Guest Post: Lucia Brucoli’s Article on Writing Setting

 

Hello there. My name is M.A.Greene a writer reaching for publication. I am revising a YA Sci-fi/Fantasy novel and write short stories and poems. You can follow my writing journey on twitter at https://magreene96.wordpress.com/. This is a guest post of a teen writer on setting. Enjoy.

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Making the Most out of Setting

One of the first things we learn when analyzing novels is dividing them into manageable chunks: Setting, plot and characters. The last two have been broken down into sub-sections upon sub-sections, but what about setting? Some mark it irrelevant, but it can greatly influence your story.

Take ‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson, for example. It’s the story of villagers who act inhumanely towards one another for the sake of tradition. It wouldn’t have worked if the place was fancy and classy, or if it was in modern day. The prose gives a feeling of the past, and it works in favor of the story.

So how can we write a well-rounded setting? Here are a few things to keep in mind. Make sure to refer back to your genre when reading through, as it will affect the location of your story.

1.      Timing
Setting isn’t just where the story takes place, but also when. It’s possibly one of the first things to think about before the actual world building. What is your world’s history, and where does your story fit into it? This can apply even if you’re writing about an average high school: cities always have a history, and this can be shown subtly throughout the course of your story. Timing becomes more important when your novel is set in the past, future or on another world entirely. For example, if your fantasy novel takes place in a kingdom which has just killed its tyrannous, violent king, there will be traces in your world of that king’s rule. Figure out when your story take place first, then find a physical location.

2.      Make it realistic (to your story)
When finding a physical location, it’s best to make it realistic to your story. For example, if your story starts with average teenagers being chased by ghosts in a haunted house… why are they there? How did they even get there? It’s not normal for modern-day teenagers to be wandering in a haunted house, or for a haunted house to be abandoned there in the first place without an explanation. Figure out what is possible and what is a bit of a stretch, so that everything can be logical in your story.

3.      Consistent
Nothing can confuse readers more than an inconsistent setting. Unless you clearly state that your characters go in a completely different area, be sure to make everything the same. Seasons can of course change, but be sure to make the overall physical location the same. If your character comes back from six months in exile and finds their previous snow-covered, Arendelle-style city turned into a raging hot, desert… There’s got to be some sort of explanation. An extreme exaggeration, but good to keep in mind.

4.      Don’t dump!
One of the most boring things readers can encounter in books is when the writer rambles on and on, describing the smallest, irrelevant details of their world. I get it: describing this wonderful kingdom you created and that you’re passionate about is incredible, because you want readers to visualize exactly what you’re seeing. But careful: too much info-dumping can make your reader lose interest in your story, making them mindlessly skim through the chapter or even worse: Put down the book. Don’t. Let. This. Happen.

So this is it. When done wrong, the setting can make the novel tedious to read through. But when done right, the novel will not only be a smooth read, but enjoyable as well. All the best of luck, and happy creating!

-Lucia

 

Bio:

Lucia Brucoli is a middle school student working on her young adult sci-fi novel. She is also working to create a community of teen aspiring writers just like her, a community of people who support, encourage and help each other, working together to be officially called ‘authors’. In her free time, she enjoys watching t.v shows, reading, and of course writing.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrucoliLucia

Website: https://writerluciabrucoli.wixsite.com/mysite

 

Book review of Kim Chance’s Keeper

I discovered Kim Chance by watching her YouTube videos. So when had the chance to her debut novel Keeper, I was thrilled. The protagonist is 16 years old Lainey. Chance gives the reader a logical studious girl who desires to see more of the world than the place she and grew up living with her Uncle. Her path to self-discovery is the plan she’s for years: Do well on her SAT’s and get into a good college. That is until she starts having what seem to be delusions and discovers she is a witch. Her best friend Maggy, who loves all superhero and supernatural comics, tv shows are convinced before Lainey is of her gifts. I enjoyed seeing a close friend, sisterhood bond between Maggy and Lainey. Also, I was interested in the romance with the mysterious guy who that helps Lainey with her adventures as she learns more about what being a witch entails. Lainey has flashbacks for one of her ancestors who protected a book that the villain is after. Some of the lines were corny but didn’t take away from the overall enjoyment of the story. If you want a book with strong female friendship, deals with family ties, and a logical, caring protagonist, you need to keep an eye on Keeper and read it ASAP. Overall I enjoyed this book and await the release of the sequel, Seeker.

