Thursday, January 04, 2007

Ask Five with.....TERRI BRISBIN!!!!

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Terri Brisbin started out writing time travels, but has found her home writing fantastic historicals. This two time RITA nominee is one busy lady and always is ready to converse with readers. Meet the lovely and talented Terri Brisbin:

1. What is the title of your latest release and what’s it about?
My January release from Harlequin Historicals is THE EARL'S SECRET, a Regency historical romance set in Edinburgh. It's about an English earl and a Scottish woman and involves secrets, hidden identities and the possibility of finding love.

2. Tell us a little about yourself and what you do for fun in your spare time.

Me? Well, in real life I'm a married mom of three, with the oldest just getting married so I now have a daughter-in-law. I am a dental hygienist and still work in practice 2-3 days a week. Fun? I read, cyber-stalk Gerard Butler and I write!

3. What is the hardest part of writing?

Every part of writing is hard -- from coming up with a story idea to plotting it to researching it to getting the characters right and putting the words on the page. I enjoy some parts of writing more than others -- like researching and the actual writing. Plotting the story and writing the synopsis are always a struggle for me because I don't always know how the story will proceed when I start writing the book.

4. Which authors have influenced you over the years, whether for their writing or for their friendship?

I had really just started reading romances in the early 90's when I discovered Prodigy and the early internet and one of the biggest thrills was 'meeting' some of those authors online! It was so cool to chat with Samantha James, Jill Barnett, Lorraine Heath and others. Their work inspired me to try my hand at writing and the workshops on Prodigy were my first 'teachers' about the romance genre. After that it was the published members of the NJRW local chapter of the RWA who were most influential to me in my writing and pursuit of getting published -- I learned so much from people like Shirley Hailstock, Marie Tracy/Audra Adams, Christina Skye, April Kihlstrom, Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick, and so many more.

But, I still find that when I need rejuvenation in my writing or my life, I turn back to some of the first authors I discovered in romance -- Julie Garwood, Jill Barnett, Gail Link, Jo Beverley, Penelope Williamson, Karen Robards and Mary Jo Putney. (and many others!)

5. Can you tell us a little about what’s coming up in the near future for you?

Rubbing my crystal ball. . . . After a bit of a glitch in the matrix of real life, I am about to write the last book in my current contract with Harlequin Historicals -- it's a spinoff of TAMING THE HIGHLANDER and features that wonderfully-sexy, wild half-Viking, half-Scots warrior Rurik. And just to be bad, I'm giving him, the man who LOVES women, the one woman he can't have! I'm hoping it's titled TEMPTING THE VIKING, but we'll see.... After that? Well, I have some proposals in the works and hope to continue writing for Harlequin.

In the immediate future, I'm participating in some online chats and doing a couple of in-person booksignings so please check my website for more info -

Thank you, Terri! You can read Romance Reviews Today review of The Earl's Secret right here. Then head on out and buy your copy.


Anonymous said...

Awesome interview Patti and Terri! Except for THE EARL'S SECRET, I have every single book Terri has written in my keeper library. She is an awesome writer! I cant wait to read the new one as well as the Viking one when that one comes out ;) Knowing Terri, she wont be without another contract for long. HH loves her ;) As do ALL her fans ;) Ya never know...a third RITA nomination might be in the works and this time she might win LOL


Anonymous said...

I've loved all the HH books and looking forward to this newest one, and of course Rurik and many more! I'd love to see Terri win a RITA--good luck!