P. M. Briede

I just finished my interview with author P.M. Briede who wrote Wild Fire. Shes a feisty author with a great talent for putting her creativity on paper. Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me! Check out the book review that I did on Wild Fire by clicking HERE!

What inspired you to write Wild Fire and how long did it take you from start to finish completing it?
This will sound silly, but I dreamed the ending to the entire series about five years ago and it was an idea that wouldn’t let me go.  I have no writing background.  I was a dancer, martial artist; I play a little piano and did some theater.  Reading was more my style.  But a couple things happened in the last couple of years so I started writing it down.  The Grace series parallel’s my life in a lot of cases.  When I started Smoldering Embers I found that the characters seemed to have more to say than just one book would allow.  Wild Fire continues the story from Smoldering Embers and sets up the conclusion that’s to be found in Ashes.  The second book took about two to three months to write with a few weeks of revisions before publication.

What was your favorite thing about writing Wild Fire?
Charlotte (my protagonist) is broken in Smoldering Embers.  She’s reeling from the untimely death of her husband and struggling to adjust to a life she hadn’t planned or wanted.  In Wild Fire, she comes into her own and figures out who she is now.  She learns she’s stronger than she ever thought she was.  She has to fight for her life and come to grips with a reality that is beyond anything she’d ever imagined.

Are you working on any other projects right now that you would like to share with us?
My current WIP is tentatively called The Underground.  It’s set in Seattle and the underground city.  When Osmond Seidon stumbles upon a “real” groundling living beneath his city, his world is rocked as the past he’s been running from his entire life in thrust into his present.  There’s nothing paranormal to it but it is still filled with twists and turns, to hopefully keep you guessing.

If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be?
Goofy, macabre, stable

Are you self-published and if so what do you think the most difficult thing about being an Indie Author is?
I have an ebook publisher that handles a lot of the marketing for my books.  I get a rough edit from them.  We design covers.  And they format, upload, and advertise my book on Amazon.  So in that way, I’m not self-published.  However, I do still consider myself Indie.  Outside of Amazon, it’s up to me to get my name out there, which I think is the hardest part of any business and something that I’ve struggled with since I first published Smoldering Embers last September.  I’m just now getting that part figured out, with the help of a good friend.

Who is your biggest supporter?
So imagine writing a paranormal romance book, mainly for fun, but also curious to find out if you are any good at it.  You post it, make a small comment about it on your Facebook page to have your very southern debutante aunt email you the next day asking if you wrote the book (because you used a pen name and weren’t overly clever about it) and that your very southern gentleman uncle is currently reading it.  Let’s just say I think the blush sat on my face for at least a week.  I wasn’t sure I’d be able to look him in the face again.  Then my dad found out about it (because yeah, sure wasn’t going to tell that member of the southern boys club) and calls asking why he doesn’t have a copy.  Luckily, it went better than expected in both cases.  So family, family is my biggest support.  No matter what, even when you think what you’ve written is trash, they’re excited about it because they had no idea you were interested in writing.

Who is your favorite author and how have they inspired the author that you are today?
I have many favorite authors.  I love the classics, Jane Austin, CS Lewis, Tolkien.  When I was younger, I devoured Crichton.  Then when I was pregnant the second time I stumbled on HP Mallory who kind of introduced me to indie authors.  Anyone that can write intelligently, with mild social commentary and a bit of humor, I’m in.

Do you plan on adding other books or is this a standalone book?
Wild Fire is the second book of the Charlotte Grace series, of which there will only be three, all of which are currently available.  Smoldering Embers.  Wild Fire.  Ashes.

What advice would you give to other authors that are just starting out?
From the technical side, while I don’t outline my story, the chapter headings are always hanging around at the end of my books, and that’s where I store my ideas for upcoming scenes. I also keep a timeline and character log at the end (CTRL END is my best friend) so I can keep track of the supporting players and sometimes the descriptions of my peeps. When I started I didn’t do this then halfway through the book referenced an incident and character but couldn’t remember what I’d named them. Had to read the whole thing to find out!

From a creative side, write what you love.  In my case, I infused certain events from my life, certain experiences, certain people, into the Charlotte Grace series.  I don’t do as much of that now but I found that easier when I was starting out.  This way the story is personal because it is an extension of myself.  The characters were people I cared about so writing their personalities was easier because I had a frame of reference.  Now I have the hang of it (I hope) and the stories I write now are more complete works of fiction.

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