Today I will be featuring a wonderful author called Jean Brashear for my author spotlight. Jean is a Texas romance author who adores writing romance as well as women’s fiction. Brashear is a talented author who also happens to be a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, how wonderful is this! She really is a talented author and I would implore all of you to have a read of her beautiful, enchanting work. In my author spotlight today you will find crucial links for the author and her books as well as three interview questions with Jean’s answers. She has answered my questions perfectly and gives some great insight and tips for aspiring authors! Here are the three interview questions for you to read and enjoy.
What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always been a voracious reader, and I’d always thought it would be the coolest thing ever to see my name on the spine of a book. My very pragmatic husband, bless him, the day I verbalized that to him, said: “So what’s stopping you from writing that book?” Um…eek!!!?!! So I started a story, having no training and no idea how to construct one, and six weeks later, I had a story. I know now that it was pretty terrible, but it got me some responses from agents and contests, plus I absolutely loved doing it, however scary—all enough encouragement to soldier on. I buckled down and kept working and trying to improve and learn until I sold my first book two and half years later. If I’d known how long the odds were against me, I might have given up, but he never stopped believing in me, and I never stopped trying. No matter how difficult the publishing business can be, what saves me is the joy of losing myself in a story, and it’s an immense honor and privilege to have readers who want me to share my stories with them.
When can we readers expect to see more wonderful books from you?
Be My Midnight Kiss comes out November 9, and I’m sure there will be more Sweetgrass Springs stories because readers keep telling me whose stories they still need to read! It can be pre-ordered here: Be My Midnight Kiss.
Lastly, what would your advice be for aspiring writers?
- Don’t wait for “someday” to go after your dream.
- Never do it only for the sake of the money—only love of stories will get you through the hard parts, and there are many.
- Study and learn and write and write and write; never assume you’ve learned it all and never stop trying to get better.
- When you get scared, use the tactic my combat vet beloved taught me: Make yourself verbalize the worst thing that could happen if whatever you’re afraid of does come to pass. (His mantra is: Nobody’s shooting at me; how bad can it be?:)) Once you’ve verbalized it, human nature is to start thinking of a way to conquer it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,