Becca Wilhite’s Bright Blue Miracle Book Review

My name is M.A.Greene, a writer reaching for publication. My twitter link https://magreene96.wordpress.com/ Here is my book review of Becca Wilhite’s Bright Blue Miracle.

I was first attracted to Becca Wilhite’s Bright Blue Miracle when I saw the cover. By the title, I was curious what story would unfold. It’s is the story of 17-year-old Leigh. Her life is turned around when she discovers she will not just be meeting her mother’s boyfriend and his daughter. They will be moving in because her mother is marrying him. Not only is her personal space invaded by her seemingly perfect step-sister Betsy, but her younger siblings love her. Then to make her world spin more, her best friend Jeremy starts dating Betsy when she starts going to her school. Leigh is a smart, teenager whose challenges with her blended family are authentic. She sometimes feels bad for the malicious thought and words directed at Betsy, because she’s a nice girl. SHe also wants her life to return to how it’s been before. Leigh emerges with overcoming adversity in many various ways including confronting grief, self-discovery, and being a better friend and daughter. The author manages to deal with tough topics in a way that does not weigh down the story but also throws in humor effortlessly. After reading this book, there was more brightness in my day. bright blue color

 

Book review of Brie Farmer’s Warrior Protect

Fantasy wallpapers high resolution 1Brie Farmer’s novel, Warrior Protect was a story I was anticipating to read once I discovered the premise. I was honored to read an ARC (advanced reader’s copy) of this book. A royal princess, Aurora, marry gets into an arranged marriage is nothing new. However, when the young woman agrees to do so and the agreement is she will protect him because she has been trained as a warrior since childhood, that is new. I was intrigued by how the gender dynamics were switched and she was marrying for wealth only. Her fiance Cade, always seems to dart glowering looks at her so she automatically is not taking a liking to him. When she gets letters from a mysterious person what will she discover? How can this arranged marriage blossom into love? Will Aurora and Cade able to protect each other from what comes? The characters are three dimensional. Brie Farmer does a great job of showing the characters strengths, weakness and everything in between. The details are precise without verbose and this story is unique. Anyone who enjoys High Fantasy, romance and unique take on what it means to love and protect should get this book once it is on the shelves.

My name is M.A.Greene, a writer reaching for publication. My twitter link https://twitter.com/MAGreene96.

 

Author Interview with Megan Tennant

Hello, there. This is M.A.Greene, an writer reaching to be YA fiction author. This is an interview with Megan Tennant, the author of the dystopian novel Aletheia. Readers are engulfed in the world 736, a girl lives in. It’s a post-apocalyptic world where a disease wipes people’s memories and a Prophet holds the cure to preventing further memory loss. That is for a price.

  • M.A.Greene: Would you prefer I call you Ms. Tennant or Megan?

Megan Tennant: Megan is perfectly fine, thank you.

  • M.A.Greene: Ok Megan. When I saw your book trailer on youtube, I was fascinated by the premise for Aletheia. Can you share how you initially came up with this story?

Megan Tennant: As is the case with many authors, the initial idea for Aletheia came to me in a dream. Granted, there were external influences. I was in college at the time, in the middle of a stressful semester. I was taking a graduate level Neuroscience course, as well as some advanced biology and computer science courses. I was also reading the Maze Runner series and watching the walking dead. This all combined to lead to a marathon dream which involved the initial spread of Lethe, the way the disease worked, and even a degree of science behind it. The characters and full plot didn’t come around until 6 months later when I decided the idea needed to be written.

  • M.A.Greene: I’m sure your science background helped with writing Aletheia. Did you do any specific research when you realized your story needed to be written?

Megan Tennant: Oh, I did wayyyyy too much research. I mean, it helped the story, so it’s worth it. But It wasn’t helpful for my grades at the time, with the exception of my neuroscience course. I poured over so many articles and research papers. And some of them were actual research papers, pages and pages of scientific jargon. But I wanted to make sure the disease I was envisioning was possible. My research involved everything from delving deep into interrupted reconsolidation of memories, to feral children raised without social constructs, to the variation between storage and retrieval of different memory types, to taxoplasma gondii.

At some point, there will be a prequel which will be from the Prophet’s POV, and there I will be able to delve deeper into the science behind the disease and how it came to be.

  • M.A.Greene: Wow. You really made sure the world you were giving your readers was possible. Can you explain to us what taxoplasma gondii. in a non scientific way lol! In layman’s term.

