Hi! I'm really excited to do my first author interview with Anne Greenwood Brown. I'm also having my own giveaway for a brand-new copy of Lies Beneath :)
What inspired you to write about mermaids, and from a guy’s point of view?
I was writing a contemporary novel set on Lake Superior. The male lead character worked on a ferry boat. Then, for some reason, I started having a recurring dream where the guy kept diving off the rail of the ferry into Lake Superior. If you know anything about Lake Superior, you would just never, never do that. It's too cold and dangerous for a normal human being to do something like that, so--obviously--I couldn't write that scene into the novel. Still, night after night, he kept diving. Then one night he dove and burst out with this tail! So he became Calder White, and I decided to put the contemporary novel aside and write the story that apparently wanted to be written. So---I didn't "decide" to write about mermaids or from a guy's point of view. In many ways, Calder came to me that way, and I wasn't about to change him.
Are you able to relate more to Calder or Lily, or both?
Oh, a little of both, I suppose. They both have very strong family ties, Calder's have just been severed. I think if I was without my family, I'd try very hard to make a new one for myself. And I live in fear of my family being hurt--so I understand the extremes Lily is willing to go to for hers.
What are you currently working on writing?
I just finished up Book 3 in the Lies Beneath series. It is not under contract yet (Lies Beneath sold in a 2 book deal), but I'm hopeful it will see the light of day.
Did you always know you wanted to become a writer? What/who made you want to become one?
I've been writing since I was five. I'd make little books to sell to the neighbors. I kept a journal from age 12 to age 18. I wrote a lot of horrible poetry (you'll see that in Lily in Book 2, Deep Betrayal). It was just a natural thing for me to do. Now…did I always want to be an "author?" That came much later after my kids were all in school and I had more time for myself.
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Read a lot and in a wide variety of genres. Write every day, even if it's terrible. Everything you write makes the next piece better. Find someone you can share your work with and give honest critiques. It takes a long time to build up a thick skin.
What do you like to do, when you‘re not reading or writing?
Um… sleeping? No, seriously, I like to go camping with friends and attending Irish cultural events.
What are your favorite books and authors?
As a kid: anything by Judy Blume, Anne of Green Gables, and the Nancy Drew Mysteries.
In my teens and early twenties: John Irving.
Now: Maggie Stiefvater, Laini Taylor, John Green, Kristen Simmons, Marissa Meyer, Gretchen McNeil. . .