A bit about Brenna:
Brenna Lyons wears many hats, sometimes all on the same day: former president of EPIC, author of more than 80 published works, teacher, wife, mother…member of ERWA, MWW, IWOFA, MFRW, WPM, AWaY, and Broad Universe. In Brenna’s seven years published in novel-length, she’s won two of EPIC’s e-Book Awards and has finaled for 11. She’s finaled for 3 PEARLS (including one HM, second to Angela Knight), 2 CAPAs, and a Dream Realm Award. The NOBODY anthology of dark fiction she’s included in won Spinetingler’s (UK) Book of the year for 2007.
She writes in 21 established worlds plus stand-alones, poetry, articles, and essays. She’s a bestseller in indie/e fantasy, horror, and erom. Brenna has been termed “one of the most deviant erotic minds in the publishing world…not for the weak.” (Rachelle for Fallen Angels Reviews) Milieu-heavy dark work is practically Brenna’s calling card, with or without the erotic content.
How long have you been writing? How long have you been published?
That depends on your definitions.
The earliest pieces of writing I have saved of mine were from when I was 7 and just starting to write poetry. I started competing in writing contests when I was 11. I was published in a local newspaper when I was 13. I attended a young poets’ symposium at the University of Pittsburgh when I was 17. I did my first public poetry reading at 19. I worked as a journalist when I was 29…my first paying ‘gig’ as a writer. I published my first novel at 33.
So, I was undeniably writing at 7 and seriously writing for competition at 11. Depending on how you define published, I either published at 13 or at 29…with a lot of free publications between, some of which still get me mail from people who saved those early publications.
What is the best reader or reviewer comment you’ve ever received?
That one is hard to choose. It would be a toss up between four, I think.
1) “I love Brenna Lyons. Adore her. I could also kill her. Yet another outstanding series she’s introduced and I have to beg and wait for her to write the next one. This story takes you by the throat and guides you to the end.”
Reviewed for Cindy Witkus for In The Library Reviews on WITH GREAT POWER
2) “This is definitely not a “feel good” light kind of read. This story is filled with tortured souls, lost love, and the inhumanity of man. It explores the darker part of life; from torture, bought women, and the struggle for power, we gain an insight of how a favored warrior can become a beast. For all you lovers of the darker side of the human soul, this story is one I recommend putting on your TBR list.”
Reviewed by Chere Gruver for Sensual Romance on REMEMBER ME
3) A reviewer once told me in a chat that FION’S DAUGHTER had her crying at the drop of the hat for three weeks. I was horrified and on the verge of apologizing. I hadn’t wanted to write it, but the readers had insisted on Ro and Deliya’s story, knowing it would not have a HEA. Then she dropped in: “I’ve read it four times. I just can’t stop. It’s so good.” Okay…if she’s rereading it and crying, I’m okay.
4) TYGERS, in general, tends to get a reaction. One reader told me it freaked her out so badly, she threw away her son’s stuffed tigers. Another wrote me when she got to the second chapter and commented: “I thought the tiger ghost was the hero. How COULD you make a psychopath a four-year-old child’s best friend?” Mahem…ah…my work is done.
What genres do you write?
Science fiction, fantasy (urban, contemporary, and epic), paranormal, and horror (including military)…all of the aforementioned in straight genre, and in cross-genre romance, erotic romance, erotica, and humor. In addition, I write some historical paranormal, mystery paranormal, contemporary…all in romance or erom cross-genre. Poetry and non-fiction. Children’s/YA.
What’s the strangest way you’ve sold a book/story (either to a reader or to a publisher/agent)?
Selling without trying to sell counts? I posted an excerpt of the work in progress (LAST CHANCE FOR LOVE) on a writing group, and the then-EIC of eXtasy Books asked to see the full. It wasn’t quite done yet, but I promised it when it was. Three weeks later, it was off to the EIC. Eight hours later, I had a contract for it in my inbox. That was November of 2002.
What’s the strangest way you’ve SEEN someone else sell a book/story? Do you think it would work for you?
At EPICon 2005 in Long Beach, Murdoch Hughes was demonstrating what he calls “guerrilla marketing.” The man just walks up and talks people into buying his books. I don’t think that would work for me, simply because it took me two years of training in public speaking just to do my first poetry reading. Three years on the stage didn’t work, since once the footlights came up, I couldn’t SEE the audience.
Strange fact about me… If you see me wearing sunglasses somewhere where a lot of people are taking pictures, there’s a reason why. I get blinded by bright lights.
Introvert or extrovert?
Introvert remade. Grinning… I have a great blog post on that.
The best bumper stickers you’ve ever seen? The best you’ve ever personally had on your vehicle?
My favorite on someone else’s car?
“Honk if you love Jesus. Keep texting while you drive, if you want to meet Him.”
My favorite on my car? Now, that’s difficult, since I put some of my own on there? It would be a toss up between…
“There’s no question that you’re insane, but which world is real?”
“There is something liberating in not caring if you live or die.” (NOTE: People tend to give you a lot of room on the road, when they see that one.)