Megan Tennant: Haha, I’ll give it a try! Taxoplasma gondii is a microscopic parasite (similar to malaria). Lethe is a disease, but it’s actually caused by a micro parasite modeled after Taxoplasma gondii (I’ll abreviate to TG). TG is very commonplace in the world, living out its lifecycle through cats and rats. It’s suspected that at least 1/3 of the world has it. The thing is, there are no noticeable symptoms in humans in most cases, and thus, there’s no reason to treat it and very little reason to research it. What makes TG so interesting is the way it affects the brains of mice. Mice infected with TG do not fear the smell of cat urine (and are sometimes even drawn to it) despite memory, instinct, and years of evolution. TG is able to live within the brain of the mice and affect their behavior in isolated ways. This suggests that a similar microparasite could potentially evolve (or be altered) such that it could interrupt memory formation and processing.

  • M.A.Greene: Very interesting. I’m glad we can see learn more about the origins of the disease Lethe, when your prequel comes out. As far as character development for Aletheia, what was included in your creative process? Did you use character profiles? Was 736 apart of the dream that launched story that needs to be put to pen, (or put to computer since we are in the 21st century.) Also before the dream, did you do any creative writing previously? Had you attempted or written any manuscripts (unpublished novels) or short stories? Did you ever know beforehand that you wanted to be an author?

Megan Tennant: My character development started out pretty slopy but became more and more refined. I’ll be making use of character profiles in the future, but when I started it was all in my head and scribbled in notebooks. 736 wasn’t part of the original dream, but came in a soon as I started thinking of plot for the story.

As far as creative writing goes, I always sort of wanted to be an author, but I’d never viewed it as a valid career. That mostly has to do with the fact that my mom wrote a few children’s books and my dad a few scifi novels when I was young, and both received enless rejections because the stories just weren’t what the publishers were looking for. Of course, this was before self-publishing was an option. Before Ingram Spark, and KDP. But before I thought about careers and livelihood, when I was 5-9, I did have a creative writing period. I wrote a few short books that mostly featured cats as the main characters. Then I shifted to daydreaming and reading as a hobby, not taking up writing again until Aletheia.

  • M.A.Greene: Everyone has a different process. Having written short books before you were even 10 is an accomplishment in itself. How long did it take you to write the 1st draft of Aletheia? Then how many revisions did you write for it finished and what was your revision process like?

Megan Tennant: The first draft of Aletheia took about a year, although around 4 months of that was completely scrapped since I was a plotter trying to pants my way through the story. I mostly edited as I went, reading a few chapters back before I started writing everytime I sat down at the computer, so my first draft was more rounded than the average first draft. After the first draft my alpha reader (aka Co-founder of Cloud Kitten Publishing) got to read it. It took around 3 months to get through revising after his feedback. From there I started the beta reader process. I did two rounds of betas, each one taking about 2 months. There was some slight overlap between my alpha’s read through, and each beta round, given that Aletheia is a fairly long book, clocking in at around 200k words.

  • M.A.Greene: Can you tell us what your publishing journey was like for Aletheia?

Megan Tennant: The publishing journey was by far the most difficult stage. It involved a brain-numbing amount of research from start to finish. The first hurdle was deciding whether to query, self publish, or take an indie publisher route. My partner and I decided that we wanted to help other authors, and so we tool the indie publisher route and created our own LLC which includes Cloud Kitten Publishing. Creating an LLC was a lot of work and is not for the faint of heart. From that point, we commisioned a logo, chose company colors and designs, created webpages, made a social media platform plan, learned the ins-and-outs of Ingram Spark, delved into endless research about the publishing industry from indie to traditional, and a whole other long list of little things that had to be done. When it came to Aletheia specifically, the three largest challenges about the post-beta phase were editing, cover design, and formatting. We also took a swing at paid advertising but quickly found it to be ineffective and extremely costly, so we abandoned that endeavour.

  • M.A.Greene: That is a lot of work. I’m sure creating an LLC is something that can put on a resume. The world of Aletheia is different from ours in many ways. This including how many of people and society are more accepting of various gender norms in terms of fluidity and attraction. What made you decide to make this apart of your dystopian novel?

