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Introducing the lovely Paris Brandon

A member of Romance Writers of America and published since 2009, Paris writes contemporary, paranormal, erotic and historical romance, throwing in a little mystery and suspense for good measure. Currently self-published and published with Decadent Publishing, she likes nothing better than a story that contains a little mystery and a lot of romance. Here Paris talks writing, inspiration and her newest series, Cassidy’s Touch in a 10 Q&A.

  1. When did you write your first book and what inspired you to write it?

I come from a long line of storytellers and whenever a book didn’t end quite the way I thought it should, I rewrote the ending. Apologies to Margaret Mitchell, but I gave Rhett and Scarlett a happy ending when I was twelve. Years later I fell in love with the genre but I was still rewriting endings and it seemed natural to write a romance. My first book was a 400 page mash up of pirates, secret identities and of course a hero with a secret. It’s gathering dust in my attic.

 

  1. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I had to learn to split my focus between writing and promotion and find a way to balance the two so that I was productive enough to keep to a publishing schedule. I learned along the way that it was easier if I had a working synopsis, which usually helps with the first draft. These days, after the first draft, I find it easier to split the book into three acts and outline so I’m sure the goals, motivation and conflict are lining up.

  1. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

 Writing tends to energize me. I love the entire process, from the planning to the execution. I’ve even learned to love the editing phase. Go figure.

  1. What is your writing Kryptonite?

I will fall down a research rabbit hole on the internet, look up and find that two hours have passed. I’m a research geek.

  1. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

I know I should probably say a conference or some fancy software that would make my job easier if I’d bother to learn it, but I have to say that it was my house. When we moved the last time I turned a large, sunny bedroom into my office. Best investment, ever.

  1. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Finding the perfect balance between what a fictional character would say and how men actually speak. I’ve attended many workshops on dialogue and the rule was that men never use ten words when three will do. That might be accurate but at some point your hero needs to speak his mind and that will definitely take more than three words.

  1. Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?

I think it would be difficult to convey emotion if you didn’t experience it. Think about the scene from “Romancing the Stone” where Kathleen Turner is bawling at the typewriter as she types The End. That scene says it all.

  1. What are you working on now?

I’m working on the next book in the Cassidy’s Touch series. The first, a novella that introduces Cassidy will be available in The Shadow Files, a limited edition boxed set that’s available for pre-order now.

 

  1. What is the first book that made you cry?

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

 

  1. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

I would tell her to trust her instincts and take more chances.

Thank you so much for having me as your guest today!

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Website: http://parisbrandon.com

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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00N3M7EEM

Cassidy’s Touch is currently available for pre-order through the exclusive box set, The Shadow Files.

Bound by blood to a demon’s curse

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Pre-order links –

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About the Book!

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Her gift is a double-edged sword. Will it be weapon enough to keep a cursed bootlegger from becoming a demon’s prize?

The least of reality show host Cassidy Spencer’s worries is banishing the ghost of a handsome bootlegger who disappeared after being accused of murdering his best friend’s fiancée. According to an expert, her ghost isn’t a ghost and if she doesn’t use her psychometric ability to find his body before the witch who cursed him does, he could end up enslaved by a demon for eternity.

Chance Coraggio doesn’t remember anything before he could walk through walls and that includes the crazy woman telling him he’s been asleep for nearly a century. The life he should’ve lived has been stolen. All the people he has ever loved are dead—and it turns out the crazy woman isn’t as crazy as he’d hoped.

But waking Chance is only half the battle. Now, both are bound by blood to a demon’s curse. To break free, they must find out who is coming for them and why. Because the only reason for a sleeping curse that has lasted almost a century lies somewhere in a past that Chance can’t remember.

LGBT + Urban Fantasy Meets Heavy Metal – Meet Amir Lane

Amir Lane is a genderfluid supernatural and urban fantasy writer from Sudbury, Ontario. Engineer by trade, they spend most of their writing time in a small home office on the cargo pants of desks, or in front of the TV watching every cop procedural or cooking competition on Netflix. They live in a world where magic is an everyday occurrence, and they strive to bring that world to paper. Their short story, Scrap Metal and Circuitry, was published by Indestructible magazine in April 2016.

