Sunday, January 17, 2010

Paranormal romance writer Bethany Cagle shares her light and dark sides of writing

Please welcome Brynna Curry, also writing as Brianna Roarke, to Writers in Business.

Thank you, Brigitte. Some of you may remember Earth Enchanted as an Embrace the Shadow's clash of the cover winner. I'm the author of Gypsy Moon under the name Brianna Roarke and feed my love of books as a book reviewer for You Gotta Read Reviews. I also judge several RWA writing contests a year, including the 'Molly', 'Gotcha', Fab5 and Reveal Your Inner Vixen contests and I'm the forth member of the Frightening Journeys blog writers.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm married with three teenagers and by day I'm a secretary for a construction company. As Brynna Curry I write light paranormal romance and suspense. On the other side of the coin is my dark side, Brianna Roarke writing steamy dark paranormal romance.

What can readers expect from your new release Earth Enchanted out now from Lyrical Press?

Earth Enchanted is the first in a series of five books featuring the Corrigans from Ireland, a family with a ancestry of mages. Liv Corrigan, telepath and writer,visits her brother in the states only to find he's neck deep in a diamond smuggling ring. While there she meets ex-cop Jackson Roarke, a man with secrets still reeling from his wife's death. Here is a short blurb.

Earth Enchanted

TAG: When telepath meets ex-cop, will it be death or diamonds

BLURB: Writer Liv Corrigan has the worst luck with men -- her telepathy tends to make them run for the hills. When she meets widower and ex-cop Jack Roarke, she decides to keep her talent hidden. Things are looking up until their third date crashes and burns as the man who murdered Jack's wife turns out to be after him too.

Injured, Jack retreats with Liv to his house under armed guard. But with Liv's mysteries rapidly coming unraveled, a diamond-thief killer to stop and passion in the air, the safe house is anything but safe for their hearts!

What comes next in this series and which characters will make an appearance in the upcoming books?

After Earth Enchanted, To Take Up The Sword flash forwards to the end of the trial for Ashton Smythe, Gueraldi's (the villian from EE) right hand man. When Smythe is set free, Agent Spiller (EE), convinced Serena Roarke hid more diamonds there, goes back to Alabama in search of missing evidence that would have convicted her killer. Leannan O'Neal, Serena's sister, goes into the wind after the destruction of her home and threats on her life. She meets up with Spiller and together they try to get the diamonds to safety before both are killed.

What is your writing process like?

Chaotic. Between work, three teenagers (one of whom is a cheerleader. We are in the world of endless basketball season now.), a husband and the house I'm remodeling (Yes, I'm a DIY'er), I never know how long, when, or where I'll find the time to write, but I always do. If its something you love, you make time for it. As for the process itself, I just sit down at the computer, open up and listen to the characters and try to keep them going where I want them too. Sometimes, I'll go back and read the previous scenes or write the ending first. That way I won't rush the story.

Any advice you'd give to aspiring authors?

Read. If you like to read a variety of genres, get into e-book reviewing. You'll learn alot about house style and what works. Write about what you know. Write the best story you possibly can and then edit it. Then visit the Absolute Write Water Cooler and all the helpful folks there. Join a critique group and find one whose not afraid to be brutal. Some good online yahoo groups are RWC, PNWriters and if you are a parent, ParentsInk or Momwriters. Always do your research.

You can learn more about the Elemental Magic Series and Brynna's other projects on her site or stop by one of her blogs and say hello.

Her web site, her blogs In Shadows, andFrightening Journeys.

You can also find her on Twitter as BrynnaCurry and on Facebook as Bethany Cagle.

I hope you'll drop by and visit!

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