Indie Spotlight Brooke O’Brien

Thank you for this Interview!
What do you do when you’re not writing?
 
I love to spend time with my family.  I have two kiddos (ages 9 and 5) who keep me plenty busy and provide a lot of entertainment.  I enjoy going out with my girlfriends for dinner or movies, having bonfires, watching college football and NBA basketball, and READING! Can’t forget that one!
 
When did you start writing?
 
I started writing poetry when I was in elementary school, and it evolved.  I’ve always been into reading and after I graduated high school was when I started reading more romance.  I started writing my debut novel in February of 2016.
 
In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?
 
With my first book, I took the advice of “writing what you know” and kept the book setting local to where I’m from and live.  My second book, Lost Before You, takes place in Chicago which I hadn’t visited until May of last year.  I’ve used some of the locales as the inspiration behind some of the scenes in my book.
 

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
 
The day I published my first book.  I considered myself an author from the moment I decided I was going to write my first book, but I felt I accomplished a goal that at one time felt like so far out of reach.  Every time I hear someone is reading my words, it continues to inspire me to continue on this journey and never give up.
 
What is your favorite part about writing New Adult romance and what is your least favorite?
 
I’m a hopeless romantic and like to see characters find love, even when the odds are against them.  You may feel a little broken hearing their story, but then I like putting you back together.
 
Editing because I’m terrible about over-analyzing things.  When I write, I just go with it (although I am a plotter).  Sometimes I can be too critical of myself.
 
If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
 
I’d love to stay in a log cabin somewhere in the middle of the woods.  Just me and my laptop!
 
If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?
 
Read.  Sadly I don’t get to read as much as I used to so whenever I get time and am in between projects I like to read.
 
Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
 
My next book will take place in Wisconsin.  I’m still ironing out the specifics, but I know it will be a smaller town in Wisconsin.  I am from the Midwest and, so far, all of my books have taken place in this area. 
 
You just published your debut novel in May, What was the most exciting thing about releasing your first novel?
 
Honestly, just hearing from readers, they have read my book and enjoyed it.  I don’t know if there is anything more fulfilling than that.  Everytime someone tags me in a post or shares a picture; I wear a smile on face for the rest of the day.
 
Why was writing Where I Found You so important to you?
 
I wanted to write a character who I felt like people could relate to in some way.  Callum and Ellie both have grown up with a troubled childhood.  As a result, they struggle with trusting people enough to open up.  It was important for me to show that you can be emotionally scarred but you’re still worthy of love.  
 
Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?
 
I do my best thinking either on my way to work at 4:00 AM or when I’m in the shower.  It’s rare for me to have time alone but even then my thoughts are never quiet.
 
What are you currently working on? Do you have any new projects released in the coming months? If so, tell us about them.
 
I recently finished the first draft of Lost Before You.  You meet Mason, Callum’s brother, in Where I Found You.  While Lost Before You is an interconnected stand-alone novel, the story runs parallel to Where I Found You.  I enjoyed writing this story and giving readers more insight behind some of the events that happened in the first book.
 
I’m taking a short break from the Heart’s Compass series to write a stand-alone novel titled Weighted Wings.  I’m looking forward to this book as I know it will challenge me as a writer.  I’m hoping to release Weighted Wings this Early 2018.  You can stay updated on my website – www.authorbrookeobrien.com!
 
Q: Your life is a movie would you rather be cast for an Action movie or a Comedy?  Comedy.  I’d probably end up injuring myself in an action movie.  Let’s just say I have a history of being clumsy.  LOL!
Q: Receive Chocolate or Flowers for a gift?  Always chocolate.
Q: Swimming in a lake or the ocean?  Lake
Q: Rock or Country music?  I’m a country girl at heart.  It’s what inspires my stories.  Ironically, the only music I can listen to when I write is rock.  The louder the better.  I guess it just helps me tune everything out.
Q: Football or Baseball?  Football – although I prefer college football.  Go Hawkeyes!

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