Boone Brux Interview Intro:
Hello everyone! LITERAL ADDICTION and Book Monster Reviews are happy to welcome Boone Brux to our sites today.
As mentioned, Boone is the proud creator of the BRINGER AND THE BANE series which currently consists of “Shield of Fire” (formerly titled “Resurrection”). “Kiss of the Betrayer”, will be up next.
For those of you not yet familiar with Boone’s series, here are the synopses for “Shield of Fire”, and the upcoming “Kiss of the Betrayer”:
“Shield of Fire”
BRINGER AND THE BANE Book #1:
Protecting humans is the Bringers’ duty. Sending demons to the
Shadow World is their pleasure.
Shadow World is their pleasure.
“Kiss of the Betrayer”
BRINGER AND THE BANE Book #2:
Release date yet to be announced
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: Hi Boone! We’re very happy to have you here today and we’re excited to introduce some new readers to your work.
BOONE: I’m unbelievably excited to be here!
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: We always like to start by getting to know our guest authors better.
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we couldn’t find out easily on the Internet?
BOONE: Wow, that’s tough. I have a tendency toward verbal diarrhea, so probably everything is on the internet that I’d be willing to share. Let me think. Okay, I’ve got one. I actually named my children after the heroines in Shield of Fire and Kiss of the Betrayer, Ravyn and Jade.
2. I love to dance and still believe I can bust a move on the dance floor. And the fact that I used the phrase ‘bust a move’ tells you how long it’s been since I went dancing.
3. I own four bikinis that I am determined to wear one day. And I don’t mean finally get on my body, but small children run screaming in terror. I mean workin’ it. I can feel that 2012 is my year.
Q2): What’s your guilty pleasure?
BOONE: Movies, popcorn, peanut M & M, and a bucket of Coke Zero, all at the same time. I love going to movies but my husband doesn’t. I drag my kids with me when the movie is acceptable. At other times I have to drag my writing buddies along. I’ve even suggested a movie instead of our critique meeting. Hey, I consider that research.
Q3): What are some of your hobbies and/or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?
BOONE: I have a bit of a crafting problem. I love to buy craft supplies and when I set to creatin’ all horizontal surfaces are at my mercy. I also love camping—with our camper. It’s has to be with the camper because I’m really over sleeping on the ground. And most obvious would be reading. Love it, but don’t get a lot of time for pleasure reading anymore.
Q4): What are 3 things that always make you smile?
BOONE: 1. Teacup Pigs 2. The talking dog on YouTube 3. Writing ‘The End’ when it is.
Q5): Were there any authors or titles that inspired you to become the writer you are today?
BOONE: Lots of authors. Christine Feehan was my first paranormal author I ever read. J.K. Rowlings fueled my love for young adult. Janet Evanovich ignited my desire to write humor. There are so many.
Q6): With Fantasy being such a popular genre these days, what made you choose it, and what about it fascinates you personally?
BOONE: Ignorance. I love everything about fantasy, the magic, world building, and the unlimited possibilities. The one thing I didn’t realize when I first started the Bringer and the Bane series was how it would grow. The number of threads running through the series are numerous. Since I wasn’t much of a plotter, this was a problem. I quickly learned how to plot.
What I really love about writing fantasy is when a kernel of an idea morphs into an entire world.
Q7): What is a typical writing day like for you? Do you have a routine that you follow? Are there specific things that you have to have with you to get the creative juices flowing, do you have any interesting writing quirks, etc?
BOONE: I walk before I write. It clears my head and gets the creativity flowing. Plus since I spend so many hours in the chair, it helps with aching butt muscles.
I try to write for at least four hours a day, five days a week. Life gets in the way sometimes. I am forever trying to up my word count. Productive writing is a work in progress. I stop writing about 30 minutes before my kids get home from school.
Quirks, hmmm. I take a lot of showers. For some reason if I need a break or to brainstorm, the shower or walking does the trick. I write in 30 minute increments with a 5-10 minute break in between. However, if I’m on a deadline, I’m not above writing for ten to twelve hours. I also use a 5’ sheet of Plexiglas mounted on my wall as a plotting board. I love it, except when I walk into my office and see flowers, aliens, and various other things have been added to my timeline. Damn kids.
I’ve been trying to find balance between family and writing. I’m getting better.
Q8): Was there any specific inspiration behind the creation of the BRINGER AND THE BANE series?
BOONE: I’ve been asked this a lot and the only thing that I can say is that I was a new mom of twins. It was one of those situations where I’d worked all my life and suddenly I my only companions were infants and Dora the Explorer. I needed an outlet for my voice.
