S.J. Wright first began writing stories when she was twelve years old. She has been a cashier, a receptionist, a factory worker and has served a multitude of other roles over the years. Her favorite role has been that of a mother to her two sons.
The Undead in Brown County series takes place in Brown County, Indiana. She began writing the series in October of 2010. In February of 2011, she published her first novel The Vampire's Warden as an ebook on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Since then, she has released five more books in the series.
Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
I’m one of those authors who lets the story direct her. Planning out the book ahead of time sometimes creates a barrier to what might have been really promising alternative ways to tell the story.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
Often! My characters are headstrong and a few are quite impulsive. They demand that the story is their own.
What is your favourite food?
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Morning person, absolutely.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
I would love to see Europe. I am especially interested in English history and the War of the Roses, so London would be a dream come true.
Do distant places feature in your books?
Almost every setting in my books is based in my home state of Indiana.
Do you listen to music while writing?
Sometimes. I find it helpful to listen to hard rock during exciting scenes.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?
The Vampire’s Rival is the sixth book in my series, Undead in Brown County. My main character goes through some serious changes in this one. For me, the character was growing a bit stale. I wanted to liven things up, change the situation for her. That definitely happened!
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
I’ve learned that there are tons of different aspects to self-publishing. You really have to be your own cheerleader, publicist, advertising manager and much more.
Is there anything you would do differently?
My first and second books were much more popular than the rest in my series, so I guess I would try to stick more to the formula I used for those two books as well as the marketing techniques I used back then.
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
My own personality. I’ve suffered from severe depression for most of my life and have found it hard to be myself in a lot of ways. These books helped change that. Although my characters can be irate and impulsive, it’s a reflection of the things I’d sometimes like to do myself.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Work it out in your head what needs to happen next in your book. Don’t be afraid to write something and have it turn out all wrong. You can always go back and change things. Don’t put a lot of pressure on yourself to be perfect. Just keep writing.
What are three words that describe you?
These days, I can probably be described as somewhat hopeful, excited about life and ready for new adventures.
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
My favorite book has to be The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory.
Blurb of your latest release or coming soon book
My next series, As the Wolf Runs, will focus on the adventures of two immortals. Kate Wood never expected to be in the position to be handed a sword and given the job of hunting down dangerous rogue vampires. And Alex, her friend and protector, is growing more and more attached and attracted to Kate as they work their way through the dangers of being vampire assassins. Can they survive together or will circumstances tear them apart?
List of previous books if any
The Vampire’s Warden
The Vampire’s Curse
The Vampire’s Redemption
The Vampire’s Release
The Vampire’s Consort
The Vampire’s Rival
Any websites/places readers can find you on the web.
Undead in Brown County
Genre: Paranormal romance
Publisher: Read and Wright Publishing LLC
Number of pages: 107
Word Count: 32,000
Cover Artist: S.J. WrightAmazon
A surprise visitor shows up at Sarah and Michael's lake house in Indiana. His story is one that intrigues and frightens Sarah. What frightens her more is the growing attraction she begins to feel for this new vampire.
Can she choose between Michael and a vampire she barely knows? Or will that choice be taken from her?
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