WP: What do you write?
BR: I write contemporary and fantasy romance with humor in most everything, even the serious stuff.
WP: Why do you choose the genres you do?
BR: I think they chose me actually. Lol. I’ve been writing love stories since I was in middle school. It’s just what I’ve always seemed to be good at, and I like to tell love stories that have more of a real world feel to them. Not always the fluffy fairy tale with a neat and tidy happily ever after, but characters with real world flaws and obstacles to overcome to be with one another. I think that love really can conquer all, but it’s work and it takes effort. I like to tell stories of characters who are dedicated enough to one another to put forth that kind of effort.
And I love fantasy because I’m a bit of a rebel. I don’t like following rules so fantasy is fun because I have the freedom to make up my own. I also love creating worlds and creatures straight from my imagination.
WP: What made you first want to be a writer?
BR: For as long as I can remember, I have never wanted to be anything else. Even before I could write coherent sentences, I was making up stories and adventures in my head and playing them out with my stuffed animals. For the longest time, I didn’t realize that not everyone thought like that, lol. As soon as I realized that writing was the outlet for those stories, it was the only thing I ever wanted to do.
WP: What inspires you?
BR: Everything. Life, my experiences, traveling, my friends, my relationships. I tell everyone close to me they should watch out because they never know when I might use something of theirs in a story.
WP: What kicks the brain into gear when you have writer’s block?
BR: Music mostly. Music and lyrics are my main source of inspiration to help me set a scene or get over a certain obstacle. If that doesn’t work and I have a really bad case of writer’s block, I usually badger a close friend and bounce ideas off of them until something gives.
WP: Who is your favorite character you have created?
BR: Jaide from Amaranth of the Wild Things. He was a very complicated and difficult character. Since he began the story as the villain, it was a challenge to write him redeeming enough for the reader to like him, but dark and ruthless enough for him to be believable. Throughout the process, because he was such a challenge to write, I fell absolutely in love with him and all his problems lol.
WP: Is there any genre you want to try, but haven’t yet?
BR: Nope. I tried mystery once a very long time ago and that was a disaster. I’m really horrible at it, lol. I’m happy with the genres I write. Sci-fi would be fun, but I don’t have the technical mind for it, and given my dislike of following rules, that would probably be a disaster too.
WP: What do you hope readers will take away from your stories?
BR: The main message I try to convey in almost all of my stories is to be true to yourself. Follow your dreams and reach for the stars. Carpe Diem is an ongoing theme. I also hope that I can tell a story that evokes emotions from my readers and leaves them feeling fulfilled or inspired in some way.
WP: What’s your latest news and do you have anything releasing soon?
BR: My latest release from Whimsical Publications was Stage Presents, Book 5 in the Serendipity Series, a series of mostly lighthearted contemporaries. I also re-released my fantasy novel Warrior’s Rise through World Castle Publications. Currently, I am in between projects, but look for more soon!
WP: Where can we find you on the web?
BR: My main website is www.brieannarobertson.com and you can follow me on my facebook page as well http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Brieanna-Robertson-Fantasy-and-Serendipity/224740111698