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Writing Q & A Part 1

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Since I’ve been writing, there are certain questions I get asked on a regular basis. I decided to feature them in a blog post along with my answers. I titled this Part 1, because there are other questions I’d like to feature, and I know there will be more along the way. Enjoy!

Side note: If you’re reading this and you see a question here that you have asked me, please know I’m not singling anyone out, I’m just featuring commonly asked questions… along with a few silly ones!
How do you come up with your stories?
I wish there was a clear, concise answer to this. I have an overactive imagination, so a lot of the time something will catch my attention. It can be a person, it can be a shiny object, it can be a pretty autumn leaf on the ground. Whatever it is, my mind will focus on it, then my imagination starts running wild and usually a story is formed from that. Other times I see vignettes in my mind, kind of like a movie. A lot of those images just pass through, but the ones that reoccur are the ones I pay attention to, and the ones I start to write.
How do you name your characters?
Sometimes I use a name that I love, like Alexandra. Sometimes, I see a character and I have no idea what to name them. A book of baby names comes in handy for this. Other times, the names come to me like the story lines do. I know this sounds crazy, and please don’t think I need a mental health evaluation, but sometimes a character will introduce themselves to me, and tell me their name. This happened to me with my current work in progress. You’ll meet her later this year!
Is Slater Heart named after A.C. Slater from that old TV show Saved by The Bell?
Um… that’s a hard no. Never even crossed my mind. You wouldn’t believe how many times I’m asked that. I don’t like that question, it actually kind of irritates me.
Then, how did you come up with the name Slater Heart?
I knew that Slater’s character would have a unique name. If you’ve read Set It Free, Slater tells Alexandra that his family has a tradition of making last names into middle names. So, Slater is his middle name. I think I was watching an interview on The Today Show with actor Christian Slater and I thought his last name would be a very cool name for a rock star. He didn’t inspire anything beyond the name.
You dedicated Set It Free to Axl Rose. So, you’ve met him? That’s why you dedicated it to him?
Yup, we’re besties… we go way back… Did you detect a hint of sarcasm? Ha ha! No, I have not met him. I dedicated the book to him because he was a huge inspiration to me while I was writing the series. I’ve started writing projects in the past and I’ve never finished them. I finished this one, and I wanted to thank him for that. That’s all.
Do you want to meet him?
At first, I thought, yes. My goal was to get my book into his hands and say thank you for the inspiration. Now, I’d love to know that he received a copy of my book and my thanks, but honestly, if I never meet him, I’m ok with that. That one is hard to explain but I get asked that frequently, so that’s my answer.
Do you put people you know in your stories?
Sometimes, and sometimes they’re good characters and sometimes they’re not. If you’ve read Let It Go, you might remember a part where Alexandra and Mona talk about 2 makeup artists they’re not very fond of. Those gossipy characters are 2 people I used to work with. No, their names have not been changed. Yes, they were that awful. Sorry, not sorry.
What if they read it and see that?
I’d like to introduce them to a friend of mine named, Karma.
Do you use real life situations in your stories?
To a certain extent. There have been many real life situations that have inspired parts of my books, but a lot of them come from my imagination.
You have some steamy content in your books. What’s it like to write a sex scene?
I get asked this a lot. A LOT! It’s challenging, that’s for sure. Sometimes it feels voyeuristic, like I’m spying on them. It can be a little uncomfortable, but I think it’s part of a romance novel that’s important, so I have to get past any reservations I have and write their story… steamy content, and all.
Are any of those steamy moments from personal experience?
I get asked this one quite often, too. My answer… you’ll never know.
Why is it taking so long to get your next book published?
The writing/editing process is a long one. The manuscript goes back and forth between me and my editors several times. Editing is very tedious, and I’m so thankful for my editors, even though I’m usually cussing them out during revisions! After editing comes formatting, then it’s off to the publisher. The cost of self-publishing is not inexpensive, so that’s a factor, as well. The more books I sell, the more money I make, so spread the word and tell your friends to buy my books, so they can get published faster!
You talk about reviews all the time. Are they really that important?
Yes, they are. Not only do they mean the world to me that someone takes the time to leave a positive review, but the more reviews I have, the more exposure I’ll get, which results in more book sales. If you’ve left me a review on Amazon, Goodreads, Google, social media, etc. I am forever grateful. If you have not left a review yet, please do. It truly means so much to me!

There you have it! If you have a question about my writing process, or a personal question for me, reply to this post, or leave me a message/comment on social media. I’m on Instagram as brookegillespietroutauthor or on my Facebook page, Brooke’s Books.

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October Newsletter

The

Babbling Brooke

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Hello everyone and welcome to my first newsletter!! I’m still trying to iron out some details on my website, so for now I’m going to be posting my newsletter on my blog. I’ll keep updating as I can. Until I get things up and running, feel free to subscribe to this blog. Sorry for the delay!! 

Not too long ago, I asked for opinions on the title of my newsletter. As you can see by the header, I decided on The Babbling Brooke. I talk a lot…I always have. Because of that, this was a nickname many people called me through childhood and I’ve lived up to it!!

So, welcome to my newsletter! Stay tuned for monthly updates about Heart & Soul and sneak peeks into my world as a writer. I’ll keep you up to date on events and happenings, and of course, the status of the second book in the series. So, stay tuned and thanks for reading! 

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Happy Fall, Y’all!!
Sorry…couldn’t resist. Fall is my favorite time of year! Unfortunately, living in Nevada, I don’t get to experience fall the way I did in my childhood. I grew up in Denver, and nothing is more beautiful than to see those trees in the mountains change during this season. I’m not much of an outdoorsy person, but the foliage in Colorado during this time of the year is truly beautiful!
It does get nippy here in the desert, so at least I get to experience a temperature change.
I love to bake and cook and this is the season for soups, stews, and pumpkin spice everything! I love to make banana muffins, pumpkins scones, and loaded baked potato soup. Mmm…our home always smells so good when I make my favorites, and I love the joy it brings to my family. What are some of your favorite recipes?

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Book Update:

Let It Go is the second book in the Heart & Soul series. It’s in the process of being edited and I hope to have it ready to go before the end of the year. Editing is such a lengthy process and it always seems to take longer than you hope it will. Progress is being made every day. The cover has been chosen and it’s amazing!

Check back for updates and a sneak peek at the cover art. It’s so good!!

I the meantime, I’m sharing my favorite quotes and moments from Let It Go, on Instagram. Check it out!

Excited for Let It Go, but haven’t read Set It Free? You can purchase your copy here.

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NEWS:

Romantically Inclined Reviews is a website that features everything romance! Heart & Soul, Set It Free, was recently reviewed. Please take a moment to read the kind review and while you’re there, take a look at the reviews for some steamy recommendations!

The holidays are right around the corner and it’s not too early to start shopping! Heart & Soul, Set It Free would make a lovely Christmas gift! I have a limited amount in my possession, but if you purchase from me, I will sign and personalize it to the recipient. Simply respond to this blog post, or hit me up on Instagram or Facebook to place your order. You can also order from Amazon or Book Baby. (Side note…you’ll probably get it faster directly from Book Baby. Amazon says they have some in stock, but sometimes that’s not accurate and can take forever if you want the printed version!)

Coming Soon

 

Coming Soon:

I’ll be doing a giveaway in the near future, so make sure to subscribe or follow me to stay in the know! 

That’s all for now! If you’ve read Heart & Soul, Set It Free, I would love to hear from you! If you haven’t, I would love to hear from you! I like to meet new people and hear about what books you love to read! 

Happy Reading!
Brooke