When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
This varies, depending on what day of the week it is. Unfortunately, I can’t write whenever inspiration strikes (which can sometimes pose a problem). I write in the mornings on days my youngest has pre-school, and every night after the kiddos are in bed, save for Saturday because that’s date night. J The amount of time I spend per day fluctuates so much. And it’s not always writing I can focus on, but maybe edits or promos or blog posts, something like that. If anyone has a way to add a couple more hours in the day, that’d be super.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Absolutely. I have both, and I think they’re invaluable. I can’t imagine trying to submit to an agent or a publisher without first having honest feedback from the people I trust enough to send my rusty, unpolished work to. That’s a necessity for me as a writer.
If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?
I’m currently writing a series of novels, actually! The first is finished and in the querying stage right now, and the second, I’m maybe a third of the way through it. They’re companion novels and revolve around three very different sisters and their paths to—you guessed it—finding love.
I also really like series set in small towns, and have one sketched out (and also may have written one or ten chapters in the first of that series) for sometime down the line.
I’m really sad that all my favorite TV shows are no longer on the air. Friends, Angel and Gilmore Girls are my all-time favorites, and I can never not watch reruns. Now all I seem to tune in for is Chopped.
Are the names of the characters in your novels important? How and why?
Yeah, I think they are. It takes a lot of time finding the perfect name to fit a character and what your image of them is. For instance, in the novel I just finished, I went through six names for the oldest sister and didn’t love any of them. A lot of times, I have to write and fill in with [heroine/hero/sister/friend] until something sparks and comes alive. Other times, like with Ian and Olivia in Plus One, the names are one of the first things I know about the characters.
What would we find under your bed?
Two Rubbermaid tubs filled with Christmas wrappings—one for ribbon only and one for bows. (I may have a problem with pretty wrapping.) And on my husband’s side…Lord only knows what’s under there.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
How great would that be?! *waits for a call* I would absolutely love to go to Italy or France (or, hey, both!). I think there’s just something so romantic about the location and the culture. It’d be amazing to write a love story set there.
Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extrovert? Why?
Definitely an extrovert. I’m assertive, I’m not at all shy, and I will talk to a lamppost.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Date of Publication: May 6, 2013
Number of pages: 100
Word Count: 22,000
Brighton Walsh is a storyteller at heart. Whether through words or pictures, she's been weaving tales for as long as she can remember. After decades of cultivating her writing, she finally decided to give life to the voices in her head and set forth to write her first novella. Love is her first love, and writing about it is a dream come true. When she's not writing, you can find her with her nose buried in a steamy book or partaking in some retail therapy. She lives in the Midwest with her swoony husband and two energetic kids who (fortunately) know nothing about the naughty things she puts down on paper.
Find her online at www.brightonwalsh.com
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