Jen: Please help me welcome Adrianne Brennan to Romancing the Book this week. Adrianne, will you share a short bio with us?
Adrianne: Sure! 😀 Adrianne Brennan stumbled into her love of writing by accident at the tender age of ten when she was given a creative writing assignment for her science class. The end result was her writing a brief science fiction comedy featuring numerous puns regarding vegetables. Once the writing bug bit, it bit pretty hard, and from the age of fourteen onwards she worked on a lengthy fantasy novel.
An avid reader, Adrianne has been most influenced by various science fiction and fantasy authors including Madeleine L’Engle, Roger Zelazny, Laurell K. Hamilton, LA Banks, Yasmine Galenorn, Michael Ende, Neil Gaiman, and Alan Moore. Like her main character from Blood of the Dark Moon, she professes a love for Iamblichus and Greek philosophy.
The author resides in Boston, Massachusetts with two cats and a car she has aptly named “the TARDIS.” She assures her readers that people tell her it looks bigger on the inside.
Jen: Tell us about new releases and where they are available.
Adrianne: Certainly! I’ve had three recently, so I’ll talk a bit about those:
Blood of the Dark Moon, a vampire/paranormal erotic romance/dark urban fantasy novel in the Dark Moon series, recently had a print release. It came out in ebook first back in ’07 with Aphrodite’s Apples. When the publisher closed the following year, Freya’s Bower accepted it and has since released it and other books in the series. You can read more about it here: http://www.adriannebrennan.com/botdm.html
Dawn of the Seraphs, a m/m scifi/paranormal erotic romance, just had a print release in the Immortal Fire anthology in addition to its original release in ebook and Kindle. It’s published with Love You Divine and its information link is here: http://www.adriannebrennan.com/dawnoftheseraphs.html
My Big Fat Greek Pagan Lesbian Wedding, a f/f sweet romance in the To Love and To Cherish anthology of lesbian wedding stories, is about to be released by Love You Divine. You can read more about it here: http://www.adriannebrennan.com/greekpaganwedding.html
Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Adrianne: Since I was ten and wrote my first story I’ve dreamed of writing! It has always been my passion. I was first published back in ’07 with Aphrodite’s Apples with the first release of Blood of the Dark Moon on ebook. After it closed, I submitted it to Freya’s Bower where it now has a happy home. 🙂
Jen: How does your family feel about your career?
Adrianne: Only my dad knows, and he’s both proud and very supportive of me.
Jen: Describe your writing in three words.
Adrianne: Only three words? Intense, unique, and thoughtful.
Jen: Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing?
Adrianne: Music, time, and on occasion a nice glass of wine. 🙂
Jen: What is it about the romance genre that appeals to you?
Adrianne: I’d have to say that I was inspired to write paranormal, scifi, and fantasy works first and romance last. 🙂 I didn’t intentionally start out in romance; I just sorta stumbled into it! LOL I love all forms of the speculative fiction genres including mainstream, erotica, romance, and erotic romance. They’re my favorite genres to read and hence are my favorites to write. The actual process of writing–especially and including finishing a manuscript! I love, love, love to write. Love it! I think it’s the concept of building worlds and all the unique people who go into them.
Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest?
Adrianne: Most challenging? TIME. As in, enough of it! I live a pretty full life and it can get in the way of my writing. My day job is software engineering and you can only imagine how that goes!
Easiest? Finding the inspiration. I have so many stories in me!
Jen: What’s the most rewarding aspect?
Adrianne: The idea of building worlds, the people in them, and how others react to them when they read my stories.
Jen: Do you become attached to your characters and have a hard time letting them go, or are you happy that their story is told and you can move on?
Adrianne: I do indeed! It’s why I love to write series versus one-offs. 🙂
Jen: What five authors or people, from the past or present, have been important to you as an author? What question or comment have you always wanted to say to them?
Adrianne: Madeleine L’Engle, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and Robert Calasso–the last one being non-fiction. I would love to talk with them about what inspires them and the philosophy behind their writing.
Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book?
Adrianne: I went out to a wonderful restaurant and toasted with wine. 😀
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you have received about your books?
Adrianne: “How does a gorgeous woman like you write vampire novels? Is it due to some psychic impression of a past life event?”
Jen: What’s next for you?
Adrianne: Finishing the Oath and Dark Moon series plus various short stories in anthologies. 🙂
Jen: Where can you be found on the web?
Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Adrianne: What have you seen me write which you would like to see more of? Which *haven’t* you seen from me which you would like? And lastly…what have you read from me which you would like me not to repeat? 😉
Jen: This week’s contest prize is ebook, winner’s choice of PDF of either vol 2 of To Love and To Cherish anthology featuring “My Big Fat Greek Pagan Lesbian Wedding” (f/f sweet romance), Dawn of the Seraphs (m/m scifi/paranormal erotic romance), or The Oath, Book 1: Bound (m/f, BDSM/paranormal/fantasy/erotica). The contest is only open to those 18 years of age or over due to potential adult content. To enter the contest, you first need to leave a question or comment for Adrianne. Then to finish your entry, you must either leave your email address in your comment or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org (with your choice of book in the body of the email). The winner will be chosen on Sunday, March 7.