Monday, July 02, 2012

Guest - Britt Bury


Good morning all! Happy July and for our USA readers, Happy Independence Day (a few days early but what the heck?)

Today's guest is author Britt Bury, who writes paranormal romance where the immortals are fierce, the stakes are high, and desire can be deadly. Britt was raised in Corvallis, Oregon and attended Oregon State University majoring in Liberal Studies. When her dream of being a professional karaoke star and Elvis impersonator didn't pan out, she turned to writing. She currently lives in the Silicon Valley with her brilliant husband, two sons and an obscene amount of fish.

Britt's first paranormal romance releases July 3, 2012 with Grand Central's imprint: Forever Yours. Britt is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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Thank you so much Lynda for having me! It’s nice coming over to chat with you and take a break from the sweltering sun. Even the characters in my head are complaining about the heat. That’s when you know you’re either a little crazy, or it’s that frickin’ hot! 

I’m from Oregon originally, so I like the rain. This California sun takes some getting use to. Does anyone else have “writing weather?” For me, I write best during the overcast, cloudy times of year. It’s small things like that, that make me wonder how much of my personal preferences leak into my writing. For instance, a lot of my scenes take place in the rain and the dark. But it’s not just that, I think a lot of the author gets poured into the book they are writing. I know this probably seems like a “duh” statement, but I was hoping to get some feedback about how readers feel—not just about the books they read, but the authors that write them.

Today, I’m here as a reader, hoping to get some insight. While I love writing, I devour paranormal romances and wonder what others think about as they read. When I’m done with a book, I tend to think about the author and how/if their personal preferences influence their story.

Can a reader pick up on an author’s personality through their book? Do you feel like you get a glimpse of the author through their writing? Maybe develop an idea about how they are in real life. Or, have you read a book, then met the author and were surprised because their demeanor seemed different than the characters they write?

I love reading and imagining what influences a writer to use certain language or how they come up with various personalities for their heroes and heroines. Paranormal is especially fun because you can have all kinds of different creatures and species. For me, there’s an extra escape element in paranormal and fantasy novels. Reading them takes me away from the real world and I constantly wonder how an author came up with their unique spin on the “ordinary.” 

However, once I’ve finished the book and am thrown back to reality, I tend to think of the author as a character herself. For example, Larissa Ione is one of my favorite paranormal authors. Her characters are tough, witty and all around bad-asses. When I met Larissa, she was kind, laid back and hilarious. I realized then that I had a vision of how she would be in real life based on her books and when I saw her, a real person, it was awing. I equate it to meeting the Disney princesses when I was young. I watched and read Cinderella over and over. I felt like I knew her through the book and movie. But when I met her at Disneyland, it was like staring down the best part of my imagination. For me, it’s the same thing with meeting authors. Real people inspiring creativity and invoking emotions without ever being present. 

When I go to conferences, I have to remind myself that stalking is illegal and take an extra dose of anti-anxiety meds because I get star struck every time! Am I a total nutter-butter? Does anyone else feel this way?

Contact Britt



ALL-CONSUMING DESIRE . . .

Izel Campbell was raised to believe she is an immortal Fionn with the magical skills fo persuasion. But when she travels to Scotland to visit her ancestral home, Izel discovers that she is actually the world's last living human. Forced to run for her life, Izel crosses paths with Kelvin Kerr, the Campbells' greatest foe-and the most magnificent warrior she has ever seen.

BURNS BRIGHTEST . . .

A thousand-year-old battle chief of the Kerr clan, Kelvin lives only to avenge his father, who died at the hands of the bloody Campbells. Honor demands he kill the Campbell heir, but when he learns that the lovely Izel is both Campbell and human, Kelvin is torn between duty and desire . . .

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-- Lynda Again
    Wow, nice cover, Britt! Thanks for visiting us. And, I hear you. I once met Nora Roberts at a conference. I forgot how to speak. I'm sure she thought I was a few cards short of a full deck. But she was gracious as she always is...and I let her escape without me having to be restrained by the police, lol

     Have a Blessed Day and Happy July 4th!

6 comments:

ellaquinnauthor said...

Lovely interview. Congratulations on your release. I haven't been to a conference where I've met any of my favorite authors yet. But I hope to do so this month.

karinshah said...

Hi Britt,

Congratulations on your release. Sounds like a really fresh premise! I definitely get starsstruck every year at the national conference. Larissa Ione is one of my favorites too. I also like Kresly Cole and Nalini Singh, Linnea Sinclair ( and a host of others sice I'm the typical voracious reader/author)

Great post!

Karin

Britt Bury said...

Oh thank you so much for your comments! I'm so glad I'm not alone in this :)

Jennifer (JC Page) said...

Great blog and exciting new book!! Congrats Britt....and the answer to your question is yes...although, don't attend many conferences/author parties here in Alberta. One day hope to find the outside world again,

Elisabeth Barrett said...

You're not a nutter butter! It's really interesting that your perspective hasn't completely shifted from your own transition from reader to writer. It's awesome to have that dual identity!

I think a lot of writers put at least some parts of themselves or their experiences into their work (after all, their imaginations have to come from somewhere, right?), but many don't.

bn100 said...

Congratulations on the book! Fun post.