Release Date: Feb 4!!!
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a former radio announcer and producer turned stay at home mom/freelance writer/author. I got into radio in college and made a career of it after graduating. But once my first daughter was born, I knew I didn’t want to miss a minute of her life so I left radio and stayed home. I remained in radio part time, but after a year and a half, I realized that I was meant to do something else. Though I didn’t know what that was, I quit and began to search. It made sense that wherever I landed would deal with writing since I’ve always loved it. I’m so grateful that I was able to build a freelance writing career and eventually write full novels as well. Today, I’m the proud mom of two little girls, ages 5 and 2. I enjoy reading in my very little spare time, usually when I’m rocking the youngest to sleep at night. And I get up every morning around 5 to run on my elliptical machine and mentally prepare for the day!
2. When did you first start writing?
When I was taught how to read and spell etc! I remember when I was in grade school, I would cut pictures out of magazines, paste them to blank sheets of paper, and write stories about the pictures. I would then sell these “newspapers” to my parents for a nickel. They had to buy them to get the pictures they were missing back! There was a writing center in my elementary school and I visited it often to write books. The volunteers would type a sentence or two on each page and then bind the pages together. We could then illustrate the little books. I have dozens of these books that I wrote. Huge keepsakes. Once I moved on to high school and college, I was the annoying kid who LOVED paper assignments. After graduating, I wrote scripts for radio, but they were too short and didn’t satisfy my writing bug. I wrote “Someone Always Loved You,” my first novel, after a couple of years in radio. Now that I write as a career, I can’t imagine doing anything else and wish I had taken a shot at it sooner.
3. Who are your favorite authors?
There are too many to count. I follow plenty! But lately, I’m really into Richard Paul Evans, Dan Walsh, Janice Thompson, Rachel Skatvold and plenty of others!
4. Tell us a little about Accept This Dandelion.
“Accept this Dandelion” was inspired by the TV show “The Bachelor.” I don’t get a chance to watch much TV, but I enjoy that show. It gives me a break from everyday life and an escape from the norm. It makes me smile and giggle. When watching it one time, I wondered what it would be like for someone more like me to be on the show. Someone clumsy who doesn’t do things right. Someone who doesn’t like hair and make-up and gowns and so forth. I couldn’t get the idea out of my mind and so “Accept this Dandelion” was born. It revolves around a localized version of “The Bachelor.” The main character is pushed onto the show by friends, but also wants to heighten her public profile in hopes of getting a promotion within her radio career. Though she means well, nothing goes right for her. I mean, the girl sets herself on fire with a candle the very first night! It’s one dating disaster after another and it’s sure to put a smile on your face. I felt sorry for my character for what I put her through!
6. So what’s next? What are you currently working on?
I have so many projects, it’s hard to keep them all straight! But, if I’m not busy, I’m bored, so I try to keep busy! J My next release comes out in August and is entitled “MAmarazzi.” This book is also a romantic comedy from Prism Book Group and it’s about a female paparazzo who stumbles onto a TV set and is thrown onto the show as an extra. Her acting career takes off and she finds herself on the other side of the camera having HER picture taken. I’m working on edits for that book now. I also have a short Christmas story coming out around the holidays called “Backwards Christmas.” It will be part of a compilation with other authors. It’s about a small town in Alaska that operates a “Backwards Christmas” to draw tourists. As in, upside down trees, carolers that go door to door and force the people inside the houses to sing to THEM instead of the other way around and so on. IT was a fun little story to create. I even have a children’s book coming out in June 2016 called “Baby Sheep Gets a Haircut.” It was inspired by my daughter who wanted a story about a sheep who couldn’t find his mommy. I’m not actually writing that much at the moment because I’m so busy with promotions for upcoming releases. But someday, when both of my daughters are in school (they are 5 and 2 years old) I will have more time then I know what to do with for such things.
7. What do you like to do to relax?
Read! I love to read about as much as I like to write. I have put writing over reading on my priority list these days, but when I am not in the middle of a good book, life just isn’t right! I also enjoy movies, random TV shows, a tiny bit of baking, and running/walking. But in reality, what I do to relax is collapse into bed at night and sleep as long as allowed, which is usually only till about 5am. I know someday I’ll be able to sleep longer/later so I’m just biding my time till then and drinking plenty of iced tea.
8. How can readers connect with you?
I absolutely love to hear from readers anytime at all! Questions, comments, just a quick howdy, bring it on! You can contact me through my website: http://www.authorbrookewilliams.com/ There’s a contact button right on the site. You can also connect with my through my author facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBrookeWilliams Send me a message! I’m actually quite friendly! J