Tuesday, May 17, 2016

After the Final Dandelion - Brooke Williams Interview and Spotlight

Today, I want to welcome Brooke Williams for an author interview. Yay! And she's talking about her latest release - After the Final Dandelion.


After Renee Lockhart appeared on the local TV dating show "Accept this Dandelion" and found the love of her life, she thought she was done with TV. But when she hears that the entire city has bets on how soon she and her fiancé will break up, she is determined to show that their love is meant to last.

When Mike, the KETO producer, approaches her about airing the wedding live, she jumps at the chance. Once she is set up with a famous wedding coordinator, plans take a turn for the worse and the simple wedding they wanted becomes the event of the year.

In the meantime, Eva Merida is dealing with her own life changing opportunity. Though she’s in love with her boyfriend, who she met on the second season of the dating show, she can’t turn down the chance to investigate a Hollywood TV show when offered a position. When she runs into an old flame, she questions the stability of her current relationship. Will Renee be able to prove her love for Ben to the city before her wedding falls apart? Who will Eva choose on her own emotional roller coaster? Hilarity ensues as the wedding of the decade melts into the disaster of the year. Because everyone knows weeds take over every garden…

You can purchase After the Final Dandelion here: Amazon

Author Interview:

What is the best thing for you about being a writer?

Being able to work from home during my daughter’s nap time so I don’t have to be away from her, well, ever! And also just being able to make stuff up for a living! It’s a wonder to me!!! I am also a freelance writer and I work on blogs and web content for a variety of clients. Years ago I had no idea this type of career was possible or I would have done it a long time ago. I get paid to do what I love!

What is the hardest thing for you about being a writer?

Finding enough time in the day to satisfy my writing bug. I could probably sit here and crank out a book in a week if I was allowed to sit that long. J But with two young daughters I only get an hour or two a day to work. I know someday they will both be in school and I’ll have a lot more time to work with. And though the writing side of me looks forward to that, mostly, I dread that era!

What genre/s do you write and what genre is your latest release?

I specialize in romantic comedy. I didn’t know my romances were funny until an editor told me they were ideal romantic comedies. I thought I was just writing romance! But now I’m resigned to it and love the genre. I also have a family drama and a thriller on the market as well as a few inspirational fiction novels.

What essential things have you learned about writing in the last year?

Not everyone will love what I do. That goes for the fiction world and the freelance writing world. Not every client will enjoy what I come up with and not every reader will adore every book I write. And that’s okay! As long as I’m happy doing it, I’m going to chug along.

Who is your favourite heroine from your books and why?

Renee Lockhart, hands down. We first meet her in Accept this Dandelion and her story continues in After the Final Dandelion. She is who she is and she’s not shy about that. I admire that she stands up for herself and knows who she is and isn’t ashamed of that.

What type of hero do you like? Super alpha, wounded or somewhere in between? Or even something totally different? You could give an example from a movie or well-known book.

I like someone who has a struggle from the past who comes around to realize the past doesn’t have to repeat itself.

Tell us about your journey in writing this book.

I wrote this book very quickly, almost feverishly. And when I was done, I had no idea if it was any good. I was just coming off writing Dandelions on the Road and I knew I should take a break, but I wanted to get the story out while the characters were still fresh. I went back and read it later and knew that I owed it to the characters to polish it up and put it out there!

Tell us three quirky or interesting things about yourself.

I don’t like pizza. Squirrels weird me out. I have big feet. J

What rituals do you use to help you focus or get the words down on the page e.g. music or a snack?

First, I put my daughter down for her nap. Second, turn on the computer. Third, go!!! I usually hear music through the monitor in my daughter’s room, but I prefer quiet. And yes, there are often snacks, but that varies.

Mention something unique about your books and your writing style.

My books are meant to make you smile and maybe even giggle. They take you away from everyday life and stress and give you a break. At least that’s what they do for me when I write them! So I hope readers get a similar feel from them.

What book would you like to work on next?

I actually have another romantic comedy written called “The Leftover.” It’s a very similar style, but instead of focusing on a TV show like the Bachelor, it focuses on a more Survivor-like TV show. It’s complete and I’m looking around for a publisher at the moment.

Ooh, I'm looking forward to that.

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