To celebrate the release of the fifth and final book in the Elemental Magic series this week, we have an interview with Brynna Curry today. All pictures supplied by author.
When she isn’t writing, she’s often found haunting the library for new books to read, at the park with her children, or just spending an quiet evening at home with her husband Jackie watching old westerns on TV. She makes her home in North Alabama where the history is rich with music and culture, forests and lakes are abundant and beautiful, and every day is another adventure.
Interview after the jump
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
Always! Devin is the worst one and he still tries to find a place in every story I write even though his has been told. (lol)
What is your favourite food?
Garlic bread cheese pizza and vanilla coke.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Night owl. I stay up late to work, when the house is quiet. I am so not an early bird, but my kids and day job have me out of bed by 6:00 am every morning. I’m used to running on about five hours of sleep. Coffee is my friend. :)
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
I’d love to see the countryside of Ireland. The city I could take or leave. I’m a country girl and like my outdoor space. My ancestors emigrated from Ireland during the potato famine. I’ve always wanted to visit the land. It calls to me, but I would miss Alabama and all the lovely trees and have to return.
Do distant places feature in your books?
Yes. The Elemental Magic Series is set both in Alabama and Ireland, with side trips to DC, Tennessee and Scotland.
Do you listen to music while writing?
Yes. Music effects not only my working mood, but the writing as well. Each story couple has a song that resonates with me. So, I’m very careful what I listen to while writing. I wouldn’t listen to Brooks and Dunn while working on Fire’s Ice because some of their music makes it too easy to slip into Jack’s character. Strangely, Devin’s book called for disco. Beegees, Earth Wind and Fire, etc.Charm of Light, (one of my current projects) has me listening to Creed, Three Days Grace and Nickelback. Kail McKenna—the hero--is dark and likes gritty rock. Go figure. They like what they like. I’m just the writer. Lol.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?
Fire’s Ice is the culmination of a five book series that started with Earth Enchanted. Elemental Magic follows the stories of the Corrigan siblings on their journey to break an ancient spell. Devin McLoch has been the one constantly recurring character. Born the son of a laird in Scotland over a thousand years ago, he has embraced his existence and helped the Corrigans along the way.
Now that the spell has been broken, Devin has returned to reclaim his homeland, but of course complications arise. Jack and Liv Roarke’s daughter is a phoenix like Devin. He finds that to save the child he must ally himself with Arianne Farrell, the woman his cousin magically betrothed to him when the spell was cast. Dev’s spent a thousand years trying to free her, running from her and finally falling in love with Ari.
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
To have patience and a thick skin. Never stop trying to learn something new and always pay it forward. Be that person who reaches out to help others.
Is there anything you would do differently?
I have to say no. Every step I’ve taken has led me to where I am now. I enjoy working with the Lyrical staff and having the freedom to venture into self-publishing with the print anthologies. Do I long for one of the publishing giants to offer me a contract? Of course. I think somewhere in each writer is that hope one day NYT Bestselling Author will precede their name, but times are changing. If that day comes then great, but if not I’m content continuing the path I’m on. I like writing stories for readers. I want to give them escape, a smile and if I have made even one person do just that, I’ve accomplished something wonderful.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Read. Read everything you can find in the genre you want to write. See what sells and not just in print. Starting out with e-books can be a great way to gain a fan base and network with others who love to write. Take your time with your manuscript and polish it to a shine. Find a good critique partner and always do your research.
What are three words that describe you?
Impulsive, creative and fierce
Blurb of your latest release or coming soon book:
Ultimate power, or endless love?
Born the son of a Scottish laird a thousand years ago, but now trapped by his cousin's spell, Devin McLoch has seen countless battles and death. The erstwhile thief has turned away from darker pursuits to lead a life of peace, protecting those he loves and considers part of his clan. However, there is one woman he can never forget, who must be given a chance to change, to accept her heart and his.
Arianne Farrell is just as dangerous and intoxicating as her power. Imprisoned in an ancient stone dance more than a thousand years ago, her only chance at freedom from the spell is through love--a love she denied. When Devin asks for her aid to save another from imminent death, she realizes there is more at stake than just her freedom or her heart.
WARNING: Two stubborn sexy wizards using magic with no bounds, scorching love scenes, and happy ever after. Ever play with fire?
List of previous books:
Elemental Magic Series (in correct reading order)
Available in eBook:
To Take Up the Sword
Wait for the Wind
You can visit Brynna at the following places on the web:
Thank you, Brynna. Good luck with your books!