Monday, July 10, 2017

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Barbara Bras

Tell me a about yourself. What got you started in writing?

I never wanted to write, but I knew I had a story to tell about my son’s miraculous adoption and God’s impact on my life. Up until that time, I loved to tell stories but despised the act of writing.


How do you schedule your writing time? When do you write?

After two years of trying to figure out what works best for me, I write a minimum of 3 hours per day, five days a week. I reserve that time for my current works in progress. I write new material for 15 minutes, and then edit another work for 45. Social media, marketing and all of the other administrative tasks happen outside of that 3-hour window.

How and where do you write? Do you prefer a laptop or some other method of getting your words down?

I use a computer. I revert to long hand if I am hopelessly stuck.

What's your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite part about writing?

It took me a while to figure out that the part I love is getting the story out on paper. I love watching the story unfold as I tell it. I usually don’t have any idea where it’s going. That’s great fun for me.

How did you come up with your book idea? How long did it take you to write your book?

As I edited my memoir, I began writing new material and the story of Cassie emerged. I student taught in Hawaii with a woman named Barbara Robinson, who told me her story. She endured time alone as a sick child on Maui and when she finally attended school, she spoke antiquated English and discovered that she could read minds. I wrote the core of the book in a few weeks. The rest of the story, or the editing, publishing and so on took about six months.

What types of marketing do you do to promote your writing?

I promote my website authorbbras regularly via my newsletter, my Facebook Author page and Twitter. I blog on two sites, my own and http://www.heartwingsblog.com which gives me exposure to a different audience. I participate in as many giveaways as I can to attract new readers. Celebrate Lit has also promoted my books through their blog tours.

What are you currently working on? Do you have a new book out?

As I described above, I generally have two works in progress. My editing project is a story I finished in November 2015. It’s about a woman who has floated through her life. She is jolted back to reality determined to rediscover herself, her children and love. The other is the sequel to She Who Knows, a Tale of the Heart. The story of Cassie’s struggle to hold onto love continues as she returns to Hawaii after college.

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Do you have a project on the back burner? Tell me about it.

People who care for a terminally ill loved one fascinate me. I admire their personal sacrifice, especially since it goes against the ME FIRST philosophy today. I also know the impact self-sacrifice can have on caregivers, both physically and emotionally. I witnessed this first hand, as my daughter cared for her husband as he battled a brain tumor. Since then I have met others who have had similar experiences and my dream is to share their stories. 

What would you tell a beginning writer who wants to publish but doesn't believe he/she has enough talent?

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Thomas A. Edison

Thomas A. Edison’s definition of Genius definitely applies to compelling literature. Spoken like a former English teacher, am I right? Birthing the story is exciting, creative work, but the editing process, which adds elements necessary to create a story worth reading, requires tedious toil and tears. Everyone has a story to tell. If you are willing to do the hard work to get it into a reader’s hands then you have the talent.

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A Question for Kathryn:

Book reviews are critical in today’s world. Why will readers write to tell the author what they loved about the story, but won’t take the time to write a short review? 

Excellent question, one that I've wondered about for a long time. Perhaps, though, writing a review on Amazon means that everyone (and their dog) gets to see it, wheras a thoughtful note to your favorite author, or even a short thank you in person, has only one set of eyes.

I have had readers shy away from the professional review because they are hung up on 'doing it right,' instead of merely wanting to express their feelings about a book no matter the typos. 

If I tell them that it doesn't need to be perfect, that what I want is their honest feelings about my book, and that I care less about their less than 'perfect grammar' they are more likely to want to share their feelings with the entire world.

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