Thursday, August 22, 2013

Q & A ...and a giveaway....with Gerri Brousseau!

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 I’m also on Facebook ( and on twitter (
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. 

To enter, post a comment. 

Good luck!


Maureen said...

The historical setting with espionage and action sounds like an interesting combination.

Gerri Brousseau said...

Thanks, Maureen. It was such a fun book to write. Hope you get the opportunity to read it.

Susan Hanniford Crowley said...

I just got the book and I have to saw it's fun and lusty and swashbuckling and lusty and intriguing in a spy way and lusty. And I love spy novels. Oh, did I say lusty. Giggle. Love the book and love your interview, ladies. Thanks to Patti and Gerri!

Gerri Brousseau said...

Thanks Susan. Yes, I'm guilty, the book has lusty parts. Glad you are loving the book.

Julia Thomas said...

Wow, you've got a lot of writing projects on your plate! Impressive!

Karen H said...

This book sounds like my kind of story. I love books set in the Regency period and I really enjoy those stories with touches of mystery and suspense. This one sounds like it has it all.

As a new-to-me author, I'll be look at this author closely for more of her work. Nice meeting you Gerri and thanks for the giveaway.

kareninnc at gmail dot com

C.D.Hersh said...

Interesting that your pugs think they are your muse. Probably because you read to them. LOL Yes reading out loud helps find the mistakes. We do it all the time but to each other.

Gerri Brousseau said...

The pugs sit and listen intently to my every word. They are great company, CD.
Karen, I have been told this is not your typical Regency, but the book is snagging rave reviews. Once you have had the chance to read it, I hope you will leave one too.
Julia - Yes, I float between projects so I never get writer's block. It helps and keeps me getting words down on the page.

Thanks to all for comments, and best of luck in the contest.

Joanne Guidoccio said...

Hi Gerri,

Excellent post! Your pugs sound absolutely precious.

I hadn't read a Regency in years and was pleasantly surprised when I read the Monarch. Riveting and Sizzling!

C. T. Collier said...

I love a good "caper"! Hope you'll tell us more about your YA series in good time. You are so versatile, and I admire your gracious style.
-- Kate Collier (writing as Katie O'Boyle)

Gerri Brousseau said...

Thank you so much! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed Monarch. My pugs are precious. I adore them. They actually sit in the recliner with me while I write. Who knows, maybe they are my muses.
If you love a good "caper" you will love Monarch. Thanks, I try to write in different genres, but generally they all have twists and if they are written in our current time, there is a link to the past. Just can't get away from history, I guess.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments.

Unknown said...

Wonderful interview and love the book.

Gerri Brousseau said...

Thank you, Violetta. Thrilled you love the book. Would you mind posting a review on Amazon? I would really appreciate that.

bn100 said...

Nice interview

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Gerri Brousseau said...

Thanks to everyone who visited and left a comment, but there can only be one winner; and that person is Karen H. Congratulations! Please expect an email from me soon. For those who did not win, To Kill a Monarch is available at Amazon and B&N for $2.99.

Karen H said...

Thank you Gerri. Book arrived and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Jan Hougland said...

Good to "meet" you on this blog today, Gerri. I like what you said about the book above, that it's like "007 in 1811." Romantic suspense/intrigue is my fave genre for feeding my reading habit. It keeps my mind on its toes and my eyes glued to the pages until The End. That's how I like to read. It's my pleasure and my relaxation, and my positive fix for the day.