Today, author Bokerah Brumley answers the 10 Questions about her writing. Bokerah writes in a variety of genres, including steampunk and fantasy. Her shorter works have appeared in several anthologies.
Linda Covella: When and why did you decide to become a writer?
Bokerah Brumley: It’s the normal story, I suppose. I’ve always wanted to. As a girl, I wrote a poem, but I didn’t come up with my first story until I was twelve or thirteen. I wrote a novella in which the main character was an emu named Pixley. I called it Pixley Down Under. After that, I tried my hand at a romance or two, but I never learned all the things I didn’t know about writing until 2015. That’s when I figured out I could finish a story. It’s also when I figured out that I wasn’t that good and started to work at getting better.
LC: Good for you. As writers, we’re constantly working to improve, aren’t we?
What is your writing process: where do you write, how often do you write, are you a full-time or part-time writer, do you outline or do you plot as you go, etc.?
BB: I write every day, but deadlines really help me get work done. Word count seems to depend on whether or not my doom is impending. I write by beats. I like to pants things, but I need the structure to know the major points I have to hit, and then I let everything else come out however it comes out. Outlining kills the joy of discovery for me, and then I don’t finish the work. Also, I write part-time. I might go full-time once my kids are grown and out of the house, but that’s another ten years off. J
LC: Where do you find your inspiration for your stories? Do you draw from your own experiences?
BB: Any time any of my stories takes a farm turn, I’m definitely drawing on my experience. Beyond that, I’m SUCH a science fiction and fantasy lover. I generally come up with tech and magic for every story I write. Well… all except the contemporary romance ones. I do have a few of those coming out later this year.
LC: Who is one of your favorite characters from your story(ies), one that you enjoyed creating and writing about, and why?
BB: I’m always infatuated with whatever character I’m discovering at that moment. I don’t really have a favorite yet. I’ve enjoyed telling all the stories, each for different reasons. I liked writing the main character in THREE because she was so different than others I’ve come across. I based her on Temple Grandin. I like some of my sassy heroines, too. Those are fun. They’ve got some of the best witty repartee.
LC: Do you incorporate (or inadvertently find) any of your own personality traits into your characters?
BB: I’m sure that I do. Maybe the brave and adventuring side? No, I know. I mom everything.
That’s how that works. I mom my characters. I like to pass on my love of family. Seems like everybody in my stories winds up finding their place, their home, and their family. One way or another.
LC: Do you find your stories are more plot driven or character driven? Please explain.
BB: Oh, gosh. I’m horrid at this question. I would say that, normally, I find a character in a setting that I want to write about and then I try to come up with an absurd plot to change their lives in the worst way possible before righting it all again. I guess that makes me character driven? It’s hard for me to tell. Diagnosing my own work is very much “can’t see the forest for the trees” to me. J
LC: Did you read much as a child?
BB: I read ALL. THE. TIME. I read everything I could get my hands on. I loved all types of books.
LC: How important do you think reading is for writers?
BB: I think it’s important as a way to wind down and relax, as a way to challenge themselves to do better, and also a way to learn what’s selling in their market. Suffice it to say, I think it’s of the utmost importance.
LC: Who are some of your favorite authors and/or books? What draws you to them?
BB: Favorite authors… Well, it depends on the genre. In sweet, contemporary romance, I really like Victorine Lieske. In fantasy, I’m rather fond of Marc Secchia. In science fiction, I enjoy reading work by Nick Cole. I’m also starting to read Michael Anderle, and he’s something of a UF/SciFi.
LC: Anything new in the works?
BB: I have a paranormal romance trilogy, a cyberpunk trilogy, and a sweet, contemporary romance series all coming out next year. I’m busy, I guess. I also have a dragon story in Shards, a Noblebright Anthology that will be out on October 1, 2018. That’s edited by CJ Brightly.
LC: Bonus question 🙂 Do you have anything you’d like to add?
BB: Ummm…. Send me your mailing address in an email [found on her Facebook page], and I’ll send you a feather from Johnny Cash, my peacock. I have ten available. Also, if you follow me on Instagram, you can see pictures of my farm. J I’m @bokerah over there.
LC: Thanks so much, Bokerah. I enjoyed hearing about your writing. And, from your bio below, your life sounds fascinating. And…I’m heading over to Instagram to check out your farm!
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Bokerah Brumley lives on ten permaculture acres, complete with sheep, goats, peacocks, turkeys, geese, guineas, ducks, chickens, five home-educated children, and one husband. She also moonlights as an acquisitions editor for The Crossover Alliance and production/marketing manager for an independent New York publisher.