Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Belle Brooks. I’m 34 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Belle: Queensland, Australia.
Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e.your education, family life, etc.).
Belle: I’m a mother of three beautiful children. I’m married to a man I have loved for almost sixteen years of my life. Before I started a family, I was in the hotelier business, and ran / part-owned two sites. I enjoyed this work immensely. However, writing is my greatest love and passion, and it’s currently how I spend my days in between the chaos of family life.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Belle: I have some exciting news. I’m approaching my one-year anniversary as a published author. To celebrate this momentous occasion for me, I’m publishing a book called Winner. Release date: August 8th, 2017. Genre: Contemporary Romance. On September 5th, I will publish the second book in the Game of Life Series. Genre: Suspense Romance and Psychological Thriller. Busy times ahead.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Belle: I have been writing since I was 17 years old. Well, all my life really, but this is when it became a strong need. I did it at first for healing purposes and then it became my life.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Belle: Probably when I published my first children’s book (under the name Belinda O’Brien) and it was very successful.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Belle: My first published novel, which is Thirty Days: Part One, is not the first book I have ever written … It’s probably more like the tenth. I chose this as my first publication because I like to write outside of the box and I felt this book did exactly what I had intended it to do. I also wanted to have a lot of fun with it, and really do something left field. This series (The Thirty Days Series) was also written with a message I felt compelled to share. I felt it was a great way to break into the market, and after receiving seven reader’s choice awards for this series, I believe I made a rewarding choice for me.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Belle: That was easy. The story line is based around a thirty-day window in time.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Belle: I think we all do, even without realising it. I write what comes to me, and never try to plan a story. I don’t write to a formula or certain genre because I feel if the story is running clearly in my head, it’s the easiest way to get it down on paper with the most impact. Challenging … setting deadlines for myself. I like to complete a book before I set publication dates, but sometimes I get a little ahead of myself and do that beforehand. I don’t like to rush my work.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Belle: Whether I like to admit it or not, my stories will always contain aspects and emotions from my own personal experiences. It’s probably how I know to write them. There are scenes, normally much more dramatised then the real world, in some of my books.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Belle: I do a stack of research for my books, but I will not write about a place I’ve never visited unless it’s a fictional place I have created in my own mind.Though these fictional places will always have some resemblance to places I have visited.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Belle: Soxsational Cover Art has created all my covers except one.
Cover Me Darling created the cover for Always You.
Fiona: Is there a message in each of your novels that you want readers to grasp?
In all of them, yes. I feel this is a huge purpose for my writing. I like to leave a message within the pages for readers to walk away with once it’s over.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Belle: I honestly do not like to name authors or favourite books. I think this is because authors are so unique. It’s like finding a gem. There aren’t any two the same. Every gem has beauty and rarity, and every one of them brings something truly special to the eye of the beholder. My reason for loving an author or book varies.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Belle: My three very close girlfriends. They have supported all the decisions I have made throughout my adult life without so much as a bat of an eyelash. Also, my incredible husband.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Belle: I see writing as something I love to wake up and do every day. I see it as a way of freeing my mind and keeping balance in my life. I don’t know if this will become a career for me. I’m leaving that question up to fate. For now, it’s just something I love.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Belle: No. Not a thing. I need to stay true to the story and what the characters tell me. I believe I do this well, even if I don’t always personally agree with them. This happens frequently … the not agreeing part. Haha.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Belle: I learn something new with every book I write. I think it’s only natural to learn with growth and practice.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Belle: Here’s the thing, I don’t use muses. Some authors do, but I don’t. I only have one book with a specific character I think would be well suited to a certain actor. That is Nick Bateman. And this would be for the character Marcus, from The Thirty Days Series. Thirty Days: Part One. Thirty Days: Part Two and Finding the Magician (Part 3)
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Belle: Enjoy your writing. Believe in yourself. Never overthink it. Trust your words. Don’t compare yourself to any other author. Don’t try to write like any other author, and read / write as much as you possibly can. Practice makes perfect in any field you enter.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Belle: Love ya faces xx
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Belle: I’m Reading Nineteen Letters by Jodi L Perry.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Belle: It was: When the War Began
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Belle:Life. In general.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Belle: There’s so many. I think I would have loved to meet Marilyn Monroe.Why? Because I think she was complicated, yet confident.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Belle: Writing. Reading. Dancing. Spending time with friends and family, and enjoying life.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Belle: I’m open to just about anything. It’s true. I’ll give anything a go once.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Belle: Lasagne and chocolate are my favourite foods. Colours areHot Pink and Midnight Purple. Music … just like with film, I have extremely broad tastes. I like something that has meaningful lyrics sometimes, and other times I just want a great beat or something really instrumental.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Belle: I have no idea, and I really hope that day never comes. Maybe I could run off and join the circus … I’m a bit of a clown anyways.
Fiona: What do you want written on your headstone?
Belle: Belle Brooks lived her life to the absolute fullest, and never regretted a single moment of it.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Belle: I have a website: www.bellebrooksauthor.com
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Thirty Days: Part One – (Thirty Days Trilogy #1)
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Finding the Magician – (Thirty Days Trilogy #3)
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One Fear (#1 in the Game of Life Series)
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Thank you for this opportunity and your time.