Amir is set to launch Gift of Shadows, the first book in The Barrier Witch Trilogy in August 2018. A big thank you to Amir for taking a moment to Q&A with me and giving us a little peek into their writing life!

  1. When did you write your first book and what inspired you to write it?

The first time I actually finished a book was in 10th or 11th grade. I never published it, because it was kind of a mess, but I finished it. I finished the second one the summer before I started university, and it was also a mess but I hung onto the characters for future reference. I have no idea what inspired the first one. I think I just heard a name I liked and built a character around it, then the story. The second one, I had a scene in my head and I wrote the story so that I could have some context for that scene. I’m usually really inspired by, like, how people got to where they are, how they became this way. Origin stories, basically.

  1. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

The biggest change is that I can’t really spend time on ideas that I’m not going to follow-through on. I used to pick up an idea, write two chapters, and get bored. Now that I have a schedule to maintain, that I am literally always behind on, I can’t chase every idea. I do a lot of short stories, and I have a lot of unfinished short stories, and that’s not so bad because I usually do short stories, like, if I’m on a bus or something where I don’t necessarily have time to get into a bigger project or when I need a break, which I’m okay with, but I don’t feel like I can do that with books. Which kind of sucks, but it’s not the end of the world. I keep a running ‘concepts’ list in case one of those ideas speaks to me on a deeper level, but in the meantime, I have more than enough to keep me busy.

  1. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

I think it’s a bit of both. Planning energizes me, but the actual act of writing is exhausting. It’s work. Work is exhausting. But I feel good after, even though I’m tired. So, I don’t mind it so much. It’s like going to the gym. Totally worth it at the end of the day.

  1. What is your writing Kryptonite?

Endings. I hate endings. I always just want to be like, okay here’s all the loose ends, story’s over, let’s move on with our lives. Because the fun part is over. But nooo, people want endings.

  1. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

Good covers. I don’t necessarily move many copies of my books, because I’d rather be writing than marketing, but I think my covers do a lot of the legwork themselves. It also gives me something nice to look at to remind myself that, yes, I am actually getting something out of all this.

  1. Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?

I don’t see why not. Writing emotions is just like writing anything: If you don’t know it, study it. Even for me, I’m a very emotional person, I look up ways to describe emotions and emotional markers all the time. To me, there’s no major difference between looking up what an emotion feels like and what, say, being stabbed feels like. We don’t all have the same skills or the same experiences. That shouldn’t be a barrier.

  1. What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m working on a book called Gift of Shadows, which will be launched in August in The Shadow Files box set. It’s book one in my new Barrier Witch trilogy. The book stars a Lebanese immigrant, Fairuz Arshad, who has the ability to create barriers and works for the Toronto Police’s Special Crimes division. In the first book, she stumbles onto a string of murders where all the victims are supernaturals missing organs, except nobody seems to be willing to admit there’s a serial killer out there. It’s a ton of fun, and I can’t wait to see the end product.

  1. What is the first book that made you cry?

The first book that made me straight-up bawl was actually the last Anne of Green Gables book, Rilla of Ingleside. I know a lot of people didn’t read it because it’s one of the only ones not about Anne herself so I’m not going to spoil it, but it takes place during WWI. I was reading it during my lunch breaks, and my co-worker got a little concerned that I spent the entire afternoon trying to hide that I was sobbing. It was at least a week before I could think about it without bursting into tears.

  1. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

You know what, I don’t think I would tell myself anything. I was dedicated and persistent and weirdly confident in my writing from day one. If anything, I’d tell myself to just keep doing what I’m doing.

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About the Book:

Gift of Shadows is available for pre-order now exclusively through The Shadow Files Box Set!

“If nobody else is going to say it, I will: Our victim has no eyes.”
A murder victim with no eyes is only slightly out of the ordinary for Toronto Special Crimes Detective Fairuz Arshad. When that murder victim turns out to be a phoenix, all her evidence goes up in flames — literally. As more bodies start piling up, and as the Toronto Police refuse to let her investigate, she and her dryad partner take matters into their own hands. But the deeper she digs, the more Fairuz starts to wonder who — and what — she can trust.

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