Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Q&A with Kylie Brant!

1. Tell us about your newest release.
DEADLY INTENT is book four of my acclaimed Mindhunters series. The books are loosely connected, involving characters who work for the same forensics firm that consult with law enforcement on high profile crimes. In this story, forensic linguist Macy Reid and fellow investigator Kellan Burke are paired up to track an eleven-year-old girl who has been kidnapped--for the second time.


2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?
There were a few of them :) Kell was a fun hero to write. He spends more time than he should trying to provoke a reaction from Macy. In one scene, they are working together in her room after 'lifting' a file from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation officers that they're working with. When one of the CBI agents knocks at Macy's door, she silently orders Kell into the bathroom. He refuses to go. She manages to...ah...gain his cooperation, and her efforts bring a smile every time I read it! The story is so suspenseful as they race against the clock to find the girl, that the lighter scenes are a bit of relief.


3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
 When I discovered that my favorite authors couldn't write fast enough to keep me in reading material! I decided to write to pass the time while waiting for their next books. I never stopped.

4. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?
 
With the Internet, research is sooo much easier than it used to be. I like to use real experts in various fields to lend credibility to my plots. It's so much simpler to make contacts via the net. For this book, I spoke with an assistant director for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, an expert in security systems, and a man who makes masks. I also talked to wilderness experts in Colorado.

As for the ideas...I always tell people that I have a dark side, LOL!

5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
 I'm not sure it's all that interesting. But I have to solve a play a few hands of online bridge before I can settle down to write. This, of course, after I've checked email, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
 I'm always amazed at the generosity of people I contact. Not everyone responds to my emails but nearly half do. And I'm so appreciative when people give of their time to let me into their world, just a little. I'm sort of a research fanatic and I want to be sure I have my facts straight. I get to talk to amazing people with intriguing jobs in the course of researching the books. As a result, I'm a fountain of random bits of trivia, most of it inappropriate for dinner conversation :) But hey, you never know when details on defleshing bones might come in handy....

7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
 I think my favorite authors influenced me, simply by writing marvelous books, filled with characters I didn't want to let go of after the stories ended. I was inspired by authors like Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Elizabeth Lowell and Patricia Gardner Evans.

8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

My kids' most frequent response to that question is "ka-ching" . They tend to be impressed by advance checks. Other than that, I get my share of ribbing from them. My husband is my biggest fan--he reads all my books.

9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
 I also teach full-time in an elementary special education classroom. Any spare time we have we like to spend hanging out with friends and family. In the fall we spend a lot of weekends tailgating at football games with some of the kids and their friends.

10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?
 
DEADLY DREAMS, book 5 in the Mindhunters series will be released in April 2011 and DEADLY SINS in August 2011.

 



Learn more about Kylie and her books by visiting her website at http://www.kyliebrant.com/

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