Q: Tell us about your newest release?
Gerri: My newest release, To Kill a Monarch takes place in London in 1811. Here is a little blurp to let you know more about it:
Whispers in dark allies say Napoleon’s best assassin, The Falcon, has been sent to London to kill the Monarch. The problem – The Falcon’s identity is known only to the French Emperor. Sir Walter Tinsdale’s new partner, Philip Hamilton, arrives to discover their mission is to find the elusive bird of prey before he strikes. But their nemesis is like a phantom and always one step ahead of them. Enter the lovely Miss Charlotte Winston, the object of Sir Tinsdale’s affections, as well as those of Philip Hamilton. Unlikely alliances, deception, murder, and suicide will keep you turning the pages until the identity of The Falcon is finally revealed. With all the seduction and action of a James Bond movie, To Kill a Monarch is like 007 in 1811.
Q: Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?
Gerri: My favorite scenes always involve The Falcon. I think my absolute favorite is when I reveal the assassin’s true identity.
Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Gerri: I’ve been writing my entire life. When I was about 8 years old I remember spending the summer with a spiral note book and box of pencils, sitting in the shade, writing while all my friends were off playing. I remember in high school I was the editor of our school newspaper. Later in life in my day job as a paralegal, I wrote trial briefs, but light didn’t dawn over marble head until 2009 when I became disenchanted with the DDJ (dreaded day job) and decided to try my hand at writing a novel.
Q: What is a typical writing day like?
Gerri: That would depend on the day, and what I’m writing. If it’s a weekday, my writing doesn’t start until after I get home from the DDJ. If it’s a weekend, the writing begins when I have my morning cup of coffee beside me. Usually I’m in my recliner with the pugs and my lap top. The pugs think they are my muses, and I haven’t the heart to tell them otherwise.
Q: Do you have an interesting writing quirk or habit?
Gerri: No, not really. One thing I like to do is once the first draft of the manuscript is finished, I read it aloud to the pugs. I find I hear the mistakes that way.
Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned as a published author?
Gerri: Because I was a member of a writing group, I was told what to expect. I think the most surprising thing for me was learning that once I had written the book, signed a publishing contract, and got published, was that I would have to market my book.
Q: What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
Gerri: Two authors who influenced me, that I dream of one day meeting, are JK Rowling and Stephanie Meyer. Authors in my writers group, too numerous to mention, were all very willing to share their knowledge and experience. I’m so grateful to them all, especially my mentors.
Q: What does your family think about your career as a published author?
Gerri: When I first said I had written a book, they all gave me that sympathetic look, but now that I have become a multi-published author, their attitudes have changed.
My close immediate family always believed in me, even when I didn’t, and helped me believe in myself. Someone asked my son what he thought of his mom being a published author, and his response was that he only thinks of me as his mom.
Q: Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
Gerri: I’m an avid reader. I love to cook and have original recipes. I crochet, like to dance, and go for walks, but I mostly enjoy spending time with my 1-year old grand-daughter. She’s the love of my life and brings joy to my very soul.
Q: Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?
Gerri: Let me see . . . some readers have emailed me asking me to write a story about one of the characters in my first novel, A Pirate’s Ransom. My publisher has requested a sequel for To Kill a Monarch, and I’m presently editing a novel which I hope to self-publish and release toward the end of the year. I’m also working on a YA series.
Q: How can readers connect with you online?
Gerri: If your readers are interested in finding me, or finding out more about me, my website is www.gerribrousseau.com. I’m also on Facebook (www.facebook.com/gerri.brousseau.5) and on twitter (twitter.com/GMBfictionwrite).
If your readers are interested in reading my little “caper” tale, To Kill a Monarch, it is available in ebook through Soul Mate Publishing (www.soulmatepublishing), on Amazon and at B&N.
Thank you to Gerri for joining us today. She is going to offer up a prize to one poster:
A PDF of To Kill a Monarch or a print of A Pirate's Ransom. The winner's choice.
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