Megan Tennant: Putting aside the fact that I will always write diverse casts, because diversity is the norm, I wanted the world in my dystopian novel to be realistic and uncensored. I set the scene at the start of the disease and let it play out and influence the worldbuilding realistically taking into account the current views of sexuality and gender in the US. The geographic location of all the places we will visit throughout the series is the west coast, which is already full of people who don’t see gender and sexuality as divisions the way some other portions of the US do. Given that the disease almost instantly shut down all international and national air travel to reduce the spread, most of the people caught in the west would have been people who had lived here for a while and thus, grew up more open minded. I also factored in that this happens in the future, and from the onset of the disease we jump another 18 years before the events of Aletheia. This means that the leaders present in Aletheia were growing up on the west coast in a setting that takes place years after our current time. So, the vast majority of the leaders of rebel packs, small pockets of society, and any other group would be people who see the world in an open minded way. Ofcourse, the Prophet and the city of Iris operate differently, and all non-reproductive forms of sex are prohibited. But this stems from the fact that the leader of Iris is focused on restoring the human race, which requires the restoration of population. So this has nothing to do with the Prophet’s opinion in gender norms and is instead a decision he made based on his own logic with the intention of helping the City of Iris reach the population size he envisions. Furthermore we have to consider the way that the apocalypse and complete breakdown of society would alter our perception of norms. When people watch 3/4ths of the population die, lose most of the people close to them, and find themselves in a world full of desperate people, murder, and assault, they tend to view other people differently. At this point, regardless of prior harmful perceptions of norms, the vast majority don’t give a damn if someone is gay, or bisexual, or demi, or trans. What matters is whether the person is trustworthy and good in a world full of so many bad things. Sexuality and gender don’t factor into whether or not someone is a good person, and thus, in the apocalypse, intelligent people don’t care. Although I would like to note that it’s my opinion that current day people shouldn’t care about gender or sexuality either.

  • M.A.Greene: You definitely put much thought behind your dystopian world of Aletheia. It’s great to read books that celebrate diversity in various ways. This book does not shy away from dealing with harsh realities. In fact one aspect I was surprised and impressed by was the trigger warning at the beginning of the book. Can you explain to us why you felt the need to do so?

Megan Tennant: I know there are some mixed feelings about trigger warnings, but honestly, I think they’re very important. Not all books need them, but Aletheia’s often brutal realities definitely fall into the category of books that can benefit from them. The reason I chose to include trigger warnings mostly has to do with post traumatic stress disorder. For those suffering from PTSD something as simple as a page of description can trigger flashbacks that can lead to hours, days, or even weeks of negative symptoms such as nightmares, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and more. Although not all those suffering from PTSD find scenes relating to their trauma triggering, there are some that do and if my trigger warning page can help even one individual, it’s worth it.

  • M.A.Greene: How did you come up with 736 being the main character’s name? And why did you decide to have the book in first person POV?

Megan Tennant: That’s actually a little bit of an easter egg. 736 is the area code of the city I grew up in. As for the first person POV, I actually tried writing the book in third person, but it turns out, I’m terrible at writing in third person. I need to see the world through a character’s eyes and that includes the way their personality alters their view of the world. Jumping between different people complicates that. Also, whenever I’m living a story (whether it be mine or another book I’m reading) I’m always in the POV character’s shoes. So it just made sense to write from that same standpoint.

  • M.M.A.Greene: What are your favorite and least favorite genres?

Megan Tennant: My favorite genres are anything scifi, post-apocalyptic/apocalyptic, and fantasy. My least favorite genres are pretty much anything else, but especially contemporary. If I’m going to live in a character’s head for a whole book, I want to experience a world I can’t just walk outside to see.

  • M.A.Greene: So Megan what are your favorite book and your least favorite book and why?

Megan Tennant: Hmm, my favorite books right now are a pretty solid tie between Our Dark Duet be Victoria Schwab, and The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci (of which I was lucky enough to read an early ARC). As for least favorite, I hate giving books bad reviews and almost never read books I expect to dislike, but I did DNF The Waking Land this year because I was incredibly bored with it and felt there was no consistency or direction to anything.

  • M.A.Greene: Even though I haven’t published my YA sci-fi/fantasy novel yet, writing a book changed the way I read fiction. Did you have that same experience of reading more fiction more analytically than beforehand?

Megan Tennant: I definitely feel I read more analytically now and I also notice faults I didn’t before. But the newly revealed faults are also balanced out by a new appreciation for how much work goes into a book.

  • M.A.Greene: I feel the same. It’s so much effort for what can be an enjoyable read for the audience. If you could give your past self any advice related to writing what would it be?

