It’s Work In Progress Wednesday, and I’m delighted to welcome author Neva Brown to Comptonplations.
MJ: What are your top three dream destinations, and why?
NB: Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales. I have ancestors from these places and would love to spend time where they lived and do research.
MJ: Name one thing most people don’t know about you.
NB: I am, by nature, shy.
MJ: What’s the top book on your TBR pile?
NB: The Traitor, by Grace Burrowes
MJ: If you didn’t write, what would be your creative outlet?
NB: Watercolor and oil painting
MJ: If you had a theme song, what would it be?
NB: Religious- “Amazing Grace” / secular – “Love Me Tender”
MJ: Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version of the story?
NB: Yes. Gone With the Wind.
MJ: What do you normally eat for breakfast, of do you skip it and get straight to work?
NB: Hot tea and toast spread with crunchy peanut butter.
MJ: Name one writing-related website you use a lot.
MJ: Name 3 things on your desk right now.
NB: A printed article on POV, a notebook with all kinds of notes for my WIP, a copy of my first book, Casey’s Courage (to remind me I can write).
MJ: Great idea! Do you listen to music when you write?
NB: No. I like the quiet with just the characters talking to me.
MJ: Do you collage your story before writing?
NB: No. My characters refuse to go along with me. I go along with them and hope for the best.
MJ: What do you love most about your WIP heroine?
NB: The strength of the heroine when things get tough.
MJ: What do you least like about your WIP heroine?
NB: Her not recognizing her own worth.
MJ: What genre is your current WIP?
MJ: What is your favorite genre to read?
MJ: How did you come up with your hero and heroine’s names?
NB: I often change the hero and heroine’s names after the story is well under way. Usually the way they handle themselves brings to mind a name that seems to fit.
MJ: Do you ever base characters on people you know?
MJ: How did you chose the setting for your current WIP?
NB: I read an old diary of a man who traveled the southern route to California in the early days of the California Gold Rush 1849—the route the Texas Argonauts traveled.
MJ: Now it’s time for the lightning round. Cinco de Mayor or St. Patrick’s Day?
NB: St. Patrick’s Day
MJ: Last movie you saw in a theater?
NB: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)
MJ: Favorite TV Show?
NB: NCIS (The original, with Mark Harmon)
MJ: Favorite band when you were in high school (Marching band doesn’t count)?
MJ: Coke or Pepsi?
MJ: Favorite ethnic food?
MJ: Now to the meat of the matter. Can you share the first few sentences of your current work in progress with us?
NB: This is from By Clear Water.
The crack of rifles, death screams of her father and brothers shattered the peace. Leslyn jerked to her feet. The dish pan full of fresh-washed tin plates and cups clattered to the ground and rolled into the creek. She stifled her outcry with her fist. It’s happening just like the wagon master said it would. Blood-chilling screams sent her running toward the wagon where her mother prepared beds for the night.
MJ: Oh, great hook! And you have a book coming out soon, too. As in, today! Gorgeous cover. It’s available at Amazon.
MJ: How can readers stay in touch with you?
MJ: Thanks for stopping by, and good luck!