Hye Brindi! Thank you for aggreing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
Hi Umairah! You’re very welcome, and thank YOU for the opportunity to share
a little about my books and myself! ^_^
For starters, I’m a 27-year-old MEGA nerd. I love anime, video games,
cosplay, and good scifi TV. My love of all things nerdy channels into my
writing, for sure! Beyond that, I’m mother to a very spoiled little rabbit,
who is addicted to blueberries and who thinks he’s king of my apartment. I
love thrift store shopping because it makes me feel like a treasure-hunting
pirate. I also love being outside and exploring.
What authors do you like to read? What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?
Nowadays I read manga, mostly, because I have less time to read than I’d
like. Manga is convenient, as a person can whip through them rather
quickly. The fangirl in me loves their addictive storylines. I will
shamelessly admit: I’m a sucker for whimsy, adventure, and romance! >.<
Which writers inspire you?
Beyond my love of teenage-girl manga, I’m inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien (who
isn’t?), C.S. Lewis, and I love, love, LOVE Edgar Allan Poe. I love when
writers have the skill set to craft intense imagery using just the right
descriptive words. Also, one of my all-time favorite books is an old copy
of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/ Through the Looking Glass. I’ve reread
that book with the faded blue cover at least a hundred times, and it always
does something to spark my creative bug.
So, what have you written?
I graduated from college in 2010 and immediately went to work on my first
fantasy trilogy – which ended up being ridiculously long. Since then, I’ve
published 12 books in total. My works include *Sil in a Dark World*, *The
Death and Romancing of Marley Craw*, and the *Heart of Farellah* Trilogy.
My most recent work is a series of dystopian novellas called “The Ongoing
Pursuit of Zillow Stone.”
Where can we buy or see them?
My books are available in paperback from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and at a
few smaller retailers, as well as in ebook format across a variety of
platforms including Nook, Kindle, iTunes, Smashwords, and Scribd.
What genre are your books?
My books are young adult and new adult speculative fiction. At face value,
they’re fantasy, dystopian scifi, or paranormal romance. That said, you
won’t find any vampire romance in my writing. No sir! I attempt to create
worlds, plots, and conflicts unlike any you’ve read before.
My books are just a little “out there.” ;)
What draws you to this genre?
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had a hyperactive imagination. The
woods behind my house weren’t *normal *woods; they were enchanted. The man
on the bus was a spy. My school had secret passages waiting to be explored.
I’ve always seen the world through the eyes of a dreamer . . . which hasn’t
always been a good thing, haha. However, this innate sense of whimsy
compels me to take my readers on thrilling journeys across fantastic lands
while the fangirl in me strives to seduce them with heated moments and
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I used to write full-time, but I found that I drove myself crazy, being in
my head all day. Now, I take on day jobs and such to keep myself occupied.
I feel that I produce better writing when I’m not doing it all day, every
Do you have special time to write or how is your day structured?
I usually write when the feeling strikes, as to when and how it happens . .
. it could be halfway through watching a movie, or in the dead middle of
the night. Writers really are crazy.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an
idea takes you?
I attempt to story-plot. *Attempt. *The thing is that my work rarely
adheres to the outline I’ve given it. It’s always entertaining to go back
to the early drafting stages and see how far the characters have strayed
from the original plan. That said, I do keep detailed character outlines,
etc. to reference back to. For example, I like to keep track of the
vocabulary quirks certain characters have, so that I can keep them
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Self-doubt. For *sure.* Writers, like all artists, are often overly
critical of their own work. Now, it’s good to look at your work with a
critical eye, of course, but it can really dampen your creative spirit if
you start second-guessing yourself. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if a
paragraph actually needs to be reworked or if you’re just being hard on
yourself for the sake of being hard on yourself. That’s where having
trusted beta readers and editors is a big help. I always remind myself that
every great writer started as just an average person with a really good
How are you publishing your books and why?
I’m full-on indie. I do all of the marketing for my books, I find my own
cover artists and editors, and I format everything myself. Honestly, I love
the creative freedom being an indie author gives me. I like to write
stories that are unconventional. I like to choose what my book is going to
look like and when it’s going to come out. I like to have control over my
craft. Someday I might see what the other side has to offer, but I don’t
think I’m quite ready. :)
Do you have any other advice to other authors on how to market their books?
I do various marketing things online – donate to book release parties, gift
books to reviewers, try to keep up my blog and Facebook page as best I can
but one of my favorite marketing activities is attending anime
conventions. I dress up in cosplay, go to panels, and just put it all out
there! I introduce myself, hand out business cards, and simply nerd out
with the people I feel would most like my books. It’s my favorite because
it’s so personal.
(Okay, and it’s also a ton of fun. Seriously, go to one if you haven’t
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
The best way is probably Facebook (www.facebook.com/brindiful). I update
that most regularly. I’m also on Twitter, a new addition to Instagram, and
I’ve got a blog that I try to keep up (brindiful.com) – although I’m
terribly neglectful while in the middle of a novel. If anyone would like to
know more about my work, please shoot me a message on Twitter, Facebook,
Instagram, or my blog! I love chatting with readers.
Again, thank you so much for interviewing me, Umairah. It’s been a blast!