I haven't been blogging long but I've been very fortunate to interview authors as well as review romance novels. Author Joanne Brothwell is the first author to come back to my little space on the internet. Today we're talking about Silencing Breath, the second book in a paranormal trilogy.
Joanne Brothwell lives in the country on the Canadian prairie where her stories are inspired by the dead things that appear at her doorstep on a daily basis. Of course, her two pets, a retired police dog with titanium fangs and a feral barn cat missing two toes, make the safety of surrounding wildlife, at best, uncertain.
Nicknames are something Joanne has in abundance; most notably “Grumpy Bunny” (her husband), and “Princess with a Sailor’s Mouth” (her friends). She’s known to daydream, and ever since grade school has been accused of having a poor attention span. The truth is, Joanne has an alternate reality inside her head, where characters speak to her, sometimes so loudly (and incessantly) she just can’t hear anything else!
Joanne is thrilled to see her alternate universe finally become real with the publication of her novel, Stealing Breath, and her prequel novella, Vicarious. Now, with the sequel Silencing Breath on the way, you can be rest assured you will see much more of Joanne’s writing in the future, as those characters in her head, having tasted the sweet freedom of release, simply refuse to be silenced!
Hi Joanne! Thank you for including me on your blog tour for Silencing Breath and for taking the time to chat with me again.
Thank you for having me today, Adria! And thank you for reviewing Silencing Breath!
For anyone who hasn't read Stealing Breath or Silencing Breath, could you tell them a little bit about these books and what makes them so unique?
I am tired of vampires and werewolves. I get tired of the same old in the paranormal genre. I wrote Stealing Breath and Silencing Breath because they were books I wanted to read myself. Not a single vampire or werewolf to be seen.
*They're definitely different! I've never read or heard of a Paranormal Romance like yours Joanne!
What were some of the challenges you faced while writing Silencing Breath and how did you overcome them?
The challenges I faced while writing Silencing Breath was mostly around trying to create a fresh and unique sequel, something that would be better than the first. I’m usually disappointed by sequels, and I didn’t want that to be the case with Silencing Breath.
Why write some chapters in first person and some in third (Which I enjoyed by the way)?
I wanted to have the perspective of the villain, Stefano, but I didn’t want the reader to have the same emotional intimacy that they would get from reading first person. It felt right, so I tried it. It seems to have worked!
* I loved it and I wish more authors who like to write in first person would do it too!
What are some of the challenges you've faced in promoting your books? Is there anything you've learned that you wish to pass on to other authors?
Nothing is predictable. I’ve tried everything, and I think at the end of the day, it is a crap-shoot. What works for one author doesn’t necessarily work for another.
Do you enjoy reading other genres?
I enjoy reading historicals, sometimes science fiction. I’m open to trying anything.
Saving Breath is the last book in the series and it's set for publication in 2014. What will that book be about and will that be the last time readers see Evan and Sarah?
Saving Breath is all about Sarah wanting Evan to be the man he used to be, and her process of learning that nothing will ever be the same again. So far, this is the last book in this series, but I love these characters so much, I could easily be swayed to write more adventures for them!
* I hope so, I think that with the backgrounds of both characters, there would be quite a bit of material to create more villains/conflicts for Evan and Sarah
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I’d like to give a little plug for my other new release, Forest of the Forsaken: The Witch’s Snare. Here’s the blurb:
In this eerie adaptation of Hansel and Gretel, the fairy tale ending may be far from happy.
Following her mother’s death to cancer, Meg’s world crashes in around her. Her father re-marries within weeks of their loss, her witch step-mother is cold and rejecting, and her new step-brother, Joey, has some rather unusual sexual preferences. Meg’s only hope is to move away and leave her father and the tainted memories behind.
When her father forces her to attend his honeymoon with this new and unwanted blended family, Meg finds herself in the remote wilderness of the Rocky Mountains, miles from civilization. Meg begins to see things in the forbidding forest—strange, unexplainable things she believes are the result of compounding stress. But when her father and step-mother disappear, leaving Meg and Joey to fend for themselves, lost and without supplies, she realizes her paranormal visions are not merely her imagination after all.
Meg’s knows of the dangerous and tortured demons of Joey’s past but her heart can’t resist him. Bound together in desperation and fear, their romance blooms bright and all-consuming despite the evil magic of the formidable forest.
Will Meg and Joey find their way back to civilization? Or will their love wither in submission to the shadows within the Forest of the Forsaken?
Thank you again Joanne for stopping by and talking about your work!
Thank you so much for having me, Adria!
And if that hasn't gotten your attention, check out the book trailer for Silencing Breath: