Today, Confessions Of A Bibliophile has debut Author A.M Brooks here to discuss her upcoming release Hearts and Bruise.
Check out our interview!
Confessions– Welcome to Confessions Of A Bibliophile! Thank you so much for being here!
A.M. Brooks– Thank you for having me!
Confessions– In a few sentences, can you tell me what Hearts and Bruises is about?
A.M. Brooks– Hearts and Bruises is a new adult romance with dark vibes. The story is set in a fictional town, Araminta, which I placed in the southern California area. Hearts and Bruises is the story of two high school students Nora and Darrian. Nora has recently moved to Araminta with her father, whom she is not close too. There is recent trauma in her past which has left her a little broken and closed off. She is befriended by a group of people that are led by Darrian. Darrian King is the royalty of the city. His father’s company owns the city and the majority of his employees are parents of the students of the High School. Darrian is an a****le. Readers are not going to like him and that is the way I intended this story to go.
Confessions– What was the most difficult thing you found about writing characters from the opposite sex?
A.M. Brooks– Describing their body language and their voice. When they are having conversations that their voice sounds/reads differently than the female leads.
Confessions– Without giving too much away, what was your hardest scene to write?
A.M. Brooks– Honestly, one of the most difficult scenes was the very first sex scene. It was my first time writing something like that and I thought it was awkward. Also, it took me a while to write the end. Readers will understand when they get there.
Darrian pushed my legs wider with his thigh before pushing in. I drew a breath at the fullness of him stretching me. “Nora,” he said, laying his forehead on mine again.
Confessions– That scene looked pretty damn good to me! So who would you cast in a movie adaptation of Hearts and Bruises? Who were you muses for the main characters?
A.M. Brooks– My muse for Darrian was NFL player Will Demps. My muse for Nora was a model I saw on Instagram Bridget Satterlee. I’m not sure who I would cast in a movie adaptation! I would love to hear what readers think.
Confessions– Did you have a set schedule for writing, or did you only write when you felt inspired?
A.M. Brooks– I started the process by writing when I felt inspired. When I’m at a difficult part of the book I have to schedule time to write or else I would avoid it.
Confessions– What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
A.M. Brooks– For me, it is not switching what tense I’m writing in. I apologize to my editor.
Confessions– When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?
A.M. Brooks– I thought about it once when I was in college and I brushed it off as a dream. I took it more seriously about 2 years ago. I read all the time and I started to think I could do this too. I could write. I have some great stories I’d like to share. I was on maternity leave and Hearts and Bruises just wouldn’t leave me alone. I had to tell this story.
Confessions– Well I for one am glad that you did! Are there or were there any authors that inspire you?
A.M. Brooks– There are a lot of writers who inspire me. I follow a few on social media and I’m always in awe of how normal, genuine, and open they are to their readers.
Confessions– What is the first book you ever read that made you cry?
A.M. Brooks– Little Women
Confessions– If you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?
A.M. Brooks– JUST START NOW! Don’t let your fears take over.. Don’t worry about having your degree in one thing and making a career out of another. It will be okay!
Confessions– What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
A.M. Brooks– I like to listen to music, binge my favorite shows, spend time with my family and friends, and be at the lake.
Confessions- Are there any books that you are currently reading? If so, which books?
A.M. Brooks– I’m currently reading Malum (Part I) by Amo Jones
Confessions– What advice do you have for other new writers trying to get published?
A.M. Brooks– Be willing to put yourself out there and try new platforms. Hire a coach or a PR team because you will need help to promote yourself and your book. Surround yourself with honest people.
Confessions– So what’s next for you? What are you working on now?
A.M. Brooks– I’m working on the sequel Hearts and Flowers! Hope to have it out soon.
Confessions– Can you share with us the best way to reach you and where to learn more about your books?
-IG: https://www.instagram.com/ambrooksbooks/ | @ambrooksbooks
-Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/93577252-a-m-brooks
-Twitter:https://twitter.com/brooksauthor | @brooksauthor
-Other: Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/a-m-brooks
Confessions– OK that’s it for us, thank you so much for agreeing to talk with us today! Congratulations again on your upcoming release of ‘Hearts and Bruises’ and we hope to see a LOT more of you in the future!
A.M. Brooks– Thank you! This was a great experience. 🙂
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