Brooke Williams is about to release her second book in the "Dandelion' series, Dandelions On The Road. Today she has dropped in to talk about her book, her writing process and herself. Welcome Brooke. I'm having coffee this morning, but please join me with a beverage of your choice. Then, if you're comfortable and the girls are busy, let's get started.
1.What first gave you the idea for the Accept this Dandelion series?
I didn’t intend it to be a series, actually. I wrote “Accept this Dandelion” because I get a kick out of The Bachelor TV show and I wondered what it would be like to have someone more like me on the show. You know, someone who doesn’t really do hair, makeup, dresses, the whole bit. And someone who’s rather clumsy and not really all that impressive! So I wrote “Accept this Dandelion” based around that idea and it turned out rather funny! I figured that was it, but a second idea started bugging me and I couldn't let it go. Plus, I had so much fun writing the first book, I didn’t mind writing another. “Dandelions on the Road” turns the tables and puts a woman in charge of choosing between 12 men. I also have a third book in the dandelion series written called “After the Final Dandelion.” I have a fourth idea, but we’ll see where things go! The series may be done after 3, but 4 is an option for the future…
2.Your characters are involved in the world of broadcasting as you have been. Which one of your books' character (in any of your books) is most like you and which the most different?
I’m similar to Rene in “Accept this Dandelion” in a lot of ways. She’s in radio as I was, though I never aspired to be on the morning show as she does. She’s not really into appearance, hair and makeup and so forth, something I am also not into. I have similarities to Kate Covington from “Wrong Place, Right Time” too. (She actually makes an appearance in “Dandelions on the Road” as well!) She’s a traffic reporter on TV. I did that job for 5 months and was pretty bad at it, as is she. J
3.Which one of your male leads would you most like to be stranded on a desert island with? Don't worry-we won't share your answer with your husband.
Hmm, that’s tough, can I take more than one? J I’d have to say Brian Schaffer, he has a big part in “Dandelions on the Road” and also has a part in “Wrong Place, Right Time.” He’s a news anchor so I’m not sure how handy he’d be on island lifestyles, but he’s the type of guy that would do anything for anyone and that would be nice to have around in a tough spot!
4.Do you use music as background as you write? If so, what is your favourite genre?
Not very often. I only write when my youngest is sleeping at naptime. My day is filled with little girl’s voices and I love that. But when they’re asleep, I like silence best! However, sometimes if something’s noisy in the neighborhood I’ll play music in her room to drown things out and that comes through the monitor. It’s all from my old iPod and it’s Jars of Clay, Third Day, stuff like that. Love it!
5.How do you manage to find the concentration to write with a growing family also demanding your time and energy?
I’m a big believer in letting certain things go. Laundry can wait. Cleaning? Who needs it! J When my youngest is sleeping, that’s my time to write. I don’t feel right on the days I don’t get my writing in. When I have a story idea, the idea possesses me until I get it out. It’s a frantic pace trying to get the thoughts out before I forget them! I write quickly and though I don’t have much time a day (1-2 hours) I do what I can!
6.What's next in the Dandelion series?
I have book 3 written. It’s called “After the Final Dandelion” and it includes a wedding. I won’t say who is getting married… Ha! I’m hoping to release it next spring perhaps. I have another book written as well that may be the start of a new series. It’s called “The Leftover.” I don’t know where it will end up at this point.
A little more about Brooke- Brooke Williams writes in a sleep-deprived state while her daughters nap. Her romantic comedy is best read in the same state. Brooke has twelve years of radio in her background, both behind the scenes and on the air. She was also a television traffic reporter for a short time despite the fact that she could care less about hair and make-up. Today, Brooke stays at home with her daughters and works as a freelance writer for a variety of companies. When she isn’t working for paying clients, she makes things up, which results in books like “Dandelions on the Road.” Brooke is also the author of " Mamarazzi," "Accept this Dandelion," “Wrong Place, Right Time,” “Someone Always Loved You,” and “Beyond the Bars.” She even has children's books on the market, such as "Shower in the Rain" and looks forward to releasing “Baby Sheep Gets a Haircut” in June 2016 with Wee Creek Press. Brooke and her husband Sean have been married since 2002 and have two beautiful daughters, Kaelyn (6) and Sadie (2).
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Note from the Author on the book's inspiration:
I wrote "Accept this Dandelion" in a silly, sleep-deprived mood and thought that was it. But the characters in the book kept coming back to me, begging me to continue the story. Eventually, I listened, turned the tables, put a woman in charge, and created "Dandelions on the Road." I got so much joy from writing it, I'm glad I did! Now I just hope those reading it get even half the pleasure I got from writing it.
And now a little about Dandelions On the Road
So be sure to join Brooke on November 5th for some fun, chat and prizes on her release party on Facebook