Today we welcome Velda Brotherton.
Book ‘Em: Tell us about you and your life outside of writing.
Velda Brotherton: I spend a lot of time writing and sometimes wonder if I have a life outside of it anymore. When my family has a get together I attend and that’s fun. I also run a small writer’s group that meets weekly and helps other writers with their work. I’m confined to a wheelchair so attending some things is tough, but I go when I can. I have a cat and she and I carry on very wise conversations. Before my husband’s death we traveled a lot and I miss that. I’ve been writing for over 30 years and will be 82 in February.
Book ‘Em: Which books have you written? What are they about and why did you choose to write them? Do your books have a message? Are they fiction or nonfiction?
Velda Brotherton: Answering this question could make a book. I have 26 books, all of which are on Amazon. Twenty of them are fiction, and are western historical romance, romantic suspense, and novels. I have six nonfiction books which are all still available and on Amazon. To list them all would be lengthy. The easiest way to find them is to go to www.amazon.com/author/veldabrotherton The latest releases are #4 in the Twist of Poe romantic suspense series; #3 in the Victorian western historical romance and a mainstream novel.
Book ‘Em: Do you have a work in progress?
Velda Brotherton: Yes, I’m writing a sequel to to my mainstream novel Beyond the Moon entitled Immortal Hero and #5 of the Twist of Poe Series is waiting in line for publication in August, 2018.
Book ‘Em: What was the most difficult section/piece you ever wrote? What made it difficult?
Velda Brotherton: That was the scene in Beyond the Moon when the Vietnam war veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress tried to kill himself while the woman who loved him attempted to stop him. I had grown so close to my characters and understood what they were going through that I could not write it or edit it without crying.
Book ‘Em: What sort of research do you do for your work?
Velda Brotherton: A huge combination of reading, online searching, interviewing and travel to the locales involved. Historicals require the most research but all books require a goodly amount.
Book ‘Em: Which books and authors do you read for pleasure? Is there an author that inspires you?
Velda Brotherton: I usually read thrillers, horror and mainstream.. The author who has most inspired me is James Lee Burke. His writing grabs the reader by the hand and takes her along for a fantastic ride.
Book ‘Em: Was there a person who encouraged you to write?
Velda Brotherton: Mostly that woulod be other writers I’ve met along the way. I’ve found that non-writers usually are easily bored by our struggles to become successful in the writing field. They fail to understand why we are so motivated and why we refuse to give up no matter the detours.
Book ‘Em: What would you say are your strengths as an author?
Velda Brotherton: Probably my refusal to give up, but I realize you’re referring to the craft so probably creating characters and using their point of view effectively so the reader is drawn into the story.
Book ‘Em: How often do you write, and do you write using a strict routine?
Velda Brotherton: My actual writing is done from after lunch to around 5 o’clock. Mornings take care of the business of writing. Promotion, blogging, etc. I write five days a week and attending a writing class on the sixth day, so you could day I devote six days a week to the craft.
Book ‘Em: Five years from now, where do you see yourself as a writer?
Velda Brotherton: At 86 years old I would hope I’m still writing, or I’m found at my keyboard with my dead fingers still on the keys.
Book ‘Em: If you could offer one piece of advice to a novice writer, what would it be?
Velda Brotherton: Never give up.
Book ‘Em: What would you consider the best compliment a reader could give your book?
Velda Brotherton: That they could not put it down.
Book ‘Em: Provide an excerpt of your writing that you would like to share with our members.
Velda Brotherton: This is from Beyond the Moon when Kathryn first comes in contact with Glen in the VA hospital.
Nothing could have prepared her for the encounter. Later, she couldn’t have described his face at all. His eyes glittered golden in the sunlight, and appeared as fragile as fine crystal. In that brief first moment, they were all she saw. Multifaceted slivers of agony gleamed back at her. Not as if from a physical hurting, but more like fragments of a vicious emotional rape. She remembered, quite suddenly, seeing an injured hawk captured by well-meaning saviors. Its eyes, the color of Glen’s, had that same expression as it alternately quivered in fear and lashed out in fury at all who offered help. Ultimately, the beautiful bird have given up, but the eyes never lost their wary despondency.