Megan Tennant: Plot. Always plot. Outlines are magical maps and without them you’ll get super lost.

  • M.A.Greene: Is there anything you would like to share with readers or potential readers of Aletheia?

Megan Tennant: That I hope they enjoy the world of the Seventh River series and I’m always available on Twitter to answer questions.

  • M.A.Greene: Thank you Megan for this enriching interview. Speaking of twitter you can follow @Megan_Tennant and watch her youtube videos as well. Also follow me on twitter https://magreene96.wordpress.com/ for updates about my writing journey, updates on book reviews I will be doing and when more interviews will be posted!

Megan Tennant: You’re very welcome. Thank you for interviewing me!

You can purchase Megan Tennant’s Aletheia on amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Aletheia-Seventh-River-Megan-Tennant/dp/1640670009/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1542915537&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=megan+tennant+aletha

Interview with Fiction Author Brie Farmer

  • M.A.Greene: My name is M.A.Greene. This interview is with Brie Farmer, the author of Stars Like Fate. So first can you tell us when you realized you wanted to be a writer?

Brie Farmer: I have always been iffy about answering this question. I did not write when I was younger. I had written five thousand words once for a class. It was ultimately only given an “It’s okay.” After that I had I only ever played around with Literary Role-playing and living within my own ideas. It was not until the 2016 Nanowrimo that I decided to try and write something. It was a huge bust but I made two great friends and decided to keep trying. This was when I started Stars Like Fate and between my writing, writing friends, and the writing warrior discord. I found a true love and passion for writing. So, I would say between Nov. 2016 and February 2017 was when I realized I wanted to write, no matter how hard it became.

  • M.A.Greene: That’s wonderful you decided to power through and finish writing a novel and publish it after only becoming serious about writing less than 2 yrs ago. Did you self publish or go the traditional publishing route?

Brie Farmer: Yes, powering threw is what I did. Because I love writing so much it was relatively easy for me to get what I wanted to do done. I decided to Self-publish for a few reasons. I just didn’t have it in me to query. I really disliked giving someone the rights to my book babies. Also to me, writing is very personal and something I do for enjoyment more than anything else. I was not looking to try and get repped and published through one of the big publishers. I just wanted to share my stories. So, I decided to start my own company and self-publish. It was something I decided very early on. Though, I did try pitch wars once.

  • M.A.Greene: You started your own publishing company? Wow another impressive accomplishment. Does your publishing company have a name and how did you go about developing that?

Brie Farmer: Wow, thinking back on it naming my company was hard. Though, you don’t need to start your own company for some PODs. There are some out there that you do. It’s also better if you plan to publish more then one book. So, I decided on going the extra step and do it. It’s more learning about what you need to do in your state. It was easier than I thought it would be. The hardest part was picking a name. I had so many ideas floating around in my mind. Like Clever Little Fox Publishing, Smart Owl Publishing, and a few others I don’t even remember. I was so conflicted because I didn’t like any of them. I had to pick one though. So, the day I was going in to start my business I thought of a new name that ultimately became my companies name. Obsidian Court Publishing is the name I decided on. Why? Well, it was cool. “Obsidian” was because I wanted some color and Obsidian is a black colored stone. This references my first ever W.I.P which is a dark fantasy. “Court” was simply used since I write I lot of high fantasy dealing with kingdoms and their court systems. I thought it was fitting to reference my first W.I.P which is on hold for now. Since it was the story that started it all.

  • M.A.Greene: That’s really interesting. Speaking of high fantasy, your debut novel Stars Like Fate is a High Fantasy novel. What aspects of high fantasy do you enjoy the most?

Brie Farmer: All of it? I love creating worlds as well as exploring new ones. Developing and learning about new magic systems and culture. Just creating or reading about characters that live in a world completely different then our own is amazing. High Fantasy is so free and unbound in my eyes.

  • M.A.Greene: Well you should always write the type of book you want to read. Where did the initial idea for Stars Like Fate come from?

Brie Farmer: Well, I was reading another series while taking a break between my the fail of my first nano and getting back to writing. I was just thinking that the character was locked up for some time, in the said story. Before I knew it, I wanted to write a story that started off with a woman locked up in a cell. So, in my head, I had this image of a blue-haired women standing behind this grand glowing gate. This was ultimately Saphryis, but that was all I had. A woman locked away for some unknown reason. Nyole was the first character to develop fully. A King playing peacekeeper between the kingdoms, but why? Before I knew it all these characters started to appear and connect together. Now the characters changed drastically from how I originally thought of them. The original character traits for a few of them just would not work in the story as a whole. Also, the original idea behind Saphryis’s cell was much barer than the nice room she got in the final draft.