Have you ever included a real experience of your own in a book? Did anyone who knows you notice it?
Many times, and yes…they do spot them. It’s easier to find them in the first three or four books I wrote than in newer ones, but I still slip in the occasional real-life event. I think my next to youngest sister got a kick out of being featured in PROPHECY. So much so that she wrote a literature paper on the book.
Where do you get your inspiration for a book? How do you get your ideas?
From just about everything.
I’m a people watcher, like most writers are. I may hear a comment that appeals to me or see an expression or facial tic or hand movement that gives me an idea.
I may have a dream…or have someone tell me about a dream. Tamer once told me about a dream; I hated his premise, but I liked the kid and situation, so I built my own premise around them and created TYGERS. PROPHECY grew out of a dream that I thought would be a short story; it turned into a 214K serial novel in four months.
I may play what-if with something of my own or someone else’s. NIGHT WARRIORS grew out of a game of what-if that surrounded the move BLADE and veered way off of the original concept. WRITTEN IN THE STARS started off with the concept of a fantasy VICTOR/VICTORIA.
Six degrees of separation. I have a great blog post on this.
Noisy characters from old books and readers with questions… Another blog post…
What’s your favorite part of being a writer?
Storytelling…talking to my characters… That’s the best part for me. Talking to readers is a close second.
What’s the thing you wish you could hire someone else to do or wish you didn’t have to do as a writer?
Deal with the pirates and the nutcases that attack authors just to do it. I would dearly those to be non-problems or someone else’s problems.
Do you prefer to think of yourself as a hero/heroine or villain/villainess and why?
I think everyone has a certain amount of hero/heroine and villain/villainess in him/her. A well-balanced person will cross lines or straddle lines at times. Now…am I a villainous heroine or a heroic villainess? Hmmm…that’s quite the question. I rather like the feel of the villainous heroine.
What TV shows do you watch?
We don’t watch broadcast TV/cable in this house, at all. Aside from movies and such we pick up on Netflix or purchase, there are only a few shows we watch on Hulu or buy on Amazon Unbox. Those would include: Dr. Who, Torchwood, Heroes (which sounds like it’s over now), V (not as good as the original, but interesting), Flashforward, Battlestar Galactica, and Caprica. I’m thinking of trying The Sarah Jane Chronicles on Netflix to see if it’s worth purchasing.
If you were the overlord of the world, what would your first decree be?
Probably something involving making sure children were safe and well cared for.
Tell us about releases you expect within the next year…
I always have new things coming up. My next scheduled release is in May. It’s the first in a new series (Fire and Ice) titled MAGMON’S HUNGER, coming from Phaze. I have at least three more anticipated releases after that in 2010, which include the first of yet another new series (Angel-Wing Saga) from Phaze (SONS OF HEAVEN: BELDON), the next Night Warrior series book from Phaze (HUNTER’S MOON), and the next Kielan from Logical Lust (ANOTHER MAN’S MATE). Additionally, I’d like to get the next Xxan series story out with LooseId before the end of 2010 (MATING SEASON). All of the above is in addition to the nine releases I’ve had already this year. And yes…we’re still in March.
Tell us about the awards you’ve won…
In the last seven years, I’ve…
Finaled for EPIC’s e-Book Award 11 times and won it twice
Finaled for PEARL three times and won Honorable Mention once
Finaled for CAPA twice
Finaled for Dream Realm Award once
The NOBODY anthology won Spinetingers’ (UK) Book of the Year for 2007
Give us your URLs (web site, MySpace, Facebook, blog, etc.)
I’m all over the place.
Home web site- http://www.brennalyons.com
The best e-mail address to reach me at is brennalyons4168(at)gmail(dot)com, but be sure to put something like GENERAL QUESTIONS, BOOK QUESTIONS, or CHARACTER QUESTIONS in the subject line, or it may get lost in Yahoogroup mail. Since I average more than 1000 e-mail threads coming in a day, that has happened before, and I apologize profusely when it does.
Tell us about your current release… blurb…
Written in The Stars- On the world of Terra Set, where the night is twice as long as the day and the moon more powerful than the sun, live the Star Mages. Essential to supporting the crops that feed the masses, they are protected men, revered, yet still mistrusted.
An ancient myth tells of a female mage born at the Silver Minute. She holds a magic that, shared with a mate, will be unequaled. Riena is that mage.
A ruthless king will stop at nothing to force Riena to take his son as mate. Her life and freedom depend on one challenge—hide as a man.
HEA-yes, VIOLENCE-moderate, LANGUAGE-moderate, SEX-sensual
I’d like to thank Brenna for being my guest today! Check back for more Broad’s from Broad Universe fun all during April!
Girl Gone Nova, 4/2010
“A spectacular ride!” Romantic Times
She deepened her smile and added warmth to her voice. His response was in the expected range of her output. She could have calculated how many cc’s of blood had left his brain if she’d wanted to. From Girl Gone Nova
Perilously Brenna Lyons today!