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?
Addison: Hi Fiona and Author Interviews readers. I’m Addison Brae, debut author of “Becker Circle.”
Fiona: Where are you from?
I lived a pretty quiet life growing up in East Texas with my mom, dad, older sister and an assortment of pets from hamsters to cats.I graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a degree in marketing and minor in accounting and moved to Dallaswhere I’ve lived ever since.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Addison: Today I live in a town home on the edge of downtown with a breath-taking view of the Dallas skyline from our rooftop deck. When not writing, you’ll find me traveling the world, collecting interesting cocktail recipes and hosting parties. I’m addicted to reading and enjoy jogging in my neighborhood park, sipping red wine, binge-watching TV series, vintage clothing and hanging out with my artistic other half and our neurotic cat Lucy.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Addison:“Becker Circle” just released on March 14, 2018. It’s a romantic suspense and my debut novel. I pinch myself daily that I get to share Gillian’s fun and empowering story of mistakes, redemption and fresh starts with all of you. On the launch day, I’m also releasing an incredible book trailer video that brings Gillian’s world in “Becker Circle” to life. Watch it on YouTube.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Addison: I’ve been writing since I was little starting with diaries, letters and short stories. Today I pay the bills writing articles, video scripts and other content as an independent marketing consultant. I’ve been working a lot with artificial intelligence that’s got a fascinating romantic suspense brewing in my head.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Addison:Interesting question. I’ve started writing professionally in college for commercial audiences, but writing fiction is another story. I started my first manuscript in 2009 but didn’t tell a soul until I had 30,000 words written. That’s way more words than I had ever gotten down on the page. When I reached that point, I knew I could finish a novel.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Addison: Nine years ago I took a mini work sabbatical. With time on my hands, I cleaned out boxes I had lugged with me through my many moves and ran acrossthe diary I wrote when I lived in England as a teen. The diary contents sparked an idea and I wrote my first novel that I hope to revise and publish someday. “Becker Circle” is my third novel, but my first to be published so far.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Addison: I wrote a good bit of “Becker Circle” sitting at bars around the United States. Talking to bartenders and patrons was truly inspiring since much of the story takes place around the bar scene.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My publisher managed the cover design. Elle Rossi of EJR Digital Art designed the striking “Becker Circle” cover.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Addison:We’re never too old or too anything to start over. We’ve all had at least one fresh start like Gillian does in “Becker Circle.” Hers was to escape an abusive college boyfriend. Some are after a job change or a loss in your personal life. Some people have to run away like Gillian. Maybe you’ve run to an exciting new beginning. These are the times to learn and try new things. Make mistakes. Live a little.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Addison:I started writing young adult and immediately got involved in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) where I learned writing craft, the publishing business and made some lifelong friends. It’s a nurturing and inspiring organization.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Addison: Yes, Fiona! I learned I can control the destiny of any situation or character in my books. That’s very empowering! I just wish life was as easy.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Addison:Katlyn Folker, the beautiful and talented actress who plays the lead in the book trailer would be a great Gillian.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Addison:Write your story. I know dozens of people who talk about the book they want to write someday. That’s the toughest battle and biggest accomplishment. Also, join a writing organization to help hone your craft and learn about the business.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Addison: That would be books. I’m currently reading a hardback copy of “Origins” by Dan Brown . I always have a novel on my Kindle app on my phone. I recently finished and loved “A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life” by James Bowen.Since signing with Tirgearr, I’ve been trying to keep up with my fellow authors and just finished and very much enjoyed “A River of Silence: A Winston Radhauser Mystery” by Susan Clayton-Goldner.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
As a kid, I had piles of picture books and constantly swiped my older sister’s books. The Anne of Green Gables series was one my first loves because spunky Anne Shirley always overstepped boundaries and questioned the rules.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Addison: Princess Diana is one of the most inspiring women to live in my lifetime. Her strength, passion, and ability to break down barriers lives on even though she’s no longer with us.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Travel Network’s “Booze Traveler” with Jack Maxwell is a fun adventure about interesting cocktails in far-away places from my own sofa. We also enjoy “Black Mirror,” “Altered Carbon,” and other new sci-fi series involving artificial intelligence tech that scares people so much. I’m also a “Doctor Who” fan.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love to write to music—anything from 80s alternative to classic rock to today’s pop. It drowns out the distractions.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
A zombie apocalypse couldn’t keep me from writing in some way.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes, www.addisonbrae.com is my website and also includes a blog. I’m planning some contests so find me on Facebook and Twitter and stay tuned.
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Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2CndBx9
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