Welcome!! I am so pleased I have the opportunity to host you today as you tour your book. Thanks for agreeing to this short Q&A. How did you start your writing career?
I was always writing down disjointed scenes, for most of my life. When got older, I was recovering from oral surgery and watching “In the Shadow of Vesuvius” (I’d always had an interest in Pompeii), and when it was over, Raiders of the Lost Ark came on. In my medicated state of mind, the two meshed together and my imagination blew up. I vowed that day to organize those disjoined scenes and make a serious effort to “really” write, and my first book was born.
Has someone helped or mentored you in your writing career?
I credit one of my critique partners as a mentor. She’s TOUGH! But she’s honest, and by pushing me, she’s made me a better writer. She’s also taught me a lot about the industry.
What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
My family is very supportive! Is it weird that the men in my family are even more supportive of a romance author? My father, my husband and my son promote the heck out of me. Oddly enough, neither my kids nor my husband have read ANY of my books! My sisters and my parents, on the other hand, have read every one of them.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I have an excellent critique group. There are days they will send me back comments (and they are a tough group!) and I’m sure I’m going to quit, to stop trying, but after I get over the initial shock, I am grateful that they are willing to be honest with me and point out where I’ve been remiss in my writing. (“I can’t see what you’re trying to show”) They make me a better author by pushing me and not letting me get lazy
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
A little of both. I generally start out with my “point of inspiration” and expand from there, and if I start getting too far afield, I sit down to rein it all in by plotting. With that being said, I have plotted some of my books from the beginning (but sometimes the plot has a tendency to divert from the original plan).
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I’m pretty sure I’ve always wanted to be an author. I wrote my first book when I was maybe 7 or 8 (got my first rejection from Simon and Schuster!). But I fell in love with Bjorn Borg when I was a pre-teen and discovered a love of tennis in the process. That was my first conscious career choice, until the writing tapped me on the shoulder to let me know it wasn’t going to go away.
What is your favorite meal?
I love Mexican food. My first boyfriend, when I ran into him years later, told me he looks at me and he thinks tacos. (What do you want for dinner? Let’s go to Pepes!)
ABOUT THE BOOK
by Karla Brandenburg
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Note: The book will be on sale for only $0.99.
When Sandra Meyer's violent ex-boyfriend returns to sleepy Edgarville, Illinois, she turns to the man who stood up to Nick Benedetto back in high school. If brawny Garth Benson will pose as her boyfriend on social media, maybe Nick will leave her alone. Sandra adores Garth, but she doesn't want any more ties to Edgarville. Now finished with a decade of dedicated service as her mother's caregiver, Sandra is planning her exit from this one-stoplight town.
Garth is firmly rooted in Edgarville with the family monument business and a trophy shop that will need a "mom" to his "pop." Garth has wanted Sandra ever since he slugged Nick more than ten years ago. Her secrets run deep, as do the strengths that he admires within her, but whenever he tries to move their casual flirtations from talk to dating, she backs away.
Small town life has strangled Sandra as effectively as Nick tried to when they were in high school. Garth might be the one man who can protect her from Nick, but what he expects in return is too much. On top of that, her deceased father’s unexpected appearance in the mirror of her new home exposes long-held secrets that will change Sandra's view of her family and hometown forever.
When the last tie holding her to Edgarville is cut, Sandra runs as fast as she can, but the world outside her small-town community isn’t all she expects.
“Why do you care what happens to me?” Sandra asked.
Not the question he was expecting. How honest should he be? He considered the safe answer but figured the truth would be best. “Why does the warmth of the sun make you feel good? What makes the moon and stars so fascinating? And yet some people don’t even notice a clear night sky.” He leaned over the table. “I notice you, Sandra. The person you are. You might try to hide from everyone, might think they only see the girl you’re rumored to be, but I happen to know I’m not the only person who sees the real you.”
He shook his head. “No, you asked. And in case you decide to be embarrassed about kissing me, in case you think that was a mistake,” he paused to decide if continuing down this path would be a mistake. He’d gone this far. “We joke around, tease each other, but truth is often hidden behind a joke. What I feel for you, Sandra, is no joke. I’d like to think I understand you, which means I’m not going to betray your trust in me by taking advantage of you. But if you want me,” he spread his arms. “I’m all yours.”
“Garth,” she said again. Her pupils were dilated, and her eyes reflected the heat he knew was buried deep inside, but she didn’t make a move. “You mean a lot to me,” she said softly. “I’d hate to lose that.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Karla Brandenburg is the author of contemporary romance, including her award-winning paranormal MIST series. Raised on the gothic romances of Victoria Holt and the horror of Stephen King, she is an avid reader and is a member of the Romance Writers of America. Karla is a card-carrying cookie-holic, enjoys baking and travel.
Connect with Karla:
Web page: https://www.KarlaBrandenburg.com
Karla Brandenburg will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
a Rafflecopter giveaway