Jen: We are so very pleased to welcome Brooke Moss back to Romancing the Book. She is one of the sweetest ladies, and she’s local to me. So I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her several times. Brooke, please share a short bio with us.
Brooke: Hi Jen, and thanks for having me here at Romancing The Book today! Here’s my bio, so that everyone can know a little bit more about me:
Brooke writes complex, character-driven stories about kismet, reunited lovers, first love, and the kind of romance that we should all have the chance at finding. She prefers her stories laced with some humor just for fun, and enough drama to keep her readers flipping the pages, and begging for more! When Brooke isn’t spinning tales, she spends her time drawing/cartooning, reading, watching movies then comparing them to books, and, of course, wrangling four kids, one hubby she lovingly refers to as her “nerd”, and attempting to conquer the Mount Everest of laundry that is the bane of her existence. You can find Brooke elsewhere on the web at www.brookemoss.com.
Jen: Tell us abut The Carny.
Brooke: At a town fair on the coast of Oregon, handsome Native American carny, Vincent Youngblood, bestows an unforgettable kiss on shy, awkward teenager, Charlotte Davenport. Then he disappears without another word, leaving her baffled and enamored.Ten years later, Charlotte is still living in the small fishing town of Astoria, while being trained to–reluctantly–take over for her philandering hotelier father when he retires. After all, who else will do it? Her two perfect sisters are busy being married to their flawless husbands and having cookie cutter children, while Charlotte remains single, childless, and every bit as mousy as she was a decade ago.
As Charlotte struggles to climb out from underneath her judgmental parents thumb, the carnival rolls back into town, and Charlotte finds herself face to face with Vin again. He’s back to run his father’s carnival, walking away from a promising career in medicine he started in Chicago. Will her biased and judgmental family accept her relationship with a man who is not only a Native American, but works as a carny for a living? And what unsavory secrets bind the well-educated and seemingly superlative Vin to that ramshackle carnival?
After all, you can’t judge a carny by its cover.
Jen: Are you a plotter or a panster?
Brooke: I’m a pantser who usually has to stop about 1/3 of the way through a book, to LOOSELY plot out the rest of the book. I don’t like to plot too much, as I like the characters to tell me where they want to go, but I absolutely have to have a light outline, otherwise I would wind up with 250K sagas.
Jen: Do you have a theme, object or person that appears in all of your stories?
Brooke: I do. I actually always base my stories in the Inland and Pacific Northwest. I only write stories set in cities that I either know really well, or have actually lived. I went to college in Astoria, Oregon, which is where The Carny is set, and I am dying to write another story set in that gorgeous town. I love it there, absolutely love it.
Jen: What five authors or people, past or present, have been important to your writing? What question or comment have you always wanted to say to them?
Brooke: Oh, that’s such a good question! Okay…five authors…1.) Kristan Higgins; 2.) Liza Palmer; 3.) Jane Porter; 4.) Sarah Addison Allen; and 5.) The Great Nora Roberts. And what would I say to them? Oh crap, I am such a boob, I get so starstruck when I see authors that I admire. Being published myself means nothing when I see one of my favorite authors. I met Kristan Higgins in May and literally stuttered and giggled like a ten year old meeting Justin Beiber. So embarrassing.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Brooke: Well….I may or may not have some exciting news coming out soon about a fantasy YA I wrote this spring, so stay tuned for that. And beyond that, I’m slowing down for a while, because my husband and I are becoming licensed foster parents, and are hoping to adopt a child in need eventually. We already have four children, and this will be our fifth, so this is a really special journey for our family. So while I am still writing, I’ve decided to make my dream of becoming an adoptive mother top priority for now. Who knows…maybe in a year or so, I’ll write about my experience. 🙂