First of all, how old were you when you realized you wanted to be a writer? What draws you to do it?
To be honest, I told, performed, and wrote stories as a grade school child but never imagined I could become a professional. It seemed beyond me for a number of years. If I could go back and talk to my young self, I would try to build up the confidence to start writing, polishing, and submitting much earlier.
Writing gives me a rush. There's nothing like the moment where I've conceived of the perfect character or situation for a story. The whole world opens up. There are no limits.
What was the first story you ever wrote?
The first adult story I ever wrote was in high school. Of course, it was a story about a teenage girl whose mother didn't understand or appreciate her. LOL.
While reading Foxy Lady and A Little Bit of Laundry, you write erotic romance stories about characters that are already in a relationship, and they're often struggling in that relationship. What inspires you to write these kinds of stories?
A lot of relationships fall apart once the novelty wears off and they need to get through the daily grind. Conflicts over laundry and family can take a big toll if couples don't remember to communicate and keep a healthy relationship as the major focus. Honesty and a genuine desire to understand and feel empathy for the other person are the keys to a happy love life.
From what do you derive the most inspiration for your writing?
My relationship with my husband. Fortunately, he's a good communicator.
Why do you think erotica and romance books are so popular right now?
Love and war stories have been told since people lived in caves. We get more than enough war on the news and in movies. To be loved is the most fundamental need we have. Newborns that are not touched and loved, fail to thrive. It's a need that never passes. I also think that, in a society where we are inundated with images of violence and cruelty on television, in the movies, on youtube, newspapers, magazines, and the internet, our psyches ache for a balance.
Although it is the second most difficult to write, I love completing a satisfying ending. Without a good finish, I don't have a story. I just have an episode.
I like Nick, in my novel Too Far For Love?, presently under edit with Musa Publishing. He's my dream guy – sweet, smart, devoted to his family, hot, and a great lover.
While writing, how does the story develop for you? Do you go from start to finish or create scenes as they come to you?
It starts with a concept, usually a scene and a character. I create several scenes, and then stop and think it through. What does this character want that he/she isn't getting? If it's a short story, I'll write down ideas for the beginning and ending, and then thread it all together. I'll leave it for a while, then come back and butcher it until I feel it's cohesive.
A novel has numerous stages. I do reach a point where I plot the chapters out before actually writing the whole thing.
How many hours a day do you spend writing?
It averages out to about three or four. I find promotion and social media, a necessity in today's market, takes another hour or two a day.
What does your working space look like? Is there anything special that you must have in order to write? Like peace and quiet, music, a favorite teddy bear...
I have a lovely work space with a desk and well organized supplies. Most of the time, I ignore it. I write on the couch with my laptop and, occasionally, when the walls start closing in on me, I write outside. I do need quiet.
Do you have any bad writing habits?
The worst habit I have is having too many projects on the go. There isn't enough time to do them all so I wind up with several pieces standing with their arms crossed, tapping their feet, waiting for me to get back to them.
I'm just at the beginning of my career. It is completely different than I thought it would be. Social media and self-promotion take enormous time and energy. Also, the process takes much longer than I expected, even with e-publishing. Patience has never been my strong suit.
What would you like to accomplish with your writing career?
How tacky do I sound if I say a steady income? LOL. But, yes, that would be great. I'd also like to get everything down on paper that is bouncing around in my head.
What is the best advice you ever received? Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Try to spend more time writing than reading about writing. However, it is important to read a great deal and learn from others, directly and indirectly.
Of all things you have accomplished, is there one accomplishment you are most proud of?
I think that changes. I don't believe in setting an enormous goal that I will spend my whole life struggling to meet. I'm more of a one accomplishment at a time. At the moment, I'm very pleased with my new release Melting (Noble Romance Publishing). This contemporary romance novella is about a woman who hasn't completely recovered from an abusive relationship. This is crippling her ability to trust and love. Mr. Perfect is going to slip away unless she changes.
My tagline is "Authentic relationships, passionate romance" because I believe you can't have one without the other. All my work involves women struggling to change in order to achieve the HEA.
What do you do to relax?
I love the outdoors. An hour listening to birds and the wind playing with trembling aspen leaves is as soothing as a day at the spa.
Tell your fans something about you they would never guess.
Writing the sex scenes is the most difficult part of my writing. It takes twice as long as everything else.
Melting has just been released by Noble Romance Publishing. Too Far for Love? is my first complete novel. I just signed the contract with Musa Publishing and don't have the release date yet. I really love the story. It involves two women each struggling to overcome huge losses in their lives. I hope it will inspire women with similar burdens to risk putting their hearts out their again.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Come LIKE me on Facebook. Let me know a little about yourself.
How can your fans find out more about you?
I'm on facebook at HeatherFaeBrooks.
I'm on twitter 1HeatherBrooks.
I'm on pinterest at Heather Fae Brooks.
I have my own website with some free writing and illustration.
I recently built an author page on Amazon. Unfortunately, there are other women named Heather Brooks, so I just started using my middle name to avoid confusion.
Thank you so much Heather, for joining us today. I enjoyed reading Foxy Lady and A Little Bit of Laundry I will definitely be keeping an eye out for all of your future works. We at BookWenches wish you the very best!
Thank you for this opportunity.