Brynn’s debut full-length novel Redemption was released last week by Amber Leaf Publishing. Her first published work was Entasy, a novella prequel for Redemption. Entasy and Redemption follow the story of Kylah, a Celtic goddess living in New York who has had her memories removed – for a good reason!
OK Brynn, first question’s first! Why Irish mythology?
I am absolutely in love with all things Celtic and I feel an unexplainable bond to Morrigan and Brighid. It was these three things in combination that led me to create a series based on Irish folklore.
What inspired Kylah being an Irish goddess with no memory in modern-day New York?
How much research did you do to write Redemption?
In short…a ton! I love to gather all I can about the roots of the folklore and do my best to be accurate, yet still add a fictional element to flow with my story. I’m extremely visual and when I see a picture or person I think fits what’s in my head, I tweak and change bits and pieces until they suit the complete vision…then TA-DA the character is born.
How long have you been writing for?
I’ve always had stories in my head and often wondered how they would play out if they actually occurred, but that was it until 2009 that I really began to delve into the possibilities of bringing my thoughts to life. I was a theatre major in college, so while I never saw myself as a writer, the creative process of bringing characters to life has always been a part of who I am. I think that is why when I’m writing, I mentally picture the action with the words as if I were watching a play or a movie.
How do you ensure you have time to write?
I start my day with two cups of coffee *huge grin*, then move on to handle the “business side” of being an author before I begin my writing process. I write/research from the time my daughter goes to school until I pick her up. I also set writing goals at the beginning of the week, but unfortunately not everyday elicits the perfect chapters, so on those days, I do research for the scenes I know are coming.
Who are your biggest literary influences?
I used to read Patricia Cornwell, Dean Koontz, and Michael Crichton at a ravenous pace but then one day, a friend recommended I pick up Twilight. I was reluctant at first but by the time I finished Breaking Dawn, I was so hooked that I blew through the Sookie Stackhouse series and then the Night Huntress series. Then there I was, three series down and in search of my next paranormal fix, so I headed to the bookstore and stumbled on a sexy red book with black accents and a dagger on the cover. Little did I know that I had just purchased the holy grail of vampire books, from the moment I began reading Dark Lover, I knew I was going to need the rest in the series. I became thoroughly convinced that J.R Ward was part of a world I had just missed, and the Black Dagger Brotherhood was not only real but that I too needed my very own intoxicating vampire to fall in love with. I’ve always loved vampires and magical beings but once I became hooked on paranormal romance, I knew I not only wanted to read it, but write it. My hope is to create compelling characters that make someone feel as I did reading my favourites…enraptured.
What are you reading at the moment?
To be honest, I haven’t been reading since I’ve been so engulfed in trying to finish Redemption, but now that I am finished, my plan is to get back to the two books I have waiting for me. The Fallen King: The Bellum Sisters 4 by T.A. Grey and The Broken Destiny (Broken #1) by Carlyle Labuschagne. I cannot wait to get back to them both. 😀
Who is in your fantasy cast for the main characters in Redemption?
Kylah- Amanda Righetti
Aerric- Raffaello Balzo
Obsydian– David Gandy
Dillon– Jensen Ackles
Tynan and Vivi– Jared & Genevieve Padalecki
Brighid– Julianne Moore
Morrigan– Monica Bellucci
Nadia– Jessica Biel
Calina– Alexandra Daddario
Rhyder– Nick Youngquest
Evan– Kris Holden-Ried
Liam– Mads Mikkelsen
Thanks very much to Brynn for being my guinea pig in my very first author interview! We wish her all the best with The Prophecies of the Nine series.
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