Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Interview with Belinda Boring, author of 'Broken Promises'

Welcome to the book tour for Broken Promises by Belinda Boring! Today, she was kind enough to take some time to answer a few questions, so that we can get to know her better. Thanks for stopping by!

What was the inspiration behind Broken Promises?
Broken Promises came from a dream I had a few years ago. I woke up with three very distinct images—ice blue eyes that revealed the person was converted, violence in the street, and blood. I remember running up to the man I loved, excited to see him, only to be horrified about his eyes. I later told my BFF and she suggested I write down everything. The rest is history.

How many books do you anticipate being in this series?
In the beginning it was just one—Broken Promises I didn’t like how I wrapped it up, though. I kept thinking about what would happen if there was a twist and ten minutes later … I had a three book series outlined. Book #2 is called Broken Trust and Book #3 is tentatively called Broken Illusions.

Who is your favorite character and why? Least favorite?
I’m a HUGE sucker for Quinn … converted Quinn. He was so much fun to write and some of the things he’d say would make my eyes go wide! But there’s no denying I love bad boys and I adore his snarky attitude. He’s a very clear voice in my head and has kind of taken on a life of his own. Even after the book was released and I started working on Testing Fate, (#3 in the Mystic Wolves series) he would distract me. He may seem lost at the moment but Quinn is definitely worth saving!

Hmmm, least favorite? I don’t have one with this series. Each character brings something to the story

You are a prolific writer, with many great titles currently available. What are some of your upcoming releases and projects?
Well, at the moment I’m working on Testing Fate, the third book in my Mystic Wolves series. I’m so excited about the storyline and can’t wait to see what everyone thinks. I love hearing the different theories people have and what they can’t wait for. A lot of things will be revealed in the book and the ending makes me squee … and mwahahahaha evilly!

Other future projects are Stone Silence and Enchanted Frost. I recently went on vacation to Las Vegas and did a bunch of research for Stone Silence. It’s about a young girl who has spent centuries in the possession of Hades. She bargains for a month of freedom and ends up falling in love. I’m also working on Enchanted Frost—the sequel to Enchanted Hearts. I love that story so much and its part of the A Midsummer Night’s Fling anthology with Lacey Weatherford and Kamery Solomon. One of the characters kept me up all night crying over how his part in the story ended. I knew in that moment I needed to give him his “happily ever after”.

What is it that drives you to write?
There are a few things but I’d say the strongest is the rush I feel when I’m writing. I’m addicted to the creative spark that comes when an idea presents itself, characters start talking, and the story seems to write itself. I find myself grinning all the time, laughing, and eager to start each day. It’s very satisfying holding that end result in my hand—something I created with my imagination and being proud of it. It’s empowering!

How do you handle writer's block?
*groans* I don’t like writer’s block. For me it means life has gotten in the way and stress is stopping me from tapping into my imagination. It’s hard not to get frustrated because that usually makes it worst. I try to do other things that will get me through the obstacle—reading, watching movies or my favorite TV shows, going for a drive, and talking to my family. I try to get some distance from whatever is distracting me and when worse comes to worst … I take a shower! No joke, many chapters and storylines have been discovered in my shower. I like to say its magic!

Great authors are also great readers. What's on your nightstand and/or Kindle right now?
Right now I’m reading Saving Grace by Christine Zolendz and All In by Raine Miller on my Kindle. I’ve got a pile of books stacked on my bedside table at the moment waiting for when I finish Testing Fate. I plan on spending a week or two relaxing and I love reading. I have Amanda Hocking’s Trylle series, Poison Princess by Kresley Cole, The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines and Iced by Karen Moning. Oh and Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. So excited for that one!

Aspiring authors always love words of wisdom. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
One of the things I’ve learned in the past year is the importance of getting your book into as many hands as possible. There’s so many ways you can do it as well—from using social media, contacting amazing bloggers, and using a variety of effective promotion events. One thing I’ve been the most grateful for is the incredible support I receive from readers. They’ve been so instrumental in spreading the word and it’s humbling. Exposure is key.

How do you make yourself stand out in this competitive genre, especially as an indie author?
I’m myself. Whether you meet me online or in person, I’m the same and I love meeting new people. Sometimes that’s a little scary because I’m shy but it means a lot to me. I’m a reader first and foremost so I love those “squee” moments when I meet my favorite author. I’m grateful for the time they give everyone and I try to be the same. I’m a Facebook addict so I have a lot of fun there—parties, giveaways, laughing and chatting. At the end of the day, I want people to know I’m a real person and that I’m approachable. I think it helps me stand out!

Is there anything else you would like to share with readers?
Just thank you, thank you, thank you! This past year has been such an amazing experience for me and it wouldn’t have happened without everyone’s support. I feel so fortunate to do something I love and I’m excited for the future. There are still many stories to share—lots of swoon and romance. I hope you all continue the journey with me!

Thanks for stopping by!

Author Bio:  

A homesick Aussie living amongst the cactus and mountains of Arizona, Belinda Boring is a self proclaimed addict of romance and all things swoon worthy. When she's not devouring her latest read, you can find her celebrating her passion for book on her blog The Bookish Snob. With all that excitement, it wasn't long before she began writing, pouring her imagination and creativity into the stories she dreams. Whether urban fantasy, paranormal romance or romance in general, Belinda strives to share great plots with heart and characters that you can't help but connect with. Of course, she wouldn't be Belinda without adding heroes she hopes will curl your toes. Surrounded by a supportive cast of family, friends and the man she gives her heart and soul to, Belinda is living the good life. Happy reading!  

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Broken Promises

What would you do if the man you loved became one of your greatest enemies? Would your love be enough to save him? 

All Bri wanted to do was spend her Friday night with the man she loved and adored. Little did she know leaving her home would result in her relationship with Quinn being tested beyond its limits.   Fae have been organizing to invade Earth, and their devious plans are culminating now, colliding with Bri's very existence. Using a powerful glamour, the Fae trigger each person's violent tendencies, turning the streets into a battleground and strangers against each other. In a crushing blow, Quinn becomes affected and Bri finds herself battling to save her lover from himself as he stalks her relentlessly, taunting her at every turn.   But fighting for her love isn't her only worry. As the battle ensues, Bri discovers a startling truth about her own heritage that she must come to terms with. She has no other choice but to fight, leading her to a confrontation that will change her world forever - and threaten to leave her with broken promises.  

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Belinda Boring is giving away a $50 Amazon Giftcard and signed copies of Mystic Wolves, Forget Me Not, A Midsummer Night's Fling, and Broken Promises! 

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