Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Please Welcome Author Deborah Brooks

This afternoon I have the pleasure of interviewing author Deborah Brooks. Please give her a warm welcome. Hello Deborah and thank you for joining us today. Please tell us a
little about yourself.

Pam, first I want to thank you for taking the time to interview me.. I am honored. I have been writing poems all my life. When I was in school I would write instead of listen and dream of different poems and stories. My passion is poetry. I love to write and if I don't write I feel very depressed. Writing my poetry and stories helps me emotionally. I was born in North Carolina, I am a military brat. We lived in Germany and Spain and Turkey. My father's side of the family comes from Cherokee North Carolina and my mother's families are English. I dedicated everything I do in the memory of my wonderful sweet mother and to Jesus Christ My Lord and Savior. I have written two poetry books. "My Heart I give"
"Silenced Hearts" My novel "Brooke" is being Edited again will be back on amazon shortly... I am writing the sequel to "Brooke" called "Brooke and Nick" And the third book in the series. "Brooke Forever"
Brooke in her young days I am working on children's books too. Nine in all..... Plus a cookbook......
I love working for our country. I am very passionate about that. I love working with the veterans. My father is a veteran from Pork chop in the Korean war and and two tours in Vietnam. I married my sweet husband from high school, He retired from the Navy.

Please tell me about your novel. Who or what was your inspiration behind it?

Pam, my Novel Brooke, starts in 1969; a young woman in high school meets the love of her life. Her parents do not like this young man after he gets her pregnant, so he was forced to go away to have her baby. And after she was forced to give her baby away…she spends 40 years looking for her baby and the love of her life. She goes through a lot of hardships….

The inspiration behind this Novel was from parts of my life that happened to me but there is a lot of fiction in the book.

What are some of your favorite genres to read and to write?

Pam, I love to read and write poetry. I always have. There is so much in a few little lines of poetry that can mean so much. Poetry speaks to me. I love anything by Jane Austin.. I love the Authors from England and I love historical novels.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What was the biggest compliment? Did those change how or what you did in your next novel?
Pam that is some great questions, first of all the toughest criticism I have had was I need to stick with writing poetry. Or get deeper in my characters in my Novel. The greatest compliment is I write great poetry. I am very glad I was told this about my writing of my characters. I am going more in-depth of their lives. Sometimes Criticism might hurt but you can always go with it to help you.
When you sit down to write, do you do it the old-fashioned way with pen and paper or do you use a computer? Do you prefer one way or the other?

Pam I use my laptop. But if I am riding in a car and I get inspired I have pen and paper then and sometimes I will type it on my phone and send it to myself.

What do you do when you are not writing? Do you pick up some from your to be read pile?

I have a full life. I am very active at church. I have grandkids I am involved with, I do read a lot. I like to interview other Christian authors like you do. I want to make sure to help out all new writers if I can.

Compared to when you first started writing, have you notice any big changes in your writing style or how you write compared from then to now?
Oh Pam, I have to say yes, I have noticed such a big difference and I feel I have so much to learn. But it’s a journey and I have to say I have had so much fun.

After retiring from full time work, and when I first started writing full time, I was so green. I have to say I have learned so much.

What do you look for in a book when you sit down to read for fun?

Pam, I love romance and inspirational, and lots of poetry.

What has been your favorite part of being an author? What has been your least favorite?
Pam, my favorite part of being an author, I love just being able to write and write about our Lord, how so many different situations and hurts and loss and lead to our Lord. How He is always there for us if we only just reach out to Him.

When you walk into a book store, where do you head to first? Why?

Pam, I love the Christian historical books and the romance and of course the classics.. And any poetry I can find.

Did you get to quit your day job and become an author or do you still have a day job and writing is something you do for fun? If you still have a day job, what is it?

Pam, I am retired… I started writing for therapy.. And then I couldn’t quit I loved it.. The more poems I wrote the more I had to write..
What has been the strangest thing that a reader has asked you?
Pam, I have had writers to help them with titles of poems and books and help them make decisions on wording. Etc. That’s as strange that I remember..
What is your favorite junk food vice?

Pam, chocolate.. I love chocolate..

Besides writing and reading, what is your most favorite thing to do?
Pam, I love to travel.. Anywhere and everywhere..

Did you have any teacher in school that encouraged you to write? Did you take their advice?
Pam, my fifth grade teacher got me started reading the classics introduced me to Jane Austin.. I would write poetry but she was the only one that understood me.. And she did encourage me.

We all have our little things when it comes to reading, is there anything that bugs you when you read a novel? What is it?
Well Pam, I love the romance, but I hate to stay on one character so long that I get bored.

What do you listen to when you write? Do you find one type of music over another that inspires you to write? Why?

Pam, I love Italian guitar music love songs.. Always puts me in the mood.

On a typical weekend, what can we find you doing? Who are you with?
I am with my dear husband; we go to the lake if we are not working in the yard or if I do not have a deadline.

What genre are you most looking forward to exploring during your writing career? Why?

Pam, this did not start as a writing career.. I have so much to learn. I am always amazed that anyone would want to read anything by me.. I would want to get children’s books and cookbooks published.
Who was your current novel dedicated to? Any particular reason?

Pam, all my books are dedicated To Jesus Christ and my family.. Without them I would have nothing to write about. And to my Father who just passed away on June 30th 2013.

What are you currently reading?

Pam, I am currently reading, Smoothwolf by Rolly Chabot.. Excellent writer.. He writes from his heart.
Who are your favorite authors?
Pam, my favorite Authors are Susan Joyner Stumpf, Rolly Chabot and Jane Austin

What authors inspired you to write this particular novel? Why?
Pam it was not an Author that inspired me to write. It was a very emotional time in my life. My husband and I were breaking up and I had my heart was broken. And there were things in my past I could not remember. Writing helped me remember.
What 7 words would you use to describe yourself.

Pam, gee what a question. Let’s see: Determined Loving Happy Busy Emotional Loyal Romantic

Which is your favorite character in your book and why?

Pam, I have to admit that Brooke is my favorite.. Although she makes so many mistakes she is always looking for the Lord to help her and although it takes her a long time to run into His arms she never gives up.

Is there anything else that you would like to share or say to those who will read this interview?

Pam, I would like to add, to those especially that are just starting out to never give up and always be happy and Work for the Lord God Jesus Christ, and that is for all of us.. It is so easy to get sidetracked. But if you feel like you are getting sidetrack step back and take a deep breath and ask Jesus to help you get back on track.

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