I’m really excited to have the opportunity to interview Brittney Sahin. She recently released her debut novel Silenced Memories with a second on its way. This is a great book to curl up with during the cold nights. Brittney brought strong writing, good character development, and a fun plot to her readers. It’s always great to see the success of good writers!
Without further delay, here’s Brittney!
Brittney, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to interview with me. First, congratulations on the success of your novel. I know it’s exciting when you see your hard work rewarded. I’ll jump right in with the questions.
Me: Where did the idea for Silenced Memories come from?
Brittney: Believe it or not—part of my book stemmed from an idea I had back when I was a kid (in regards to the female character) . . . the other half –well, I have no idea where I get my ideas to be honest –they sort of creep up on me!!
Me: What was your favorite character to write in Silenced Memories? Why?
Brittney: Michael Maddox. It’s fun to create the ideal man for your protagonist (at least ideal for her)!
Me: Who designed your cover?
Me: Do you write to music? Quiet?
Brittney: Both. I like to have dance music on (low) in the background while I work. I write faster I think.
Me: What one item do you need to write? Special mug? Pen? Pillow? Cat? Pup? (I have a minion USB that I am convinced helps increase my writing power!) lol
Brittney: Honestly—the only thing I need is not anything tangible –just time J Working around my toddler’s schedule means I only write when he lets me J
Me: Did you use an editor? If so, would you like to recommend them?
Brittney: Absolutely! Sarah Norton is the Chief Editor at wordsRU.com. I had developmental editing, copy/line editing, as well as proofreading through wordsRU.com
Me: What was the most important thing you learned working with an editor?
That everyone needs one. :) They really just help you see things from a totally different perspective. Plus, they point out the obvious things you miss & push you to write better than you thought you were capable of.
Me: Are you an outliner or a panster? If you outline, is there a particular method you prefer?
Brittney: I outline. In fact, I had my editor critique the outline to my 2nd book, so I could get some feedback on the plot before I even started writing (hoping to save time from any major future rewrites). …But, with that said, I also let my characters take me on a journey while I am writing, and sometimes they take me somewhere I hadn’t planned (so I go back to the drawing board and modify my plot outline to work with the new changes).
Me: I saw your announcement concerning completing the first draft of your next novel. Can you tell us what to expect in your next book?
Brittney: I am pretty excited about this book. Title still unknown (hardest part for me!) – It is def. more intense and suspense-driven (action packed) than I had anticipated, so I went back and added some romance so I would still be within the parameters of a “romance suspense” novel. But it involves Homeland Security, secret agencies, chemical terrorist threats . . . and of course—a man with a sexy Irish accent J
Me: What would you say was the most valuable lesson you learned while writing Silenced Memories?
Brittney: Since it was my first book—I learned how to be a self-published author. Now—I am no longer a first-time author (I have some experience)—and just completing the process has helped me tremendously with my 2nd book thus far.
Me: Do you have any words of wisdom you would like to share with new writers?
Brittney: Print your book and edit it 1-2 more times when you think you are already done . . . When I ordered the proof for my paperback, I found errors that both my editor(s) and I missed—because it was like reading the book for the first time (and it opened my eyes to a few issues). Thankfully, I had time to fix the issues, before the eBook or paperback went on sale!
Thank you again, Brittney.
I highly recommend this book. And, if you enjoy it, please support an author and leave a review. You can purchase on Amazon just click here! Also, visit Brittney’s blog at https://brittneysahin.wordpress.com/. She offers support for other authors as well.
Until Next Time…