Give us a little bit about your background and when you first started publishing.
I’ve always loved creating stories, but it took me a while to sit down and write my first one. For a time, I thought I’d found a home in linguistics and then in the area of specialized translation, but in the end, nothing compared to writing.
My first book, I published at the end of 2013. It was a middle-grade adventure, and I still love it with all my heart. Nevertheless, in the end, it was writing historical romances which has proved to be a wonderful opportunity to explore a large variety of emotions and themes, from love to hate, friends to enemies, betrayal to loyalty, depression to recovery and many more.
Historical Setting Related:
- Have you visited the places you’ve written about or just read about them
Of course, I’ve walked around London and imagined my characters walking down the street or promenading through Hyde Park. Recently, I took a short trip to visit Chatsworth House and it was so overwhelming I’m still processing all the many impressions. I’ve never been to Scotland (which is definitely still on my to-do list), but a few years back I spent half a year working in Dublin, Ireland. Who knows what stories it’ll still inspire somewhere down the road?
- What interesting settings have you used (homes, battlefields, events in history, etc)?
Most of my stories take place on county estates (in England or Scotland) or in London during the Season. Recently, I had some of my characters hop on board a ship (mostly a privateer) or venture to the continent because of the war with France. Every once in a while, I reference a historical event; however, they rarely play an important part in my stories, but simply provide the background/setting.
- Why did you choose the particular period you write in? What is it about that era that speaks to you?
What I love about the Regency era is that it has a very fixed setting, strict rules within society and a precise code of conduct, which allow the story to center on the characters. When it comes to who they are and the lives they lead I can go wild, field-testing how different scenarios play out in the same environment (there may be a bit of a scientist in me).
- What inspires you to create a certain character (give example)? Have you ever changed the character arc because it didn’t work with the story-line?
Oh, I never feel like I create my characters. I know it might sound strange, but they do that all on their own. When I write, I often have trouble keeping up with their conversations as they chatter along in my head. I can’t really say where these people come from, but at some point, they simply show up and introduce themselves. Then eventually, a story starts to develop. How? Ask me an easier question!
That being said, I’ve never changed a character arc if it didn’t fit the story-line. It only ever works the other way around. Every once in a while, a character doesn’t let me go where I want him or her to go and then I need to make changes to the story so that the developments feel natural. In following my character’s lead, the story usually turns out much better than I’d first anticipated.
- Do you have a certain quirk in your writing process? Do the stars have to be aligned or do you have to have your favorite tea? Where do you do your best writing?
Well, I take notes whenever inspiration strikes, which unfortunately often happens when there is no notepad or pen around, like in the shower or while driving. However, I only ever write in the mornings for about three to five hours, depending on how much time I have. After five hours, I can feel my mind shutting down, and nothing but nonsense finds its way onto the page…so why bother?
I don’t know if this is a quirk, but I can only write with my desk located at the back wall, facing into the room and toward my large window front. So, when I pause to think, I’m staring outside at my trees swaying slightly in the breeze. I think that helps…somehow.
- From all your books, who is your favorite hero and why?
Oh, I can’t say. That’s like asking a mother, who’s her favorite child. I love them all because they all have something fascinating about them. Some are dark and tortured, brooding and in need of saving while others are teasing and funny, adventurous and daring…just like my heroines.
- Outside of your own genre, what’s your favorite genre?
Generally, I love deeply emotional stories no matter when or where they’re set. But I have a soft spot for scifi and fantasy, everything that includes world-building…if well done.
We hope you enjoyed learning more about Bree, be sure to check out her new book titled “How to Wake a Sleeping Lady” Book one in her new “Happy Ever Regency” series releasing 07/15/2019. https://amzn.to/2XGlbwV