  • M.A.Greene: It’s so interesting how stories come to us. Can you give us a brief description what Stars Like Fate is about?

Brie Farmer: Stars Like fate is about a king who is shown an ancient princess that he thought was a legend. He is tasked to find the key that will unlock her powers within her mind. He must learn to trust a woman who is seen as a monster and deal with the comfort he finds within the princess. All to assure safety for his kingdom and people.

  • M.A.Greene: Even if I hadn’t read the novel, that summary would make me interested in reading it. I know you told us how the idea came to you, but for writing it down what was your process? Did you write an outline first? Do you consider yourself more of a plotter or a panser?

Brie Farmer: Now I do not normally like to talk about my process because my process is not one I would recommend to others. Now that I have said that let’s talk about how my crazy mind works. So, I would say I am a plantser that leans more to a pantser. I do write down my original major scene or plot ideas down on a paper in a list. But, after my initial jotting down I might look at it once or twice during the whole first draft. Outlines are really not my thing. But, I do write down technical terms I need to remember such as capital names and kingdoms. I have a cork board with the Nyole’s family tree. If you ask any of my writing buddies I keep everything figured out and locked in my head. Many of them say I am a robot storing all the information and all they have to do is ask and I can pull it out at any time. So yes and no I outline. I outline really just while I am planning in my head. Writing down said ideas tend to keep more ideas forming. But after I start writing I hardly touch the outline which is more of a list. This process causes me to have to always rewrite my first draft. Nothing major but it has just become a part of my process. So normally I write the first draft in 1 or 1 1/2 months. and then rewrite it in another month. I normally average about six or seven different drafts throughout my writing process. Given, I only have two and a half W.I.P.s written and in different stages right now. So, this can and probably will change later.

  • M.A.Greene: Everyone is different. A first draft in less than 2 months is quite impressive. We can already tell your favorite genre is most likely High fantasy. What is your least favorite genre and why? Also what is your favorite book and least favorite book and why?

Brie Farmer: I dislike Contemporary and Y.A. Urban Fantasy. They just are not my thing given there are one or two Y.A. Urban Fantasies that I do like. Now I do not mind N.A. Urban Fantasy and Adult Urban Fantasy. My favorite books are anything by Sarah J. Mass. Throne of Glass and A Court Of Thorns and Roses steal my number one spots every time. I also like The Grisha Saga, Yona of the Dawn (Graphic Novel), and the Falling Kingdom Series. As for books, I don’t like. I don’t normally have books I just dislike. My list of dropped books is tiny. That being said I have two that I dropped rather fast. You by Caroline Kepnes and The Girl in 6E by Alessandra Torre. These are just not in my ally. It was not that they were bad books the writing was great. I am not, big on thrillers like these.

  • M.A.Greene: Your book Stars Like Fate and your book you are working on Warrior Protect both have romantic themes intertwined in the plots. What is it about the themes of romance that you find interesting to write about?

Brie Farmer: So, I have always been the type of reader to get butterflies when reading a sweet or loving scene. Stars Like Fate, and continuing books in the series, have a very slow burn romance. I love slow burns because you get more of that before the ship sets sail feelings. Warrior Protect which is a romance, having romance as the main plot point, gives you the faster paced passionate filled feelings. I love romance because I am a huge fangirl to book couples. I am a known shipper as well. It is just something I have to have in all of my books reading or writing. Even if its just a small bit. Even if its just some side characters. I need to see a bit.

  • M.A.Greene: What advice would you give aspiring writers and what do you want readers to take away after reading your books?

Brie Farmer: My advice would be to write what you love and enjoy. Find people or communities that support your writing. Nothing is more important than finding that one person who supports you. As for what people take away from my books. I just hope that people find a world they love to get lost in and character they fangirl over.

  • M.A.Greene: Thank you so much for this interview!

Brie Farmer: No problem it was my first one so I hope it was okay.

You can purchase Brie Farmer’s Stars Like Fate on amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Stars-Like-Fate-Brie-Farmer-ebook/dp/B078SS6YRH/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1542915125&sr=1-1&keywords=%5Cstars+like+fate