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Hi, Brea. Thank you for allowing me to interview you. It’s quite an honor to do so. We’re pleased to have you here on our blog.

 

 

Would you take a moment and introduce yourself to us?

Thanks for inviting me to visit today. My name is Brea Essex. I just turned 30 (and I’m glad about it!) and I live in California. I’m married and we have three cats and a dog. I write full-time and read as much as I can. I also like to sew and crochet.

How long have you been writing?

I started writing when I was about 8. It may have been before that, but I don’t remember. I remember my second grade teacher giving us vocabulary words that we were supposed to put into sentences. I not only put them into sentences. I always invented stories using all the words.

Tell us a little bit about your book. What is its title and what genre is it under?

The book is called Foreshadow. It’s a YA (young adult) paranormal.

What is it about?

It’s about a 16-year-old girl named Raena Davenport. She’s just lost her mother and had to move from Nevada to California to live with her mother’s best friend and her family. She starts dating a guy named Andrei, but he isn’t exactly what he seems. A boy from school, Logan, has to help her when Andrei starts to turn a little crazy. Here’s a blurb:

Imagine discovering that your boyfriend was out to kill you—and that the annoying boy from school was your guardian angel.

Rae Davenport has already lost her mother. The only thing keeping her sane is her new boyfriend, Andrei—that is, until she finds out that he wants to kill her. Andrei is a devil, and he wants to use Rae as a sacrifice to get back into Heaven. The only one who can save her is Logan, her guardian angel. He’s only annoyed her in the past, but now he will be her savior.

Is this the only genre that you write under? Or have you experimented with others – such as short stories, mysteries, or even poetry?

I’m also working on an epic fantasy series, but that’s going to take me a long time to complete.

When did you first come up with the idea for your story?

I started writing Foreshadow in December of 2009. I wasn’t even sure where it was going when I first started it.

I recently heard that your book, Foreshadow, was picked up the publishing company, Astraea Press. You must be very excited. What did it feel like when you found out that they were going to publish your book?

I am very excited! I started yelling and crying when I got the acceptance. I couldn’t believe it! Everyone at Astraea has been wonderful to work with so far!

Who is your favorite author and how has he/she inspired you to write?

I have several, but I’ll just name two. David Eddings is my all-time favorite. He didn’t publish his first novel until he was 42, and the first book of his most famous series didn’t come out for another nine years. He worked as a teacher and a grocery store clerk before becoming well-known author, and he never gave up.

The second that I’ll name is Becca Fitzpatrick. She’s a YA author. I had the opportunity to meet her at a book signing in October. She mentioned that she got a hundred rejections on her first novel before she landed an agent. That’s persistence! Most people would have given up. If she can make it past that and enjoy success as an author, then surely I can too.

How do you find the inspiration when writing your stories?

I get a lot of my inspiration from music. I have playlists for each of my projects. I listen to the radio a lot. Many random songs have inspired my writing.

What’s your favorite book?

That’s a hard call. I’ll have to say A Tapestry of Lions by Jennifer Roberson or WutheringHeights by Emily Brontë.

Do you have any recommendations for books that you think the blog’s readers may enjoy?

I could give recommendations for just about any genre! I won’t list them all here. Some series/books that I love: The Belgariad and The Mallorean series by David Eddings, The Chronicles of the Cheysuli by Jennifer Roberson, Memory, Sorrow and Thorn by Tad Williams, the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick, the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, the Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, the Dragons Saga and the Vala series by J.F. Jenkins, the Road to Hell series by Gracen Miller, Jamais Vu by Monique O’Connor James, the Spartan Heart series by Kristine Cheney…the list goes on.

I’ve learned that you have your very own book review blog titled Clu’s All Night Preview. As I understand it, Clu is a cat and she’s the mascot for your page. I think it’s a very unique idea to have done so, by the way. How did you come up with the concept of using the cat as your mascot?

Yes, Clu is a cat. She belongs to my review partner, Cassidy. We came up with it because Clu rhymes with review. Silly, I know. So, Clu became our mascot.

What type of books do you review on your blog?

Pretty much anything. We’re flexible and we read almost every genre.

Are you currently accepting submissions? If so, where can we direct our inquiries to you?

Yes, we are! You can email us at clusallnightpreview@gmail.com. Our review submission guidelines, as well as a partial list of accepted genres, are listed here: http://clusallnightpreview.blogspot.com/p/review-submission-guidelines_04.html

How long does it take before a book review is made available once someone has submitted their book to you?

Usually about 2-4 weeks, depending upon how busy we are.

When thinking about writing new material, do you take the time to outline your story or do you just go with the flow and see where it takes you?

I try to outline, but my outlines end up being 4 or 5 points. I usually know the beginning and the end and a couple of major points in the middle. I do, however, take pages and pages of notes. That’s how I usually write too: I write the beginning, then the end, and then the middle parts. It usually ends up being completely out of order, so I do a lot of rearranging and filling in. I discovered that when I try to write in order I get completely stuck.

Do you have any tips, or thoughts, that you would like to offer to the blog’s readers?

I think Stephen King said it best: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” If you don’t want to write, well, you should still read.

 

So here you have it, everyone. A lovely interview with the amazing author, Brea Essex. We hope that you’ve enjoyed learning more about her. I wish you the best of success with your book, and those to come, Brea. I am so looking forward to what the future has to bring for you.

 

 

Synopsis: Imagine discovering that your boyfriend was out to kill you—and that the annoying boy from school was your guardian angel.

Rae Davenport has already lost her mother. The only thing keeping her sane is her new boyfriend, Andrei—that is, until she finds out that he wants to kill her. Andrei is a devil, and he wants to use Rae as a sacrifice to get back into Heaven. The only one who can save her is Logan, her guardian angel. He’s only annoyed her in the past, but now he will be her savior.

 

 

About The Author:

Brea Essex was born in Gilroy, California, called the “Garlic Capital of the World”. She graduated college with a degree in Medical Assisting. She lives near San Jose, CA with her husband, their dog and three cats, and enough books to start a library.

 

 

For more updates on her writing, follow her blog: http://breaessex.blogspot.com

You can also find her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/breaessexfanpage

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/breaessex

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