Legend of the Seeker and several other vibrant movies have been great inspiration in helping me see what I want to portray in words. Since fantasy is rich with description, I’m always looking for extra bit that draw the reader more deeply into the story.
Q9): How many books do you have planned for the series?
BOONE: Right now it’s five, but there’s a possibility that the epic battle in the end might need a book of its own. I realized the other day that I might have started the series in the middle, like Star Wars. There’s a thousand years of tumultuous history prior to the opening of my series. I’ve contemplated companion novellas that take place in the Bringer world.
There’s also a whole contemporary series after this series closes. I’ll give you a hint, one of the bad guys gets away. Will the Bringers or won’t the Bringers pursue them? That’s still to be decided.
Q10): What can we expect as the series progresses?
BOONE: A lot of the Bringer history has been lost, which has made it difficult for the Bringers on Inness to battle the Demon Bane. As the series progress the events that led up to the Great War 1000 years prior, come to light.
Power is seductive and in just about every society in this series there are those who crave control. The Shadow World is ripe for a rebellion, as is the mix-blooded Bringers at Illuma Grand. And don’t forget the Order of the Saints. You can’t have religion without corruption in this world.
But everything isn’t what it originally seemed and a lot of the interlacing connection between events and people will start to unravel itself. I’m hoping the biggest surprises will come with Icarus, the beautiful bad guy and Vile, the Demon King. I’ve got lots of fun stuff in store for them.
Q11): Do you have a tentative release date yet for “Kiss of the Betrayer”?
BOONE: December, 2012. Book three, Chain of Illusions is scheduled for May, 2013. Very exciting.
Q12): What were some of the challenges (research, literary, psychological, logistical, etc) in bringing the BRINGER AND THE BANE series to life?
BOONE: Like I said before, plotting was my biggest stumbling block. When writing Kiss of the Betrayer, I literally stopped and said, “Where the hell is this book going?” I hadn’t pinned down the Bringer history and what led up to the state of the world. I not only needed to give the individual characters motivation, but I needed to create 1000 years of history and give both the Bringers and the Bane (as groups) motivation.
Plotting has been my biggest learning curve, but it gives me a rush when I come up with some thread that will explain why something happened and continues to happen. Now I’m a brainstorming junkie.
Another hurdle was to decide not so much when, but what kind of world to set this series in. I’d originally set it in Renaissance England, but quickly realized I couldn’t do everything I wanted to do and still adhere to historical facts. Medieval times have always been appealing in fantasy. It seemed like a good fit for this series.
Q13): Is there anything else outside of the BRINGER AND THE BANE series that you have in the works that you would like to share with us?
BOONE: Yes. This month I have a novella releasing with Entangled, titled Tweet. It’s about a painfully shy woman who follows Satan on Twitter, which of course throws her and the hunky hero, Christopher in a race to save her soul. The neat thing about the novella is that 100% of the profits go to support AutismNOW. I’m really excited about the project.
Also, I have a paranormal comedy in the works titled To Catch Her Death. It’s book 1 of my new reaper series, this summer. Think hockey mom meets death. My character is a 35 yr. old widowed mother of three, who accidentally finds out she’s a reaper. Her clients are people who die in stupid ways. She’s paired up with a hot guy, Nate, who reaps violent criminals. Needless to say, until she learns the ropes and gets in shape, Lisa Carron is not the most adept at apprehension. The series takes place in Anchorage, Alaska, which I love, cuz that’s where I live.
Q14): Is there a question you thought it would be great to be asked in an interview but have never been asked? How would you answer that question?
BOONE: Well, I don’t think I’ve ever been asked what super power I’d want if I could have one.
I’d have to say either to understand every language in the universe, including alien races. Or orbing like on Charmed. If I could just orb myself to my mom’s house to pick up some corn on the cob for dinner, that would be great.
Q15): Would you like to say anything special to your readers and fans while we have you here today?
BOONE: You can’t imagine how much I appreciate you guys. All the kind words of support, wonderful reviews and congratulations are always noticed. I love interacting with people who love books and reading as much as I do. Readers make the long hours in front of the computer worth it.
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: Boone, thank you so much for taking time to chat with us. We’d love to have you back to promote “Kiss of the Betrayer” if you’d be interested!? If you’re game, I’m sure our readers would love to chat Live with you about the series then as well. J
BOONE: I’m definitely interested and game. Thanks you so much. I love it here!
If you want to keep up with Boone, you can find her at her Website, on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
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