Only a few more days left to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Brandilyn Collins’ newest release Over The Edge. Contest ends on Tuesday May 31, 2011. Leave a comment on one of our blog posts throughout the month of May – the more you comment the more often you’re entered. (No spam please.)
Here’s the final installment of our interview with Brandilyn Collins.
Girls With Pens: Can you share a piece of advice that you wished someone had shared with you when you were first starting out? Can you share a piece of advice you received as an aspiring novelist that you wish you hadn’t listened to?
Brandilyn Collins: I didn’t really get advice as an aspiring novelist because at that time email wasn’t around to link me to other authors as it is today. And I didn’t know about writers conferences. So I pretty much put myself through a sort of masters and PhD degree on my own as I studied the craft. I do wish someone had told me to rest easier, that the times of writing when I wasn’t contracted would be the best writing times of my life—because I could walk away when I got tired of it. Or when I was sick of being rejected. Whatever. During those 10 years it was push, push, push to sell a novel. I thought selling was the end—the goal. I had no idea that was just the beginning of a journey that continues to be difficult. Writing to make a living is not easy. In fact, few authors are able to actually make a living at it. You have to really love and respect the craft. And be savvy in business and marketing.
Girls With Pens: Share something about yourself that your readers might not know.
Brandilyn Collins: Yes, I really do have a hot tub with a cover just like the one in the opening scene of Violet Dawn. And yes, I really did think, hmm, I could hide a body in here at night as I was sitting in said hot tub after dark.
A final word from Brandilyn:
Information on all my books, including the first chapters, can be read on my web site: www.brandilyncollins.com. You can view a trailer for Over the Edge here: http://brandilyncollins.com/books/ote.html. Oh, and look for the wild free download of Tick Squish, a game created for Over the Edge. It will be available around mid-May for all things i—iPad, iPhone, iWhatever. As you advance in the levels of the game, it unlocks a chapter of the book. You can read the prologue and chapters one through three. Great free game, plus a free sampling of the book. I’ll be letting people know through Facebook when it’s available. Please do join me on my Facebook account: www.facebook.com/brandilyncollinsseatbeltsuspense.
Winners will be announced here on the Girls With Pens blog June 1st. Hope you’ve enjoyed our contest. Watch for details about our June Book Giveaway!
Marcy and Lisa