Introducing Brea Behn!
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Today we are joined by author Brea Behn. Brea loves all things dystopian and will be telling us a little about herself, answering a few fun questions and introducing us to her fantastic Dystopian read ‘Wolves in the Woods’
So let’s get started with a little bit about Brea:
Brea Behn is very passionate about reading and writing in all genres. She started writing at the age of fifteen, when she wrote a memoir for her twin brother. Currently, she writes fiction of several genres, nonfiction, and is building her career as an author and public speaker.
When Brea is not writing, she is reading, usually several books at the same time. She also volunteers at her local humane society, gardens, and homeschools her children.
Brea lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their two children.
And to put a face to the name:
Now, Brea, we have a few fun questions for you to answer. So sit tight, pour yourself a drink and lets chinwag gabby:
So, when did you know that you wanted to be a writer? Was there a single moment of clarity or did the knowledge just creep up on you?
I have written since I was little. I never took it seriously until a tragedy happened in my life. Then writing became very important to me. A place of processing and healing. That evolved into pure love of writing which led to me pursuing publication.
Tell us about your writing schedule. Do you write everyday? At the weekends? Or, like us, whenever you get the chance?
I am like you! I write whenever I can fit it in. Usually very early or very late when everyone else in the house is sleeping.
What is it about the Dystopian genre that inspires you?
I am drawn to the dystopian genre because it almost always involves going through something incredibly difficult and coming out better for it or learning something from it in the end.
If you could step into any Dystopian future what would it be and why?
That is a hard question for the very definition of dystopian is that it will be hard! I guess if I had to choose I would say a future like one in the movie the Postman. Where decades had gone by and a time of change was happening. Both because there is hope on the horizon and because the challenges they face are normal ones (not zombies, a scorched planet or aliens!).
Zombies are busting down your door, what four objects do you grab?
A gun, a knife, a torch and a pre-packed supply pack. Taking no chances!
How do your storylines evolve? Do you already have it planned where you want to go, or do you let the story take you along with it?
I am a ride it and see where it takes me author. It is so fun and sometimes shocks me greatly!
If you could choose any Dystopian book in the world to have written which one would it be and why?
The Stand by Stephen King. He is my favourite author, but also because it is a work that would take some authors a lifetime to complete. What an accomplishment! Having his pay check and fame wouldn’t hurt my feelings either.
If you could be any character from a book who would it be and why?
I would love to be Katniss from Hunger Games. I admire her strength, her defiance and her bravery. She is a perfect example of why I love dystopian. A character that refused to accept her life and her world as it was and through her actions and influence was able to change it for the better.
What advice would you give to other writers of Dystopian fiction out there who are thinking of self-publishing their work?
I hope to read it some day! I would also give the practical advice of being sure their work is professionally edited. That is a very important thing in today’s world of publishing. No matter which route you choose to publish in.
Who is, or are, your favourite author(s)?
Stephen King. The original dystopian master. I have read his work since I was in junior high. I greatly admire his tell it like it is form of writing. I strive to do so myself.
Okay, some quick fire questions! Don’t think too hard. Just answer…
Super Villain or Super Hero?
Super villain. I am always drawn to the bad guy you both love and hate.
Ice-cream or chocolate?
Ice-cream. Don’t throw anything at me, but I don’t like chocolate. My twin brother liked chocolate, so I like vanilla. Twins are like that and it never really goes away.
Beach or the skiing holiday?
Beach! I live in Wisconsin. I can ski, snow mobile, sled or ice skate here. A beach is a real treat!
Keep the One Ring or throw it in Mount Doom?
Throw it into Mount Doom. Evil can never be controlled it can only control you. That is why it is evil.
Audio or book?
Can I say either? Although non-fiction I prefer in book form so I can take notes.
Zombie Apocalypse weapon of choice: Axe or Shotgun?
Shotgun. Less goo on yourself. I am a bit of a germ phobe, lol.
Wow! Thanks so much for taking the time to come visit, Brea. We hope you’ll come again, but in the meantime, peeps, take a butchers at Wolves in the Woods :
Grab your copy now!
You can also find Brea on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and youtube.