Where do you draw inspiration from to write in the IR or MC niche? I’m a day dreamer. So many of my ideas come out of left field, especially when I’m sitting in traffic or a meeting at my 9 to 5.
What do you find the most difficult to write? Dialogue? Back story? Emotion? I think emotion is the hardest. That’s why I find contemporary romance so hard to write. There isn’t any world building you can fall back on to build your story around. It’s all about conveying your hero’s and heroine’s feelings toward one another to your reader from the moment their meet to the end.
Have you ever found that you didn’t like your Hero or your Heroine? If so, what did you do to change that? Fortunately, I’ve never had the problem. I might have wavered back and forth about their motivations or actions but I’ve never hated any of them.
If you were to start again, with the knowledge you have now, what would be the first thing you do? I would build a readership before my book debuts with both a blog and possibly a few posts on fanfiction forums.
Do you write full time, what is your schedule for the day? Or do you have a full time job, if so, when do you find the time to write? I still work full-time and I don’t have any plans to quit anytime soon. I market a tourist destination so the perks, free travel, are too good to pass up.
Do you have the support of family and friends? My friends are more supportive than immediate family members. They’re pretty enamored of the fact that I can do something other than go out for lunch and plan girlfriend getaways. My dad didn’t become impressed with my writing career until he saw one of my paychecks.
What has been the biggest challenge of your career? The biggest challenge of my career is sitting down in a chair and wanting to write. I’m a classic Libra, so I’m very social. Writing is a solitary career and I’d rather be out living life than creating one on paper.
Where do you expect to be in five years? I hope my writing career has expanded along with my backlist.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? If you are a plotter, what are you methods? I’m a little bit of both. I collect photos of inspiration for my stories. I write out synopsis, but abandon them as soon as I put pen to paper. And, I chart my characters internal/external motivations. Of course, these can fall by the wayside once they start talking to me.
How have your techniques for character development changed since you’ve been writing? Is it still the same, or has it developed over time, if so how? I’ve stayed pretty consistent throughout my career. I wing it most of the time. I’m probably much less regimented in how much I write a day than in the past.
Do you have a book coming out? If so what? Do you have a web site? Do you have a blog? My space? I have a recent release Taken which came out on July 7. My website address is www.kokobrown.net
What do you do to relax? I like to shop in thrift stores, sew and travel
Do you have hobbies? I like to collect vintage clothing
What traits do your heroes and heroines possess? I’m going to have to answer with a generalized answer because I would like to think all my heroes and heroines are completely different from one another.
How much of you is put in how your characters are? Chloe Walker from my debut novel Charmed is the closest in personality. I tend to be rather sarcastic and talk crap. She didn’t hold any punches either.
Have you ever made a character out of anyone you know? Never.
What are some books on your keeper shelf? I have all of Johanna Lindsey and Kresley Coles books. I also have a ton of African American fiction such as The Bluest Eye and The Invisible Man.
Are there any other genres you’d like to try your hand at? I would like to try Science Fiction/Fantasy. I used to be a huge comic book lover.
How do you pick your setting? Do you pick from areas you’ve lived in or do research other areas? I travel quite a bit and 99.5% of my novels contain settings that I’ve seen first hand.
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