hooked because aside from a reader. I am also a huge techie-junk and I love playing games!

Marie Lu captured what her readers want and she is brilliant for writing such amazing book which so much reference. An Otaku would be so happy to read this book because it is one of the novels that everyone would love. Warcross is a fast-paced read that you’ll end up with the feeling of wanting more. It will excite you, build the anticipation of what will happen next and before you know it. The plot twist is on your face. Slapped wholly, then that’s the moment you’ll realize you need the second installment!

Did I mention Asher WING? Do you remember Daniel Wing from the Legend Trilogy? Yes! It was confirmed that they are related and Warcross takes place in the future of Legend Trilogy. What could we expect with Marie Lu than this? She’s remarkable and I tell you guys that even if I predicted what could happen next in the end – what it gave more impact is how Marie Lu ended the book!

This book is completely off the chart! It is way beyond the two anime and they focus different worlds and I love how Marie Lu beautifully crafted the world of Warcross and indulge the fiction and reality in one. I was imagining myself even using the NeuroLink and fascinated by the Augmented Virtual Reality that really tricks your brain.

I mean, who could think of a book like this? Marie Lu!! You are truly an amazing author. And how the things that turn out in the end? You don’t know what you’ll feel and what you will choose and who you will choose! It is hard! Why does Marie Lu need to lay out things like that to her readers? Damn. I need the book two.

And a question still lies in my head: Can the story of Warcross could happen in the immediate future?

MY RATINGS: 5 STARS!!!


4342215.jpgI write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. 🙂

I graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.

Interview with Brynn Taylor!

  1. What do you think is the biggest challenge of Poetry Authors in the Bookish Industry?

I think a big challenge for poets is to stand out amongst others. With social media outlets growing and writing pages becoming more popular, it is hard for a poet to get recognized. I try to follow as many poets as I can, not only to increase my own skills but also to get my name out there. Being an author of a book is one thing, but making sure your book even gets discovered is the hardest part of it all.

  1. What inspires you or pushes you to write a poetry book?

The main inspirations behind my poetry book were losing love and life experience. I’ve always had a passion for writing, but after my last relationship ended, poetry sort of came naturally to me. It felt very organic to turn something so life changing into an art form that I particularly resonated with.

  1. If you are going to date someone, fictional or not, dead or alive, who would it be and why? What are the things that you are going to do on your date?

I would absolutely date Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead. I am a huge fan of the show, and not only is he super attractive, but I love the way he protects the people closest to him, even under the most difficult circumstances. He always does what he thinks is right and tries to save humanity, even when people are killing and becoming inhumane. I’m not a huge gun person, but I definitely think we would go to a shooting range, so he could teach me how to kill zombies. It would be a great way to relieve stress, and he would also make me feel very protected.

  1. If you are going to describe your book, (You Broke Me) Open in ten words, what would it be?

Piercing, Cathartic, Cutting, Honest, Hard-hitting, Depressing (at times), Inspiring, Strong, Empowering, and Sincere.

  1. If you are going to give advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?

It might be too deep for a 10-year-old, but I would say don’t pay attention to other people’s opinions of you. Stay young as long as possible, in the sense that you are free to be imaginative and hopeful, without the imposition of societal standards.

  1. Who are Brynn Taylor 5 years from the past?

I go into more detail in my poetry book, but five years ago I was constantly seeking attention and affection that I was unable to provide for myself. I thought I had life all figured out, and that falling in love would be easy. I got so caught up in finding what I was looking for in a guy, that I forgot to think about myself. I was often quiet and made poor decisions, but today I’ve realized that you have to put yourself first and the right person will come along without having to force it.

  1. One thing you are grateful for, for belonging in the bookish community.

I am eternally grateful for the community I was able to build with my writing. My followers, on both my Instagram page and my blog, brynnspiration, are so supportive and kind and hearing how my words affect people never ceases to amaze me. Most of these people I have never met in person, and have no idea what they are going through, but I feel so connected to them. I’m also in a Facebook group with other writers from Thought Catalog, and we constantly come up with prompts and questions for each other to help expand our horizons. They are some of the nicest people I’ve ever “met” and I’ve never even seen them in real life.

  1. What makes poetry more unique than a novel?

Poetry is extremely different than writing a novel. A novel flows freely and tells a story from start to finish. Poetry leaves so much more up for interpretation. It is piecing together different parts of a puzzle, but it can also be understood individually. I think poetry gives the writer and reader a much better chance to play with words and to discover how each line, word, and metaphor can be construed. It’s always fun to see how poets are interpreting different parts of their lives, whether they are happy or sad, and turning them into something beautiful.

  1. You are also a reader before you became an author, right? What are the poetry books that influence you along the way?

I didn’t read that much poetry actually, but I was very inspired by other Thought Catalog poets. To name a few, Marisa Donnelly, Kristen Corely, Nikita Gill, Rania Naim, and Ari Eastman. I also have always been a fan of Tyler Knott Gregson on Instagram and have followed his work for years. However, my favorite poem will always be “I Carry Your Heart” by E. E. Cummings.

  1. If you are going to choose your favorite quote/poem on your book, what would it be and why?

The poem titled Cuckoo is a haiku and my favorite poem in the book. It’s a little play on words because, not only is it a haiku, but it talks about being “woken up” by losing someone close to you and having that take its toll on your emotions. At first, it seems like the pain will last forever, but then one day, you realize why the pain is so important. It sometimes happens like clockwork, one minute you are sad, the next minute you feel like you can conquer anything. You are woken up by some internal alarm, and that’s why I titled it Cuckoo, like the clock.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


k0a4835-1If you are looking for an expert to give you love and life tips then you have come to the wrong place. I am not an expert on anything, in fact, there are very few things in life of which I am absolutely certain. I will never claim to get things right the first time, or even the second or third. I am nothing more than an average girl who is hard-wired to want to contribute to the well being of others. I believe that the world is founded on compassion and we move in the direction of things that help us benefit others, and ultimately help us find purpose in ourselves. This blog is simply a result of my compassion and intrinsic motivation. Without the motivation to do the things we love, we accomplish very little, but with enduring passion and desire to help make the world a better place, we can inspire others. I hope that this blog will help serve as an inspiration for people who are experiencing struggle, and if nothing else, people will find it entertaining. Although I will be talking about my direct experiences, I encourage everyone to contribute and comment about their own life journey. If you are here to judge, there is a contact me section where you can send all your negativity, but for the sake of this blog, I am asking that all posts stay positive and happy and any negative comment will be deleted. But whether you hate it or love it, thanks for stopping by!

xoxo, B